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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in training to become a pro wrestler, according to Fightful.com, who claim to have gained information from unnamed sources close to WWE.

Rousey has apparently started training with current WWE superstar (and trainer) Brian Kendrick, who currently competes on 205 Live. Her entry into the industry was apparently a big talking point backstage at the tapings of the recent Mae Young Classic (which airs on the WWE Network later this month).

MMA fans will be very familiar with Rousey, one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. She is a known wrestling fan, and memorably appeared at WrestleMania 31 in a segment alongside The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. At the time, this led to wild speculation that Rousey would be booked for a match at a subsequent ‘Mania – although nothing has come of it since.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, losing to Amanda Nunes in a matter of seconds. She has since teased a ‘big announcement’ on her official website, but it’s unclear whether this is linked to her rumoured venture into wrestling.

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The rumor mill can’t go more than a few months without churning out speculation that Ronda Rousey is on the verge of joining the WWE ranks. After her appearance at WrestleMania 31 – one of the event’s most talked about segments – the self-confessed obsessive wrestling fan has been continuously linked to the company via little more than gossip and wishful thinking.

Following back-to-back brutal TKO defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has plummeted from her lofty status as MMA’s biggest draw and most polarizing superstar. A once-burgeoning Hollywood career has stalled amidst criticism of her acting skills and the loss of her aura of invincibility.

She hasn’t shown any intent to compete in the octagon again, although that’s merely conjecture based on the fact that she’s avoided addressing it with the media since her demoralizing beatdown at UFC 207. It’s worth noting that UFC President Dana White has gone on record with the opinion that we’ve seen the last of her in the cage.

Now the wrestling world is once again buzzing with talk that ‘Rowdy’ Ronda is WWE-bound, and this time the fuel for the fire is Rousey following a bevy of official WWE-related Twitter accounts.

The Olympic bronze medalist isn’t a frequent Twitter user and hasn’t posted anything in over a month and a half, with her second-to-last tweet being one of the excellent NXT vignettes on Roderick Strong. Although she has over three million followers, the judoka only follows less than a thousand people in return, so there could actually be some significance to these mass connections.

Some of the accounts Ronda has followed are @WWE, @WWEUniverse, @BellaTwins, @NaomiWWE, @TheAJMendez, and @NatByNature, the latter of which recently praised the UFC star in a Sports Illustrated interview and expressed her desire to face her in the squared circle.

The McMahons and company have made no secret about their aspirations to again work with Rousey, with Stephanie calling Ronda and the WWE “a match made in heaven.” The door is obviously open should she ever chose to walk through it, and as someone with a newfound penchant for being disfigured by punches and kicks, the worked environment of professional wrestling would seem to suit her much better at this point in her life.

Add in the fact that she’s among the most dedicated of fanatics and there actually could be some fire stirring up all this smoke.

All that being said, these are still nothing more than rumors based on the shakiest of foundations. Take this for what it’s worth until something more concrete materializes.

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Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne are tying the knot.

The UFC mainstays told TMZ they were engaged Thursday, and although they have yet to attach a date to the nuptials, they can probably rule out July, as Browne is expected to face fellow heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 213 in Las Vegas.

Rousey and Browne started dating in 2015 after “Hapa” joined her at Glendale Fight Club in California, and made their relationship public in October of that year.

Given the logistics involved in planning a wedding, the announcement will likely dash the Rousey faithful’s hopes of seeing her return to the Octagon in the near future. The former women’s bantamweight champ returned from a 13-month layoff in December, only to be KO’d in 48 seconds by reigning queen Amanda Nunes.

Between the wedding and a budding career on both the silver and small screens, Rousey’s gloves probably won’t be coming off the shelf anytime soon.

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The chances of Ronda Rousey ever entering the Octagon again grow slimmer by the day.

“Rowdy” has remained mum on the state of her fighting career since being demolished by Amanda Nunes in her return from a 13-month layoff at UFC 207, and as far as president Dana White is concerned, a comeback appears to have been relegated to the back of her mind.

“Ronda and I talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks,” White said, according to MMA Fighting. “She has not said anything to me about a comeback.

“And If I had to guess, I would guess that she will not come back.”

The former women’s bantamweight champ has been knocked out in each of her last two fights after defending the divisional strap on six occasions.

Rousey’s exploits in the cage have netted her a bevy of opportunities outside it, most notably on the small and silver screens. She was last seen shooting a guest-starring role in NBC’s “Blindspot” earlier this year.

Should the Nunes bout prove to be her last, Rousey would walk away from the Octagon with a 12-2 professional record, with all but one of her professional wins coming before the second-round horn.

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Ronda Rousey has landed herself a guest spot on the NBC series “Blindspot.”

The episode is expected to air in April and will feature the former women’s bantamweight champion playing the role of a prison inmate.

“Rousey will be playing Devon Penberthy, a female prison inmate who grew up in a working class family from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines,” NBC said in a press release, per Uproxx. “She is a tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon.”

Rousey’s past acting credits include “Entourage,” “Furious 7,” and “The Expendables 3.”

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Floyd Mayweather is standing by his fellow fighter.

Despite having traded harsh words with Ronda Rousey in the past, Mayweather was nothing but supportive of the former UFC champion following her second consecutive devastating loss. Rousey returned from a 13-month layoff at UFC 207 in December, only to be knocked out in 48 seconds by Amanda Nunes.

In a recent conversation with FightHype, Mayweather was asked about Rousey and after taking a moment to discuss his past domestic abuse cases (which combined with Rousey’s dominant run as champion had some positing that the two should fight), he offered his support to the MMA star.

“Ronda Rousey – hold your head up. Stay focused. Keep believing. A true champion can bounce back,” said Mayweather. “You’ll be okay. Everything will be okay. I think that with her losing, it had a lot to do with time off. She maybe should have competed against another female MMA fighter that wasn’t as active as (Nunes).”

Mayweather was similarly supportive of Rousey after she was KO’d by Holly Holm in November 2015. Though she previously indicated that the Nunes fight would be one of her last, “Money” thinks it would be a mistake for her to go out on such a low note.

“I don’t want her to think that it’s the end of the world,” said Mayweather. “She’s hearing it from the best. She’ll be okay. Ronda Rousey hold your head up, you’re still a true champion in our eyes. You made women’s MMA huge, so stay focused, go back to the drawing board, and do what you gotta do.

“2017 is a whole new year, that was last year. That was 2016 if I’m not mistaken, now it’s 2017, so you’re undefeated this year. Come back, champ.”

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If Ronda Rousey is looking to improve her striking game, former boxer Jeff Mayweather will be ready to take her on.

The 52-year-old Mayweather – uncle to living legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. – has lent his savvy to MMA fighters Muhammed Lawal and submission-expert-turned-knockout-artist Roy Nelson, and recently told Eyes of the Game’s Helen Yee he could groom the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion into a “decent striker” in relatively short order.

“I would say probably, maybe two-to-three months,” Mayweather said, according to Bloody Elbow’s Milan Ordonez. “She knows how to fight, but it’s just that she hasn’t been taught the right way, that’s all. So I don’t think it would take that long.”

The former boxer is one of a growing list of combat sports veterans – including Cris Cyborg’s coach Jason Parillo and Mayweather’s elder brother Floyd Sr. – to offer Rousey their services after she was knocked out by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last week, a loss that put a bevy of wary eyes on her boxing coach Edmond Tarverdyan. The way Mayweather sees it, Rousey would be better off proving the rumor mill right and hanging up her gloves instead of sticking with her much-maligned trainer.

“I think if she doesn’t, she might as well just retire. If she continues doing what she’s doing with the same guy, she’s not gonna get no better. That’s already proven.”