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 primetime 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 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.
|Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey.|
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 was scheduled for 9 July 2016, but Holm lost to another fighter in the interim. Rousey then fought champion Amanda Nunes on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207. Rousey lost on a TKO at just 48 seconds in the first round. It is unclear if Ronda will ever fight again, and UFC President Dana White - who controls matches - has indicated that it is unlikely.
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 was scheduled to star in a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film "Roadhouse." However, director Nick Cassavetes ultimately decided to go in a "new direction" with actress Blake Lively.
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. Ronday and Browne later got engaged.
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.
Ronday appeared in body paint on the cover of the February 2016 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming one of the few non-models to ever appear there.
Ronda and UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste don't particularly like each other. The issue apparently stems from some trash talk by Ronda, who said the following in a Maxim magazine interview response to the question "As someone who's so competitive, do you feel there are any women who outranked [on that year's Maxim 100 List] you who don't deserve it?":
It would have been really funny if I'd beaten [UFC Octagon Girl] Arianny Celeste, because that would be like a triathlete coming along and beating the runners in a marathon. Like, "Ha-ha, it's your job to show your titties-I do that better than you!" Maybe next year. She's only getting older, and I'm reaching my prime.Ronda also said, in a 2012 Sherdog interview:
There's a reason why the ring girls aren't asked to star in movies, and it's because they're pretty but talentless.
Arianny said in response on MMA Junkie Radio:
I've personally been talked about by her, and I don't even know her. I've met her twice. She said a couple things in her Maxim interview. A lot of people pointed it out to me, but I didn't really acknowledge it. She's paving the way for women's MMA, and I've made being a UFC Octagon Girl into a career. She should definitely recognize that and be nice.However, Ronda didn't get where she is by being nice.