Ronda Rousey is the best judo fighter in the history of female UFC fighting, known for the highest number of armbar victories, and fastest title defense matches ever. She is a former two times Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and six times UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, known for trash talk.
Ronda Jean Rousey
12 Wins // 2 Losses // 0 Draws
Ronda Rousey is currently 33 years old according to his/her date of birth February 1, 1987.
5ft 7 in or 170 cm
135 lbs or 61 kg
Team: Glendale Fighting Club
Riverside, California, United States
Ronda is a very dangerous fighter who constantly tries to take the fight to the ground. Rowdy is known for world-class Judo throws, especially hip toss, and awesome submission game, especially armbar attempts. On the ground, she rarely punches and mostly tries to submit the opponent. Her most effective stand-up strikes are right overhand and right cross. She is known for 11 eleven first-round victories!
Ronda Rousey is a 4th dan black belt in Judo.Rowdy competed in Athens 2004 Olympic Games as the youngest Judoka. She earned a bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in -70kg weight bout.
The Road To The Top
Ronda Rousey has made her debut on March 27, 2011, in Tarzana, California. Her opponent was Ediane Gomes. Rousey won via armbar submission at 0:25 of the first round.
In the second fight, Rowdy won Charmaine Tweet with ease via armbar after only 0:49 in the first round. The fight was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was Rowdy’s first match in Catchweight bout (150 lbs).
In the first Strikeforce fight, Ronda Rousey didn’t have a hard time against Sarah D’Alelio. As soon as the fight started, Rowdy took her down and maintained a dominant position. After only 0:25 in the first round, Sarah was forced to tap out. The fight is held on August 12, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On November 18, 2011, Julia Budd was also submitted via armbar in the first round. The fight was also held in Las Vegas, Nevada. After this fight, Ronda Rousey started competing in Bantamweight again.
Ronda defeated Miesha Tate successfully in the third round and successfully earned the Bantamweight Strikeforce Championship Title. This fight will always be remembered by Miesha Tate’s broken arm.
Ronda Rousey successfully defended the Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufmann in the event named Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufmann, which was held on August 18, 2012, in San Diego, California. It was one more express armbar victory – at 0:54 in the first round her opponent tapped out.
Later she was promoted to the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and she became the first female UFC champion in the history of this sport.
Ronda Rousey – UFC Career
Ronda Rousey made her UFC debut at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013, in Anaheim, California, and defended the title. Liz had a great standing rear naked choke, but Rousey escaped. Carmouche threw few upkicks, but Rowdy entered ground and pound and finished the fight via armbar in the last moments of the first round.
The second fight against Miesha Tate at UFC 168 was the longest fight of Rousey’s career. She won via armbar in the third round.
Ronda Rousey demonstrated her striking skills in the third title defense against Sarah McMann in UFC 170. She defeated her in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 22, 2014, after only 1:06 in the first round. A stunning knee to the body knockout!
One more extremely fast title defense happened in UFC 175 on July 5, 2014. Ronda Rousey demolished Alexis Davis and referee stopped the fight after only 16 seconds in the first round! Ronda did amazing hip toss and performed few strong right hooks on the ground!
The fastest title defense in the history of female UFC fighting was seen in UFC 184, on February 28, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Ronda Rousey won Cat Zingano after only 14 seconds in the first round via straight armbar!
The power of the right cross is demonstrated in UFC 190 on August 1, 2015. Ronda knocked Bethe Correia out after only 34 seconds in the first round. Since the beginning of the match, Ronda Rousey didn’t stop throwing punches!
Ronda vs Holm – Title Loss
UFC 193 will be remembered by first defeat of Ronda Rousey and the end of her 4-year and 12-matches long winning streak. On November 15, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia, Holly Holm made a surprise. Ronda vs Holm is the first fight where Ronda Rousey didn’t make a successful takedown attempt.
After Ronda was unable to take her down and receiving punch after punch, Holm kicked her via strong left high kick and knocked her out in the second round. This was Fight of the Night.
Ronda vs Nunes – Quickest Defeat In The Career
On December 30, 2016, at UFC 207, Ronda Rousey was demolished by Amanda Nunes. After only 48 seconds in the first round, Amanda knocked her out via the brutal left cross. This fight is known for the controversial decision of stance switch by Ronda’s coach, Edmund Tarverdyan.
Both of her opponents, Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, are southpaw and great boxers. It is seen that Ronda Rousey has a hard time against good southpaw strikers.
Ronda Rousey – Fast And Furious 7 And Movie Career
Ronda’s most known roles are Kara, Fast and Furious 7, and Luna, Expendables 3. In Expendables 3, Luna is an athletic night-club bouncer, recruited by a retired mercenary.
The movie Fast and Furious 7 is known for Ronda’s world-class fighting scene against Letty Ortiz (acted by Michelle Rodriguez), a street racer. Ronda Rousey acts Kara, a billionaire Jordanian prince security chief.
Ronda Rousey – WWE Appearances
Ronda Rousey is a WWE fan. Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler, and Marina Shaffir call themselves “The Four Horsewomen”. Even the nickname, Rowdy, was taken from professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper.
The Four Horsewomen were in the front row of WWE’s SummerSlam in August 2014. When the reporter interviewed Ronda and asked whether she will join WWE, she said: “You never know!”.
Ronda Rousey made a show time at WrestleMania 31 in March 2015. While Rock and Authority were arguing in the ring, Stephanie McMahon slapped Rock and ordered him to leave the ring. Rock helped Rowdy enter and she “resolved problems”.
Ronda Rousey is married to UFC fighter Travis Browne. Travis proposed her in April 2017, under the waterfall in New Zealand. The couple married on August 28, 2017, in Hawaii.
Ronda Rousey – What is next?
It is unknown whether Ronda Rousey will continue competing in the UFC. Rowdy has many other offers under her belt – WWE wrestling, acting, fashion, magazine covers… She is recently married too. Her return to the octagon is currently under a big question mark.