Ronda Rousey First Woman Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
UFC president Dana White announced on Saturday that Ronda Rousey is to be the first woman ever inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Rousey is being inducted for her work as a pioneer in helping establish a women’s division of the mixed martial arts sport.
— UFC (@ufc) June 10, 2018
UFC made the announcement during the UFC 225 event in Chicago on Saturday night. Rousey is set to be honored at a ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on July 5. Rousey made her UFC debut back in 2013 and won her first 12 matches over the course of her 5-year career.
Rousey has also earned an Olympic bronze medal in judo. Her UFC career ended last year after 2 consecutive defeats. She has since gone on to join World Wrestling Entertainment, where she recently made her debut.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Rousey holds the record for 4 of the 5 fastest finishes in the history of UFC women’s bantamweight. Her career ended with an overall record of 12-2 in UFC.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey. Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me – and a lot of other people – look at women in combat sports differently.”
Rousey was the first woman to ever win a UFC fight. On that same night, she became the first women’s bantamweight champion after beating Liz Carmouche. She would go on to defender her title another 6 times, which is still the most successful title defenses by a woman in the history of the sport.
Rousey was beaten for the first time by Holly Holm in a shocking upset at UFC 193. Rousey took significant time off after the defeat before eventually making her return at UFC 207 in December of 2016. Rousey was beaten again, this time in the first round by current bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.
In addition to her combat career, Rousey has also starred in a couple of major Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows including Entourage and The Expendables 3.
Rousey issued a statement of her own that said, “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. May I be the first of many.”
Rousey made her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34 where she picked up a victory over Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H. She will join Forrest Griffin, BJ Penn and Urijah Faber as the 2018 inductees into the UFC’s Modern Wing.
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