Ronda Rousey is reaching out to her fans in a different way: video game streaming.
The former UFC Bantamweight Champion announced a deal with Facebook Gaming to stream games on the social media platform.
“Good morning Rowdy ones,” Rousey stated in the below video. “I am Ronda Rousey, here to formally announce my official gaming stream on Facebook Gaming, ‘The Baddest Stream on the Planet.’ As many of you know, I have been an avid game most of my life. And if you don’t know, now you know. I’m super excited for us to geek-out together.”
Rousey announced the first game will be Pokemon: Sword and Shield, and the first stream will be February 18 at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. ET. A set schedule will most likely happen either Sunday’s or Monday’s.
Speaking to TMZ, Rousey discussed the importance of the concept and what it means to share her passion with her fans. She also stated that 100% of the proceeds from the first stream will go towards the recovery efforts from the Australian bushfires. Whether it is for fans to see a different side of her or just to make new friends, this is a way for her to look more authentic while enjoying herself.
“Gaming has always been a huge part of my life, and I can’t wait to share that passion with my millions of fans on Facebook Gaming,” Rousey stated. “Through my streams, people can hang out with the real me, not the ‘character’ version of myself they’re used to seeing, though the ‘Rowdy One’ can’t always be contained.”
Following losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, Rousey joined the pro wrestling world and signed with WWE. She main evented WrestleMania last year and is a one-time WWE Women’s Champion. Not fighting since 2016, Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018.
During her time with the UFC, Rousey has expressed her love for games and streaming them to the world. Rousey is already in a video game, Mortal Combat, where she portrays Sonya Blade.