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Ronda Rousey
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BornRonda Jean Rousey
(1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 26)
Riverside County, California, U.S.
Other namesRowdy
ResidenceVenice, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2011)
Bantamweight (2012-present)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
Fighting out ofSanta Monica, California, United States
TeamHayastan Studio
Glendale Fighting Club
SK Golden Boys
Rank4th dan black belt in Judo
Years active2011-present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
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Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey retouch.jpg
BornRonda Jean Rousey
(1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 26)
Riverside County, California, U.S.
Other namesRowdy
ResidenceVenice, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2011)
Bantamweight (2012-present)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
Fighting out ofSanta Monica, California, United States
TeamHayastan Studio
Glendale Fighting Club
SK Golden Boys
Rank4th dan black belt in Judo
Years active2011-present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Ronda Rousey
Medal record
Women's Judo
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze2008 Beijing-70kg
World Championships
Silver2007 Rio de Janeiro-70kg
Pan American Games
Gold2007 Rio de Janeiro-70kg
Pan American Judo Championships
Gold2004 Isla Margarita63kg
Gold2005 Caguas-63kg
Silver2006 Buenos Aires-63kg
Bronze2007 Montreal-70kg

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,[1] as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has defeated all of her opponents by armbar in the first round.[2] Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.[3]

Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club.[4] 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[5][6] and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA.[7] In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach.[8]

Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising,[9] MMAWeekly,[10] and many other publications.[11][12] She is also ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[13]

Rousey will star in the films The Expendables 3[14] and Fast & Furious 7, which will mark her first feature film roles.[15]

Early life[edit]

Rousey was born in Riverside County, California. She is the daughter of Ron Rousey and Ann Maria Rousey DeMars (born Waddell).[16] Her mother had a decorated Judo career and was the first American to win a World Judo Championship with her victory in 1984. Rousey's maternal grandfather was Venezuelan, and was of part Afro-Venezuelan ancestry.[17][18] Her step-father is an aerospace engineer.[19]

Rousey was raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. She retired from her judo career at 21, and began her MMA career at 22 because she realized she did not want to work in a conventional field of work for the rest of her life.[20]

Fighting career[edit]

Olympic judo career[edit]

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 is currently ranked as one of the top three women in the world. 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.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Rousey made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur on August 6, 2010. She defeated Hayden Munoz by submission due to an armbar in 23 seconds.[21]

She entered the quarterfinals of the Tuff-N-Uff 145 lbs women's tournament on November 12, 2010 and submitted promotional veteran Autumn Richardson with an armbar in 57 seconds.[22]

Rousey faced Taylor Stratford in the Tuff-N-Uff tournament semi-finals on January 7, 2011 and won by technical submission due to an armbar in 24 seconds. She then announced plans to turn pro and was replaced in the tournament.[23]

Rousey made her professional mixed martial arts debut on March 27, 2011 at King of the Cage: Turning Point. She submitted Ediane Gomes with an armbar in 25 seconds.[21][24]

Rousey faced kickboxing champion Charmaine Tweet in an MMA bout at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks 12 on June 17, 2011 in Calgary, Canada.[25] She submitted Tweet with an armbar in 49 seconds.[26] Rousey has a 3-0 amateur winning record in amateur MMA competition, all fights combined were under 2 minutes.[20]

In 2013, Rousey's status as a top MMA fighter led to multiple commercial partnerships. In April, she was featured in a 30-second commercial for American mobile network operator MetroPCS.[27] In June, she performed as the insureon Protector in a two-minute spot for small-business insurance agency insureon.[28]

Verbal attacks[edit]

Rousey is notable for introducing trash talking to Women's MMA. In many interviews Rousey has used harsh language and openly downplayed the abilities of her opponents, which she explains as a way to generate more publicity for the sport.[29][30]


Rousey was scheduled to make her Strikeforce debut against Sarah D'Alelio on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[31] The fight was pushed back and eventually took place on the Strikeforce Challengers 18 main card on August 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[32] Rousey defeated D'Alelio by technical submission due to an armbar early in the first round. The victory was controversial as referee Steve Mazzagatti only stopped the fight because D’Alelio appeared to make a brief sound. According to instructions given to fighters before they compete, this is typically deemed to be a verbal submission. Mazzagatti initially did nothing, but after Rousey looked at him and stated that D’Alelio had submitted, he stopped the fight. D'Alelio admitted after the fight that she let out a verbal indication of pain.[33]

Rousey faced Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20 on November 18, 2011 in Las Vegas.[34] She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round, dislocating Budd's elbow in the process. Following the fight, she announced plans to move down to 135 pounds to challenge Miesha Tate, the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion at the time, with whom she had developed a much-publicized rivalry.[35]

"She’s a rock star, man. She’s been killing it for us. I just hope that we can get some really good fights for her. I love Ronda, man. I do."

-Dana White.[36]

Women's Bantamweight Championship[edit]

Rousey challenged Tate for her Strikeforce title on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. She defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar in the first round, again dislocating her opponent's elbow, to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.[37]

Rousey appeared in All Access: Ronda Rousey on Showtime. The half-hour special debuted on August 8, 2012.[38] UFC President Dana White revealed during the programme that "In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey."[39] The second installment of the special aired on August 15, 2012.[40] Ronda also appeared on Conan.[41]

Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.[42] Rousey said that she would throw Kaufman's arm at her corner after ripping it off with an armbar, and threatened to choke or pound Kaufman's face to death.[43] During the fight, Rousey would quickly take down Kaufman and submit her with an armbar in just 54 seconds to retain the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship. After the fight, Rousey announced that if former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos wanted to fight her, it would have to take place at bantamweight.[44][45]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In November 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC.[46][47]

UFC President Dana White officially announced at the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference that Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Rousey defended her title against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Despite being caught in an early standing face crank attempt from Carmouche, Rousey got out of it and successfully defended her Bantamweight Championship title, winning the fight at 4:49 into the first round by submission due to an armbar.[48]

After Cat Zingano defeated Miesha Tate at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale, Dana White announced that Zingano would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.

On May 28, it was announced that Zingano would not be a coach and opponent for Rousey after Zingano suffered a knee injury earlier that same month which would require surgery; therefore, Miesha Tate instead will coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.[49]

Fighting style and methods[edit]

Explaining about her signature armbar, Rousey said that her judoka mother jumped on her every morning to wake her up with armbars.[50] [51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58]

Modeling and film[edit]

Rousey appeared nude on the cover ESPN The Magazine's 2012 Body Issue and in a pictorial therein.[59][60] 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 (explicit) – 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 (explicit), and (explicit), are all over the place."[61] Her rival Miesha Tate criticized Rousey's comments as "hypocritical", arguing that Rousey's comments about ring girls constituted a double standard.[62] In July 2012, Rousey also criticized the employment of Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson, saying, "I don't want some girl whose entire fame is based on [appearing in] a sex video to be selling Skechers to my 13-year-old little sister."[63][64][65] That same month, she also criticized fellow Olympian Michael Phelps, for not congregating with the other American athletes during the 2008 Summer Olympics and during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[66]

In May 2013, Rousey was ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100.[67]

Ronda Rousey also appeared on and had a section in the Maxim Magazine's September 2013 issue.

On July 23, 2013, Sylvester Stallone announced via his official Twitter account that Rousey will star in The Expendables 3, marking her first role in a major motion picture.[14] Rousey said that it would not interfere with her upcoming fight in December with Miesha Tate. On August 9, Dwayne Johnson announced that Rousey would appear in Fast & Furious 7.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Rousey was formerly a vegan[3] but describes her current diet as, "kind of a mix between a Paleo and a Warrior diet."[68] She has stated that sex before fights may help boost her testosterone.[69]

She originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, "Rowdy", feeling it would be disrespectful to pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. After meeting through Gene LeBell (who helped train both), Piper personally gave his approval.[70]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • World MMA Awards
    • 2012 Female Fighter of the Year
  • Women's MMA Awards
    • 2012 Female Fighter of the Year
    • 2012 Female Bantamweight of the Year
    • 2012 Female Headline of the Year ("Ronda Rousey Signs with the UFC")
    • 2011 Female Fighter of the Year
    • 2011 Female Featherweight of the Year
    • 2011 Female Newcomer of the Year
  • Sherdog
    • 2012 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
    • 2012 All-Violence 2nd Team
    • 2012 Fighter of the Year
    • 2012 Submission of the Year vs. Miesha Tate on March 3
  • Inside MMA
    • 2012 Female Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
    • 2011 Female Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
  • MiddleEasy
    • 2012 Frate Trane of the Year
    • 2011 No-Tap Submission of the Year vs. Julia Budd on November 18
  • On The Mat
    • 2011 Breakthrough MMA Fighter of the Year
  • Fight Matrix
    • 2012 Female Fighter of the Year
    • 2011 Female Rookie of the Year
    • 2012 Fighter of the year


  • USA Judo
    • USA Senior National Championship (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
    • USA Senior Olympic Team Trials Winner (2004, 2008)
    • 2007 US Open Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2006 US Open Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2006 USA Fall Classic Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2006 US Open Junior Gold Medalist
    • 2005 US Open Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2005 US Open Junior Silver Medalist
    • 2004 US Open Senior Bronze Medalist
    • 2003 US Open Senior Silver Medalist
    • 2003 USA Fall Classic Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2002 US Open Junior Gold Medalist

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Win7–0Liz CarmoucheSubmission (armbar)UFC 15702013-02-23February 23, 201314:49Anaheim, California, United StatesDefended UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; UFC Debut
Win6–0Sarah KaufmanSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman02012-08-18August 18, 201210:54San Diego, California, United StatesDefended Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship; Promoted to UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win5–0Miesha TateSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey02012-03-03March 3, 201214:27Columbus, Ohio, United StatesWon Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship; Women's Submission of the Year (2012). Bantamweight Debut
Win4–0Julia BuddSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce Challengers 2002011-11-18November 18, 201110:39Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWomen's Submission of the Year (2011).
Win3–0Sarah D'AlelioSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce Challengers 1802011-08-12August 12, 201110:25Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win2–0Charmaine TweetSubmission (armbar)HKFC - School of Hard Knocks 1202011-06-17June 17, 201110:49Calgary, Alberta, CanadaCatchweight of 150 pounds.
Win1–0Ediane GomesSubmission (armbar)KOTC - Turning Point02011-03-27March 27, 201110:25Tarzana, California, United States

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Preceded by
Miesha Tate
4th and final Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion
March 3, 2012 - December 6, 2012
Became UFC Champion
New championship1st UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
December 6, 2012 - present