Former Bellator MMA fighter Valerie Loureda recently retired from mixed martial arts to pursue her dream of becoming a pro wrestler.
Loureda has signed a multi-year contract with WWE, and she is slated to move to Orlando from Miami and report to the WWE Performance Center on July 19.
While speaking to TMZ Sports, Loureda was asked about her potential opponents in WWE and she named Ronda Rousey because they both have an MMA background.
“Definitely, Ronda. She tweeted the other day ‘Who’s next?’ and before I even found out I was getting a contract with WWE, I tweeted back, ‘me,'” Loureda said of Rousey. “And that’s the goal I have one day.
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I never watched MMA before in my life, and just so happens, Ronda was fighting, and I saw a beautiful woman fighting in a cage … and I got goosebumps. I said, ‘Nana, if she’s doing that, I can do it too,’ and that’s really what gave me all that fire and passion inside of me to begin my martial arts journey. We’re both MMA fighters and it will be a great show,” she added. “I can promise you that.”
At Saturday’s Money in the Bank event, Rousey retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship over Natalya but lost the title to Liv Morgan after the fan-favorite star cashed in her MITB contract.
Rousey will be wrestling in a top match at SummerSlam later this month.