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WWE reportedly looking into adding UFC fighter for SummerSlam

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Yesterday, Brock Lesnar told ESPN that he didn't think the UFC had guaranteed the WWE any of its own fighters for future events as part of his 'one-off' deal to fight at UFC 200.

However, according to a report today from PWInsider, that doesn't mean that the WWE aren't actively pursuing fighters from the Mixed Martial Arts promotion.

In fact, according to the report on PWInsider Elite, via Bleacher Report, the WWE hierarchy is discussing the possibility of "getting some of UFC’s female fighters involved somehow on SummerSlam in Brooklyn." 

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One name, in particular, that has been mentioned is Paige VanZant - the 22-year-old Strawweight fighter who, most recently, has been making headlines for her performances on Dancing with the Stars.

According to WrestlingNews.co:

"WWE has reportedly reached out to VanZant’s manager but, at last word, there is nothing signed and there’s no word on how far talks got."

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While VanZant may not have had the most illustrious UFC career to date - she has had just four fights in UFC, although she has won three of them - she is certainly amongst the most high-profile after her recent run to second place on the television dance contest.

As a result, her appearance at SummerSlam would certainly attract a lot of interest. While it wouldn't quite match the sight of Ronda Rousey appearing alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, it would be an intriguing addition to one of the WWE's biggest events of the year.

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While the report notes there are other female fighters in the WWE's sights, the idea that Rousey could be one of them is, unfortunately, highly unlikely considering she is currently sidelined from the UFC following a recent minor surgical procedure.

Obviously, the idea of bringing a UFC presence to SummerSlam 2016 appears to be in its infancy at the moment.

However, after giving Brock Lesnar the green light to appear at UFC 200 next month, the WWE may have a decent chance of getting UFC president Dana White to send someone in the opposite direction for a one-off appearance.

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VanZant is yet to comment on such speculation, however, the young fighter did tell Fox Sports yesterday that she was desperate to return to the octagon after her reality TV commitments.

Should her comeback bout be scheduled for UFC 202 in August, that would effectively rule out any SummerSlam appearance. The UFC pay-per-view takes place 24 hours before the WWE's own event.

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