If you thought a little ol’ knockout was going to diminish the star power of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, you’d be sadly mistaken. Rousey, who was soundly defeated via knockout by Holly Holm late in 2015, will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on January 23rd.
With Selena Gomez serving as the show’s musical guest, Rousey will join a long list of athletes including Tom Brady, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Wayne Gretzky and Peyton Manning who have hosted the long-running sketch comedy show. Rousey, 28, of Venice, Calif., has largely been out of the public eye since losing the title to Holm at UFC 193 via head-kick TKO. She did break her silence to Ramona Shelburne in an interview to ESPN, but she has largely kept a low-profile aside from a few social media posts.
She does not have her next bout lined up and is presently filming a remake of the movie “Roadhouse.” She’s previously had roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage. Rousey and Holm are tentatively scheduled for a rematch in Las Vegas at UFC 200, but it isn’t set in stone just yet.
“I’ve got to talk to Ronda,” UFC President Dana White said to the Los Angeles Times. “I haven’t had one business conversation with her since her fight.”
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