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Ronda Rousey Reacts To UFC Hall Of Fame Induction

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, may have been chased from the 135-pound division by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, but there would be no Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes if not for the trail blazed by “Rowdy.”

Others came before her, like ex-Strikeforce headliner Gina Carano, as well as Japanese sensation Megumii Fuji and regional powerhouse Tara LaRosa, but Rousey was able to bring women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) to the Octagon, where it currently thrives across four different weight classes.

Not surprisingly, the promotion will induct her into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the Hall of Fame,” Rousey wrote on social media. “May I be the first of many.”

After hanging up the gloves in 2017 — which we are not allowed to refer to as “retirement” — Rousey (12-2) crossed over to the world of professional wrestling, inking a longterm deal with WWE and making her WrestleMania debut back in April.

Maybe she can complete the second of these three goals by the end of the year.

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Former Champ Ronda Rousey First Woman to Be Inducted Into UFC Hall of Fame

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame’s “Modern Wing.” Rousey will be the first ever woman MMA fighter to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
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Ronda Rousey to Be Inducted Into UFC Hall of Fame

Regardless of whether you loved her or hated her, you can’t deny that Ronda Rousey changed the face of the sport.

When Dana White declared that the UFC would never let women into the Octagon, Rousey broke down the cage door with a superstar persona and an unstoppable armbar. And when the UFC needed stars to light the way as old heroes faded, she assumed the role like she was meant for it.

So of course Rousey is going to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She deserves it. More so than most, she deserves it.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

“ROWDY” RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY
AS FIRST WOMAN SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC and Strikeforce® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2018. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT.

“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”

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Behold the Greatness That is Amanda Nunes Crushing Ronda Rousey

UFC female bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes is headlining UFC 224 this weekend. And though she’ll be facing Raquel Pennington, and the bout takes place in her home-country of Brazil, the only storyline that matters – will ever matter – is that Nunes once beat the crap out of Ronda Rousey.

Seriously, Nunes could retire tomorrow, and still those highlight reels will show her crushing Rousey like an annoying bug.

Let’s set the scene, shall we?

When Nunes faced Rousey at UFC 207, the former was the champ and the latter the challenger, because Holly Holm had head-kicked the belt away from Rousey, then Miesha Tate choked Holm, and Nunes pounded out Tate. But despite her challenger status, Rousey was far and away the star of the show. She was, after all, the reason there were females fighting in the Octagon.

Unfortunately, the pressures of fame bore down heavily on the judo Olympian, and with every eye and lens upon her, Rousey was all frowns.

She was also all bluster and no training – as evidenced by the complete destruction Nunes inflicted upon her via her fists. Rousey was TKO’d in a whole 48 seconds.

So here’s the fight. Watch and enjoy.

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All of Ronda Rousey’s Friends Are Joining Her in Pro Wrestling

Back in the olden days, when Ronda Rousey was on top of the MMA world, she and her buddies – Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir – were bandied about as the “Four Horsewomen of MMA” in a kind of homage to pro wrestling. Or something.

Anyway, Baszler, Duke and Shafir all crashed and burned in the cage, and eventually Rousey did the same.

But then Rousey found her calling in the world of pro wrestling, and guess what? It’s reunion time!

As per MMAFighting:

The Four Horsewomen of MMA are all now in pro wrestling.

Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have joined their good friends Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler in WWE, the pro wrestling promotion announced Monday. The WWE announced that Duke and Shafir had begun training at its Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The two had trained there before and Duke seemed likely to sign as of last month, but now both are officially on board.

Shafir and Duke each have gotten some television time with WWE. Both of them and Rousey were in in the front row for the Mae Young Classic tapings last summer to cheer on Baszler, who went to the finals of the tournament. They were shown on episodes often and even did a backstage segment being confronted by WWE’s version of the Four Horsewomen, led by Charlotte Flair.

The signings could very well lead to a match down the road between Rousey, Baszler, Duke and Shafir against Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley, which WWE teased last year. Shafir is also the fiancée of WWE wrestler Roderick Strong.

Personally, I don’t care one bit about pro wrestling, but if Baszler, Duke and Shafir have found their niche and they’re happy, rock on.

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RouseyMania! Ronda Rousey Wins Her WrestleMania Debut

The former UFC superstar made a successful debut in her first full match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

Ronda Rousey made her full wrestling match debut at WrestleMania 34 and there’s no other way to describe it than an amazing success. Rousey was teamed up with fellow Olympic athlete Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, and the four battled it out until Rousey locked up an armbar on McMahon, forcing a tap and winning the match.

Rousey looked great. She sold her attacks and her bumps well, carrying her weight amongst the more experienced legends in Angle and Triple H. While a few transitions and throws looked like they may have been a bit off, it was an impressive performance from a relative newcomer to pro wrestling.

Take a look at some of the action:

At this point there’s no doubt the former UFC women’s champion can hang in the WWE. While we’d rather be watching her lock in armbars in mixed martial arts, we’ll take this as an acceptable alternative … especially since Rousey obviously loves her new job.

One last thing: as he promised, Dana White made the trip from New York to New Orleans to catch Rousey’s debut. Considering the amount of crap that went down in the UFC this week, that’s friendship!

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Ronda Rousey on MMA Career: ‘I Felt Obligated to Do More Than What I Actually Wanted to Do’

It’s been a rough week for Ronda Rousey on the ESPN circuit, as awkward interactions with network personalities Mike Golic and Max Kellerman were used to highlight her reluctance to talk about the end of her UFC career.
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Video: Ronda Rousey Annoyed by Question About MMA Return, Gives Snarky Response

A word of advice to journalists: If you’re going to ask Ronda Rousey about a potential mixed martial arts return, it’s best to do it as clearly as possible.
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Ronda Rousey Is Done With MMA

The legendary women’s MMA pioneer we know and love as Ronda Rousey is pretty much done with the sport.

That’s the gist of what she said on the talkshow “Ellen” recently, with her answer something along the lines of her being just as likely to return to Olympic judo as she is to the cage.

(Note: ain’t no way Rousey could ever go back to judo.)

This should come as a surprise to no one. After getting kicked in the head by Holly Holm, Rousey virtually disappeared, and only resurfaced to get knocked out by Amanda Nunes back at UFC 207. Since then, the former champ has been busy marrying Travis Browne, acting, and doing some professional wrestling with the WWE.

In other words, Rousey has moved on. So should we.

Here’s the Ellen interview.

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Ronda Rousey: UFC Return ‘As Likely As Me Going Back to Another Olympics for Judo’

Ronda Rousey has never officially announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, but she came pretty close during a recent appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”
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