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Ronda Rousey Officially Signs A Deal With WWE

Stewart Perrie

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Ronda Rousey Officially Signs A Deal With WWE

MMA to professional wrestling.

Rumours about where Ronda Rousey's career was heading have finally been put to rest after the former UFC champion finally confirmed she was joining the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

In typical WWE fashion, the 30-year-old wasn't going to just release a press statement or post a cryptic clue on social media - she surprised thousands of people at the Royal Rumble all female event.

After Japanese wrestler Asuka won Sunday night's even, she was joined by women's champions Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair inside the ring. Joan Jett's empowering and badass song 'Bad Reputation' came over the speakers and Rousey's name lit up the screens.

It was official, the deal was done, Ronda Rousey was here.

Speaking to ESPN about the move to WWE, Rousey said: "This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt.

"When I first met with Triple H, I told him, 'There are other things I can do with my time that'll make way more money, but I won't enjoy nearly as much.'"

Credit: Ronda Rousey Instagram
Credit: Ronda Rousey Instagram

She said she had never been this 'overstimulated' in her professional career and was actually 'still processing' the idea that she'll join the ranks of Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly and the Bellas.

Rousey will enter the WWE with a point to prove after losing her last two UFC fights in devastating fashion to Holly Holm in 2015 then Amanda Nunes the year after.

But that's not to say she hasn't got an impressive scorecard under her belt.

Five of her first six UFC fights were won within the first round. Four of those matches, Rousey decked her opponent in a little over a minute. In addition to that, she added an Olympic Bronze medal to her trophy cabinet in judo at the 2008 Beijing games.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Head of the UFC Dana White previously said he didn't want Rousey back in the sport, telling reporters: "I care about her and she's got enough money and all that stuff. I don't want to see it happen."

But when asked about her official signing to the WWE, White told ESPN: "I'm happy for her. This is something she has always wanted to do."

Rousey now joins the likes of Brock Lesnar, Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock who have made crossovers between UFC and WWE.

We wish her all the luck in her new career.

Sources: ESPN, MMA Mania

Topics: News, UFC, WWE, Ronda Rousey, Dana White

Stewart Perrie
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