Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The rumors are flying that Ronda Rousey has been signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and will make her debut sometime early next year. For her part, she's playing coy.
The rumors are swirling. They've been confirmed by sources close to the situation via trustworthy media outlets but no official announcement has been made.
Not all of them, of course, but the top stars, like Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and former 135-pound titleholder Miesha Tate, are headed for the Octagon and the bigger stage and brighter lights.
Rousey is the real gem, as she's easily the most noteworthy of the bunch. Her fame has surpassed that of a few of the mid-card men in the UFC and her debut will undoubtedly be the most highly anticipated.
ESPN caught up with her to ask about the pending move and she played coy.
"Dude, come on. Seriously? If anything was ever going to be released, do you think they would do it through me on your iphone in a hanger? Not today. I don't know nothing. It seems really cool, I would like it to be that way. I haven't signed any bout agreements, I don't know exactly what's going on yet. I know just as much as what everybody else knows right now. I don't know. I don't know if anything's final or whatever. I told you, I know just as much as you do."
The floating rumor is that UFC hopes to feature Rousey as the co-main event to the Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva super-fight in Cowboys Stadium early next year. But that's just speculation and anything can happen between now and then, especially with St. Pierre scheduled for a difficult bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17.
UFC President Dana White tweeted his trademark smile after the initial TMZ report, so this is all but completely confirmed and Rousey will be judo throwing women and tearing their arms off inside the Octagon before we know it.