Ronda Rousey Close To Signing With WWE

Will We Ever See Rousey Fight In The UFC Again?

Ronda Rousey has tapped many of her opponents inside the octagon, and it appears she might be making the change to instead pinning her challengers inside a ring.

Two people close to Rousey told USA TODAY Sports she is finalizing details of her move to the WWE. This comes as no surprise since she hasn’t spoken out on her future in fighting again.

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Rousey was at a WWE show in September and watched her close friend, Shayna Baszler, a former MMA fighter who is now in the WWE. During the event, the UFC fighter was caught staring down women’s WWE star Charlotte Flair. She challenged Flair by saying “You name the time. You name the place.”

Rousey made a cameo appearance at the WWE’s Wrestlemania 31 show in Orlando in 2015. It seems so long ago where Rousey was one of the biggest stars not only in her sport but all athletics.

Flashback to just over two years ago.  Rousey was not only a superstar in the UFC but the entertainment world as well.  Fans and media were debating whether or not she could beat Floyd Mayweather in a street fight.  She was set to star in a remake of the 1989 blockbuster movie, Roadhouse as well as other Hollywood flicks.  She had already been in movies like Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Entourage.  But all that changed with one head kick.

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Holly Holm knocked out the champ at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia 59-seconds into the second round. Rousey was no longer champion. She was no longer the baddest woman on the planet. She went into hiding for nearly a year. She did very few interviews and focused on recovery from the beating Holm gave her.

She returned to the octagon to take on new bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December. Her much-anticipated return was short-lived. Rousey wasn’t able to take the fight to the ground like she had so many of her fights before and Nunes got the TKO 48-seconds into the fight.

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Rousey hasn’t spoken much about the status of her return to the cage.  Since her loss to Nunes, Rousey has been focusing on her personal life. She married UFC heavyweight Travis Browne back in August.

It’s unclear if she intends to fight in the UFC again, but the organization’s President Dana White doesn’t want to see her return.

“I wouldn’t want to see it,” White said last week. “I wouldn’t want it to happen. I care about her. She has got money … and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”

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No official word from Rousey on the move to WWE or her future in the UFC.

 

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