Ronda Rousey's Teammates Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir Report to WWE Training

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25:   (L-R) Elizabeth Phillips and Jessamyn Duke trade punches in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, former MMA fighters and one-half of MMA's Four Horsewomen alongside Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, have made the switch to professional wrestling and reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando on Monday, per WWE.com.

The foursome has already had a memorable standoff against the WWE's Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley and Sasha Banks) at the 2017 Mae Young Classic.

Per WWE.com, "Duke, Shafir and Rousey were there to support Baszler, who advanced to the final round of the inaugural tournament before losing to Kairi Sane. Though the Four Horsewomen factions did not come to blows at the Mae Young Classic, the exchange of words made for a stirring scene."


EXCLUSIVE: @MsCharlotteWWE @itsBayleyWWE & @BeckyLynchWWE cross paths w/ @RondaRousey @MarinaShafir & @jessamynduke at the #MaeYoungClassic! https://t.co/Ipc7YW5nv2

Duke, 31, went 3-5 (1) in her professional MMA career, appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 18 for Team Rousey, though she went 0-3 in her UFC career following her appearance on the reality show. She also fought for Invicta.

Shafir, 30, is 1-2 in her professional career, appearing in Invicta and Lights Out Promotions.

As for Baszler and Rousey, the former won the NXT women's title at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, while Rousey has emerged as a star on Raw, making her in-ring debut at WrestleMania in April.

Rousey has expressed her happiness over her career change.

"It was me versus the world in an individual sport," Rousey said last month, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. "I thought I would never say this, but I'm so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it.

"Everything really does happen for a reason," she added. "I'm just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I'm just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world."


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