Ronda Rousey Rumors: UFC Star 'Finalizing Details' to Sign WWE Contract

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey appears close to a deal to join WWE. More

Regardless, any potential deal with Rousey is likely to be more along the lines of the one afforded to Brock Lesnar; one in which she is used sparingly as an attraction performer, rather than a full-time in-ring competitor. 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.

Now people close to Rousey have told USA Today and MMA Junkie that she is "finalizing details of her move to WWE". During the height of her UFC championship run, Rousey made multiple appearances in the WWE - from teaming up with The Rock to Judo-throw Stephanie McMahon to hanging out ringside - but this year, it seems as if something more substantial is brewing.

Rousey hasn't fought in the UFC since last December when she was blanked by current UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes with a 48-second TKO in the first round.

Speculation has been running wild over a possible Wrestlemania appearance next year at New Orleans for a long time now and the 30-year-old fuelled the rumours last September.

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WWE seemed to all but confirm Rousey's imminent arrival when it shared a clip on Twitter of Rousey, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke at the Mae Young Classic. I care about her, and she's got enough money. She's got enough money and all that stuff. UFC president Dana White counts Rousey as a personal friend, and said he believes there is little she can gain from taking to the octagon again.

"I'm excited to have the conversation with her and see where it goes".

Adding a crossover star like Rousey could boost WWE. She was subdued and mostly absent from promotion leading up to the Nunes fight and has largely shunned the spotlight since. She has appeared in several movies such as "Entourage", "Furious 7" and "The Expendables 3".

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. And she certainly was one of the most mainstream UFC stars.

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