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According to a report from USA Today, MMA star Ronda Rousey looks set to at last sign a contract with WWE. Sources close to the ex-UFC Women’s Bantamweight champ revealed she is currently undergoing the formalities of finalising the switch to the sports entertainment giants.

The move has been in the making for some time now, going all the way back to 2015’s WrestleMania 31, when Rousey leaped the barricade to share the ring with The Rock opposite Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Though nothing materialised in the wake of her Santa Clara intrusion, talk of Rousey’s imminent Stamford arrival has persisted ever since.

This past July, Rousey and her fellow Four Horsewomen buddies Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shifir turned up at WWE’s Mae Young classic in support of the fourth of their quarter, Shayna Baszler. The company shot an angle in which the trio confronted three of WWE’s own Four Horsewomen, instigating widespread speculation that the eight would square off come Survivor Series.

That never came to fruition either, but Rousey’s re-appearance on WWE TV was clearly designed to sow the seeds for something greater down the line, reportedly a one-on-one confrontation with Charlotte Flair come WrestleMania 34. Last month, it was reported that ‘Rowdy’ had already began training with the company ahead of the supposed clash, but no deal had yet been struck.

It now seems the two parties have came to a formal agreement, making Rousey a WWE superstar pending an official announcement and effectively ending her time within the Octagon.

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Dana White would rather see Ronda Rousey living a civilian life than return to the cage.

The former women’s bantamweight champion has all but retired since losing to Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds at UFC 207 in December in her return from a 13-month layoff, and as White told the media Tuesday in Las Vegas, he’d rather she stay that way.

“I wouldn’t want to see it,” White said, per MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. “I wouldn’t want it to happen. I care about her. She’s got enough money. She’s got enough money and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen. It’s like Chuck Liddell. I was hearing that Chuck was talking about fighting again. I hope that’s not true.”

Since suffering her second straight KO at Nunes’ hands, Rousey has tied the knot with longtime UFC heavyweight Travis Browne and been attached to a WWE foray, and to hear White tell it, she’s enjoying life after cagefighting.

“She’s super happy. She’s traveling, she’s hanging out, she’s doing her thing. Imagine never having a personal life and then you get one.”

That being said, White maintains Rousey hasn’t formally retired, with the USADA “still popping up at her house and testing her,” although the anti-doping agency has yet to screen her in 2017, according to its official database.

As for why she hasn’t called it a career, the UFC boss remains as clueless as the rest of us.

“She’s not ready to say I quit. She’s not ready to say I’m done, for whatever reason. She doesn’t tick like everybody else ticks. We found that out throughout the years … She has this awesome personal life, she’s super happy and why put up with that aggravation anymore? Just announce it and the USADA stuff stops.”

Charlotte spoke with Uproxx on a number of pro wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Appearing in Triple H’s WrestleMania XXX entrance:

“Triple H was basically like, I wanna take some NXT talent and reward them, I think, and make them a part of his entrance. It was me, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss. Here we are four years later, and especially Alexa Bliss, going into Survivor Seriesthis weekend. But then me and Sasha, we had all these epic moments last year, and then to be back four years later. … I know then, when we were in Gorilla [position], I was like “oh my gosh, I have to walk out and I have to stand there, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to breathe.” I could never picture myself wrestling, so to think that. … You never know where life’s gonna take you, four years later. Here, I’m hoping, that I’m main-eventing WrestleMania 34.”

What she wants to see at WrestleMania 34, as a fan:

“Honestly, for a women’s singles match. I know that WrestleMania is a day that we try to get everyone involved because it is the biggest day of the year. It’s such a family event. But I would like a women’s singles match. … Competitively, I wanna be in it, I’m not gonna lie. I would be upset if I wasn’t. But at the same time, having a singles match for the women just goes to show how much WWE has invested in the women as a whole, and how important women’s wrestling is to kids and families. To send that message out there that women can do anything they want in a male-dominated world.”

Who she wants to face at WrestleMania 34:

“Last match? Maybe fatal four-way, Four Horsewomen, I think that’s the main event match. I don’t really have a dream singles, I just dream of main eventing. When I think of WrestleMania, you think of so many outside celebrities and athletes getting involved. Maybe a WrestleMania moment would be Queen versus Queen, me versus Stephanie McMahon. I see storylines that could lead into WrestleMania like that, but [choosing] one person is so hard. … I really don’t know. I would love to face Becky Lynch one-on-one. I’d love to face Bayley. I’d love to face Sasha. It’s a lot of talent; it’s hard. It boils down to the right storyline.”

Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey may never fight in the Octagon again, but that doesn’t mean their rivalry is squashed.

Tate, who retired after a loss in November 2016 at UFC 205, hasn’t expressed any interest in returning to the sport as a participant, however, during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session Wednesday, she expressed confidence when discussing a potential third fight with Rousey.

“The animosity is very real,” Tate replied when asked about the hatred between the two fighters. “It’s just not at the forefront of my life anymore.

“If we fought a third time, I know I would win.”

Rousey defeated Tate by submission in both of their previous contests, in March 2012 and December 2013.

While Tate has officially retired, Rousey walked away after two embarrassing losses without much explanation, a move her rival did not approve of.

“We all lose,” Tate replied when asked if she feels sympathy for Rousey. “It just depends how you take it afterwards.

“I don’t really respect her decision to walk away from the sport that gave her so much.”

UFC star Ronda Rousey is reported to have signed terms with WWE, ahead of a potential starring role at next year’s WrestleMania.

Neither party has yet commented on the speculation, but fresh rumours surfacing this weekend have claimed the 30-year-old will shortly begin training at the company’s Performance Centre in Orlando.

All of this, so we’re told, is to culminate in New Orleans on 8 April, where WWE will host its 34th annual wrestling showpiece in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Few details aside from the above are currently known, although The Mirror is prepared to entertain the possibility of her being involved in WrestleMania’s first ever female main event.

That is perhaps a little premature, but self-confessed wrestling fan Rousey comes with ready-made storylines left unresolved from her previous appearances in the squared circle, having come to blows with Stephanie McMahon two years ago.

She was also involved in a backstage confrontation with WWE’s “Four Horsewomen” – Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bayley – after showing up at the Mae Young Classic last month.

Having tasted defeat in her last two UFC outings, MMA pundits have suggested that Rousey may be prepared to call time on her career in the Octagon.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE officials are still planning on doing the Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen match with Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The match is now being planned for WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. One reason the match has been pushed back until then is because there’s a RAW vs. SmackDown theme at Survivor Series, where the match was once rumored to take place. Another reason they’re waiting until 2018 to do the match is the feeling that the extra time will help them get Rousey, Duke and Shafir ready for the ring.

Baszler continues to train at the WWE Performance Center under her WWE NXT deal and Rousey was at the Performance Center this past week. No word yet on the rumored Rousey vs. Flair singles match happening in the future but it was once rumored for WrestleMania.

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WWE has announced that Mae Young Classic runner-up Shayna Baszler has officially started at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. They announced the following:

Shayna Baszler officially joins the WWE Performance CenterShayna Baszler already made history as a finalist in the inaugural WWE Mae Young Classic. Now, The Queen of Spades is ready to embark on her new career in WWE as an official member of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

Baszler, a former UFC fighter originally from Sioux City, S.D., began training full-time at the Performance Center last week.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and twisting limbs off and breaking bodies,” she told WWE.com. “I can’t wait.”

The WWE Universe watched this past summer as Baszler used a rear-naked choke to submit four consecutive opponents and advance to the Mae Young Classic Final, where she lost to tournament winner Kairi Sane of Japan.

A member of the MMA Four Horsewomen and former training partner of Ronda Rousey, Baszler brings extensive catch wrestling expertise to the Performance Center. She learned the dangerous and hybrid form of grappling under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett and the late U.K. legend Billy Robinson, continuing a prestigious lineage that also includes Karl Gotch, whom Japanese audiences once dubbed “The God of Wrestling.”

Baszler described WWE as “the next step” in her progression as a combat athlete.

“It’s very serious to me and, in some ways, a lot more important [than MMA] based on where I come from,” Baszler said. “Waving the banner of my coaches is a heavy flag to wield, so it’s something I take very serious. Because of that, I wanted to start at the beginning and show that I’m willing to start at the bottom and prove myself and work my way up, so there’s no excuse when I get here and I’m breaking these girls in half. I didn’t get any ‘gimmes.'”