Whether it was an accident or a strategic decision, Ronda Rousey and her fiancé Travis Browne are tying the knot in Hawaii on the same day as the highly-anticipated boxing match between undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather and his opponent Conor McGregor.
While discussing the upcoming fight with Rich Eisen on his show, UFC president Dana White revealed that Ronda, 30, and Travis, 35, are saying ‘I do’ on Saturday — the day of the reigning UFC lightweight champion’s fight against Mayweather.
Ronda and Travis are both UFC stars, and the former female UFC bantamweight champion asked Dana to attend their wedding, creating quite the scheduling conflict for him as he is expected to be in Las Vegas for the boxing match.
Surprise! Ronda Rousey and her fiancé Travis Browne are getting married on Saturday
Coincidence? The UFC stars are tying the knot on the same day as the boxing match between undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather (L) and his opponent Conor McGregor (R)
Dana obviously won’t be able to attend, but he admitted that he had agreed to go before he knew the date of the wedding.
‘Ronda Rousey gets married tomorrow,’ he told the host. ‘Tomorrow is her wedding. She’s in a good place, she’s really happy and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that, but she’s focusing on this wedding.
Timing: UFC president Dana White is unable to attend the wedding because of the conflict
‘She gets married [tomorrow], of all the days,’ he continued. She was like, “I’m getting married. . . . Will you come to the wedding?” I said, “Absolutely.” The wedding’s tomorrow.’
Last month, during an appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan, Ronda revealed that they would be having their wedding in Travis’ home state of Hawaii.
‘He’s Hawaiian so we’re gonna do kinda like a backyard, Mexican Corona party — but, like, in Hawaii,’ she said.
The couple confirmed their engagement in April, and Ronda recalled the romantic moment Travis popped the question during her appearance on the morning show.
‘It was actually after heavy rain and we were under this waterfall,’ she said. ‘Apparently he had this whole speech prepared but it just went down into bullet points in the moment.
‘So he pulls out the ring and I’m already like, “Uh huh” before he even says anything. It’s like, “Okay, we’re in New Zealand, we’re under a waterfall, will you marry me?”‘
‘Man Crush Monday’: Ronda, 30, shared her love for Travis while posting this photo on her Instagram page last month. It was taken by Venice photographer Michael Mardones
Destination: The former UFC bantamweight champion told Kelly Ripa and guest host Jerry O’Connell she was getting married in Hawaii during her appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan
Ronda and Travis appear to be more in love than ever, and at the end of July she named him her ‘Man Crush Monday’ after he surprised her with a unique gift.
The MMA fighter took to Instagram to share a stunning black and white photo of her and Travis, while revealing he gifted her four baby chickens.
‘My #mcm @travisbrownemma surprised me with baby chickens!! Two silkies and two dominiques!!’ she captioned the image, which sees her sitting on the floor with the tiny chicks.
‘Just engaged’: Ronda confirmed their engagement in April by posting this comical cartoon picture on Instagram
Defeated: Ronda, who is pictured in 2012, had her first career loss to Holly Holm in November 2015
Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its fluffy feathers while Dominique chickens lay brown eggs.
In the photo taken by Venice photographer Michael Mardones, Ronda is gazing lovingly at Travis, who is sitting in a chair behind her and leaning over to point at one of the chickens.
Ronda’s wedding comes just eight months after she suffered a humiliating 48-second defeat to UFC fighter Amanda Nunes in December.
Another loss: Ronda suffered a humiliating 48-second defeat to UFC fighter Amanda Nunes in December while trying to win back her title
Done for: Although Ronda has yet to officially announce her retirement from the UFC, many believe the fight was her last
Although she has yet to announce her official retirement, many speculate that the fight will most-likely be her last.
Ronda’s comeback fight against Amanda ended a 13-month absence that followed her first career loss to Holly Holm in November 2015, after which she revealed she had suicidal thoughts.
However, Ronda credited Travis with helping her get through that dark time, and she appears to be in a much happier place while focusing on her acting and television appearances.
Although this will be Ronda’s first marriage, Travis was previously wed to fitness model Jenna Renee Webb.