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.