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Ronda Rousey appears at AIW in Cleveland on Friday night


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Former UFC fighter Shayna Baszler captured the AIW Women’s Championship in Cleveland on Friday night, and she got some help in celebrating the victory after the match.

As she went to walk back through the curtain, Baszler was greeted by fellow Horsewomen friends Jessamyn Duke and UFC megastar Ronda Rousey.

Rousey’s appearance received a strong reaction from the crowd. She has notably appeared at WWE and PWG shows in the past, but made the trip to Cleveland to watch Baszler win the title and presumably attend her boyfriend Travis Browne’s fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203 on Saturday night.

Baszler defeated Heidi Lovelace to win the title. The independent wrestling show had a strong MMA presence, with former UFC fighters Dan Severn and Matthew Riddle also on the card. Several MMA media members that were in town for UFC 203, including Ariel Helwani, also attended the show.

Photos of Rousey at the event began to appear on social media before she appeared in front of the live crowd. She was photographed with Grado, Noelle Foley, Ethan Page, and others at the show.