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Professional MMA Career
Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist and judoka. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She has defeated 8 of her 9 opponents by armbar, however at UFC 171 she earned a 1st Round TKO over Sara McMann. Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Ronda trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club. She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, under guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California. Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by the highly touted and much respected Brad Slater. In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach.
Ronda is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising, MMAWeekly, and other publications. She is ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings. As of July 2014, she is the #9 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
Ronda successfully defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title at UFC 175 by knocking out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds. That performance was the second fastest title defense in UFC history.
Modelling and film Career
Ronda appeared tastefully nude on the cover ESPN The Magazine’s 2012 Body Issue and in a pictorial therein. Touching upon the strategic cropping, poses and arm placement used in the photos to make them less revealing, Rousey explained, “With all these ring girls and their vaginas – all of this goes back to advice my mom gave me. She gave me this one piece of advice, which I still hold dear. She said, ‘Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.’ So, whatever I’m not gonna show on a beach, I’m not gonna show in a magazine. These girls are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy’s ass and vagina are all over the place.”
In May 2013, Ronda was ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100. She also appeared on the cover and in a pictorial of the September 2013 issue. Most recently, Ronda was ranked #42 on the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2014.
On July 23, 2013, Sylvester Stallone announced via his official Twitter account that Ronda will star in The Expendables 3, marking her first role in a major motion picture. On August 9,Dwayne Johnson announced that Rousey would appear in Fast & Furious 7.
Ronda has since filmed three movies, The Expendables 3, Fast 7, and Entourage. She is also set to star in the Athena Project in which they would like to showcase Ronda’s fighting abilities, as it follows a top secret, all-female Delta Force team that carries the titular code name.
Olympic Judo Career
Summer Olympic Games | International Judo Federation | USA Judo
At 17, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games. Also in 2004, Rousey won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In April 2006, she became the first female U.S. judoka in nearly 10 years to win an A-Level tournament as she went 5-0 to claim gold at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain. Later that year, the 19-year-old won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete ever to win two Junior World medals.
In February 2007, Rousey moved up to 70 kg where she was consistently ranked one of the top three women in the world in 2007 and 2008. She won the silver medal at the 2007 World Judo Championships in the middleweight division and the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.
In August 2008, Rousey competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She lost her quarterfinal to the Dutch ex-world champion Edith Bosch but qualified for a Bronze medal match through the repechage bracket. Rousey defeated Annett Boehm by Yuko to win a bronze medal (note: Judo offers two bronze medals per weight class). With the victory, Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992.