Despite not having fought in the UFC for almost two years, Ronda Rousey is again gearing up to make mixed martial arts (MMA) history next month.
It was announced during last night's (Sat. June 9, 2018) UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) in Chicago, Illinois that The Rowdy One will be the first female ever inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame. This is a much deserved honor for the former women's bantamweight champion.
Rousey is a staple in not only female MMA, but female sports as a whole. After UFC President Dana White had once stood firm on never allowing women to fight in the UFC, he finally budged.
It was Rousey who was involved in the first-ever women's fight in the UFC. She defeated Liz Carmouche in the first round via submission to capture the inaugural female 135-pound title.
Her MMA career was something that might never be repeated in MMA history. Rousey racked up a 12-0 undefeated record with a 100 percent finish rate.
She became a household name after gaining a reputation for finishing fights rather quickly in the first round with her signature armbar.
Rousey added some knockouts to her arsenal as well, starting with Sara McMann in 2014 with a nasty knee to the body. She then smashed Alexis Davis in 16 seconds with a quick judo flip and rapid punches to end the night.
Finally, in the final victory of her career, Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia 34 seconds into the first round after a longtime build-up that included personal insults from her Brazilian counterpart.
All but one of Rousey's finishes came in the first round, the exception being a 2013 fight with Miesha Tate that went into the third round that Rousey eventually finished with an armbar.
End Of A Reign
In November of 2015, Rousey was finally dethroned from the top of the bantamweight division. Highly-decorated kickboxer Holly Holm stepped into the Octagon to challenge The Rowdy One.
Holm pulled off a spectacular second round knockout win off a head-kick that completely shocked the world. Rousey had a great deal of depression after the loss and took it harshly.
She took a good year off before returning to the UFC in attempt to reclaim the UFC title. This time, she'd challenge new division queen Amanda Nunes, who had already established herself as a legitimate knockout artist.
Unfortunately for Rousey, she wasn't able to hold up against Nunes' knockout power and was finished in just 48 seconds. She again stepped away from the sport.
Rousey would later sign a full-time deal with WWE and made her professional wrestling debut at WrestleMania 34 when she teamed up with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
While her MMA career may be over for now, Rousey will forever live on after being inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame. The ceremony will go down on July 5th at The Pearl At The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
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