Following a successful UFC career, Ronda Rousey is now joining the WWE to perform as a full-time professional wrestler, ESPN reports. News initially broke Sunday night when Rousey appeared at the WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia.
“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” Rousey told ESPN. “When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.'”
Again, a 30-year-old Rousey showed up for the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match on Sunday night as she made her way into the ring to shake hands with Stephanie McMahon.
“I don’t have words at all,” Ronda noted regarding Sunday’s appearance. “I’m like — this is the most overstimulated I’ve ever been in my life and … I’m just, like I’m still processing it. I’m so happy and I don’t have words for it — and I usually have words for everything; This never happened before.”
Since competing in judo during the 2008 Olympics, Rousey went on to demolish the competition in UFC, all while becoming a significant pop culture figure. She did, however, lose the last two fights of her career, then ultimately calling it quits at the age of 29.
Rousey isn’t the first to cross over from UFC to professional wrestling either. Brock Lesnar, most notably, has held world titles in both UFC and WWE.
For more on Ronda Rousey’s new career path, follow over to ESPN.
In other news, Vince McMahon is officially bringing back the XFL.
- Source: ESPN
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