Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey has not featured in the octagon since December 2016 and is closing in on a WWE move Getty


  • Rousey is expected to finalise a move to WWE in the near future.
  • The former UFC women's bantamweight champion is said to be unofficially retired from MMA.

Legendary WWE commentator and former talent relations executive Jim Ross believes former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is a perfect fit for professional wrestling.

Rousey (12-2 MMA record) is considered as a pioneer for women's mixed martial arts in UFC as her quick domination of her opponents and marketability made her a mainstream name.

However, she has not been in the octagon since her brutal first-round loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 back in December 2016.

Unofficially retired from combat sport, with her long-professed love for pro wrestling, it was expected that a move to the WWE would be the next chapter for "Rowdy" as MMAJunkie reported earlier this month that she was finalising the details of her move.

With a potential debut lined up for Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans in April 2018, Ross – who has spotted many a talent before – is very excited about the prospect of Rousey in the squared circle.

"You could go down the list of all the great women WWE's signed and there's a story there for Ronda," Ross told Submission Radio.

"Cause every woman can make the story that 'I want to be the one that beats Ronda Rousey, so she's not gonna come to my world and dominate like she did MMA and the UFC' and so forth.

"So I think it's inevitable, I just don't know when or where, but to me, like I said earlier, Ronda Rousey in WWE is a match made in box office heaven."

Ross also added that Rousey has all the qualities to succeed in sports entertainment as he expects to see her at Wrestlemania, the WWE's annual flagship event.

"She's got charisma, she's a beautiful woman, I just think there's a perfect fit there," Ross said.

"And whether she signs for a one-off or a short-term or a handful of matches, I have no idea, but obviously, if she does sign, one would assume that it would have something to do with a WrestleMania appearance. And I would love to see that in New Orleans this year.

"I'll be down there and I'd love to see her compete because she will train with the same intensity, the same desire to be great in that genre as she did in MMA."

With the WWE recently announcing its first-ever women's Royal Rumble, which is set to be held on 28 January, many fans are speculating that it would be a great opportunity for Rousey to be a surprise entrant and make her official WWE debut at the event.