7 Things To Know About Ronda Rousey Before She Defends Her Title At UFC Fight 193
Even if you don't follow UFC fights, chances are you've heard the name Ronda Rousey, the current UFC women's bantam champion and most famous female UFC fighter. Ronda Rousey will be fighting in UFC Fight 193 on Saturday to defend her title against Holly Holm in what promises to be one hell of a fight. So if you are looking to get into UFC fighting, here are some things to know about Rousey before the fighters step into the cage — especially since it might be the last we see of her until well into next year.
Women in the world of professional fighting are still comparatively few and far between, whether in boxing or in Rousey's sport, mixed martial arts (MMA). In fact, as recently as 2011, UFC president Dana White was still saying in no uncertain terms that there would never be any women in the UFC. However, not even he could ignore forever the potential in women's MMA fighting, especially not once Ronda Rousey came onto the scene. In 2012, Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC, and many more followed.
Ronda Rousey fought her first professional fight in 2011, and she's been undefeated ever since. In fact, some speculate that she might even be too successful for her own good — she's won so many times that it's expected by now, and no significant challengers have yet emerged from the field. But then again, in sports you never know what's going to happen. Upsets happen all the time — just this year, for instance,tennis superstar Serena Williams was defeated in the US Open semi-finals by Roberta Vinci, who was ranked just 43rd by the WTA. New stars are always emerging, sometimes when you least expect it. No one ever knows how things will turn out.
So if you're looking to watch the fight this weekend, here are seven things you should know about Ronda Rousey.
1. She Was The First Ever UFC Women's Bantam Weight Champion
Rousey has been women's bantam weight champion for two years, and she'll be defending her title in the upcoming fight.
2. She's An Olympic Medalist
Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic Medal in judo when she brought home the bronze in 2008.
3. She Also Does Films
Rousey has a career outside the cage as well. She's been in several movies in the past few years, including Furious 7, Entourage, and The Expendables 3. She's also looking to take some time off from fighting after the upcoming match in order to do more filming for a while; the Road House remake starring Rousey is particularly anticipated.
4. Her Fighting Style Is Boss
Like all mixed martial arts fighters, Rousey uses a variety of marital arts styles in her fighting. As one would expect given that she has an Olympic medal in judo, she relies heavily on judo moves, which are typically about grabbing an opponent and getting them on the ground. She does, however, still use plenty of strikes, and since starting in MMA her style has been influenced by other martial arts disciplines. And she's also extremely good at staying on her feet. Rousey's most famous skill is her armbar, a judo move which can be used to subdue opponents.
One thing is for sure, though: Rousey is dominant in the ring. She goes hard and doesn't let up, and it shows in her record. Not only has she won all of her fights, but she's won them either by knock out or by forcing opponents to submit. None of the matches have had to be decided by judges after the bell.
5. She's Not A "Do Nothing B*tch"
Maybe Rousey's most famous statement is that she's not a "do nothing b*tch," which she first talked about in a UFO video leading up to one of her fights.
I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b*tch. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do nothing bitch.
The phrase has since caught on. There are even tee shirts. It's perhaps not the most feminist thing Rousey has ever said — personally, I'm sick of any women getting shamed for their personal life choices, no matter what those choices are — but then Rousey never signed up to be anyone's feminist icon anyway.
Rousey also talks about body shaming, has been open about having an eating disorder early on in her career, and is generally pretty upfront with her opinions. And whether you happen to agree or disagree with what she says, I think there's a lot of value in having a woman like Rousey in the public eye — someone who always speaks her mind, and is blunt and impolite, and says what she wants because she wants to.
6. She's Really Not A Floyd Mayweather Fan
Rousey has made numerous statements voicing her thoughts on boxer Floyd Mayweather. Most recently, after winning the ESPY's award for Best Fighter, beating out male fighters such as Mayweather, Rousey called him out on comments he'd made about her and joked about beating him up. Mayweather has previously been convicted of domestic violence; it's possible Rousey's comments were a response to his history.
7. This Fight On Saturday Is Going To Be Epic
So what should you know about the upcoming fight? Well, Rousey up against Holly Holm, who is also undefeated in the UFC. Both women are almost exactly the same height and weight, so no one has much advantage there. As far as their records, Rousey has won more matches, and has a much higher takedown average — but Holm is by far the leader when it comes to knockouts, having won six of her nine matches that way. If nothing else, the fight should be an interesting one to watch.