If you are on this site, you probably like Ronda Rousey (almost) as much as we do.
Ronda Rousey is a well known name in the world of mixed martial artists and judo. In UFC, she has quickly built a name for herself, and is the current champion. She has defeated all her opponent by arm bar.
Rousey is also a Beijing Olympics medalist.
It was not until 2008 that she began exploring MMA training. Her Judo career was at an all time high at that point, and Ronda had achieved more than she ever had. She was at the peak of her career. But yet, something was missing.
Ronda was not satisfied in full. She wanted more. She needed more challenge. She had been a Judo expert for half her life and received all the recognition she could ever dream of. She had reached a level where she could easily win. She had perfected her techniques.
But in a turning world where MMA is the ultimate fighting competition, Ronda wanted to be a part of it. So she started training, and training hard. Of course her life experience in Judo played a great part in her being able to quickly adjust and internalize the new moves and strategic techniques required by the strenuous MMA fighting style.
Ronda drew inspiration from fighter such as Jimmy Pedro, Leo Frîncu, Gene Lebell, Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan, Sako Chivitchian, and Darin Harvey, among many others.
At the age of 17, Ronda had qualified for her first Olympics in Athens. She was the youngest participant at that time in the Olympics. This was the first occasion when she started becoming popular. In the 2004 World Junior Championship, she was a gold medalist. In 2006, she was the winner of a tournament in Birmingham. Then, at 19, she once again won the Junior title. It was the very first time an American had won the the this championship twice.
In 2007, Ronda made it into the 70 kg. weight group. She won the silver medal in the the Judo World Cup. In the 2008 Olympics, she lost the fight versus Edith Bosch, but managed to get the bronze.
Then In 2010, Ronda made her big debut in mixed martial arts.
Ronda defeated Hayden Munoz in 23 seconds. That, by the way, is still the record for the fastest round won in women MMA.
In November of 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced in a press conference that Rousey had become the first woman to ever join the UFC, therefore making history.
After that, I think we all know what has been happening. Ronda has won all fights. Every single fighter she has faced, she has defeated. Her mixed martial arts trajectory is absolutely incredible, and yet, she remains humble, passionate, and . . . gorgeous.
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