Earlier this year, Ronda Rousey took part in the first-ever women's main event of WrestleMania, making history for women once more.
Throughout her career, Rousey has been a pioneer for women not only during her time in the WWE but during her time in UFC as well.
Rowdy was part of one of the most important fights in UFC history back in 2013 at UFC 157 between herself and Liz Carmouche, the first women's fight in the promotion's history.
Rousey won on the night, successfully defending the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in the process which had been awarded to her since she was the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion beforehand.
The fight also helped women's MMA, as it was a massive step for women in the sport. As a result, Rousey believes her fight vs Carmouche was bigger than WrestleMania's first-ever women's main event.
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Rowdy said while the stars were aligned for them to succeed at the Showcase of Immortals earlier this year in WWE, there was more on the line for her and Liz back in 2013 in UFC.
The former Raw Women's Champion said of WrestleMania 35 during a sit-down interview with UFC's Megan Olivi, via Fightful: “Uh yeah, it felt big. I think it just has to do with the time, with perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger, to me.
"Even though it was years ago when not as many people watched and it was at the Honda Center which maybe holds 16 to 20 thousand compared to WrestleMania where it was in front of like 80,000 people, millions of people watching.
"I just feel like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment where everything had to happen that way or else, women’s MMA would’ve ended before it started, and with WrestleMania, it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and I had not a single doubt in my mind that we would but for Carmouche, it was so many outside factors like the numbers had to do well, I had to win the match but I had to win the match in an exciting way.
"There was just so many other different factors that I had to worry about, and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way, even though the venue and the audience was smaller.”
Rousey hasn't been seen in WWE since WrestleMania, where she lost the Raw Women's Championship to Becky Lynch, and it's unclear as to when she will return as she's looking to start a family.News Now - Sport News