WWE/UFC News: Dana White talks about Ronda Rousey's UFC future

'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey has her sights set at Wrestlemania 34
'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey has her sights set at Wrestlemania 34

What’s the story?

In an interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal, UFC President Dana White addressed Ronda Rousey’s future with the MMA promotion.

White revealed details of Rousey’s involvement in the USADA-testing pool, and also expressed his happiness for Rousey on her signing with the WWE.

In case you didn’t know…

‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey is one of the most famous athletes in the world and considered to be a Women’s MMA pioneer.

Rousey is also credited for being one of the rarest female box-offices draws in combat sports history, and has proven to be one of the most successful PPV-sellers in UFC history.

The heart of the matter

Dana White opined that Ronda Rousey is unlikely to ever compete in the UFC again.

Nevertheless, White confirmed that despite signing a full-time contract with the WWE and not actively competing in the UFC, Rousey has made the decision to remain enrolled in the USADA (the United States Anti Doping Agency) testing pool—an anti-doping organization with whom the UFC has partnered up so as to ensure its athletes don’t engage in the usage of illegal PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs).

Furthermore, White alluded that Rousey’s likely to have a bright future in the WWE—

"I'm very happy for her…She loves pro wrestling and has always been a big fan so I know how much his means to her. She keeps accomplishing everything she's ever wanted."

What’s next?

As revealed by WWE executive Triple H, Ronda Rousey is set to film the remainder of her movie ‘Mile 22’ in Colombia, following which she’ll report to the WWE Performance Center.

The vast majority of professional wrestling industry insiders believe that Rousey may team up with The Rock so as to compete against Stephanie McMahon & Triple H in a Mixed Tag Team Match at Wrestlemania 34.

Author’s take

Ronda Rousey is a once in a generation talent and could be a huge star for the WWE over the next 5-10 years.

Nevertheless, the pro-wrestling business comes with a set of challenges that differ from that of MMA, and Rousey may have to break down a few walls so as to turn into a bona fide pro-wrestling icon, in the days to come. Irrespective of how she deals with the challenges are thrown at her by the WWE, the Rowdy one’s journey in the promotion will be highly intriguing to watch.

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Edited by Shruti Sadbhav
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