Rousey expected to make the leap to WWE.
UFC star Ronda Rousey is reportedly moving from the octagon to the "squared circle," according to a report by USA Today Sports. Rousey has been linked to the WWE since her Wrestlemania 31 appearance back in 2015 but now that her UFC career seems to be over, she's in the process of finalizing her contract with Vince McMahon's company.
Rousey last fought in the UFC at UFC 207 in December 2016, when she was beaten by Amanda Nunes in under 50 seconds. She still has not officially retired from the sport but even UFC President Dana White said he "wouldn't want to see" her fight in the UFC again after her last defeat.
The WWE has teased the possibility of signing the former UFC bantemweight champ ever since her confrontation with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at Wrestlemania 31. Most recently, Rousey was featured in a video which featured a stare down with WWE superstars Charlotte Flair, Bayley and Becky Lynch.
Rousey also appeared on WWE TV in September to support Shayna Bazsler, her former MMA training partner, at the Mae Young Classic in Las Vegas, and challenged Charlotte Flair saying, “You name the time, you name the place.” In other words, it would be more shocking if Rousey did not sign with the WWE at this point.
Depending on when the deal is finalized, Rousey could make an appearance as soon as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 28th, which could lay the groundwork for a showdown with Flair, or another superstar, at WrestleMania 34 on April 8th.