TNA Knockout Lisa Marie Varon (formerly Victoria in WWE) is heading to the world of mixed martial arts and plans to make her pro MMA debut in the next year. Her manager, J.T. Stewart, who also manages former UFC champion Rich Franklin, discussed her plans with the Dayton Daily News.
"Obviously, with the exposure from the WWE, she already had the marquee value," Stewart said. "She has the name. Women's MMA is just starting to peak, and with her built-in fan base, she'll have lot of opportunities with endorsements, sponsorships, autograph signings and card shows. Plus, she's also just very athletic. We've seen Lashley and Lesnar cross over and do very well in MMA. I'd expect no less from her."
Despite Varon's recent debut with TNA Wrestling, Stewart said the nonrestrictive contract will allow Varon to wrestle and compete in MMA simultaneously.
Following Saturday's Strikeforce MMA event featuring Gina Carano and Chris Cyborg, Strikeforce now appears to be the place to be for women fighters. Stewart and Varon currently have their sights set on Strikeforce fighter Kim Couture (1-1), the ex-wife of former UFC champ Randy Couture. "That's definitely a fight we're interested in," Stewart said.