Name: Ronda Rousey
Primary Weightclass: Bantamweight
Fighting out of: Glendale Fight Club, Santa Monica, CA
Fights for: UFC, formerly Strikeforce
Ronda Rousey Quotes:
“I don’t want to fight to win matches, I want to fight to defeat my opponent in the most fantastic way possible.”
“When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I’m fabulous.”
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. Ronda’s signature move is her armbar, because it’s in her blood. She was born to tear arms off, but that hasn’t stopped her from developing a dangerous striking game as well.
Achievements: Olympian, UFC champion, trailblazer, moviestar… The list goes on and on. Ronda Rousey was the the first woman signed to the UFC and she was also the first female headliner alongside Liz Carmouche. In judo, Ronda Rousey 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 as well (two gold, a silver, and a bronze.)
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. She is the fighter that convinced Dana White that there should be women in the UFC. Ronda is also known for her ability to quickly cut and shed weight.
Additional Ronda Rousey Quotes:
“For me, MMA is like speed chess. It’s like I’m herding a person into a certain position. Say my endgame is an arm bar. I’m not gonna actually take you and put you there. What I’m going to do is convince you that it’s a good idea to move in the direction I want you to go.”
“When I looked at the state of women’s MMA, what I saw was that it was missing rivalries or anything theatrical about it. Everybody was trying to be Miss America, unwilling to go under any kind of criticism, and taking the safe answers. I thought I needed to do whatever I could to get attention.”