Olympic Bronze Medalist Ronda Rousey Joins UFC
Mixed martial arts superstar Ronda Rousey, 25 will become the first woman to join the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), according to the New York Post, and Strikeforce, Rousey’s current employer, will disband.
Rousey is currently Strikeforce’s Women’s Bantamweight Champion after defeating Miesha Tate, 26, this past March. In a Showtime series about Rousey, UFC President Dana White said, “In the next 10 years, if there’s going to be a woman in the Octagon, it’s probably going to be Ronda Rousey."
Born in Riverside, Calif., Rousey has fighting in her genes. Her mother is Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, who in 1984 became the first American to ever win the World Judo Championships. Rousey first qualified for the Olympic Games in 2004. Two years later, she became the first U.S. athlete in 10 years to win an A-Level tournament, winning at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain. Also in 2006, Rousey won bronze at the Junior World Championships. She went on to nab the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Rousey made her MMA debut in 2010. She is currently undefeated as both an amateur and professional with a 9-0 mark. Her last fight was against Sarah Kaufman, 27, this past August, when she successfully defended her championship by defeating Kaufman in 54 seconds.
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