Ronda Rousey hasn’t fully left the fight game, after all.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion — and one of the most well-known fighters to ever step into the Octagon — is trying her hand at combat sports management, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Thursday.
Golden Boy Boxing announced the signing Thursday of Ferdinand Kerobyan on Twitter, advertising the boxer as the first fighter under the management of Rousey. Her company is called One Fight Management. Helwani reported that Rousey’s new venture will not only be limited to boxing.
Rousey also posted about Kerobyan on Thursday. Kerobyan is a 20-year-old prospect originally from Armenia, who trains in California. Rousey has a long relationship with the Armenian community in the Los Angeles area, going back to her judo days.
Rousey, 31, has not officially retired from the UFC. But she has announced that she is now a full-time talent in WWE. She’ll make her in-ring debut next month at WrestleMania 34. Rousey has made multiple appearances on WWE television since January.
“Rowdy” intimated to Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen Show” earlier this week that a return to the Octagon doesn’t seem too likely for her. But she will not officially say she’s retired.
“I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo,” Rousey said. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”