Re­port: Rousey ready to join WWE

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - FROM JOUR­NAL WIRES

What had been ru­mored for months now ap­pears close to be­com­ing a re­al­ity: Ronda Rousey is set to join the WWE.

That’s ac­cord­ing to USA To­day, which cited two peo­ple close to Rousey in re­port­ing Wed­nes­day that the ex-UFC champ is “fi­nal­iz­ing de­tails” of a con­tract with the pro­fes­sional wrestling com­pany.

Rousey, who hasn’t had an MMA fight since De­cem­ber 2016, has long been known as a big fan of pro wrestling, even as she rock­eted to fame as an Olympic bronze medal­ist in judo and then be­came a dom­i­nant force in MMA. 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.

How­ever, a stun­ning loss to Al­bu­querque’s Holly Holm at UFC 193 in No­vem­ber 2015 punc­tured her aura of in­vin­ci­bil­ity, and af­ter tak­ing more than a year to re­cover and at­tend to a bur­geon­ing act­ing ca­reer, Rousey was knocked out in 48 sec­onds by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. That will al­most cer­tainly stand as Rousey’s fi­nal MMA fight.

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