NBC announced Tuesday morning that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be hosting the Saturday, January 23rd episode of Saturday Night Live, putting her in a very small category of athletes who have hosted an episode of the iconic series.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole reported the story this morning, confirming reports from those close to the show that had started surfacing two days earlier.
Rousey will be the first MMA fighter to host the show. Rousey was actually in Dwayne Johnson’s backstage entourage when he hosted the show this past March, the night before WrestleMania when the two did the in-ring skit together with HHH and Stephanie McMahon.
Iole noted that the only previous fighters to host the show have been Marvin Hagler and George Foreman. Past athletes who have hosted include Michael Jordan, Chris Evert, Derek Jeter, Lebron James, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning.
After appearing in the Entourage movie and Furious 7, Rousey is set to be the lead in the Road House reboot that will film this year.