Ronda Rousey’s crossover appeal hasn’t been weakened by her upset loss in November.
Rousey will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 23, the show announced on its Facebook page Tuesday. The musical guest that night will be Selena Gomez.
Venice’s previously unbeaten Rousey was stunned by a second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm in Australia, losing her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight belt and retreating to near-seclusion, granting one post-fight interview since.
Rousey has appeared in films including sequels of “The Fast and the Furious,” and “The Expendables,” and has been on “Ellen” and late-night talk shows, too. She’s set to star in a remake of “Roadhouse,” in the late Patrick Swayze’s bouncer role.
She joins a heavyweight lineup of athletes who’ve hosted “SNL,” including Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and LeBron James. While Rousey becomes the first MMA fighter to host the show, boxers George Foreman and Marvin Hagler have previously done it.
On Monday, UFC President Dana White said he would soon have his first business conversation with Rousey since her defeat, clinched by Holm’s vicious head kick.
White last month told The Times that he wants Rousey’s return fight to be a rematch against Holm on July 9 at UFC 200 at the new Las Vegas arena.
But Holm, who signed a new multifight, multimillion-dollar extension with the UFC this week, has sought to fight in the interim. Her manager expressed interest in a bout against former title challenger Miesha Tate.
White originally rejected that idea, but when asked Monday about Holm fighting before a Rousey rematch, White said, “It’s possible."
“We have nothing done yet” for either fighters’ next bout, he said.