Ronda Rousey’s next public gig won’t be in an octagon and she won’t have anyone kicking her in the jaw.
She only has to deal with the perils of live television.
NBC announced Tuesday that Rousey will host “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 23 – her first high-profile appearance since getting knocked out by Holly Holm on Nov. 15. She’s following “The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver, and will be backed up by musical guest Selena Gomez.
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Although this will be her first shot at live comedy, Rousey was a regular on late-night talk shows during her undefeated streak and even hosted SportsCenter on ESPN.
Rousey’s future in UFC is more uncertain. After her loss to Holm, Dana White had made it clear that, no matter what the champion wanted to do, her first title defense would be a rematch this summer at UFC 200. In the last few days, though, he has backed off that promise.
Holm doesn’t want to wait that long to fight again, and it isn’t clear when Rousey will want to get back into the ring. While the loss might have taken away her championship belt, she’s still seen as a box-office attraction in Hollywood, so a rematch might have to wait for her to get some acting done.