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.