Ronda Rousey’s UFC career didn’t end on the highest of notes. In fact, it would end on a fairly embarrassing. But that doesn’t mean Rousey didn’t pave the way for other females in this sport. And that’s why on July 5, she’s making UFC history one more time. This time, she’s being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. A statement from UFC President Dana White, per Yahoo Sports, paints a simple picture.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” White starts. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process.”
White couldn’t be more correct in this instance. After all, Rousey would begin her professional MMA career with 12 straight wins. Not only that, but she would win her three amateur fights by armbar submission. Then in the UFC, she would finish with a record of 6-2. 11 of her 12 wins didn’t see the second round. But more than that, nine of her wins didn’t go past the first few minutes. Rousey would defend the UFC women’s bantamweight belt six times before falling to Holly Holm in the second round at UFC 193. Then, it what would be her final UFC bout, ‘Rowdy’ would fall to Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds. Nunes is still the bantamweight champion to this day.
And while Rousey now works for WWE, there’s no taking away what she did for MMA. Specifically, there’s no taking away what she did for women of the sport. She’s a Judo champion, an Olympic medalist and a UFC champion. She deserves this Hall of Fame nod as much as anybody. In a statement from Rousey herself, per Yahoo Sports, she would keep the message short and sweet.
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame. … May I be the first of many.”
We couldn’t agree more.