Ronda Rousey, former UFC star, 'finalizing' a deal with WWE


Two people close to Rousey told USA TODAY Sports that she is finalizing details of her move to WWE.

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.

The mixed martial arts star has always been rumored to make the move to professional wrestling after her UFC career seemingly ended when she was knocked out by Amanda Nunes inside 48 seconds in December 2016. "There have been rumours about the UFC star making the transition to the squared circle, and appearances like the one she had in September, when she got into a stare down with Charlotte Flair and challenged her, saying, 'You name the time, you name the place, ' have fanned the flames about a possible move". "I wouldn't want it to happen". She has got money ... and all that stuff. But it sounds like we haven't seen the last of her in combat. WWE's scripted programming and audience makeup is much different than the UFC's. As with the WWE, media rights aren't all about one fighter, but Rousey was one of the UFC's best-known athletes when that presentation was made in the summer of 2016.

In victory, Holm was the first to expose any weakness in Rousey's game.

Previous reports have stated that Rousey has been training for a pro-wrestling career during visits to the WWE's sprawling Performance Centre complex in Orlando, Florida. Her final fight with Nunes was in December of past year. Meanwhile, she has appeared this year on NBC's "Blindspot", and is filming scenes for a Mark Wahlberg movie called "Mile 22".

Despite Rousey losing her last two UFC fights, she is still one of the most iconic fighters in the world and would be a big draw for WWE. Once the UFC added women's fighting the whole thing became more professional. Reports emerged in August that she was learning pro wrestling moves, and she was spotted at the time speaking with WWE executive Triple H at a taping for an all-female tournament.