UFC strawweight Paige VanZant is coming fresh off of placing runner-up on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and is carrying that momentum into her Hollywood debut on Jean Claude Van Damme’s “Kickboxer: Retaliation” film.
VanZant’s newfound superstardom has also earned the attention of officials at World Wrestling Entertaining (WWE), who have recently granted Brock Lesnar permission to compete in July’s UFC 200 event.
According to Corey Jacobs at WrestlingNews.co, the WWE is considering a ‘number of UFC women’ to be apart of their Summerslam pay-per-view (PPV) event in August.
While Lesnar’s crossover to the MMA world back at UFC 81 in 2008 brought over many WWE fans to the sport, the WWE would certainly like to receive the same treatment. Utilizing stars from the UFC would certainly bring over a fresh new crop of fans for the WWE to attempt to lower into their own product, and potentially turn them into regular viewers as well.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, a notably huge WWE fan, made an appearance at Wrestlemania 31 alongside Hollywood star and former WWE competitor The Rock.
Talk of having Rousey or UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor have been mentioned as other potential candidates to target for the WWE’s Summerslam event, however, it appears the company wants to get the women more involved.
VanZant’s manager has reportedly been contacted, but no further information has currently been made available.
According to FOX Sports VanZant could be back inside the Octagon by summer’s end. Who should the strawweight be matched up with upon returning after over six months away? And will that return possibly be slowed by making an appearance for WWE this summer?