Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey is training for her upcoming fight for the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. While Rousey hasn’t closed the door on her UFC career, Rolling Stone did report that she told Ellen DeGeneres that she is about to wrap up her MMA career.
“This is definitely one of my last fights. Everybody better watch because the show isn’t going to be around forever.”
The fight is for the title that the UFC created and gave to Ronda Rousey when she entered the promotion. Ronda Rousey is still the only person to successfully defend the title belt. Rousey won six title defenses as champion before losing the belt to Holly Holm on Nov. 15, 2015.
Holly Holm lost the title to Miesha Tate four months later in her first title defense. Tate lost the title to Amanda Nunes four months later in her first title defense. If Ronda Rousey wins the title on Dec. 30, it will mark four title changes in four title defenses.
At that point, there is a chance that Ronda Rousey retires from the UFC. There is also a chance that she takes on one or two title defenses. Rousey might want to avenge her loss to Holly Holm. Ronda might want to prove herself against Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
Or Ronda Rousey might want to retire as champion, holding the title that the UFC designed for her. At that point, Rousey might head to the WWE.
Forbes reported that the WWE wants Ronda Rousey to compete at WrestleMania 33 next year. The WWE set up a possible match last year when Triple H and Stephanie McMahon dressed down The Rock, and he brought in Ronda Rousey to back him up. Rousey then hip tossed Triple H and locked Stephanie in an armbar.
The idea was to possibly set up a mixed tag team match with Ronda Rousey and The Rock battling Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania this year. That never happened for various reasons, mostly because of Rousey’s UFC contract and her loss to Holly Holm sending her into a state of depression.
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With Ronda Rousey publicly stating that she is wrapping up her UFC career, there is a good chance that she will be heading to the WWE. Last year, Ronda told Rolling Stone that she was ready to come to the WWE to do something.
“I have so many obligations, but I really want to find a way to make it happen. I’m a huge fan wrestling, and I would like to see the position of women in the sport continue to improve, so if I can be a part of it, great.”
If Ronda Rousey does indeed make her way to the WWE once her UFC career ends, there are a lot of options for her to face off with. The biggest and the most likely for WrestleMania 33 is something against Stephanie McMahon herself.
The attempted slap from McMahon to Rousey and the subsequent armbar by Ronda looks to set up a match between the two of them. With Shane McMahon rumored to fight Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33, a match between Stephanie and Ronda Rousey could be a chance for her to one-up her brother.
Other matches that are a possibility include Ronda Rousey fighting names like Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, or even a fight against the monstrous Nia Jax.
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