Our brand new series spotlighting UFC fighters will feature one current champion and give you a breakdown of everything you need to know about them! From their birthday to fighting styles, their records to titles, it’s an in-depth look and a chance for you to Meet the Champions.
Our very first UFC champion is UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey is a first in many ways, including being the first female fighter to sign with the UFC and the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey will be defending her title at the upcoming UFC® 175 event in Las Vegas.
10 Fun Facts
Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world and ranked #9 on the UFC P4P rankings.
She is the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion
Seven of nine pro wins have ended in the first round via submission by armbar
In 2008 at the Beijing Summer Games, she became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo
Rousey is scheduled to make her film debut in the movies The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7
Her nickname “Rowdy” got the seal of approval from WWE pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Like mother, like daughter: Rousey’s mother was also a judoka and became the first American to win a World Judo Championship in 1984
Rousey began her MMA career at 22, she’s currently 27 years old and was born on February 1st, 1987
A former vegan, Rousey is currently on a Paleo/Warrior diet mix
Rousey served as a coach in The Ultimate Fighter 18, making it the first time the show has had female coaches and contestants
BONUS: At the 2014 ESPYs, Rousey became the first UFC fighter to win an award (Female Athlete of the Year)
Fight Style and Records
An accomplished judoka and master of submission, Rousey added boxing to her arsenal when she teamed up with former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion, Lucia Rijker, as her coach. “Rowdy” Rousey is also known as one of the first women to introduce trash talking into her MMA fights.
Rousey is currently undefeated having won all nine of her MMA matches. Seven in the first round by an armbar submission, one in a third round armbar, and one via TKO/KO victory. (We’re impressed) The average length of her first round (prior to UFC® 168) is a mind blowing 1 minute and 46 seconds. That’s the average!
Rousey’s victory against Miesha Tate on March 3rd 2012 via armbar submission won her the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship. After signing with the UFC, she was announced as the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
See Rousey Live
Witness UFC 175 as Ronda Rousey faces off in against Alexis Davis. Davis hopes to put a stop to the current reign of the the Women’s Champion, while Rousey seeks to prove, once again, why she is the #1 women’s MMA fighter in the world.
Official UFC VIP Experience Ticket Packages offer direct from the UFC tickets that will put you up close and personal with every strike and take down in The Octagon. Package offerings include optional hotel accommodations, reserved seating at fighter Q & A and weigh-in sessions, behind-the-scenes tour, VIP hospitality and so much more.
Be there at UFC 175 and see Rousey extend her history making title defense, or see a new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion crowned.