Ronda Rousey pitches Microsoft's Xbox One X with swift punch to the junk

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Ronda Rousey hasn’t shown much of a desire to return to MMA, but that doesn’t mean she’s avoiding the spotlight, entirely.

The former women’s bantamweight champ is currently pitching Microsoft’s new Xbox One X gaming console, which goes on sale today and promises to wow users with “immersive true 4K gaming.” Rousey took to a New York stage on Monday’s edition of “Conan” to demonstrate the power of the console.

While she was handed an Xbox controller to start the demonstration, things took a quick turn from there. Check out the video above to see the complete segment, and stick around for the multi-player demonstration.

Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) hasn’t competed in the UFC since a December 2016 loss to Amanda Nunes. While she appears unlikely to make an octagon return, Rousey does remain a record-holder in the promotion, with six consecutive defenses of a women’s UFC belt.

Former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) had a chance to tie that mark at this past weekend’s UFC 217 event but suffered a shocking first-round knockout loss to new title holder Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

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Why it matters that Dana White is truthful about UFC having its 'biggest year ever' in 2017


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The UFC is having a good year in 2017. Better than good. It’s great – the “biggest year ever” in the history of the company. Don’t believe it? Just ask Dana White. In fact, only ask him and no one else. Because, to hear the UFC president tell it, he is the only reliable source of information about the UFC.

“It drives me crazy when I see these guys write these stories about the business,” White said in a media scrum this past week before UFC 217. “You know what you know about the business? What I tell you. That’s what you know.”

Moments later, White would take it one step further: “There’s nothing factual about anything that’s ever written about this business.”

Pause for a moment and let that sink in. Adjust for the requisite fight promoter hyperbole. Cross-reference with the claims White made all week about revenue and pay-per-view numbers. Add in his stated belief that any and all accurate information about the MMA business must come directly from Dana White. Spend the next few minutes numbly considering the nature of truth itself.

It isn’t the first time White has drifted into this territory. On several occasions he has admonished fans never to believe anything they hear about the UFC and its plans unless it comes from the UFC itself.

Nevermind the fact that the UFC has, on numerous occasions, disavowed media reports only to later admit that they were true. Forget that a vehement denial from White himself has become a kind of joking shorthand for official confirmation among many MMA fans.

Anybody who claims to have a monopoly on the facts should expect some skepticism. That goes double when your relationship with the truth has historically been, to put it mildly, strained. (Anybody else remember when the UFC definitely wasn’t for sale, and anyone who said otherwise should expect to hear from the UFC’s lawyers?)

Which brings us back to the question that started all this: What kind of year is the UFC having in 2017?

It’s a fair question. It’s been on people’s minds, especially after two monster years in 2015 and 2016, leading up to the UFC’s $4.2 billion sale. If you were paying attention lo these past 10 months, you might have noticed that business seems to have slowed from that frenzied peak.

There are reasons for it. Conor McGregor, the biggest PPV star in MMA history, hasn’t fought for the UFC at all in 2017. Neither has Ronda Rousey, the other star who helped propel the UFC to unprecedented recent PPV success. Brock Lesnar, who returned for one fight in 2016, got chased back to pro wrestling by USADA. And speaking of USADA, Jon Jones returned from suspension for one fight this year – and that was all it took to line him up for another suspension.

According to reported buyrates, the UFC had five PPVs in 2016 that sold more than 1 million buys. Coming into UFC 217 (which White claimed had eclipsed 1 million buys, with help from record-breaking sales in Canada), the company had yet that mark with a single event this year.

But there’s where White takes issue, with the whole idea that any of us could know how many PPVs the UFC sells.

“Whose indications (that PPV are down) are that?” White said following UFC 217. “People who don’t know what the (expletive) they’re talking about.”

And there we are again. The truth in these matters is known only to White, so we have to take his word for it. In that case, it’d be nice if he didn’t have such a reputation for lying straight to our faces, but what are you going to do, right?

Except that, occasionally we do get a glimpse inside the UFC’s business. We got a pretty good one thanks to that investor presentation that the new owners put together last summer.

Prior to this, most UFC PPV sales estimates came from longtime MMA and pro wrestling writer Dave Meltzer. And when we compare Meltzer’s numbers with those reported to potential UFC investors, we see an awful lot of agreement. In several cases, internal UFC documents reported the same buyrate figures that Meltzer did. For a guy who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, that’s a hell of a lucky guess.

But you don’t necessarily need to look at the UFC’s books in order to guess that a year without McGregor and Rousey and Lesnar – with only brief help from Jones – probably resulted in a down year on PPV. That’s just common sense. To claim that the UFC did even better on PPV without them than it did with them is to claim that these stars don’t matter, that in fact all the fighters are more less interchangeable and it’s only the UFC brand that matters.

Which is not to say that the UFC couldn’t have still done well in terms of revenue this year, even with a dip in PPV sales.

Don’t forget, the sale in 2016 came with some serious “cost savings opportunities,” including heavy staff reductions and greater “corporate discipline,” in the words of the investor pitch. Then there’s the actual biggest fight of the year, the boxing match between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

The UFC got a cut of that money in exchange for letting McGregor participate in the fight, and it was reportedly the largest single payday for the company all year. White essentially admitted that he was including that windfall in his assessment of the UFC’s overall financial health, but all that fight told us is that McGregor and Mayweather are both bankable stars – not that the UFC is soaring higher than ever.

The only reason this conversation should even matter to fans is because it clearly matters to the UFC. The forces of revenue and PPV buys shape nearly every decision the UFC makes, and those decisions in turn shape the entire sport.

The overall strength of fight cards, the state of fighter pay, the trunks that fighters wear into the cage, the price of UFC PPVs and UFC Fight Pass subscriptions, it’s all tied up in this same math problem.

What you see when you turn on a UFC event is inextricably linked to what the owners see when they look at their sales figures. Fans are watching a sport; the UFC is running a business.

Not that anyone who isn’t named Dana White could possibly know anything about it, of course. He says it’s all going fine, just great, couldn’t be better. And what possible reason would he have to lie about something like that?

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk after UFC 217 title loss: 'Don't compare me to Ronda Rousey'


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NEW YORK – Joanna Jedrzejczyk is dismissing any parallels to Ronda Rousey’s career after losing the UFC strawweight title on Saturday at UFC 217.

Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fell short of tying Rousey’s record for most consecutive title defenses by a female champion when she suffered a first-round knockout loss to Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on the UFC 217 pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Prelims aired on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

She was emotional after the fight, but unlike when Rousey’s long title reign and undefeated record came to an end courtesy of Holly Holm, the Polish fighter showed up at the post-event press conference and took the loss head-on.

That alone separates her.

“Please don’t compare me to Ronda Rousey,” Jedrzejczyk told reporters at UFC 217’s post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “I love her so much, and we have very good relationship, but please let’s leave this bull(expletive) away. I never take fights personal, and I’m not emotional when fighting.”

The comparisons to Rousey stem from Jedrzejczyk’s demeanor in the lead-up to UFC 217. She seemed to try harder than usual to build animosity with Namajunas, and there was some speculation that her attitude could have the potential to backfire.

Jedrzejczyk dismissed that notion, though, and said she’s not going to make any excuses for her sizable upset loss. She said she was caught off guard by Namajunas’ attacks.

“This is what happens,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Congrats to Rose, I’m happy for her, but it was not personal. This is what happened. The things which happened before the fight had nothing to do with this fight. It was a good punch. She cut me off. I really don’t know what happened, but it’s the fight. We take these risks.”

As far as what comes next, UFC President Dana White didn’t turn down the idea of booking an immediate rematch. Namajunas didn’t seem entirely opposed to it, either. Jedrzejczyk said that’s what she wants, and given the history of UFC running back fights for longtime champions, there’s a good chance she gets her wish.

“I will sit and talk to Dana and the UFC,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I think I’ve been a good athlete and a good champion for the UFC. I think I deserve the rematch. If I get the rematch we will see. I am looking forward.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Triple H addresses possibility of Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor joining WWE

We’ve been wondering for a long time now if Ronda Rousey will make the jump from UFC to WWE. With regard to Conor McGregor, it’s come up more recently.

Whether you like it or not, the idea of both MMA superstars entering the world of pro wrestling is exciting – and if not exciting, it’s at least intriguing. You know you want to watch.

More importantly, WWE executive Paul Levesque – better known by his pro wrestling name Triple H – knows you want to watch. And during an appearance Friday on “Good Morning Britain” in the U.K., Levesque was asked about the idea of bringing both McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) aboard.

Here’s what he had to say about McGregor:

“Conor McGregor has said a lot of stuff about WWE in the past,” Levesque said. “I don’t have a problem with him, because he said I was the don, which is great. He said a lot of stuff about our talent in the past. (If) Conor McGregor comes in, it’s not going to be an easy go.”

Legendary pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross definitely fueled the fire of a McGregor move to WWE last month, when he guaranteed it would happen. With Wrestlemania season starting to gear up, the rumor mill continues to turn about an appearance at WWE’s biggest event of the year next April. There’s also the fact that we just don’t know for sure what’s next for McGregor following his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, though a defense of his UFC lightweight title is expected.

As for Rousey, here’s what Levesque had to say:

“She is very interested in our business, always has been,” he said. “Huge fan, that’s where the ‘Rowdy’ Ronda came from. I think she’s interested in the opportunity, and I’m interested in offering the opportunity, so we have some talking to do.”

Rousey, of course, has remained mum on her future ever since losing to Amanda Nunes last December, leading us all to the conclusion that she’s unofficially retired from MMA. Rousey already made one appearance inside a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015 and this summer supported Shayna Baszler during the WWE’s first all-female tournament. Rousey even took part in a storyline that involved MMA’s Four Horsewomen and WWE’s Four Horsewomen.

So, really, when you think about, it’s actually Rousey who seems more like a guarantee to wrestle in a WWE match than McGregor. But with pro wrestling, you just never know.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.


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How childhood friend, fellow judoka Ronda Rousey influenced Pauline Macias' path to MMA

There certainly has been a fair share of women whose own MMA journeys were inspired by Ronda Rousey’s success.

For Pauline Macias, that might ring especially true.

Like Rousey, Macias had dedicated the majority of her life to judo. But after 20 years, despite the fact she was still doing well at it, she was burned out. It was time for something else. So what better inspiration than her childhood friend, who had just basically pushed the UFC into creating a weight division around her?

“One time I went home to California and stayed with (Rousey) just to say hi, hang out and catch up, because I hadn’t seen her in a couple of years,” Macias told MMAjunkie. “Going from the last time I saw her – she was doing judo, to this time she already had a couple of fights in the UFC. It was a totally different life. And it was like, ‘Oh, wow.’

One thing led to another and, before she knew it, Macias was training full time. Less than one year later, she had her first amateur MMA bout. She won that one. And the next one. As she prepares for her third cage outing, at this Saturday’s Valor 46, she’s planning on doing it for a lot longer.

Of course, it’s not exactly illogical for someone with a martial arts background to migrate to MMA. And combining the loss in excitement for judo with a lifelong athletic vocation, the choice for another individual competitive endeavor was quite fitting.

Still, as Macias weighed the options of joining the police or fire department, Rousey’s push made a difference.

“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have had the spark,” Macias said. “I never really watched the sport before her, to be honest with you. I had some friends that had fought in the UFC before, but I didn’t really think anything of it. It just wasn’t something that crossed my mind really. So it was kind of her influence.”

Once she got started, though, Macias was right at home. Adding new elements to her pre-existing skill set made her excited to learn again. And while introducing the face-punching side of things isn’t always a smooth experience for some grappling-based athletes, it wasn’t something that the 29-year-old struggled with.

“I think I anticipated it being much worse, to be honest,” Macias said. “The way people made it sound, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ But really, most of the times getting hit in the head hurts a lot less than being slammed on my head in judo.”

Macias can’t overstate how much her judo base contributed to her MMA game. Of course, there’s the obvious: For a fighter, it doesn’t hurt to be athletic. But having traveled the world to go up against some of the best in your sport certainly helps deal with the competitive side of things.

But judo, it turns out, wasn’t the only card Macias had up her sleeve. If for some having cameras and lights on you might take some getting used to, for instance, it was something that Macias had already dealt with on a more intense scale when she competed in cheerleading.

Add to that gymnastics, and you have a trio of skills that, separately, might seem weird. But that started making a whole lot of sense.

“I guess I always kind of wondered why I always did these three sports and how they would end up,” Macias said. “And it’s crazy, because MMA is a sport where you can have your own style and come up with everything, and you see new moves all the time.

“Finally, everything I’ve ever done in my life comes down to now that I’m finding MMA. And getting to use so many different aspects and so many different things that I didn’t realize later on in life would help.”

All of this experience, however, couldn’t prepare Macias for what she would deal with before even stepping into the cage for her first amateur outing. At the time, Macias was having a tough time getting fights. So, when a chance popped up on short notice, she took it.

King of the Cage needed a woman capable of making the 125-pound limit on three days notice. Having last competed in judo at 114, Macias was totally fine with that. And, eager to get the ball rolling on her MMA career, traveling to Idaho was a non-issue as well.

But that’s when she stepped into unfamiliar territory.

“Judo is such a respectful sport. Everybody is very respectful,” Macias said. “But with this, I remember the girl I fought was from Idaho. And walking to the cage, people were like reaching at me, hitting me. I was like, ‘What?’ My dad’s in my corner, he walked me and he was just, ‘Man, I was just hoping that we would get to the cage.’”

It also doesn’t hurt that Macias seeming fearlessness when faced with situations that most people wouldn’t exactly be comfortable in. Being pushed out of a moving truck, for instance. Also thanks to a push by Rousey, Macias works as a stuntwoman. And her choice of words to describe slightly terrifying situations speaks volumes.

“One stunt, my entire body was lit on fire,” Macias said excitedly. “And I had to run and break through french doors. That was really fun. Maybe the only scary part of that is that you have to hold your breath for them to be able to put you out. But I didn’t really think about that at the time.”

In fact, even then Macias’ life has intersected with Rousey’s.

“I also did a stunt job with Ronda one time, for her Metro PCS commercial,” Macias recalled. “Getting thrown in the octagon.”

There’s also something to be said for the fact that, for Macias, fighting wasn’t an obligation, but rather a choice. While Macias had obviously always had a knack for physical activity, having tried her hand at basically every sport, she was always “kind of bookworm” too.

Macias, in fact, graduated with honors – going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado. Still, once the fire for judo went out, she decided to just keep being an athlete.

“I like it a lot more. I don’t know anything else,” Macias said.

‘I just thank (Rousey) for paving the way’

Considering the massive icon that Rousey became, it’s hard not to think of her as somewhat of a measuring stick for up-and-comers. Women coming from judo, especially, are bound to get that comparison sooner or later.

When you’re a woman coming from judo who happens to have been close friends with Rousey since junior high, being attached to the ex-champ’s name is downright inevitable.

Macias is aware of that. And while she believes that people are bound to realize the two have entirely different fighting styles – as they did in judo – she isn’t bothered by the comparisons.

“I embrace it, definitely,” Macias said. “I don’t think it’s every day that someone you’ve known since your childhood grows up to be a superstar in a sport that you very well can do. I know it’s inevitable. I just thank her for paving the way.”

Now, however, Macias is focused on making her own way in MMA. For that, she trains under Chris Beasley at Nashville MMA – home to UFC fighters like bantamweight Luke Sanders. And while she does dream big, her main focus has been on taking it one step at a time.

For now, Macias doesn’t have a specific timeline as for when she wants to have her pro debut. But she could’ve taken some shortcuts. In fact, Macias recalled, even before her amateur debut she’d had a meeting with Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp.

Instead of jumping straight into Invicta, however, the fighter chose to take the  longer road. Why? For no reason other that she wants to make sure it leads somewhere.

“I kind of just took a step back and really just wanted to make sure I got the experience first,” Macias said. “For me, the judo experience helped me so much that I was like, ‘You know what? I don’t want to try and rush it. Because it is nice to have things fast. And I’d love to be in the UFC tomorrow.

“But I know what you have to do to get success. I know you have to put in work. I do want to have a long career at this. I don’t want to just kind of fight and maybe rush it too much and it not work out the way I want.”

For more on upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants Ronda Rousey's record, but instead will history repeat itself at UFC 217?


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UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked in Rose Namajunas’ direction during Thursday’s UFC 217 press conference and delivered a message that should’ve sounded familiar to fight fans.

And not necessarily in a good way, either.

“I think this press conference is a little bit too much, and after the second face-off, she’s going to be more stressing out about our fight on Saturday,” Jedrzejczyk said, ever so confidently. “I think you cannot be the champion, because you just can’t do this. You can’t deal with the media. You can’t deal with the pressure. It’s too much for you.”

When have we heard something like this before? Which former UFC champion once said essentially the same thing, claiming the challenger wouldn’t be ready to handle the responsibility of holding the title?

Did you forget?

It was Ronda Rousey during the build-up to her title fight against Holly Holm nearly two years ago at UFC 193.

“No, I don’t think she would be comfortable being champion,” Rousey said back then. “I think it would take away from her quality of life to be perfectly honest. I think this kind of environment isn’t what Holly would like. I hope she takes the money from losing and has a great life, one she would like a lot more than this one.”

We all know how that ended – with a stunning loss and one of MMA’s biggest upsets.

Now look, I’m not saying Namajunas will dominate and finish Jedrzejczyk with a devastating head kick or anything crazy. In fact, I don’t think Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) wins because, hello, how could you pick against Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), a 6-1 favorite, at this point?

But there are some striking similarities that cannot be ignored. In addition to what’s been said, there’s also the fact that those words were aimed at quiet, unassuming opponents. Namajunas, like Holm, isn’t one to talk trash. And it’s felt like Jedrzejczyk, like Rousey, has forced trying to sell the fight with antics – for instance, twice crossing the line and touching her fist to Namajunas’ face during staredowns. With Rousey, it was blowing up on Holm during weigh-ins.

And there’s this: Jedrzejczyk seemingly is looking past Namajunas, much like Rousey did Holm. Granted, Rousey’s future focus wasn’t related to MMA; she’d already decided beforehand to take time off to focus on acting. At least with Jedrzejczyk, it’s about fighting – breaking Rousey’s consecutive title-defense record and then dominating two other divisions.

But still. Focus on the task at hand first.

Jedrzejczyk can tie Rousey’s record with her sixth straight defense if she wins her pay-per-view bout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

But don’t you kind of wonder if the stars are lining up for history to repeat itself in a negative way for the champion?

I do.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Joanna Jedrzejczyk has no doubt she'll beat Ronda Rousey's UFC title-defense record


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NEW YORK CITY – Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is promising history in her fight at UFC 217.

Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) attempts to tie Ronda Rousey’s UFC record of six consecutive title defenses for a female champion when she puts her belt up for grabs against Rose Namajunas’ (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in Saturday’s co-main event.

UFC 217 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jedrzejczyk vs. Namajunas airs on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Although she’s essentially retired, Rousey’s run of dominance during her prime was impressive. Jedrzejczyk has done things her own way during her reign, steamrolling opponent after opponent. She’s ready to add one more to the win column at UFC 217 to tie Rousey’s record. After that, she said she’ll take sole possession.

“I’m ready to put on a great fight on Saturday,” Jedrzejczyk said at today’s UFC 217 open workouts. “Believe me, I will tie Ronda Rousey’s record (and then) break the record of seven title fights in the women’s division.”

Like most of her fights, Jedrzejczyk, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, enters UFC 217 as a sizable 6-1 betting favorite. She said her striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu will be superior to No. 6 Namajunas, and she said she sees no scenario where she will falter on the cusp of history.

“I don’t give up,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I never give up. I’m ready. I was born ready.”

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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MMA's week out of the cage: Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey resurface, Cerrone's rattlesnake, more

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Check out the 'Why We Fight' series trailer that has backing from Ronda Rousey

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A new eight-part documentary series debuts next week that promises to take viewers inside the minds and hearts of fighters.

“Why We Fight” debuts next Wednesday on Verizon’s go90 streaming network. The eight-episode series is executive produced by former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

The series follows fighter Zac Wohlman as he travels around the world seeking answers to not only some of his own struggles and demons, but to the question: “Why do we fight?” Wohlman meets fellow fighters to hear their own reasons for why they do what they do.

Wohlman, a California native, fought through a drug addiction and went on a trip that he hoped would help heal old wounds to let him return to boxing. In the premiere episode, Wohlman travels to Tijuana, Mexico, to study the art of boxing.

“‘Why We Fight’ is a powerful, visceral and multi-layered journey that goes beyond the ring and explores the motivations that compel these athletes to compete in their sport,” stated Justin Killion, general manager of premium content for Complex Networks, which is distributing the series through go90. “We’re honored that Zac shared his personal story with us.”

Check out the series’ trailer in the video above.

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'At a crossroads,' is Ronda Rousey headed to the WWE … with husband Travis Browne?

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We’re quickly approaching a year since Ronda Rousey last stepped inside the octagon, and we still aren’t sure what her next career move is.

But the former dominant UFC women’s bantamweight champion may have given a really big hint after landing at the airport in Los Angeles with new husband Travis Browne. Is Rousey headed to the WWE? And is Browne going to join her there?

Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) didn’t exactly confirm that’s her next move – but she didn’t exactly deny it, either, when talking to TMZ. Neither did Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC).

Rousey pushed back a little on the TMZ interviewer’s question and implied that if she did have something in the works with pro wrestling’s biggest organization, she wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

“If you were a real fan, would you really want to know?” Rousey asked. “My best friend’s out there – Shayna (Baszler), I don’t even want her to tell me anything that’ll ever happen because I enjoy it more that way and I don’t want to ruin anything.”

Baszler, one of Rousey’s longtime best friends, transitioned to pro wrestling in 2015 and recently made the finals of the WWE’s all-women’s tournament at the Mae Young Classic.

Rousey has not fought since her comeback fight at UFC 207 this past December against champion Amanda Nunes. In that fight, she was stopped with a TKO in just 48 seconds. It was her first fight in 13 months after losing her title in a shocking knockout upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Browne has lost four straight fights and six of his past eight. His rough run started with a title eliminator in the UFC on FOX 11 main event in April 2014, when he was dominated by Fabricio Werdum, who went on to win the title. He alternated losses and wins for four fights, but then started his current four-fight skid with a TKO loss to Cain Velasquez, followed by a rematch loss to Werdum, a knockout loss to Derrick Lewis and a submission loss at UFC 213 in July to Oleksiy Oliynyk.

“We’ll see … we’re still making decisions on my part (and) see where I go in the future,” Browne said. “I’m not going to say no (to the WWE).”

Rousey said she had Browne, who got married in August, aren’t in a hurry.

“We are at a crossroads and we have the luxury of time,” Rousey said.

There’s been speculation that Rousey has been training pro wrestling for a potential WWE story line that would culminate with a match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view in November.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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