Ronda Rousey is aiming for the big moolah with her decision to leave the UFC to enter the world of professional wrestling, the WWE.
She has reportedly agreed to the terms of the wrestling entertainment company to perform as a full-time wrestler.
The former UFC bantamweight champion made a surprising appearance at the finale of the women's Royal Rumble event in Philadelphia on Sunday night where she promised to make an appearance at Wrestlemania, to be held in April.
After the historic women's Royal Rumble, Rousey showed up and managed to amaze the crowds.
"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's Ramona Shelburne on her decision to join WWE.
"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.'"
The Royal Rumble match was won by Japanese wrestler Asuka. Soon after she claimed victory, wrestling champs Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss entered the ring, and suddenly Rousey's name appeared on the stadium screen.
Accompanied by Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," Rousey made a thrilling entry down the ramp.
Proceeding to the ring, Ronda shook Stephanie McMahon's hand and pointed to the WrestleMania sign, claiming dominance in upcoming bouts.
Ronda told ESPN's Shelburne, "I don't have words at all. 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."
Over the years, Rousey has positioned herself as a symbol of women empowerment in the world of MMA. She won her first bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics for Judo. Subsequently, she won her first three amateur fights within a minute. Ronda went on to become the women's bantamweight champion in Strikeforce as well as in UFC.
While bringing home these laurels, Ronda also became a pop culture figure owing to her intensity and fearlessness in the ring. Even beyond the octagon, Ronda became popular enough to host an episode of "Saturday Night Live," star in various TV shows and commercials along with a stint in Hollywood. She also featured on the cover of the ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue in 2012.
In what was called a burnout by some, Rousey lost her last two bouts in the UFC with Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016.
Dana White, president of the Ultime Fighting Championship, regards Ronda as the trendsetter, who led to the opening of female weight classes in the UFC.
"I'm happy for her. This is something she has always wanted to do," White wrote in a text to ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "Ronda continues to achieve everything she has ever wanted."
It's been some time since rumours have floated about Rousey's entry into the WWE. She first appeared in WWE at WrestleMania 31 back in March 2015 when Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock pulled her out of the front row in Levi's stadium and led her to the ring.
She dramatically took down Triple H with a hip toss and grabbed Stephanie McMahon and threw her out of the ring.
Rousey intoned, "It's funny -- it's kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me. And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn't take it."
Rousey also taped a promotional video for the Mae Young Classic, WWE's inaugural all-women's tournament, in which she joined forces with MMA fighters Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke to fight WWE superstars Charlotte Flair, Bayley and Becky Lynch.
Rousey has been an avid professional wrestling fan for a long time and she also adopted her soubriquet "Rowdy" from WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
She learned grappling techniques from "Judo" Gene Lebell who trained both Rousey and Rowdy Piper where he bestowed upon her his name for the rest of her fighting career.
In August 2015, Rousey defeated Beth Correia at UFC 190 and dedicated her victory to Piper, who passed away the day before her fight.
Many famous WWE stalwarts have tried their hand at UFC, and have been majorly successful. The most famous example being Brock Lesnar who won multiple World Heavyweight Championships in both UFC and WWE. Ronda would be one of the first women to cross over from MMA to the more-scripted world of WWE. After all, who would say no to a couple more million dollars?
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