Ronda Rousey: The Female Face of the UFC and Now Hollywood
Ronda Rousey is fighting tonight in UFC 190, in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. Checkout the UFC website for full information on time and viewing details.
If you’ve never heard the name Ronda Rousey, it’s only a matter of time. This 28-year-old has taken the world by storm in everything from the Olympic games to the big screen, and as of 2015, she’s still rolling her red carpet of success across everything she touches.
Rousey is perhaps best known as a female judoka and mixed martial artist. In addition to being the first woman ever signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), she’s also the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, the first woman to ever win an Olympic medal in judo and the current Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She also has a collection of medals in her closet from winning multiple years at the Pan American Judo Championships and the World Championships.
Modern audiences are probably most familiar with Rousey from her televised MMA fights and her roles in box office hits like The Expendables 3 and Furious 7. You might have seen her on WrestleMania, too. As an actress, fighter and dual film/television star, she’s a triple threat who will only grow hotter and more in-demand as her empire expands.
How did she get so big so quickly? The origins of Rousey’s success can be traced back to her first judo lesson at 11 years old. In just six years, she was already good enough to qualify for the Olympics, becoming the youngest judoka to ever participate in the games. Though she didn’t place during her first tour, she would go on to improve her skills, win various fighting tournaments and collect medals from other championship games all over the world, and by the time she re-entered the Olympics in her 20s, she was a fighting force that earned herself a bronze. To this day, she’s the only American to ever win an Olympic medal in judo, and that includes men and women.
According to publications like MMARising and MMAWeekly, Rousey is the single best pound-for-pound fighter in the history of women’s martial arts. She’s also number one on Unified Women’s MMA Rankings and the “#1 Women’s MMA Fighter” as ranked by Fight Matrix.
Ronda Rousey is a name to remember. Whether you’re watching her in movies or matches, she’s the kind of woman that’s impossible to ignore. She breaks records and knocks down barriers wherever she goes, so make sure you don’t get in her way. She’s more than enough to handle you.