Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is perhaps the most famous fighter of the 21st Century. She took women's fighting and transformed it from a sports backwater to a prime-time event.
Let's learn a little bit about Ronda.
Rousey is from Riverside, California. She comes from a sports tradition, as her mother was a top World Judo Champion (World Judo Champion 1984).
Ronda's background is Afro-Venezuelan, English and Polish.
Ronda dropped out of high school, but later earned her G.E.D.
Ronda got into Judo due to her mother, who taught her beginning at age 11.
Ronda is an Olympian, having competed in the 2008 Olympics. She took a bronze medal in her weight class. She has an Olympic rings tattoo on her hip to commemorate it.
Ronda turned professional in 2010.
Ronda was a champion by March 3, 2012, when she won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship by beating Miesha Tate.
Ronda signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) later that year.
Ronda won her first twelve fights, but she suffered a dislocated jaw from Liz Carmouche on 23 February 2013.
In her sixth title defense, against boxer Holly Holm, Rousey lost for the first time. She suffered a knockout from a head kick. This led to a required suspension.
A rematch with Holm is scheduled for 9 July 2016.
Rousey's nickname, which isn't used very much, is "Rowdy." She took it from Rowdy Roddy Piper, who gave his permission.
Ronda does not believe in showing nudity, based on advice that she got from her mother. She says she won't show more than can be seen in a bathing suit.
Ronda is a pretty girl, and was ranked No. 29 in the May 2013 Maxim Hot 100.
Ronda has developed an acting career. She was in "The Expendables 3" (2013) with Sylvester Stallone, and also "Entourage" and "Furious 7."
Ronda is scheduled to star in a remake of the Patrick Swayze film "Roadhouse."
Ronda fulfilled a request and was a Marine's date at the 2015 Marine Ball.
Ronda is involved in a number of business ventures, including Reebok and Carl's Jr.
Rousey likes to play video games, including Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon, and even World of Warcraft.
Rousey dated UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, then switched to the guy that beat him in the ring, Travis Browne.
Rousey beat up another boyfriend, who is unnamed, as described in her autobiography "My Fight, Your Fight."
Ronda is a fourth-degree black belt in Judo.
Ronda's mother is a seventh-degree black belt in judo.
Her maternal grandfather was the son of immigrants from Trinidad.
Ronda trains at Glendale Fighting Club in California.
Ronda's father Ron committed suicide when she was eight due to an accident that he knew would leave him a quadriplegic.
Ronda's favorite move in the ring is the armbar. It often gets her out of the ring quickly with a victory.