Over the weekend, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s long-rumored transition from MMA into the world of professional wrestling was completed when Rousey showed up at one of the WWE’s marquee events, the Royal Rumble, and then announced that she had signed on with the WWE full-time. Rousey has said she wouldn’t rule the possibility of returning to MMA someday, but it’s clear professional wrestling is her immediate future; and UFC President Dana White fully supports her decision.
Speaking to Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, White said that he was happy for Rousey for accomplishing her dreams.
“I’m very happy for her,” said White. “She loves pro wrestling and has always been a big fan so I know how much his means to her. She keeps accomplishing everything she’s ever wanted.”
After suffering back-to-back knockout losses in her last two fights, it was widely believed that Rousey would make the jump over to professional wrestling. Rousey is a lifelong wrestling, taking her nom de guerre from famous professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and her training partner and friend Shayna Baszler is also currently signed with the WWE. Rousey previously appeared at at Wrestlemania 31, engaging in a short segment with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and all signs point to Rousey being a part of this year’s Wrestlemania event as well, again with “The Rock” involved.
Rousey was the first female champion in the UFC and stepped away from MMA with an overall record of 12-2, and the UFC record for most title defenses by a woman.
Rowdy. Ronda Rousey isn’t closing the door on a potential UFC return.
GOAT. Daniel Cormier thinks a win over Stipe Miocic makes him the greatest of all time.
Humble. Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won’t let Conor McGregor fight for his lightweight belt when he beats Tony Ferguson.
Return. Cain Velasquez explains cryptic Tweet, eying return at UFC 226.
Reality. Chuck Liddell is booked as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.
Adoption. Cris Cyborg plans to adopt a child this year.
Peep Gaethje sparring.
Even more BJJ Scout.
Chael asking the pertinent question in the Conor belt saga.
The MMA Hour. Stacked lineup with Stipe, DC, Eddie, Ragin’ Al, and more.
Fights Gone By. Jack Slack recapping UFC Charlotte and Bellator 193.
Anik & Florian. Recapping UFC Charlotte and looking ahead to UFC Belem.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
If only we were lucky enough to get Loma in MMA.
— Hi-Tech Lomachenko (@VasylLomachenko) January 29, 2018
Never gonna happen.
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) January 29, 2018
The rematch from the controversial fight last June.
Time to take back what is ours. April 13, St. Louis. We finally convinced a part-time fighter to clock into work. – #stlouis #stlouismma #stcharlesfamilyarena #familyarena #mma #boxing #wrestling #grappling #bjj #jiujitsu #hardwork #champion #championmindset #fitness #fitnessmotivation #workout #workoutmotivation #ironmichael
I believe this is the greatest piece of fight memorabilia I have ever received. Absolutely outstanding. The detail is breath-taking. Thank you @plasticcell @dannytr4n and @GianGalang. What an honor for @rory_macdonald to be immortalized this way. pic.twitter.com/fyUGmwCjTD
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 30, 2018
Things are looking up for Fabricio it seems.
I have a great meeting with @danawhite thank you
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) January 29, 2018
Not so for the Vanilla Gorilla.
— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) January 29, 2018
I smell Oscar.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 29, 2018
Star-Lord vs. Captain America.
A couple weeks ago I had the great privilege of training with UFC Hall of Famer Randy “the Natural” Couture @xcnatch at #unbreakable in Hollywood. Luckily he took it very easy on me. Randy first coached me when I was 17 at Oregon State University wrestling camp. After a greco roman training session consisting of throws he invited teenage me to come up and demonstrate the three throws we’d learned that day: the underarm spin, lateral drop and head and arm. It was such an honor. Everyone cheered as I slammed Coach Couture to his back. Not once, not twice… but three times. A few years later I was one of millions watching on TV as Randy entered The Octagon for the first time and dominated, eventually winning and defending the heavyweight title for years. He is a Pacific Northwest native and all around great dude. Gotta love the wrestlers mentality and work ethic. It’s a great sport which helped keep me out of trouble when I was younger and taught me to grind. I’ve always said it, wrestling made me who I am today. I dedicated years of my life to grappling. I still love it. Take your sons and daughters to a wrestling practice! It’s important our kids have adults to look up to outside of their parents. Here’s a shout out to all the coaches out there making a difference. Big thanks to Randy! #unbreakable #UFC #RandyTheNaturalCouture
Sage Northcutt is our greatest treasure.
Officer Northcut ♂️pulling people over for “being the man!” & “being awesome” @ufc @supersagenorthcutt
Seems like everyone is happy with this move.
The world is abuzz with @RondaRousey’s appearance and future with @WWE. Everyone’s road is different, but trust me Ronda has ALWAYS been one of us!
Congratulations Ronda and welcome to the family. @WrestleMania. #History pic.twitter.com/kevlOTYylM
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 29, 2018
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2000: Pride FC held the opening round of their first Grand Prix, headlined by the Pride debut of Royce Gracie, who defeated Nobuhiko Takada by decision.
2010: Nick Diaz won the inaugural Strikeforce welterweight title by stopping Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Miami. In the co-main event that evening, Cris Cyborg defeated Marloes Coenen to retain her women’s featherweight title.
Also on this card, Herschel Walker made his MMA debut, beating up Greg Nagy, and Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef had an incredible one-round war that Lawler won with a brutal knockout punch.
2016: At UFC on FOX 18, Anthony Johnson knocked out Ryan Bader to earn his second light heavyweight title shot.
Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.
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