Ronda Rousey is best known for being the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and also an Olympic medal winner in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2008.
Born Name Ronda Jean Rousey
Nick Name Rowdy, The Rowdy One, Rowdy Ronda, The Arm Collector
Occupation Mixed Martial Artist, Judoka, Actress
Years active 2010–2016 (MMA)
Born: February 01, 1987, 32 years and 0 months, Riverside County, California, U.S
Sun Sign Aquarius
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Gray
Height 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Measurements 35-25-34 in or 89-63.5-86 cm
Bra size 34A
Ronda Rousey was homeschooled for a part during her elementary school days. She attended the high school in Jamestown, North Dakota but dropped out before graduation. She later cleared her GED tests which certify her high school-level academic skills.
Father – Ron Rousey
Mother – AnnMaria DeMars (nee Waddell) (Winner of World Judo Championship 1984)
Siblings – Julia DeMars (Younger Sister), Maria Burns-Ortiz (Older Sister), Jennifer Rousey (Older Sister)
Others – Dennis DeMars (Step-father)
She has Venezuelan and Afro-Venezuelan ancestry on her mother’s side. She also has English and Polish ancestry.
Ronda Jean Rousey is is currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand, where she is the current Raw Women’s Champion in her first reign. Her longstanding nickname, “Rowdy”, was inherited from late professional wrestler Roddy Piper.
Rousey began her professional career as a mixed martial artist in 2010, after becoming the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo, by winning bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics. After a string of successful bouts in both King of the Cage and Strikeforce, which included a reign as the last ever Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Rousey signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2012. In UFC, Rousey enjoyed a two and a half year undefeated streak, during which she became the first female champion in the promotion’s history, and holds the record as the longest ever reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey has also gained several plaudits for her explosive and dominant fighting style, characterized by first-round knockouts and trademark armbar submission hold. She later became the first female fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
In 2018, Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE. She made her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34, and won the Raw Women’s Championship, her first WWE and professional wrestling title, at SummerSlam 2018.
Rousey has also enjoyed success as an actress and author, appearing in the films The Expendables 3 (2014), Furious 7 (2015), and Mile 22 (2018), and releasing her autobiography My Fight / Your Fight in 2015.
Rousey has been credited for breaking down several hurdles regarding female mixed martial arts, as well as challenging barriers regarding body image and female conformity. She has been regarded as a symbol of female empowerment, and has been praised for her involvement in the polarizing female mixed martial arts industry, in which she became one of the highest-pay-per-view draws in the world. Rousey was described by Fox Sports as “one of the defining athletes of the 21st century.”
Her mother, a decorated judoka, was the first American to win a World Judo Championship (in 1984). Rousey is of English, Polish, Trinidadian, and Venezuelan ancestry. Her Venezuelan maternal grandfather was partly of Afro-Venezuelan descent and her Trinidadian maternal great-grandfather, Alfred E Waddell, was a doctor who emigrated to Canada and became one of the first black physicians in North America. Her stepfather is an aerospace engineer. Her biological father, after breaking his back sledding with his daughters and learning that he would be a paraplegic, committed suicide in 1995 when Rousey was eight. AnnMaria pursued a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of California, Riverside as her daughters grew up.
For the first six years of her life, Rousey struggled with speech and could not form an intelligible sentence due to apraxia, a neurological childhood speech sound disorder. This speech disorder was attributed to being born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. When Rousey was three years old, her mother and father moved from Riverside, California, to Jamestown, North Dakota, to obtain intensive speech therapy with specialists at Minot State University. Rousey dropped out of high school and later earned her GED. She was raised between Jamestown and Southern California, retiring from her judo career at 21 and starting her MMA career at 22 when she realized that she did not want to spend her life in a conventional field of work.
Olympic judo career
Rousey began judo with her mother at the age of 11. Rousey trained with her mother until she was 13 after accidentally breaking her mother’s wrist. At 17, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games. Rousey lost in her first match to silver medalist Claudia Heill in the 63 kg bracket. Also in 2004, Rousey won a gold medal at the 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 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
Rousey retired from judo at 21 after the Olympics. After winning her Olympic medal, Rousey shared a studio apartment with a roommate in Venice Beach, California and worked three jobs as a bartender and cocktail waitress to support herself and her dog.
When Rousey had started learning judo, her mom had taken her to judo clubs run by her old teammates.Rousey went to Hayastan MMA Academy run by Gokor Chivichyan, where she trained with fellow future MMA fighters Manny Gamburyan and Karo Parisyan. According to Rousey, Hayastan practiced “a more brawling style of judo versus the more technical Japanese style.” Rousey trained mostly with males bigger than her and often got frustrated and cried when she got thrown and couldn’t throw somebody. “Probably from 2002 to 2005 I cried every single night of training,” Rousey remarked.
Rousey trained closely with Gamburyan. After tearing up her knee when she was 16, Gamburyan volunteered to open the gym every afternoon and work with her personally. Back in 2004, her teammates thought Rousey “would kill these girls” in MMA, but also thought she was “too pretty to get hit in the face” and should keep doing judo. While Gamburyan and Parisyan went into MMA, Rousey stuck with judo but remained in touch with MMA through them. The first MMA fight she took an interest in watching was Manny Gamburyan versus Nate Diaz in The Ultimate Fighter finale. Rousey stated she never got as excited watching judo or any other sport. After the 2008 Olympics the following year, she decided to start MMA through Team Hayastan.
Rousey also trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, which she was introduced to through Gamburyan and other Hayastan teammates. She started training under her current coach Edmond Tarverdyan at GFC.
She trained in Jiu Jitsu at Dynamix MMA with Henry Akins from 2011 to 2014 and has since trained with Ryron Graice and Rener Gracie of Gracie Academy, as well as BJ Penn of Art of Jiu Jitsu.
Early career (2010–2011)
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.
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.
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. Rousey has a perfect 3-0 record in amateur MMA competition, and the combined duration of all her amateur fights is under 2 minutes.
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.
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. She submitted Tweet with an armbar in 49 seconds.
Strikeforce (2011–2012) – Early success
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. The fight was pushed back and eventually took place on the Strikeforce Challengers 18 main card on August 12, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rousey defeated D’Alelio by technical submission due to an armbar early in the first round. The victory was controversial. Rousey claimed that D’Alelio yelled “tap” more than once and that D’Alelio denied this and claimed to have yelled “AAAAHHH”. According to the unified rules of mixed martial arts, either one of these utterances would still be a verbal submission.
Rousey faced Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20 on November 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. 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.
During his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Rousey’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan said that Rousey started her MMA career in the 145 lb division because she had to be able to make weight at short notice, due to the difficulty of finding willing opponents.
Women’s Bantamweight Champion
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.
Rousey appeared in All Access: Ronda Rousey on Showtime. The half-hour special debuted on August 8, 2012. UFC President Dana White revealed during the program that “In the next 10 years, if there’s a woman in the octagon, it’s probably going to be Ronda Rousey.” The second installment of the special aired on August 15, 2012. Rousey also appeared on Conan.
Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012, in San Diego, California. 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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2012–2016) – First female UFC Champion
In November 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. 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 originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, “Rowdy”, feeling it would be disrespectful to professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. After meeting Piper (circa 2012 or 2013) through Gene LeBell, who helped train both of them, Piper personally gave his approval.
Rousey defended her title against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013, at UFC 157. Despite being caught in an early standing neck 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. Carmouche dislocated Ronda Rousey’s jaw during the fight.
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 would coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.
Rousey faced Miesha Tate, in a rematch from Strikeforce, at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. After going past the first two rounds, with Tate surviving an armbar attempt and a triangle attempt, Rousey finally submitted Tate via armbar in the third round to retain her Bantamweight Championship. In an interview with Los Angeles Daily News, Rousey said she had lost muscle during her film commitments and not been able to regain her full strength for the Tate fight.
It was announced at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference that Rousey would defend the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against fellow Olympic medalist and undefeated fighter, Sara McMann in the main event at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014. Rousey won the fight by TKO after knocking down McMann with a knee to the body in just over a minute into the first round. This marked Rousey’s first career win via a method other than armbar. The stoppage led to controversy, with some sports writers and attendants finding it premature.
In 2014, Rousey was named one of espnW’s Impact 25.
On April 11, 2014, it was announced that Rousey would defend the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Alexis Davis in the co-main event at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014. She won the fight via knockout just 16 seconds into the first round. Rousey broke her thumb during the fight. The emphatic win also earned Rousey her second Performance of the Night bonus award.
A match between Rousey and Cat Zingano was scheduled to take place at UFC 182 for the women’s bantamweight title. However, the fight was moved to February 28, 2015, at UFC 184. Rousey defeated Zingano with an armbar in 14 seconds, the shortest match in UFC championship history.
Rousey fought Bethe Correia on August 1, 2015, in Brazil, at UFC 190, winning the bout by knockout 34 seconds into the first round. Rousey dedicated the match to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died the day before, commenting that Piper was one of her inspirations and had endorsed her use of his nickname.
The completion of this bout marked Rousey’s sixth official with the UFC, all of which had been victories. She spent 1077 seconds in the octagon to attain all six and accumulated $1,080,000 in prize money; this equated to nearly $1002.79 for every second spent fighting. Her average time of 2 minutes and 59 seconds was less than the average time of a single match in every UFC weight class, the fastest of which was the Heavyweight division with a time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds.
Title loss and subsequent loss
In her seventh title defense, Rousey faced Holly Holm in the main event at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015. Despite being a heavy betting favorite, Rousey was unable to get Holm to the ground and had no answer for Holm’s superior striking. Early in the second round, Holm knocked Rousey out with a high kick to the neck, ending Rousey’s three-year reign as champion. It was also her first loss. After the fight, Rousey and Holm were each awarded a Fight of the Night bonus of $50,000. She was also medically suspended by UFC on November 18, 2015, which included a no-contact suspension for 45-days, and no fights for 60-days, and would have to depend on CT scan results to have the suspension reduced. She was medically cleared on December 9, 2015.
After over a year away from the sport, Rousey returned to face current champion Amanda Nunes on December 30, 2016, in the main event at UFC 207. She lost the fight via TKO due to punches at just 48 seconds into the first round. Rousey had no answer to Nunes’ straight and overhand shots. Sports columnist Martin Rogers wrote, “Even with all that time to recuperate and prepare, Rousey did not learn an effective jab, the first and most basic tenet of boxing, one of MMA’s core disciplines.
4th Degree Black Belt in Judo
Ronda Rousey is currently attached with Glendale Fighting Club, California and is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe, MMA.
Mole under left eye
Ronda Rousey has appeared in the TV commercial for Metro PCS phone in 2013. She has also appeared as ‘Insureon Protector’ for the Insurance agency Insureon.
The mixed martial art champion was also signed by Reebok in 2014.
As a Judoka, Ronda Rousey first joined the United States Olympic Team at the age of 15. However, she won her first gold medal in World Junior and Pan American Judo Championship in 2004.
As a mixed martial art debutant, she fought against Hayden Munoz on August 6, 2010 and defeated her.
Grounds opponent with tosses and sweeps
Finishes fight with strikes or submissions
Top position – attacks with punches from side control
Rear position – Secures back mount and hurls head strikes
Uses signature armbar
Uses jabs, knees, and overhand rights while standing
Ronda Rousey has first appeared as Luna in the 2014 ensemble action film The Expendables 3.
She has also played Kara in Furious 7 (2015), and as herself in comedy-drama film Entourage (2015).
Ronda Rousey has been trained by Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy. She joined the Glendale Fighting Club after retiring from Judo in 2008 at the age of 21. She is now being trained by Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club.
During her Judoka days, she was guided by Jimmy Pedro of Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
The mixed martial arts champion has also trained with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell. She is a part of Team Hayastan and trains with fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian.
Ronda Rousey Favorite Things
Timepass – Video Game
Sports – Professional Wrestling
Animation – Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon
Pokemon Character – Mew
Video Game – World of Warcraft, Mario Kart, Just Dance
Sketch Subject – Sea Life
Toy – Wrestling Buddy of Hulk Hogan
Ronda Rousey Facts
She is a part of the teams, Glendale Fighting Club, Gokor Hayastan Academy, and SK Golden Boys.
She has been placed at the number 1 position at 135 lbs according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.
The magazine Fight Matrix has listed her at #1 spot for three categories – Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter, Current Pound for Pound Women’s MMA Fighter, Women’s MMA Fighter of all time.
During her birth, Rousey nearly died due to a tie with the umbilical cord on her neck which created her a lack of oxygen. She sustained slight brain damage that delayed her ability to speak until the age of 6.
Rousey had a turbulent childhood with her father committing suicide after learning that he would be a paraplegic and would die soon. She was only 8 years old, by then.
In 2015, Rousey had raised money by auctioning signed t-shirts for the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation which aims at saving tigers from circus and zoos and provide them with the best lifestyle.
Rousey tried her hand in modeling when she appeared nude on the cover page and a pictorial in the 2012 Body Issue of ESPN, the Magazine.
The May 2015 issue of Business Insider ranked Rousey as the first among the list of 50 most dominant athletes alive.
Rousey has also taught martial arts at Dynamic MMA in Venice, California, USA in the past.
In November 2015, she was hospitalized when she was knocked out (K.O.) by Holly Holm in a UFC fight. Ronda had her lip busted.
Apart from being an MMA fighter, she also employs herself as a storyline consultant for the educational video game company, 7 Generation Games.
The autobiography ‘My Fight/ Your Fight’ has been penned by Rousey and her sister Maria Burns Ortiz and was released in May 2015.
After she made an appearance at the Royal Rumble match in January 2018, it was revealed that she had signed a full-time contract with WWE.
Official website @ rondarousey.net