Mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey may be nearing an agreement to finalize her long-awaited move to WWE, USA Today's Martin Rogers reported Wednesday. The site reports that while details are being finished up, the source wanted to remain anonymous because the deal has not been made public as of this writing.
That scene ramped up speculation that Rousey would soon be performing in the ring for WWE, on a more permanent basis than her one-off appearance at 2015's WrestleMania 31, when she teamed up with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to clash with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rousey's next and final fight in the UFC came on December 30, 2016, when Amanda Nunes defeated her in the first round. The UFC's first female fighter, Rousey began her MMA career 12-0, usually dispatching her foes shortly into the first round, and won acclaim for her skills, looks and charisma.
What had been rumored for months now appears close to becoming a reality: Ronda Rousey is set to join the WWE.
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Either way, wrestling - which is already the greatest thing in the world - just got a hell of a lot more intriguing. The value of WWE rights isn't generally about one performer, and there are questions about how Rousey will be received by a wrestling audience, but she certainly would seem to have at least the potential of bringing in some new fans. But it sounds like we haven't seen the last of her in combat. She went into her fight with Holly Holm holding the Women's Bantamweight Title, but she was defeated in the second round.
Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for further information regarding Baszler's debut with NXT, as well as any breaking news regarding Ronda Rousey's status with the WWE as well. Once the UFC added women's fighting the whole thing became more professional. By the time Rousey lost to Nunes she was coming up against an athlete who devoted her entire existence to excelling at MMA, and it showed. A recently released biographical film about her, Through My Father's Eyes, won first place at Britain's Crystal Palace International Film Festival, but largely focused on the earlier years of her career.