'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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The photos are in: Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne get married in Hawaii

The most dominant women’s champion in UFC history has been off the market for a while, and on Saturday, she made it official.

Former women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey tied the knot with UFC heavyweight Travis Browne in Hawaii this past weekend, and both fighters have started to share photos from their nuptials on social media.

Both Rousey and Browne have posted four photos each from their wedding. For Rousey, the pics were her first Instagram posts since an Aug. 10 video telling fans big news was “coming soon” at her revamped website.

Rousey’s comments on the photos included saying it was the “happiest day” of her life. Browne called Rousey “perfect in every way.”

Browne proposed to Rousey earlier this year while on a trip to New Zealand. The pair had been a couple for a while, and while they were dating Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres she wanted to have Browne’s babies.

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When it comes to her work life, Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has not fought since a 48-second TKO loss this past December to Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 main event. She was attempting to win back the bantamweight title she lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015 in one of the most stunning upsets in MMA history.

But while mum on whether or not she’ll fight again – UFC President Dana White doesn’t think she will, and he’s not alone – Rousey has kept busy on movie and TV screens. Along with her recent big-screen roles in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and “Entourage,” she apppeared as a prisoner in an episode of “Blindspot” and recently was a coach on “Battle of the Network Stars.”

Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) has had a rough past three and a half years in the octagon. After getting in position to fight for a shot at the title, he lost a decision to Fabricio Werdum in April 2014, which started a 2-6 current run. He has dropped four straight fights to ex-champs Cain Velasquez and Werdum (in a rematch), as well as Derrick Lewis and Oleksiy Oliynyk.

But on Saturday, it was all about Hawaii and the big #Browsey2017 nuptials. Check out the photos below.

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

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MMA's week out of the cage: Ronda Rousey's wedding, Eclipse 2017, Hurricane Harvey

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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Weddings, anniversaries and engagements

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Why Dana White isn't attending Ronda Rousey's wedding

Despite their close relationship, UFC President Dana White won’t be attending Ronda Rousey’s wedding.

The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will tie the knot with heavyweight Travis Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) on Saturday. That, of course, overlaps with the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, which White will be ringside for.

White revealed the scheduling conflict during an interview today on The Rich Eisen Show.

“Ronda Rousey gets married tomorrow,” White said. “Tomorrow is her wedding. She’s in a good place, she’s happy and hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that, but she’s focusing on this wedding.”

White and Rousey have been close since the biggest star in women’s MMA history entered the UFC in February 2013. Rousey has not competed since a 48-second TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December, and while White said he would have loved to attend the wedding, nothing is going to take his attention away from Mayweather vs. McGregor.

“Of all the days (for it to happen),” White said. “She said, ‘I’m getting married. Will you come to the wedding?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ The wedding’s tomorrow.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC President Dana White says Travis Browne should retire after UFC 213 loss

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UFC President Dana White believes Travis Brownee’s UFC 213 loss should mark the end of his MMA career.

Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday when he was submitted by Aleksei Oleinik (52-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in the second round of the heavyweight bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He hasn’t won a contest since January 2016, and White said “Hapa” should walk away from competition following the latest result.

“I think that Travis should retire,” White told reporters at the UFC 213 post-fight news conference.

Browne’s fall from grace has come as a shock to many. The 34-year-old was once considered a future heavyweight title contender, but he’s never been able reach that level of success.

Although he has some big wins over the likes of Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve and more, his drought has featured three stoppage losses out of four fights, with the outcome of his fight against Oleinik being the first submission defeat of his career.

White said he’s long been high on Browne’s potential, but said his shift in career trajectory shows the unforgiving nature of the sport.

“Travis Browne was one of those guys right before, I would say the ‘Bigfoot’ (Silva) fight, even the ‘Bigfoot’ fight, he got injured, he blew his hamstring or something weird happened to him that fight – the guy looked like he would be a world champion,” White said. “This is one of those sports, you never know. One minute you’re absolutely unbeatable, and unstoppable, then the next minute you can’t win a fight.”

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Aleksei Oleinik taps 3-1 favorite Travis Browne, hands 'Hapa' fourth straight loss

Travis Browne had Aleksei Oleinik hurt after dropping him with punches midway through the first round, but before he knew it he was on the mat himself, and not by choice.

After staging a sudden comeback in the opening round, Oleinik (52-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) exploited his advantage over Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) on the mat in the second, latching on a rear-naked choke to force the submission at the 3:44 mark of Round 2.

The heavyweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of and a main card on pay-per-view.

Once again, Browne got off to a promising start thanks to his striking, using his kicks to keep Oleinik at bay before dropping him with punches after a damaging left hook in the opening round.

But it didn’t Oleinik long to recover and rally, dropping Browne with a looping punch of his own, then taking his back in the final minute of the round.

If that grappling exchange worried Browne, you wouldn’t have known it by his decision to take Oleinik down early in the second round. While he initially succeeded in seizing top position, Browne soon found himself with Oleinik on his back again, and this time it was with more time to work.

As Oleinik used his legs to scissor Browne’s body, he also locked up the rear-naked choke from an unconventional side angle, gradually increasing the pressure until Browne was forced to tap. With that, Oleinik had a big comeback and big win against a very big opponent.

Oleinik has now won two in a row in the UFC. Browne has lost his last four fights and five of his past six.

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For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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When 'punks' squatted in Ronda Rousey's house to steal, Travis Browne took care of business

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You’d imagine being one of the most famous MMA fighters in the world would make people think twice before breaking into your house, taking your stuff and sleeping in your bed.

But that was certainly no concern for the “little punks” who allegedly broke into ex-champ Ronda Rousey’s home a few months ago. During an appearance on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” today, Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) gave details of a burglary she said took place shortly before she left for vacation in New Zealand with fiance and fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne (18-6-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC).

Browne went on to propose to her on that very trip – under a waterfall, crying heavily, Rousey added. She, as we know, said yes. And though he never got a chance to ask her mother for her blessing beforehand, Rousey said it was not for the lack of trying.

“We stopped by the house right before we were going to leave for the airport,” Rousey told host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Jerry O’Connell. “And he was going to sneak away and go ask my mom for permission. And then right when we got to the house, we realized we were robbed. Someone had been squatting in my house for three days, sleeping in my bed.

“(They) stole my Olympic ring, stole my guns, stole all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house. My credit cards.”

The alleged criminals clearly weren’t particularly smart about it, either. All it took was Rousey and Browne reviewing the security footage to spot some skateboards and locate the alleged perps in a nearby skatepark in Venice Beach, Calif. Rousey is also quite sure they were well aware of who they were stealing from.

“There’s no way – you can’t not know it’s my house,” Rousey said. “It was like … yeah, what little punks.”

While the alleged burglars were probably not enthused to spot the 6-foot-7, 260-pound UFC heavyweight headed their way, Rousey said Browne was smart enough not to take matters into his own hands. He called law enforcement instead – probably avoiding a lawsuit in the process. Rousey said the alleged perps were caught but didn’t reveal if she got her belongings back.

“I wish 5 minutes with me was a sentence,” Rousey said. “But I think that would go under cruel and unusual punishment.”

Rousey was on the show to talk about her new gig on the reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars,” which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. She is one of two team captains on the revamped version of the long-running series, which pits network stars against each other in sporting competitions.  Former NFL standout DeMarcus Ware is the leader of the opposing team.

Asked to sum up their roles, Rousey answered with a laugh.

“It’s pretty much to convince people to do things they don’t feel like doing,” Rousey said.

While she’s been keeping busy outside the octagon, Rousey’s future inside of it remains uncertain. After a 48-second knockout loss to champ Amanda Nunes at last December’s UFC 207, which followed a massive upset to Holly Holm that cost her the UFC title in November of 2015, many question whether she’s ever going back to competing in MMA. That list includes UFC president Dana White.

Rousey, who was also the UFC’s first female champ, remains one of the all-time greatest mainstream names the sport has produced.

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

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Derrick Lewis responded to Travis Browne and Francis Ngannou in 'Black Beast' fashion

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Derrick Lewis appeared to be an easy target following a loss in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, but the retiring heavyweight had a few final shots.

Following a fourth-round TKO loss to vet Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) provided a surprise by suggesting he’s done fighting.

“It’s probably my last fight,” the 32-year-old said after the bout. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

The announcement prompted a few reactions from fellow UFC heavyweights. They included Travis Browne, who suffered a knockout loss to “The Black Beast” earlier this year. In the buildup to the fight, Lewis mentioned Browne’s alleged past domestic violence – something Browne called “fake news.” Well, following Lewis’ loss on Saturday, Browne post a message saying he “just watched you quit” and told Lewis he should retire. However, “if you have the balls,” Browne stated he’s open to a rematch.

Additionally, fellow contender/potential future opponent Francis Ngannou also took a shot at the “baby” following the Hunt loss.

Well, this morning, Lewis, who’s one of MMA’s better social-media stars, responded (via Twitter):

Although he may be done fighting in the cage, it appears Lewis’ social-media game will remain in full effect.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Travis Browne cuts deep with Instagram post for Derrick Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110 loss

Travis Browne is still upset with Derrick Lewis for his comments prior to their fight earlier this year, and he used Lewis’ UFC Fight Night 110 loss as a platform to fire back.

Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) made numerous remarks about Browne’s 2015 domestic violence investigation by the UFC both before and after their UFC Fight Night 105 bout in February, which “The Black Beast” won by second-round knockout. Lewis claimed Browne “beat” his former spouse, despite the allegations going unconfirmed after “inconclusive evidence.”

Moreover, Lewis has also made lewd comments about Browne’s finance, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Following Lewis’ fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Browne posted an Instagram message aimed at his former foe, urging him to retire from the sport and criticizing previous comments about having the “most heart” in the heavyweight division.

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Lewis originally stated that his disdain for Browne’s alleged history stemmed from the fact he witnessed abuse between his parents growing up. Browne referenced that history in his post, just before declaring he would be open to a rematch to settle the score.

Browne, who is currently scheduled to fight Alexey Oleinik at UFC 213 in July, wasn’t the only one to take aim at Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110. Heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou also fired shots, calling Lewis a “baby.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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