Ronda Rousey has been making waves in WWE for a while now after transitioning from combat sports into the world of sports entertainment. Ever since her first appearance on camera at SummerSlam 2014, the self-proclaimed “baddest woman on the planet” has been rumored to step into the squared circle for years before officially signing with the company in 2017. After making her presence felt In the After the first Women’s Royal Rumble, she made her WWE in-ring debut at Wrestlemania 34, successfully teaming with Kurt Angle against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rousey has since won the “Raw” and “SmackDown” Women’s Championships, hosted WWE’s first women’s pay-per-view, and appeared in the first Wrestlemania main event in history to feature the women’s division. No matter what you think of Rousey, there’s no denying that her power and influence helped galvanize WWE’s Women’s Division from 2017-2019.
But where does this star power and influence come from? You’d probably heard Rousey’s name before she joined WWE, but if you didn’t follow mixed martial arts back then, you might not know why she was so famous or what WWE was capitalizing on when they brought her to the fight. Long before stepping into the ring, Rousey was an undeniable Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar and she has the record to prove it.
Rousey became a household name during her time in the UFC
Long before arriving at WWE, Rousey took the fighting world by storm, collecting a string of medals in women’s judo – a feat that also saw her compete at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China – before eventually training in mixed martial arts. It was from there that Rousey became a household name, becoming the first UFC women’s bantamweight champion and holding the title for 1,074 days.
Rousey began competing at the amateur level in 2010 before transitioning to professional competition the following year. Her first matches were for King of the Cage, Hard Knocks Fighting Championship and Strikeforce, after which she became exclusive to Dana White and the UFC. For the first five years of her professional career, she was undefeated and overall she has a 12-2 pro record in MMA. She’s only tasted defeat in her last two matches in the sport, losing the women’s bantamweight championship to Holly Holm in 2015 before recording another loss to Amanda Nunes in a failed bid to reclaim gold. the next year. It can be credibly said that her popularity has impacted the representation of women in MMA, just as it has in WWE – the UFC, at the time of this writing, currently has four women’s championships. active in four different weight classes.
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