Ronda Rousey has established herself as one of UFC’s biggest draws ever and has essentially set herself up for a WWE career after her days in the octagon with a seemingly blank check. Unlike Brock Lesnar, Rousey didn’t go to WWE first. She is a career fighter that competed in the 2008 Olympic Games before she burst onto the mainstream seen as UFC’s first female fighter in November 2012.
Since then, the rest is history. A 12-0 professional mixed martial arts record with no signs of slowing down, Rousey could become the most decorated female fighter ever. She is permanently tied to the professional wrestling business with her “Rowdy” nickname coming from the late ”Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Rousey had a good relationship with Roddy and has been very respectful of the business that features contrived outcomes.
Rousey made a surprise appearance at Wrestlemania 31 alongside The Rock earlier this year, which WWE was hoping would lead to more at the show next year. While Rousey had a great time and wants to return, UFC President Dana White hasn’t been as receptive of the idea of his top draw crossing over to the squared circle.
The talk within WWE has been to pair the reigning UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion with The Rock to oppose Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in front of more than 100,000 fans at Wrestlemania 32 next year in Arlington, TX. Because of Rousey’s contract with UFC, WWE have had to negotiate with the promotion directly as opposed to speaking with Rousey or her representatives. In addition to Rousey being under UFC contract, her increasing stardom has her lined up for a number of movie roles that are bound to interfere with any other non-UFC commitments.
In addition to playing the lead in the the remake of Road House, she’s also scheduled for the movie Mile 22 as well as her My Fight/Your Fight biopic and The Athena Project. It’s still technically possible WWE could land Rousey for an appearance at Wrestlemania 32 but they would have to gain approval from UFC and be able to work around Rousey’s busy filming schedule. However, any chance of UFC approving her to take bumps, would be highly unlikely and would probably not occur until she decided to retire from fighting.
At 28, Rousey is very much in her physical prime and probably has no intention of retiring from the octagon anytime soon. Vince McMahon will still hope that the current Divas Revolution and the lure of guaranteed money will be enough to get a “piece of the action” as long as Rousey is still a top draw. McMahon’s disdain for UFC and MMA in general has to do with the limited shelf life of fighters. His belief is once a marquee name starts losing, their drawability goes with it. In WWE, where outcomes are predetermined, Vince feels they can preserve the shelf life years past someone’s physical prime.
Brock Lesnar spurned UFC earlier this year when he announced live on ESPN SportsCenter that he was retiring from fighting to sign a new contract with WWE. While the belief was Brock was intrigued by a return to UFC, the lure of big guaranteed money along with a limited schedule and not actually getting punched in the face was too much to pass up. Now, WWE is using Lesnar as one of their biggest draws and have literally dedicated the month of October to him and his ability to draw.
While it’s unknown if Rousey would ever entertain such a deal, it’s not hard to envision it actually happening either. Right now, Rousey has a spot waiting on her in WWE and as long as she continues to win and draw pay-per-view buys for UFC, Vince McMahon, Triple H and the WWE brass will be envious and interested in her services.
Meanwhile, Ronda Rousey's next title defense will take place on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193 against Holly Holm. Holm is 9-0 in mixed martial arts but will have her work cut out for her against Rousey. The smart money will likely be "all in" and Rousey as you will be able to get a further idea at this UFC betting page. Betting against Rousey would probably not be a smart idea at this juncture but could obviously result in a "big win" should the unthinkable occur. Rousey's fight will likely be the most anticipated from the Internet Wrestling Community before Phil "CM Punk" Brooks makes his UFC debut some time next year.