“If you can’t dream big, ridiculous dreams, what’s the point in dreaming at all?” — Ronda Rousey
Whether you love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey is an icon. She is a trailblazer in the sport of MMA. Not only did she pave the way for a woman in the UFC but she elevated the sport of MMA to a new level. With her history-making Hall of Fame induction, here are is a look some of the key parts of Rousey’s legacy.
FEB. 1987 – FIGHTING OUT OF…
Ronda Jean Rousey is born in Riverside, Calif., to AnnMaria De Mars and Ron Rousey.
2004 – WORLD JUNIOR `JUDO CHAMPIONSHIP
At 11-years-old, Ronda wins gold at Junior Judo Worlds. She defeated China’s Jing Jing Mao in the final round in only four seconds.
2008 – BEIJING OLYMPICS
A 21-year-old Ronda Rousey wins bronze and becomes the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo. She competed in the 154-pound (70kg) division.
AUG. 2010 – AMATEUR MMA DEBUT
Rousey wins her amateur MMA debut versus Hayden Munoz via first-round armbar.
JAN. 2011 – “WOMEN WILL NEVER FIGHT IN THE UFC”
UFC President Dana White famously tells TMZ that women would never be allowed to fight in the UFC.
MAR.2011 – PRO MMA DEBUT
Following a 3-0 amateur career, Rousey makes her professional debut at King of the Cage on March 27th against Ediane Gomes, winning by armbar in 25 seconds.
NOV. 2011 – THE TREND CONTINUES
Between March and November of 2011, Ronda rakes up four wins all by way of first-round armbars. Her competition included Charmaine Tweet, Sarah D’Alelio, and Julia Budd.
MAR. 2012 – WOMEN ON THE RISE
Announced as the headlining fight, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate exchange words at a Strikeforce press conference. This fight was the first time in three years that women headlined a Strikeforce card. The fight, and WMMA, begin to gain popularity and more media coverage.
MAR. 2012 – STRIKEFORCE TITLE, A RIVALRY IS BORN
Rousey faces Miesha Tate for the first time, submitting her rival via first-round armbar.
JULY 2012 – ROUSEY VS…KARDASHIAN?
RRR made headlines when she blasted reality starlet Kim Kardashian on the red carpets.
JULY 2012 – THE BODY ISSUE
Ronda covers ESPN’s annual “Body Issue”.
AUG. 2012 – SECOND TIME HEADLINING
Rousey defends the Strikeforce title versus Sarah Kaufman via first-round armbar.
FEB. 2013 – BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING AT UFC 157
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche make history by becoming the first ever women to compete in the UFC. She submits Carmouche in the first round and is the first ever UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
MAY 2013 – MAXIM’S HOT 100
Maxim magazine ranks Ronda number 29 on thier annual Hot 100 List.
SEPT. 2013 – NOV. 2013 – TUF
Ronda coaches The Ultimate Fighter opposite Miesha Tate. Team Tate wins the season but Rousey wins the coaches challenge. The Rousey/Tate rivalry reaches new boiling points.
DEC. 2013 – THE RIVALRY CONTINUES
Rousey and Miesha Tate fight for the second time, this time for the UFC bantamweight title. Tate takes Rousey into the third round but is eventually arm barred.
AUG. 2014 – THE BIG SCREEN
Ronda appears in “The Expendables 3”– the first of many movie and television roles.
MAR. 2015 – WRESTLEMANIA APPEARANCE
Ronda Rousey appears at WWE’s WrestleMania alongside The Rock to play protagonist versus Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
MAY 2015 – ‘MY FIGHT, YOUR FIGHT’
Ronda releases life memoir. The book is co-written by her sister. The next month, ‘My Fight, Your Fight’ makes the New York Times Best Sellers List.
FEB. 2014 – AUG. 2015 – DIVISION DOMINANCE
Ronda continues to set records and break barriers. She defends her title four times in this time period by finishing Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and Bethe Correia.
AUG. 2015 – ROUSEY VS HOLM ANNOUNCED
Ronda appears on ABC to announce her next opponent: boxing champion Holly Holm. The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 195 but is later moved to 193.
NOV. 2015 – THE KICK HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
UFC 193 is the first time a PPV card is headlined and co-headlined by women. The PPV breaks attendance records in Sydney, Australia. Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey via stunning head kick knockout in the second round.
JAN. 2016 – SNL AND ‘THE RING’
Rousey hosts Saturday Night Live. This is her first public appearance since the fight and she briefly speaks about the Holm loss for the first time. She also becomes the first mixed martial artists and the second woman to ever land the cover of “The Ring” boxing magazine.
FEB. 2O16 – THE ELLEN SHOW
Rousey appears on ‘The Ellen Show’. She makes headlines when she reveals she contemplated suicide after losing to Holm.
DEC. 2016 – THE RETURN
After going radio-silent for almost a year, Ronda returns to the UFC to face now-bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. Amanda Nunes defeats Ronda Rousey via devastating first-round knockout. This is Rousey’s second loss and last MMA fight.
AUG. 2017 – MARRIAGE
Ronda Rousey marries UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.
JAN. 2018 – THE ROWDY ONE
Rumors are confirmed to be true when Ronda appears at WWE’s Royal Rumble PPV. She is signed to a full-time WWE contract. Her attire is inspired by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and she dons his actual leather jacket, given to her by Piper’s son, during her entrance.
JULY 2018 – HALL OF FAME
Ronda is recognized for her achievements in the sport. She becomes the first woman to be inducted into the UFC HOF.
What are your favorite moments from Rousey’s career?