UFC legend Ronda Rousey has released a new video showing her training for a future wrestling career with WWE superstar Natalya.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has long been rumoured to be preparing to compete at WrestleMania 34 next year.
Rousey has previously dabbled in ring work at the Santino Bros. Wrestling Academy in California, run by Joey Kaos and Mongol Santino.
Current WWE superstar The Brian Kendrick’s school is now featured in a new trailer for the launch of Ronda Rousey’s upcoming website.
The video shows the 30-year-old mixed martial arts icon practising in the ring with former WWE Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Natalya.
Natalya Neidhart, 35, from Calgary, Canada, is the world’s first third-generation female wrestler and a member of the famous Hart family.
Training with Natalya, the daughter of wrestler Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart and Ellie Hart – the daughter of Stu Hart – shows Rousey is stepping things up a gear.
Natalya is a two-time WWE world champion and was the first woman to train in the legendary Hart family ‘Dungeon’ with her uncles Bret and Ross Hart.
There is also a clip featuring Rousey working out in what appears to be WWE’s acclaimed Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
More footage shows the Olympic bronze medallist in judo backstage and ringside at WWE’s Mae Young Classic tournament in July. Last month Rousey attended an NXT show in her home city of Riverside, California, hugging Japanese star Kairi Sane on her way to the ring.
There is speculation the Four Horsewomen of MMA will face the Four Horsewomen of NXT at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018.
The Four Horsewomen of MMA are Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler – the latter now signed to WWE.
The Four Horsewomen of NXT are SmackDown Live members Charlotte and Becky Lynch, plus Raw’s Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Both groups take their self-adopted nickname from arguably the greatest stable in professional wrestling history – The Four Horsemen.
The original dominant faction, led by Charlotte’s dad Ric Flair, also included Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Ole Anderson.
The women had a face-off at the Mae Young Classic in July – when Baszler reached the final before losing to Sane – hinting at a future feud.
Rousey was also part of an in-ring segment with The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 31 back in 2015.
After a confrontation she got physical with both Stephanie and Triple H and has since been training for a professional wrestling debut.
In October, Triple H, WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, said the interest between the parties was mutual.
“Ronda has made no secret her whole career that she has been a huge fan of WWE growing up,” The Game said.
“She has been on record saying WWE is probably some of the most fun that she has ever had in her entire career.”
HHH, aka Paul Levesque, added: “I have been out there publicly saying that if she wants the opportunity, I am happy to give it to her.
“She is looking for the opportunity, so it seems like a perfect match-up. I am excited to have the conversation with her and see where it goes.”
A clash involving all eight women at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana next year would certainly be a marquee attraction. (Mirror)