Before snagging the number 1 spot in fifty Most Dominant Athletes Alive, Ronda Rousey was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing way back in 2008. She was also the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and was undefeated. She won eleven of her fights in the first round. She was a beast in the ring!
Take a look back at some of her greatest moments:
1. The first woman to fight in the UFC Octagon
UFC's President Dana White wasn't a fan of women's fighting in the Octagon but seeing Ronda break bones in Strikeforce made him change his mind. In November 2012, Rowdy signed with the UFC and became their first female fighter (+1 for girl power!).
In February 23, 2013, Rowdy defended her Bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, which became the defining moment of her career. Not just winning her first UFC fight, but also re-imagining the way we perceive women in this area.
2. Rousey vs Tate
In December 28, 2013, Rowdy and Tate finally faced-off in the Octagon. After a much publicized rivalry, (dating back from a rematch in Strikeforce) this fight proved to be one of Ronda's most challenging fights. The fight lasted for 3 rounds, but eventually, she made Tate tap due to armbar.
3. Shortest Match in UFC History
Sixteen seconds. She also broke her thumb. I am speechless.
She has won nine other of her fights by using her famous armbar. Saturday night, in what was said to be the one of the biggest upsets in sports, she lost to Holly Holm, a former professional boxer and kickboxer from New Mexico. Holm successfully defended her titles 18 times in three different weight classes during her boxing career - and has now broken Ronda's three-year undefeated streak.
Rowdy lost to Holm during the second round of the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne. Holm's footwork and boxing style made it confusing for Rousey and and, in the moment which shocked audiences worldwide, Holm made a swift kick right in Rousey's jaw, causing her to fall and black out for a bit. Then, Holm was all over her throwing punches. Relive the moment here:
Rousey was brought to a hospital immediately because she was knocked out.Will we see a rematch in the future? Or will Ronda take a break, as she's alluded to in the past? She's still my favorite contender for the coveted role as Captain Marvel!
As UFC President Dana White put it,
"Every time somebody goes on a win streak forever and they do great things when they lose one they become 'exposed.' No. I don't think that Ronda was exposed tonight. I think Ronda just got beat tonight."
We hope for your speedy recovery, Rowdy! You're one of my biggest inspirations and I'll continue to support you!