Ex­pect Rousey to go from cage to ring UFC star, WWE ‘match made in heaven’

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Ronda Rousey gained su­per­star sta­tus for her dom­i­nance in mixed mar­tial arts, and for her looks, and par­layed both into act­ing jobs.

With her UFC ca­reer ap­pear­ing to be over, it makes sense that Rousey, who has al­ready ap­peared in the ring at a 2015 WrestleMa­nia event, might look into a stint with the WWE.

That could be ex­actly the plan for the former UFC cham­pion and Olympic judo bronze medal­list, as a web­site de­voted to MMA and wrestling re­cently re­ported that Rousey has gone “as far as to learn some of the ba­sics” of pro wrestling. Ac­cord­ing to Fight­ful.com, which cited WWE sources, the com­pany “re­ferred Rousey ... to cur­rent su­per­star Brian Ken­drick for train­ing pur­poses in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.” And Rousey, a ma­jor fan of pro wrestling, was spot­ted talk­ing to WWE ex­ec­u­tive Triple H at a tap­ing for the Mae Young Clas­sic, it all-fe­male tour­na­ment.

Adding to the drumbeat, WWE an­nouncer Jim Ross said last week that he thought it was “in­evitable” that Rousey would be “a big star” for his com­pany. “I see her in a WrestleMa­nia some­day,” he told TMZ Sports. “It’s too great an op­por­tu­nity for her to pass up and WWE to pass up — it’s a match made in heaven.”

Rousey said she would “love to have the chance to be the Di­vas world cham­pion.” UFC fans never got to see Rousey square off with Cy­borg, a long­time antagonist, in the Oc­tagon, but could it hap­pen in a WWE ring?

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