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


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.

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