WWE Ronda Rousey

Facts about Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is one of the defining athletes of the 21st Century (described by Fox Sports). She is widely known as the first American Lady to win Olympic Medal in Judo.She won bronze at 2008 Summer Olympics.


Real Name – Ronda Jean Rousey

Birth Date – 1st February 1987

Age – 31 years

Birth Place – Riverside, California

Fathers Name – Ron Rousey

Mothers Name – AnnMarie De Mars

Husband – Travis Browne (Married 28th August 2017)

Height – 5ft 7 in (173 cm)

Weight – 61 kg (135 lb)

Nickname – Rowdy (inherited from late WWE Superstar Roddy Piper)

She was born in America, is a professional wrestler, martial art practitioner, authoress, and well versed in Judo.

. She is currently signed to WWE, performing on the WWE RAW, where she is the current Raw Women’s Champion.


Ronda Rousey is the youngest of three daughters of AnnMarie De Mars and Ron Rousey. She is of English, Polish, Trinidadian (great-grand father), and Venezuelan (grand father) ancestry. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius. For the first six years of her life, she was diagnosed with apraxia, a neurological childhood speech sound disorder due to which she struggled with speech and could not form an intelligible sentence. This speech disorder was attributed to being born with her umbilical cord cloaked around her neck. For the treatment of apraxia, her parents moved from Riverside, California to Jamestown, North Dakota mainly to obtain intensive speech therapy with specialist at Minot state University when she was three years old.

Rousey’s father Ron committed suicide in 1995 breaking his back while sledding with his daughters. Due to blood disorder he couldn’t heal properly and learned that he would be a paraplegic.  He died when Rousey was just eight years old.

In her early life she struggled in school and was homeschooled till high school. Rousey dropped out of high school and later earned her GED (General Education Development). After that her mom AnnMarie De Mars persuaded her to learn Judo when she was eleven. She found this frustrating.

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Career in Judo

Ronda Rousey started her Judo career at the age of eleven with her mother AnnMarie De Mars, a decorated judoka, was the first American to win a World Judo Championship (in 1984). When she was thirteen she accidently broken her mother’s wrist. Rousey trained with her mother until this accident. Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when she was just 17 years. She became the youngest Judoka in the entire games. Rousey started her career with a loss against silver medalist Claudia Heill in the 63Kg bracket. But she didn’t give up, because in the same year Rousey won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

She became the first female U.S. Judoka in nearly ten years to win A-Level tournament in April 2006.At the Birmingham World Cup she claimed Gold 5-0,  which was played in United Kingdom.

Ronda Rousey was 19-year old when she won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in the same year. With this win she became the first U.S. athlete ever to win two Junior World medals.

She ranked as one of the top three women in the world when she moved up to 70 kg in February 2007. Rousey won gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and in the same year she also won a silver medal at 2007 World Judo Championship in the middleweight division. Rousey lost her quarterfinal to the Dutch ex-world champion Edith Bosch at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China but she qualified for a Bronze medal match through the repechage bracket. Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo by defeating Annett Boehm by Yuko and winning bronze medal.

Struggling Phase

After Olympics Rousey take her retirement from Judo when she was 21. In Venice Beach, California, Rousey shared her apartment with a roommate. This was Rousey’s struggling phase as she worked three jobs as a bartender and cocktail waitress to support herself and her dog. In Los Angeles she lived in her car for months. Rousey herself told that “Probably from 2002 to 2005 I cried every single night of training.” In her early mixed martial arts career, Rousey trained mostly with males bigger than her. When she got thrown by somebody she often gets frustrated because she couldn’t throw somebody.

Career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

Ronda Rousey started her MMA career in Glendale Fighting Club (GFC) where she started her training. Edmond Tarverdyan was Rousey’s couch who started her training. On 6th August 2010, Rousey made her mixed martial arts debut by defeating Hayden Munoz by submission to an armbar in just 23 seconds. Rousey debuted as amateur MMA. On 12th November 2010, Rousey entered into the semi-finals of Tuff-N-Uff by defeating Autumn Richardson submitted with an armbar in just 57 seconds. On 7th January 2011, Rousey entered into the finals of Tuff-N-Uff by defeating Taylor Stratford submitted with an armbar in just 24 seconds.

After having a perfect 3-0 record in amateur MMA competition she announced plan to turn pro and was replaced in the tournament.She has an astonishing record of finishing all her amateur fights under 2 minutes on an average of 3 fights.

On 27th March 2011, at King of the Cage: Turning Point Rousey made her professional mixed martial arts debut by submitting Ediane Gomes with her famous armbar in just 25 seconds. On 12th June 2011, in Calgary, Canada, Rousey submitted the kickboxing champion Charmaine Tweet with an armbar in just 49 seconds.

Career in Strikeforce

On 3rd March 2012, in Columbus, Ohio, Rousey defeated Miesha Tate by submission due to armbar in the first round and became the new Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. After this match the UFC President Dana White revealed that “In the next 10 years, if there’s a woman in the octagon, it’s probably going to be Ronda Rousey.”

On 18th August 2012, in San Diego, California, Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman by submission with an armbar in just 54 seconds and retained her Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

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Career in UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

Ronda Rousey is the first female fighter to sign with the UFC, announced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 2012. Rousey was the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion announced by the UFC President Dana White. On 23rd February 2013, at UFC 157, Rousey successfully defended her title against Liz Carmouche by submission with armbar at 4.49 minutes of first round. During the fight Carmouche dislocated Ronda Rousey’s jaw. On 28th December 2013, at UFC 168, Rousey faced Miesha Tate in a rematch from Strikeforce. Rousey retained her Bantamweight Championship by submission with armbar in the third round.

On 22nd February 2014 in the main event at UFC170, Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against the Olympic medalist and undefeated fighter Sara McMann by TKO in just over a minute into the first round. This was Rousey’s first career win with a method other than armbar. On 5th July 2014 in the co-main event at UFC175, Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Alexis Davis by TKO in just 16 seconds into the first round. Rousey broke Alexis’s thumb during this fight and she also earned her second Performance of the Night bonus award. On 28th February 2015 at UFC184, Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Cat Zingano by armbar in just 14 seconds which is the shortest match in UFC Championship history. In Brazil, on 1st August 2015, at UFC190, Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Bethe Correia by TKO in just 34 seconds into the first round. She dedicated this match to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died the day before the match and one who had endorsed her use of his nickname.

Rousey lost her first ever match in UFC against Holy Holm in her seventh title defense on 15th November 2015, in the main event at UFC 193. She lost with a high kick to the neck by Holy Holm in the early second round. After this match she was also medically suspended for 60-days. On 9th December 2015, after CT scan, she was medically cleared. Rousey returned after over a year away from the spot to face current champion Amanda Nunes on 30th December 2016. Unfortunately Rousey lost this match via TKO in just 48 seconds due to punches on face.

Career of Ronda Rousey in WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)

Rousey’s first appearance in WWE was at WrestleMania 31 in March 2015, one of the biggest events in WWE. In Ring, during an argument between The Rock and the Triple-H and Stephanie McMahon, Stephanie slapped the Rock and taunted him. So he left the ring and walked towards Rousey in loud ovation and said that she would slap Stephanie for him. Rousey attacked Stephanie while the Rock attacked Triple-H and both Rock & Rousey stands tall at the ring with a loud ovation.

On 28Th January 2018, at WWE Royal Rumble, Rousey made a surprise appearance confronting Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair and Asuka then pointing towards WrestleMania. On 25th February 2018 at WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view Rousey signed her official contract making a part of the WWE Raw brand. Rousey’s first match was a mixed doubles match teaming with Kurt Angel against Triple-H and Stephanie McMahon at the grand stage of WrestleMania 34. Rousey finished the match with her famous armbar against Stephanie McMahon Making her tap out.  On 14th May 2018 at WWE Money in the Bank, Rousey challenged for the Raw Women’s Championship in her first ever singles match against Nia Jax. The match got disqualified due to interference of Alexa Bliss. The next night on Raw, Rousey attacked Alexa Bliss and Raw General Manager Kurt Angel due to which she got suspended for 30 days. Rousey returned back from suspension and on 19th August 2018, at WWE SumerSlam she challenged Alexa Bliss for Raw Women’s Championship and defeated Alexa Bliss with her famous armbar and became the Raw Women’s Champion. On 16th September 2018, at WWE Hell in a Cell, Rousey again defended her title against Alexa Bliss. On 6th October at WWE Super Show-Down, Rousey teamed with the Bella Twins – Brie Bella and Nikki Bella and defeated the Riott Squad – Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.

Rousey then defeated Nikki Bella, Ruby Riott, Mickey James, Natalya to defend her title. On 27th January 2018 at Royal Rumble, she defeated Sasha Banks and again defended her WWE Raw Women’s Championship. On 17th February 2019 at Elimination Chamber, she defeated Ruby Riott to defend her title.

Rousey lost her title in triple threat first ever women’s main event at WrestleMania 35 against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair on 7th April 2019. In which Becky won the title.

Career in Movies

Rousey filmed The Expendables 3 in 2014, in which she played a nightclub bouncer who is recruited to join a team of mercenaries. This was filmed when she was training for her next fight. In 2015 she filmed 2 movies i.e. – Furious 7 and Entourage. Rousey filmed in the international crime thriller- Mile 22 in August 2018 starring opposite Mark Wahlberg.

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  • Shruti Parab says:

    Truly inspirational… 👍🙌😇

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