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Name: Ronda Rousey
Primary Weightclass: Bantamweight
Fighting out of: Glendale Fight Club, Santa Monica, CA
Fights for: UFC, formerly Strikeforce
Selected Ronda Rousey Quote: “I don’t want to fight to win matches, I want to fight to defeat my opponent in the most fantastic way possible.”
Trivia: Ronda’s mother is Ann Maria Burns, a decorated judoka, or judo practitioner with ranks, and used to wake her up every day to practice armbars. Rhonda is well known for laying down that dangerous armbar in the first round – so far all of her victories have been for this reason.
Achievements: Ronda is well known for many things when in relation to mixed martial arts. She was the the first woman signed to the UFC. She was also the first female headliner, and she is of course the UFC Bantamweight Champion. This doesn’t even begin to cover Ronda’s career achievements in judo – she is the bronze medalist for the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, and a silver medalist in the Judo World Championship. In 2004-2007, she picked up 4 medals for the Pan American Judo Championships, two gold, a silver, and a bronze respectively.
Ronda Rousey Bio: They don’t call Ronda “Rowdy” for no reason. Ronda is a pioneer of women’s mixed martial arts, especially when in consideration of the UFC. Once upon a time, however, Ronda was a little girl practicing and winning judo competitions. At the age of 17, Ronda was qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and also competing in Budapest and bringing home the gold. In 2006, she competed in the Junior World Championships, becoming the first junior athlete to bring home the gold twice. She has a total of 22 gold medals altogether.
Her career as a mixed martial artist is no less a paving group of firsts in her field. Her first five fights were all wins, all of them defeated by that nasty armbar in the first round, under a minute. It was her fourth fight with Miesha Tate that would give her the Bantamweight Championship - a title that she would keep until the promotions were bought by the UFC. She is the first female ever to sign with the UFC – an organization that Dana White said would never see women in the ring. The bantamweight title would follow her – She is currently the UFC bantamweight titleholder as well, after keeping the title in the cross over and defending it against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013.
She is the fighter that convinced Dana White that there should be women in the UFC – she continued winning fights and proved her mettle. While most of the female MMA fighters that are in the UFC came over in the promotion fold, Ronda was already fighting in the UFC, having signed two months before the fold. Ronda will be defending her title and coaching against Cat Zingano later on this year, during the season of UFC 18.