Ronda Rousey

Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey was born on February 1st, 1987 in Venice, California. Her mother, AnnMaria De Mars, was a judoka and was the first American to ever win a World Judo Championship in 1984. Rousey began judo with her mother when she was 11 and continued on until she was 13 when she accidentally broke her mother’s wrist. When she turned 17, Rousey was the youngest judoka to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She would go on to win various championships and medals over the next several years.

Rousey would make her MMA debut in 2010 when she defeated Hayden Munoz via submission in just 23 seconds. This type of victory would become a trend for Rousey as she continued to make her opponents submit in under a minute. She made her debut in Strikeforce in 2011 and quickly won the Strikeforce title from Miesha Tate via submission in the first round. It was at this point in her career that she became very vocal and she began to create fierce rivalries, starting with Tate.

Rousey jumped to the UFC in 2012 and was there until 2016. She dominated her first 6 matches as it took her a total of 18 min to win all of them. It wasn’t until her 7th match that she was taken down and lost her title to Holly Holm. After her loss, Rousey took her talents to WWE. In 2018, she won her first title and held on to it for 231 days. There are questions regarding her future, but with the same nickname as the late Rowdy Roddy Piper, she belongs in the WWE.

By Steve Farace | @CineSportsTalk