Ronda Rousey nearing pro wrestling deal with WWE

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During the event, Rousey was caught in a stare down with leading women's wrestler Charlotte Flair, in which Rousey issued a challenge: "You name the time, you name the place".

That's according to USA Today, which cited two people close to Rousey in reporting Wednesday that the former UFC champion is "finalizing details" of a contract with the professional wrestling company.

Ronda Rousey's Ultimate Fighting Championship career effectively ended past year, when she was beaten by Amanda Nunes inside 48 seconds. Now, it's quite possible that didn't directly factor in Rousey much, as this was about lower-tier broadcast fights rather than the better PPV fights she would have likely been in, but there was still maybe the idea of her showing up on some broadcast properties from time to time.

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.

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While it largely had more to do with the evolution of the women's fighting game catching up with its first star, Rousey doesn't seem to stand much to gain from a return to the octagon. Their nickname with Rousey and Baszler was an homage to the Ric Flair-led "Four Horsemen" of the 1980s and '90s.

It's been almost a year since Ronda Rousey effectively ended her career after a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, and in the time since, the possibility of her joining the WWE has increased seemingly week by week.

That will nearly certainly stand as Rousey's final MMA fight, as even UFC President Dana White has said he doesn't expect her back in the octagon. 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.

Production on "Mile 22" is expected to run until at least February with filming taking place in Atlanta. Along with the other Four Horsewomen members, Rousey has been training in the ring (at times at the WWE Performance Center), which was shown in a December 1 video that was previewing her personal website. Rapidly. And it's just in time for a Wrestlemania appearance.

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