The WWE is hoping to get its end of the bargain after allowing Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. The company hopes to bring in former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for a match at Wrestlemania 33.
Sports media personality Anthony DiMoro posted an article at Forbes.com stating that the WWE will be using the fact they allowed Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 as their leverage to book Rousey a spot at next year’s Wrestlemania set to be held in Orlando, Florida. Aside from Wrestlemania, WWE is also hoping to have some of the UFC stars be a part of their upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view, which will take place in August and will also have Lesnar in it.
DiMoro hinted that Lesnar’s comeback to the UFC may not be a one-off outing and that could open the possibilities of UFC stars crossing over to the WWE both in appearance and in a scheduled fight.
“The details of how WWE and UFC arrived at an agreement as well as the full details of the agreement remains a mystery at this time but it appears the two companies have more in store aside from Lesnar competing at UFC 200 while still under a contract with WWE,” DiMoro wrote.
He added that Wrestlemania 31 got a lot of boost and was considered memorable when Ronda Rousey stepped inside the ring together with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. WWE is hoping they can secure Rousey for an actual match at their biggest event of the year.
DiMoro added that UFC might be inclined to work with WWE in terms of promotion and vice versa due to the Lesnar deal.
“UFC also recognizes the promotional power of being prominently featured at an event as monumental as a ‘WrestleMania’ and clearly sees value in securing heavy promotion for the UFC brand during the show. This could include advertising, sponsorships and plenty of camera time for UFC stars appearing at the event,” DiMoro added.
Both UFC and Rousey have yet to make any official statement regarding the said deal. Rousey had just undergone a surgery to her knee this month and UFC president Dana White said that they are hoping that her recovery could speed up as she is set to take on Holly Holm either in December or early next year. White added that after Holm, Rousey will be pitted against the current women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
Rousey was scheduled for a comeback after suffering a stunning loss to Holm at UFC 196 but was halted after she was medically suspended by UFC, which included a no-contact suspension for 45-days, and no fights for 60-days, and will depend on CT scan results to have her suspension reduced. She was medically cleared on Dec. 9, 2015, but the suspensions still hold.
Now that Rousey is set for a UFC comeback, a spot at the WWE will further boost her fan base as well as give the UFC another platform to promote their upcoming fight such as UFC 200 which will also feature WWE’s own Brock Lesnar.
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