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Ronda Rousey nearing pro wrestling deal with WWE

Ronda Rousey nearing pro wrestling deal with WWE

It's been almost a year since Ronda Rousey effectively ended her career after a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, and in the time since, the possibility of her joining the WWE has increased seemingly week by week. Just instead of the octagon, she'll compete in the ring.

That would be huge for wrestling fans as Rousey would lock horns with the likes of Paige, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and many more.

Per two sources close to the USA Today's Martin Rogers, Ronda Rousey is "finalizing" a deal with the WWE, and the USA Today calls a deal between both sides "imminent".

Speculation ran wild about Rousey's eventual move to WWE after that incident but until now there's been no solid information that she was actually considering a career in professional wrestling. Following the two losses to Nunes, UFC president Dana White has been vocal about his opposition to Rousey's return.

WWE essentially confirmed a deal with Rousey was in the works when it posted a video of the former UFC star in a stare down with wrestler Charlotte Flair back in September. "I wouldn't want it to happen".

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Despite her tragic fall in UFC, Rousey was a pioneer for women in the world of mixed martial arts, starting her career with a 12-0 record, besides becoming one of the biggest pay-per-view attractions.

"I wouldn't want to see it", White said last week. "I don't want to see it happen".

Rousey, who appeared at WrestleMania 31 and in the crowd at the Mae Young Classic, has not fought with the UFC since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th, 2016. Rousey has been in a number of TV and movie projects, including The Expendables 3 and Fast 7, plus ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, Maxim, and Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, and she has regularly appeared on shows like Ellen and even hosted Saturday Night Live.

Ronda Rousey first came into the spotlight when she won the Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

MMA Weekly reported Wednesday that, as production on that film is expected to last until February, Rousey would not be a full-time member of WWE but would participate in some of the company's most high-profile events over the coming year.


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