WWE star Ronda Rousey swims with ocean’s most fearsome predators as UFC legend celebrates Shark Week

RONDA ROUSEY lived up to her reputation as the Baddest Woman on the Planet as she swam with some of the ocean's most fearsome sharks.

The WWE star took part in the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week, where she was trained under the tutelage of former Australian Navy diver Paul de Gelder.

 Rousey, 31, hand fed a huge bull shark in a special titled "Ronda Rousey Uncaged"

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Rousey, 31, hand fed a huge bull shark in a special titled "Ronda Rousey Uncaged"

The former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion participated in a special titled "Ronda Rousey Uncaged," where she swam with mako sharks, as well as hand feeding bull sharks.

De Gelder – who lost his right hand and most of his right leg during an attack by a bull in 2009 – was left staggered at how quickly Rousey mastered diving, as well as her will to engage with sharks.

He told TV Insider: "We were not going to do that in the first five dives, because nobody does that in the first five dives. There are people who have dived their whole lives and have never hand fed a bull shark.

"So, we did about eight dives. Toward the end of those she is like, ‘I’m ready to do this.’

 WWE star Rousey also had the chance to swim with mako sharks in New Zealand

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WWE star Rousey also had the chance to swim with mako sharks in New Zealand

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"We took her down. I fed a shark right in front of her, so she could see it, and it’s fresh in her mind. Then she fed three or four bull sharks on that dive. It was incredible to watch."

After venturing from Fiji to New Zealand, the 2008 Olympic Judo bronze medallist then vied to swim with the infamous mako.

De Gelder added: "It was a mind-blowing experience. The fastest shark on the planet and one of the fiercest. This is the shark that catches the fastest fish… She was like a kid in a candy store.

"We had to build her up over time. We didn’t want to freak her out with one bad experience that might set her up for failure.

"So, we had played with kid gloves first. We had her in a full chainmail suit. She wanted to take that chainmail suit after five minutes.

"She wanted to progress so quickly, we had to hold her back a little bit and just let her know, ‘We know you’re confident, but we really don’t want you losing any limbs."

Rousey is currently preparing for her match against Raw Women's Champion Alex Bliss at SummerSlam next month.

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RONDA ROUSEY lived up to her reputation as the Baddest Woman on the Planet as she swam with some of the ocean's most fearsome sharks.