Ronda Rousey: Former judo and UFC star joins WWE

    Story highlights

    • Ronda Rousey announces WWE arrival
    • Former UFC star hasn't fought since 2016
    • Rousey: Joining WWE "a dream"

    (CNN)Ronda Rousey has laid the smackdown on the judo mat and in the octagon. Now the former Olympic judoka and UFC star is set for a new challenge in the WWE.

    Rousey announced her arrival on the pro-wrestling circuit with an appearance at the Royal Rumble event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday.
      She later described the experience to the WWE website as a "real pleasure" and a "dream since I started MMA."
      Rousey also told broadcaster ESPN that the WWE would be her "first priority on my time for the next several years" and that it was not a "publicity stunt.