Dana White Denies 'Crock of S--t' Rumors on WWE's Ronda Rousey Fighting at UFC 300

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Dana White Denies ‘Crock of S–t’ Rumors on WWE’s Ronda Rousey Fighting at UFC 300

UFC President Dana White swiftly debunked rumors on Tuesday surrounding Ronda Rousey’s purported desire to stage a comeback in the octagon for a fight at UFC 300.

According to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, White vehemently discredited the report published by the Daily Mail, remarking, “Stop reading the Daily Mail; everything that they write is a load of nonsense.”

White went on to elaborate, “Ronda is in a different phase of her life right now. She built an incredible legacy here in the women’s division and then pursued her dream in the WWE, where she achieved remarkable success and amassed substantial wealth. She’s moved forward with her life.”

Over the weekend, Sadie Whitelocks of the Daily Mail cited an anonymous “confidant” of Rousey’s who claimed:

“She recently participated in a match at SummerSlam and is contemplating winding down her WWE commitments. She’s now considering the possibility of a final UFC fight and potentially competing at UFC 300, which is slated for next year.”

The source also revealed Rousey’s intention to expand her family by having a second child with her husband, former UFC fighter Travis Browne, a development that could potentially alter her supposed plan to rejoin MMA for UFC 300.

Rousey, aged 36, initially rose to prominence in judo, clinching a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She later transitioned to MMA, emerging as one of the sport’s most iconic figures.

In her professional MMA career, she boasted an immaculate record of 12-0, with nine submissions and three knockouts, including an impressive 6-0 record in the UFC.

Rousey became the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight champion and successfully defended her title before a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015.

Just over a year later, Rousey made a comeback to the Octagon, facing Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, but was defeated via first-round technical knockout.

This defeat prompted Rousey to step away from MMA and pursue her aspiration of becoming a professional wrestler in the WWE.

During her two WWE tenures from 2018 to 2019 and 2022 to 2023, Rousey achieved numerous accolades, including winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship twice, as well as the Raw Women’s Championship and WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships once each. She also emerged victorious in the 2022 women’s Royal Rumble match.

Notably, Rousey played a pivotal role in the first-ever women’s match to headline a WrestleMania event, competing in a Triple Threat against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.

Following her recent loss to Shayna Baszler under MMA rules at SummerSlam, Rousey posted on Instagram: “[Shayna Baszler], you were the reason I got into this business… Now I got no reason to stay.”

This has fueled speculation that Rousey may have concluded her WWE stint, at least for the time being, potentially paving the way for a return to the UFC.

given the immense drawing power of a Rousey comeback to the UFC, it appears White would be more receptive to the idea if he believed it had a genuine chance of materializing.

Reference

https://www.si.com/fannation/mma/news/alex-pereira-ufc-rematch

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists

https://bleacherreport.com/articles

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