Ronda Rousey to Host Saturday Night Live: Date, Comments and Reaction

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2016

Ronda Rousey of the US talks to the press before a face-off for the UFC fight in Melbourne on November 13, 2015.  Over 55,000 are expected to attend the UFC fight between Rousey and compatriot Holly Holm in Melbourne on November 15.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO ADVERTISING USE NO PROMOTIONAL USE NO MERCHANDISING USE   AFP PHOTO/Paul CROCK        (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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UFC superstar Ronda Rousey is set to host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23 with musical guest Selena Gomez, the show tweeted Tuesday.

Rousey confirmed the announcement through Instagram as well:

Rousey will become just the third fighter—joining boxers Marvin Hagler and George Foreman—and the first MMA fighter to host the show, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. SNL has been hosted by 24 other athletes, including Peyton Manning and LeBron James.

Rousey, 28, is one of the biggest stars in all of sports, and she is certainly one of the top draws in the UFC. She was 12-0 with only one of those fights even reaching the third round before she faced Holly Holm in November. Holm shockingly knocked her out with a high kick to the head in the second round, and now the MMA world awaits the inevitable rematch.

Rousey was clearly devastated by the loss, and she posted the following to Instagram on Monday:

Perhaps her appearance on SNL will help her become adored once again. Rousey certainly isn't an amateur on the acting front, as she's appeared in several films, including The Expendables 3 and Entourage.