Round Rousey could be due for a fresh start.

The MMA queen was obliterated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, a year after being blasted out of the Octagon by Holly Holm.

Rousey fell to the Brazilian powerhouse's hefty strikes in 48 seconds, folding to a TKO and disappointing fans, who had waited months for her return to the UFC.

Her lacklustre performance left many divided, with Nunes herself saying the former UFC champion was finished and couldn't ever return to the mantle of Batamweight Champion.

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"That's it for her," Nunes said, after the fight. "For sure, she's going to retire.

"She can't take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I'm going to do the same thing, because she can't take my punches."

Despite suffering heavy losses, Rousey's marketability in the fighting world is undeniable, raking in huge pay-per-view numbers in all her UFC bouts, but is it time for the 29-year-old to bow out of the promotion?

WWE commentator Jim Ross sure thinks so, saying her devastating loss to Nunes in December will have no impact on her popularity on the wrestling circuit, should she choose to join and give the UFC the flick.

"Ronda is a star of a major magnitude, with immediate name identity," Ross said, per Yahoo Sports. "Her image, her marketing image, that has been perpetuated with a lot of wins, obviously, is a global recognition.

"Their network, it's all about getting people to sample the WWE Network. Ronda Rousey, in a provocative, nicely arced story, can still do that."

With regards to her hypothetical pay packet, Ross thinks Rousey could pull in an astronomical amount from starring in the WWE.

"I would be extremely shocked if she didn't earn seven figures-plus," Ross said.

Ross believes the former UFC champ's move to WWE would seriously aid her reputation, after two horror losses.

"I say this without any trepidation," he said. "If she was cast at WrestleMania in a favourable light, it would also be helpful for her in building her brand.

"She portrays a strong female and I can't see her coming away from the WrestleMania experience, which creates millions upon millions of images, being perceived as anything, but what she set out to be, which is a strong female.

"It's part of her brand-building. It would be a real good promotional tool for her as well."

Ross said Rousey's international image would work well for the WWE and assured her recent disappointments in the Octagon won't affect her success on the wrestling circuit.

"I haven't even talked about her win-loss record or her last two fights, because it doesn't matter," he said.

"I can tell you this: She is a very big star and the average Joe out there will recognise her.

"If you ask, 'Do you know who Ronda Rousey is?', I'll bet he says, 'Yes, of course'. If you ask what her record is, he'll say, 'No, but I know she lost her last fight', but that's it.

"The losses in the Octagon are really irrelevant in terms of what she'd want to do in the WWE and what they'd want from her."

Rousey is currently taking time off after UFC 207, with the sport's biggest names having their say on her future. Nunes thinks Rousey must retire, while disgraced star Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again.

Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight bouts 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes.

Despite the naysayers, Rousey has a few backers inside the UFC. Jones believes Rousey can return, if she puts the effort in.

Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport, before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light-heavyweight champion took to Twitter to encourage Rousey.

"My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again," Jones wrote. "I think it's important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try."

Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters, after making a guaranteed $NZ4.3 million, along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC's year-end show.

She issued a statement to ESPN.

"Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year," Rousey said.

"I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding."

Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey, after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds.

She believes the cumulative stress of Rousey's first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to "pressure her too much".

Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss.

"I told her, 'You did a lot for this sport'," Nunes said. "'Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.'

"Why should she keep doing this? She's a millionaire already.

"Why would she want to keep doing this? She'll hurt herself."

But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey, behind the acting jobs and modelling gigs.

"What she does next will truly determine her legacy," Jones wrote. "Her story doesn't have to be over here."