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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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Rousey Teammates Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir Preparing to Join WWE

Before any of them ever really got into the sports entertainment business, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir referred to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”
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Rousey Teammates Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir Preparing to Join WWE

Before any of them ever really got into the sports entertainment business, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir referred to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”
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Rousey Teammates Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir Preparing to Join WWE

Before any of them ever really got into the sports entertainment business, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir referred to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”
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Rousey: I’m Happy I Lost Those Fights In UFC

Bizarro world!

Remember last week when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was actually pissed at Conor McGregor for blowing up the UFC 223 fight card? It was not long after Ronda Rousey was caught being a jerk to reporters for asking about her losses in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Well, today White and McGregor are bromantic again, and “Rowdy” is ready to talk about her Octagon shortcomings.

Not only that, the Olympian is actually grateful for knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, because they led her to pro wrestling superstardom, starting with last weekend’s debut at WrestleMania.

From her conversation with ESPN:

“I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights because it led me here. This is so worth it. Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”

Watch some of her wrasslin’ highlights here.

In the wake of her knockout losses to both Holm and Nunes, Rousey continued to make headlines for her blatant refusal to address them, perhaps forgetting that superstar status is not all glass plaques and magazine covers.

Her position seems to have changed after earning her spot on the WWE roster, a childhood dream realized after months of flirting with the world’s largest pro wrestling promotion, alongside a couple of familiar faces.

Maybe it’s time for another one of these?

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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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Rousey Has Nothing But Love For McGregor

McGregor has been a vocal supporter of Rousey heading into WrestleMania 34, something the female UFC pioneer appreciates.

Ronda Rousey may be completely sick of almost everything involving mixed martial arts, but she’s still got big love for lightweight champion Conor McGregor. During her eyebrow raising media blitz with ESPN last week, McGregor was pretty much the only UFC related topic that didn’t result in her flashing a big old scowl.

“I love Conor, he’s awesome!” she gushed during a 30 minute video interview with Brett Okamoto. “He’s always been great to me. He has my utmost respect as an athlete and as a man. I just appreciate him always being so respectful back to me. I just wish nothing but the best things for him.”

“He took so much weight off of my shoulders, as well. I owe a lot to Conor.”

McGregor is well known for his willingness to torch anyone that might gain him some attention, but Ronda Rousey never ended up on that list. The closest he ever came to s**t talking her was making a threesome joke – that he then apologized for!

The double champ apologizes to nobody … except Ronda Rousey.

After her big loss to Holly Holm, McGregor went out of his way to support Rousey, sending her inspirational messages through the media. So he’s gold as far as Ronda is concerned.

“Anything that he wants to do in life, I hope everything works out for him,” she said. “If he doesn’t want to fight ever again, if he wants to hang out at home with his family. Anything he wants to do. If he wants to be come a master blueberry grower, I hope he has the greatest blueberries to ever happen. I love Conor.”

Rousey is set to make her full match debut at WrestleMania 34 on April 8th in New Orleans against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Backing her up will be fellow Olympic athlete Kurt Angle … and who knows, maybe Conor McGregor as well?

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