Ronda Rousey

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Riverside, California
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Riverside, California

Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and the inaugural women’s bantamweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Rousey, a well-known name in mixed martial arts, has won 12 of her 14 matches. She is also a judoka, and at the 2008 ‘Summer Olympics’ in Beijing, she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Eminem dubbed her a “slaughterhouse in a shirt” and put her first among the 50 “Most Dominant Athletes Alive” in 2015. According to ‘MMARising,’ she is also the best female MMA fighter in the world pound-for-pound. She inherited her mother’s passion for the martial arts, as she was born to a highly talented judoka. Her beautiful upbringing was broken when her adoring father, who had been gravely injured in a car accident, committed himself because he couldn’t cope with the disabilities he had sustained as a result of the accident. She overcame a traumatic childhood to become a powerful judoka. She was a successful judoka who represented China at the 2008 ‘Olympic Games’ in Beijing. She soon began a career as a mixed martial artist, making her amateur debut in 2010. She went on to become one of the best mixed martial artists of all time in the years that followed. She is widely considered to be the greatest female MMA fighter of all time.

Childhood and Adolescence

Ronda Rousey was born in Riverside, California, on February 1, 1987. AnnMaria De Mars was a talented judoka who became the first female American to win a ‘World Judo Championship.’ Ron Rousey, her father, was a soldier. Rousey’s ancestors are English, Polish, Trinidadian, and Venezuelan.
When her father was injured in a sledding accident and told he would be a paraplegic, tragedy gripped the family. He committed suicide because he was unable to handle the burden of his condition. Ronda was only eight years old when Dad died, and the experience had a great impact on her. Her mother eventually married an aircraft engineer.
Ronda struggled in school and had difficulty concentrating on her schoolwork. Her mother pushed her to take judo because she thought it would help her deal with her frustrations. Ronda’s mother served as her first coach, pushing her to work hard in the gym.
At the age of 15, she was named to the United States Olympic squad. As a result, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and went on to get her G.E.D. She qualified for the 2004 ‘Olympic Games’ in Athens at the age of 17, making her the youngest judoka in the whole ‘Olympic Games.’

Career of Ronda Rousey

In the 2004 Olympics, she was unable to earn a medal. She did, however, win gold at the ‘World Junior Judo Championships’ in Budapest and the ‘Pan American Judo Championships’ the following year.
In 2006, she won gold at the ‘Birmingham World Cup’ in the United Kingdom and successfully defended her title at the ‘Pan American Judo Championship.’ She went on to win the bronze medal in the ‘Junior World Championships’ the following year, becoming the first American judoka to win two Junior World medals.
In 2007, her judoka performance reached new heights. She was no longer only among the top three women in the world in the 70 kg division, but she had also won gold in the 2007 ‘Pan American Games.’ In the same year, she earned a silver medal in the middleweight division of the 2007 ‘World Judo Championships.’
She competed in the ‘Olympic Games’ in Beijing, China in 2008. Despite losing in the quarterfinals to Edith Bosch, she was awarded a bronze medal after qualifying for another round via the repechage bracket. She became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo since the sport’s introduction as an Olympic event in 1992.
After the 2008 Olympics, she gave up judo. She was confused of what to do after retirement and worked as a bartender for a while. In August 2010, she became a member of the ‘Glendale Fighting Club’ and made her amateur debut in mixed martial arts. She won her first match by defeating Hayden Munoz with an armbar submission in just 23 seconds.
She went on to win numerous more amateur fights over the next few months, finishing with a perfect 3-0 amateur MMA record. In March 2011, she made her professional mixed martial arts debut at ‘King of the Cage: Turning Point,’ when she defeated Ediane Gomes in 25 seconds with an armbar submission.
In August 2011, Ronda Rousey made her ‘Strikeforce’ debut in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Sarah D’Alelio. In the opening round, she submitted D’Alelio with a technical armbar submission.
Miesha Tate, the ‘Strikeforce’ Women’s Bantamweight Champion at the time, was then challenged for her championship. Their match was well covered because the two women’s professional rivalry was well-known.
The battle took place in Columbus, Ohio on March 3, 2012. Rousey defeated Tate in the first round by armbar submission to win the ‘Strikeforce’ Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Rousey defended her ‘Strikeforce’ championship against Sarah Kaufman in August 2012 in San Diego, California at ‘Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.’ She won the ‘Strikeforce’ Women’s Bantamweight Championship by submitting Kaufman in just 54 seconds.
Alexis Davis challenged her for the championship in the co-main event of ‘UFC 175’ in July 2014. Rousey went on to win the bout by knockout in the first round after only 16 seconds.
Ronda Rousey, who is beautiful and elegant, dabbled in television and film in the 2010s, appearing in films like as ‘The Expendables 3’ (2014), ‘Furious 7’ (2015), and ‘Entourage’ (2015).
Rousey was believed to have signed a full-time contract with the ‘WWE’ in 2017 and was training at the ‘WWE Performance Center’ in Orlando. She went on to appear on ‘RAW’ and became a renowned part of the ‘WWE’ fraternity after that.
On January 17, 2019, it was announced that Rousey would be voicing ‘Sonya Blade’ in the video game ‘Mortal Kombat 11.’

Achievements & Awards

In judo, she won a silver medal at the World Judo Championships in 2007, a bronze medal at the German Open, a gold medal at the Pan American Games, and a bronze medal at the Pan American Championships.
At the 2008 ‘Summer Olympics,’ she earned bronze in the women’s 70 kg judo tournament.
She is the first women’s bantamweight champion in the ‘UFC,’ having won the championship in December 2012. She was named ‘Best Box Office Draw,’ ‘Most Outstanding Fighter,’ and ‘MMA Most Valuable Fighter’ by the ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’ in 2014.

Personal History and Legacy

Brendan Schaub, Timothy DiGorrio, and Travis Browne, all MMA athletes, are among the guys she has dated.
Professional wrestling, ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ and ‘Pokémon’ are among her favorite shows.
She auctioned signature T-shirts to generate money for the ‘Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation.’ The foundation’s mission is to rescue large cats from circuses and zoos and provide them with the greatest possible living conditions.
In 2015, Rousey began dating ‘UFC’ competitor Travis Browne, and the two became engaged in April 2017. They married on August 28, 2017, after a long courtship.

Estimated net worth

Ronda Rousey’s net worth is about $13 million.