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Ronda Rousey - Female MMA
Ronda Rousey - Judo and Female MMA
If there is anyone in the world of female MMA that deserves the title of "Phenom" it is Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey.
(No it's not Rhonda Rousey, the "H" is so silent it's not even there!)
This five foot six, 135 pound blond came from seemingly nowhere to suddenly begin dominating the competition and at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3rd, 2012 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, win the Strikeforce's Women's Bantamweight title.
But Ronda really didn't come out of nowhere.
A lot of people just weren't watching where she came from.
This young lady looks to dominate the Bantamweight division the way that Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos dominated the Featherweight division.
And a lot of fans are drawing parallels to Mike Tyson's dominance in boxing.
Though I see more Muhammad Ali in her.
Ronda talks junk, gets in her opponents head before the match and gets them to make mistakes during the match.
Ronda Rousey - Her Teachers
So how did this young lady get so good?
Well of course most of it is talent and dedication, Ronda herself has a 4th dan black belt in Judo.
But you have to give props to her teachers.
"Judo" Gene LeBell - A legend in Judo (to list all of his accomplishments would take an entire Lens in itself) and the man that choked out Steven Seagal.
Gokor Chivichyan - Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor who at the age of 45 took gold at the 2008 USJA/USJF Winter Nationals...despite the fact that he showed up only to coach his team, not compete AND had a pulled groin muscle!
Leo Frincu - Wrestling world champion, Professional Trainer, six time Romanian Wrestling Champion, four time European Wrestling Grand Prix Champion and trainer and coach of the 2003 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team
Manvel Gamburyan - 3rd dan black belt in Judo and 2nd dan black belt in Kyokushin
Karen Darabedyan - Who had a 12-0 boxing record before starting MMA
Sako Chivitchian - 5-1-0 MMA fighter
Sevak Magakian - 10-3-0 MMA fighter
Ronda Rousey Starting Out - Judo
Ronda was born on February 1,1987 in Riverside County, California.
She didn't start out in MMA like a lot of fighters today, she started out in classic Judo.
VERY classic judo.
At the age of seventeen she became the youngest judo player (judoka) in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
That same year, she won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
At the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain in 2006, she became the first American in almost ten years to go 5-0 and claim gold.
Also in 2006, at the Junior World Championships, she won the bronze medal, making her the first American judoka to win two Junior World medals ever.
In 2007 she won the silver medal at the World Judo Championships and won the bronze medal at the Pan Am Games.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Ronda won a bronze medal, becoming the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's judo since Judo started as an event in 1992.
Ronda Rousey - Amateur
Ronda started her MMA career as an amateur on August 6th, 2010, when defeated Hayden Munoz at CFL - Ground Zero at West Coast Jiu-Jitsu in Oxnard, California.
She won that match in 23 seconds of the first round with an arm bar.
You will now see a pattern develop.
Her second amateur fight was a win over Autumn Richardson at Tuff-N-Uff - Future Stars of MMA on November 12th, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She won that match in 57 seconds of the first round with an...arm bar.
Ronda's third MMA fight was a win over Taylor Stratford at Tuff-N-Uff - Las Vegas vs. 10th Planet Riverside on January 7th, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
She won that match in 24 seconds of the first round via...wait for it....an arm bar.
So three amateur fights, three wins, all under one minute in.
Then she decided to turn Pro.
Ronda Rousey Turns Pro
Now a lot of female MMA fighters have had fantastic amateur records , only to have all that blown out from under them when they turned pro.
Would that happen to Ronda?
Her first Pro fight was against Ediane Gomes at KOTC - Turning Point on March 27th, 2011 at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California.
Ediane was 6-1-0 going in.
Ronda submitted her 25 seconds into the first round with an arm bar.
Next up was Charmaine Tweet (her first pro fight) at HKFC - School of Hard Knocks 12 on June 17th, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ronda submitted her 49 seconds into the first round.
With an arm bar.
Then Sarah D'Alelio (4-1-0 going in) at Strikeforce - Challengers 18 on August 12th, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ronda submitted her in 25 seconds of the first round....arm bar.
Next up we have the Julia Budd fight at Strikeforce - Challengers 20 on November 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
To be fair, despite Julia begin fit, cut and ripped, she only had a 2-1-0 record going in.
Ronda submitted her in 39 seconds of the first round.
Now Ronda turned her attention to the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight title and Miesha Tate.
Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate was no push over.
She had a 12-2-0 record going in and had beaten some of the best like Marloes Coenen (19-5), Hitomi Akano (18-9) and Zoila Gurgel (11-1).
The fight was scheduled for March 3rd, 2012 and the event was even named after the two..."Strikeforce - Tate vs. Rousey"
Before the fight Ronda did her usual junk talking, saying that she could not only beat up Miesha, but her boyfriend, MMA fighter Bryan Caraway as well.
And at the weigh in the Friday before the fight, they got in each other's faces and Miesha pushed her forehead into Ronda's.
Well...the media said that she pushed her forehead into Ronda's, Rhonda said...
"At the weigh-in when she got into my face and I pushed her back, and she said 'I should be fined for head butting her,' I thought if you are going to try an act hard then back it up.".
You get the feeling these two REALLY didn't like each other?
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey - Weigh-In - Strikeforce MMA
Ronda vs Miesha and the Aftermath
The night of the fight came and challenger Ronda and champion Miesha stepped into the steel cage.
Ronda submitted her in 4:27 of the first round.
Now mind you, Miesha lasted longer than all all of her other opponents combined, and a lot of people thought that making her go the distance would wear Ronda down and give Miesha the victory.
Despite Miesha actually escaping one arm bar, Ronda clamped on another and Miesha had to submit.
So now Ronda is the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
Next up for her is probably gonna be Sarah Kaufman who won her fight against Alexis Davis , also at Strikeforce - Tate vs. Rousey.
Sarah has a 15-1-0 record and has also beaten Miesha before.
I give her five minutes.
Ronda Rousey Updates - 5-2-2012
After beating Romy Ruyssen at Invicta FC 1, Marloes Coenen issued this warning to Ronda Rousey...
"Ronda, I'm coming for you."
Although after losing to Miesha Tate, Marloes was released from Strikeforce, the promotion does have an open agreement with Invicta to allow their fighters to face each other.
On April 27th, Ronda became the first female MMA fighter to appear on "The Ultimate Fighter Live".
She made an appearance with Dominick Cruz and helped Team Cruz out with judo techniques.
Ronda also appeared and testified at the New York state Senate hearings for a bill that would legalize and regulate MMA in the state.
The bill passed 43-14.
Oddly enough, Marc Ratner who is the the UFC vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs, said that Ronda's testimony made his job easier.
I say "oddly" because the president of the UFC, Dana White, has said women would NEVER fight in the UFC.
(Yet he has no problem using Gina Carano to promote UFC events)
Funny the UFC would owe Ronda anything.
Ronda Rousey Updates 6-29-2012
Ronda Rousey will be making her first Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship title defense on August 18th, 2012 in San Diego, California against Sarah Kaufman (15-1-0).
Ronda Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman Promo
Strikeforce - Rousey vs. Kaufman
Ronda kept her record clean on August 18th, 2012 by beating Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce - Rousey vs. Kaufman via a (guess what?) Submission (Armbar).
Ronda won in :54 seconds of the first round.
Now she says she wants Cyborg.
After December 10th...maybe that well happen.
Ronda Rousey PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
But before that, she will appear in the the July issue of ESPN which is the Magazine's "Body Issue."
This is the fourth installment of "The Body Issue," which Cyborg Santos has also appeared in.
People seem to be quite vocal about Ronda's appearance, but I don't remember anyone complaining when Gina Carano was plastered all over everything....
Ronda Rousey To Headline A UFC PPV Event In Her UFC Debut
According to a November 25th report from MMA Fighting, UFC President Dana White said Ronda will likely headline a UFC pay-per-view event in her UFC debut.
"One of the biggest stories of 2013 will be the introduction of women to the UFC. Questions regarding how MMA fans will view women's fights have long since been answered. But whether they will buy them as pay-per-view main events is a different question."
UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" - Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Make UFC History
On February 23rd, 2013, Ronda Rousey will be making history as the first woman to not only fight in the UFC...but HEADLINE the card as well.
Oh Dana White.....
I remember the days when you swore this would never happen!
Maybe Dana has a crush on her.
Anyway, Ronda will be taking on Liz "Girl-Rilla" Carmouche who is the number 2 ranked...wait...
Sarah Kaufman is number 2....but she already beat her...
Okay... the number three ranked...
No wait... Alexis Davis is number 3....
Liz is ranked 7th on the MMARising rankings and she's going up against number 1 in the main event?
Well Liz is 8-2-0 so I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt and NOT thinking that Dana booked a squash to just to make Ronda look good.
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Weigh In
Ronda Rousey Wins at UFC 157
Ronda Rousey extended her female MMA winning streak to 7 and 0 on February 23rd, 2013 at the United States Honda Center, Anaheim in California at UFC 157 - Rousey vs. Carmouche.
The event was aptly named because one, it was the first time women had fought in UFC and two, it was the best match on the card.
And yes I did get to see Dana White eat his words.
Had the main event been the slow paced Machida vs Dan Henderson bout, people would have left very angry.
Instead the crowd came alive and cheered the two women when they entered at almost "WWE" levels of enthusiasm.
And it wasn't a walk in the park for Ronda.
It did look like there for a bit Liz had her in trouble when she got behind her with a RNC and then a neck crank.
But at 4:49, Ronda got the submission with an arm bar.
Afterwards, Dana White said..."Ronda is a big star, man, and people want to see her,"
UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
At UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann, Ronda took out challenger Sara McMann in 1:06 into the first round via a TKO.
It wasn't an armbar but a knee to the liver that took Sara out.
This was Ronda's third title defense and the first knockout of Rousey's MMA career.
Ronda Rousey Updates - 10-21-2014
As of October 21st, 2014, Ronda is 10-0-0.
Her next fight is against Cat Zingano (9-0-0) on January 3rd, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ronda Rousey Updates - 5-27-2015
After taking out Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano in 16 seconds and 14 seconds respectively, her next fight will be on August 1st, 2015 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil.
There she will take on 9-0-0 Beth Correia.
UFC 190 - Rousey vs. Correia
At UFC 190 - Rousey vs. Correia, on August 1st, 2015, Ronda defeated Bethe Correia, bringing her record to 12-0-0.
She won in the 1st round via a KO.
UFC 193 - Rousey vs Holm
On November 15th 2015 at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, Ronda (12-0-0) will take on former boxer Holly Holm (9-0-0).
I'll update after the fight happens.
UFC 193 - Rousey vs. Holm Results
On November 14th, 2015 ex-boxer and MMA fighter Holly Holm handed Ronda her first professional loss.
At UFC 193 - Rousey vs. Holm, Holly KOed Ronda in 59 seconds of the 2nd round.
Ronda lost the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Holly Holm/Ronda Rousey Rematch
It looks like if all goes well, Ronda Rousey will get her rematch shot at Holly Holm on July 2nd, 2016 at UFC 200 at the Las Vegas Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two camps are trying to work everything out.
In an interview with ESPN, Ronda said that "it might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact."
And Holly's people say that they want to fight earlier than that, with them looking at Miesha Tate.
Time will tell.
UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey
At UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey, on December 30, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Ronda Rousey will be taking on Amanda Nunes for the UFC title
UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey Results
At UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey, Amanda Nunes retained her UFC title, defeating Ronda Rousey.
Ronda's UFC comeback ended in defeat as Amanda won the fight in less than 50 seconds.