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Overview (4)

Born in Riverside, California, USA
Birth NameRonda Jean Rousey
Nicknames Rowdy
The Rowdy One
Rowdy Ronda
The Arm Collector
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until the age of six. Ronda was a self-professed tomboy and swam from the ages of 6 to 10. She competed on the Jr. Olympic swim team where she placed in the state level.

Because of her mother, a 7th degree black belt and 1984 World Judo Champion, Ronda took up the sport. She had a hard time socializing with other kids and found that Judo gave her confidence. She holds a 4th degree black belt in the martial art.

Ronda's Judo career is a storied one. At 17 she became the youngest judoka in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. That same year she won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, and in 2006 she became the first U.S. female in almost 10 years to win an A-Level tournament going 5-0 to clench the gold at the World Cup in Great Britain. At 19 she won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships. She is the first U.S. athlete to win two Junior World Medals. In 2007 she added a silver at the World Judo Championships and a gold at the Pan American Games. The pinnacle of her Judo career was a bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's Judo since it became an Olympic sport in 1992.

After medaling in the Olympics, Ronda's career hit a dead end. She did some bartending to make ends meet and tried to find a better paying job, but it was tough finding anyone that needed her particular skill set. Throwing people down and putting them in armbars aren't really something you can put on a resume. By chance Ronda caught the Gina Carano vs. Julie Kedzie fight on television and things changed.

She made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur in 2010. Since then she has never lost a fight, winning the majority in the first round by armbar submission. Ronda took it upon herself to chase after and demand attention so that the UFC could no longer ignore women fighters. UFC President Dana White had publicly stated that women would never be allowed to fight in the UFC, but on February 23, 2013, Ronda did just that. She won the fight against Liz Carmouche in the first round with her signature armbar and became the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.

In 2014, Ronda appeared in her first motion picture - The Expendables 3 (2014). Other projects are Furious 7 (2015) and The Athena Project as well as Entourage (2015).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Cheryl Delany

Spouse (1)

Travis Browne (26 August 2017 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Mole under her left eye

Trivia (48)

Fourth-degree black belt in judo.
At age 17 became youngest judoka (judo player) to compete at the Olympics, during the 2004 games in Athens, Greece.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she won a bronze medal, becoming the first American woman to win a medal since judo's inclusion in the Olympics.
Was given the nickname "The Arm Collector" because she has won all her mixed martial arts bouts by arm bar.
One of her nicknames, "Rowdy", was given to her by retired pro-wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Her mother, Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, is a seventh-degree black belt in judo, and the first American to ever win a world championship in judo, in 1984.
Has two older sisters, Maria Burns-Ortiz and Jennifer Rousey, and one younger sister; Julia DeMars.
Her maternal grandfather, Joseph Arthur Waddell, was the son of immigrants from Trinidad, an island off the northeast coast of Venezuela; his ancestry included African, Spanish, and English, and he was the son of prominent Dr. Alfred Ernest Waddell, who settled in Canada. Ronda's other ancestry is 1/16th Polish, as well as English, German, Scottish, and distant Dutch.
She trains at Glendale Fighting Club under striking coach Edmond Tarverdyan and wrestling coach Juan Martín Berberián. She also trains at Hayestan MMA Academy under Gene LeBell, and Gokor Chivichyan and at Gracie Academy Torrence under Rener Gracie and Ryron Gracie.
Defeated Miesha Tate on March 3, 2012, to become the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
Fourth and final winner of the Strikeforce (2009) Bantamweight World Title.
Venice, California, USA: Teaching martial arts at Dynamic MMA and fighting professionally for MMA promotion Strikeforce. [March 2012]
Venice, California, USA; Current UFC women's bantamweight champion. [June 2013]
She suffered from damaged vocal cords after the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck during birth. Because of that, she wasn't able to speak until she was six years old.
Her father Ron Rousey committed suicide when she was eight years old. He had a rare disease called Bernard-Soulier Syndrome, a hemophilia-like disorder where the blood can't clot, which he didn't know he had. He broke his back in a sledding accident and it wasn't healing. His doctors told him that because of his condition, he had two years to live. First he'd become a paraplegic. Then he'd become a quadriplegic. Then he would die. So he killed himself to keep his family from going into debt and spare his family seeing him slowly die.
Ranked #42 on Maxim's Hot 100 for 2014.
Ronda has graced the covers of magazines Black Belt : May 2012, ESPN The Body Issue : September 2012, ESPN 15th Anniversary Issue : May 2013, UFC 360 : August 2013, Maxim : September 2013, and the UK's Fighter's Only : October 2013.
In August of 2014 she was ranked #8 Pound-By-Pound fighter in the world by the UFC, ahead of Johny Hendricks (#10), Vitor Belfort (#11) and Alexander Gustafsson (#13).
In November of 2012 she became the first female fighter to sign a contract with the UFC.
Is a gamer and enjoys playing World of Warcraft (2004), "Mario Kart", and "Just Dance". She also serves as a storyline consultant for the educational video game company, 7 Generation Games.
Her mother has a policy of calling all of Ronda's boyfriends Bob, and assigns a number to differentiate one from another. As of 2014, Ronda's last boyfriend was "Bob 6".
Her favorite Pokemon is Mew.
Her armlock submission against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015, set the record for the fastest submission in a UFC title fight at an amazing 14 seconds. The previous record of 16 seconds had been set at UFC Fight Night 13 in 2008 by Marcus Aurelio. She ties the all-time fastest submission win in promotion history.
Her first trip to the Emergency Room was due to a Raisinet. She and her older sisters had been making silly faces that included shoving candy up their noses when the inevitable happened. When her mother couldn't remove the candy, she took Ronda to the closest ER. By the time they arrived, the chocolate had melted enough for the candy to dislodge on its own.
The Expendables 3 (2014) director Patrick Hughes suffered a broken rib from one of her punches on set before her first scene. She also broke a few of blogger reporter Aaron Tru's ribs while demonstrating a judo throw onto an unpadded floor.
She's a huge Dragon Ball Z fan.
In May of 2015, Business Insider ranked Ronda as the #1 most dominant athletes alive. Of the list of 50 athletes, Ronda was ranked ahead of #2 LeBron James, #3 Serena Williams, and #4 Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronda's favorite toy as a child was a Wrestling Buddy of Hulk Hogan, a two-foot tall pillow version of the wrestler.
At age 16, Ronda became the youngest judo competitor on the US national team.
Ronda appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2014. She was featured on the cover of the May 13, 2015 issue, only the second UFC fighter to do so.
Ronda's autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight was co-authored with her sister, Maria Burns Ortiz. Released in May of 2015, it became an immediate New York Time's listed best seller.
In 2015 received the ESPY for Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter awards from ESPN. Rousey beat out fellow UFC fighter "Cowboy" Donald Ceronee, and boxers Floyd Merriweather, Gennady Golovkin, and Terence Crawford to become the first woman to ever receive the Best Fighter Award.
In 2011 Ronda appeared on "Honoo No Taiikukai TV", a Japanese game show where she went toe-to-toe with three men in a Judo competition. Ronda stated that it would be more fair if she fought all three men at once, but even then they still wouldn't have a chance of beating her. Appearing in her Olympic blue gi, she was instructed to look mean and draw each fight out as the bouts progressed. The first man lasted 17 seconds, the second 33 seconds, and the last fight just over 2 minutes.
Left her UFC 190 title belt at judo school Instituto Reação in Rio de Janeiro as a way of thanking Brazilians for their passion and support.
Before hitting it big in the MMA world, Rousey barely scraped by and at one point lived out of her car with her dog Mochi. The car, a 2005 Honda Accord LX with over 156,000 miles on it, some personal items, and Rousey's autograph on the dashboard, sold on Ebay in June of 2015 for $21,300.
On August 1, 2015 defeated Brazilian Bethe "Pitbull" Correia in Brazil by knockout in 34 seconds of the first round of UFC 190 to retain her bantamweight title, bringing her fighting record to 12 wins, 0 losses. Rousey dedicated the win to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the man who gave her his nickname. Piper passed away the night before at age 61.
Was considered for the role of Atalanta in Hercules (2014), but the part went to Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal.
As a child, Rousey overcame Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), a disorder characterized by the inability to correctly pronounce words and syllables. She had intensive speech therapy several times a week to correct it. Because of her frustration in trying to communicate, she was incredibly shy, and admits to having her sisters 'translate' for her.
Her all-time favorite film is Léon: The Professional (1994).
When Sports Illustrated released its first ever triple swimsuit issue (February 2016), Ronda, Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson each made an individual cover.
Engaged to Travis Browne. [April 2017].
Scheduled to face Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 213 on July 8, 2017 in Las Vegas.
Lost to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Travis Browne proposed to her during vacation in New Zealand.[April 2017].
Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
(July 5, 2018) Making history again, this time as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The organization behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the decision on June 9th, noting that Rousey had a record six straight title defenses of her women's bantamweight belt from 2013-2015. A veteran of 14 professional fights during her five-year career, Rousey compiled an overall record of 12-2, setting numerous records. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Won the WWE RAW Women's Championship by defeating Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam (2018).
On the March 4, 2019 episode of WWE RAW, Rousey turned heel for her first time in her WWE career when she condemned the fans for booing her, and cheering for Becky Lynch. She proceeded to attack Charlotte Flair, and brutalize Becky Lynch.

Personal Quotes (50)

If there's chaos, it's good. And I need to put myself in situations where people are going to doubt me because I don't ever want to be in that lose lose situation where if you win, it's like, "Oh, of course you won," and if you lose, it's the end of the world. I want everyone to tell me that I can't do it because that motivates me more than anything.
People just live such pampered and soft lives now that sometimes we need to get a little bit hurt and get a little bit in a fight to be reminded that we're still humans, that we're not living in bubble wrap.
[on men being intimidated by her] Some guys are, but I feel like that just saves me time. If a guy is easily intimidated by a strong woman then that's obviously not the kind of man that I would be interested in anyway.
[her biggest inspiration] My mom is like an X-Men. She's unbelievable. She got a perfect score on the SATs at 16, graduated college at 19. She won the world championships in Judo as a single mother, working as an engineer, and getting her PhD . . . all at the same time. And then after my dad died she took a business from scratch and turned it into a multi-million-dollar company. She's absolutely amazing. Every single day I just try to be a little more like her because if I was doing that, I know I'm improving as a person.
[on how her life has changed since signing a UFC contract] Just a couple of months ago I held three jobs. I had no air-conditioning in my car. I was like, living off the Costco diet. We called it the bomb shelter diet, actually, because we would just go to Costco and buy everything that wouldn't expire.
Sometimes I'm a much more energetic and embellished version of myself, but sometimes I do things just for a little extra flair. I'm doing what I need to do for the lifestyle that I want, and I feel like I'm putting enough positive things out in the world. And that's the best that I can do.
I used to have a big box of medals and I was going to put them on a frame around the room. I took all the ribbons off and I was going to post them, and then the cat peed in the box and my mom threw out all my medals because they were covered in cat pee. My mom just throws stuff out. She doesn't care about medals and trophies and all that stuff. It's like, "Oh my god, your mom must be so excited about it." No, not really. She threw all of it out.
[on her fight with a group of men at a movie theater while watching Juno (2007)] She [girl sitting behind her] was knocking me in the head with her boot. They were that group of people that are just rude and loud throughout the whole movie. So I took her boot off and threw it after the movie, and I told her to go get some manners. And her boyfriend didn't like that, and her boyfriend's friends didn't like that. And so they headed me off in the aisle and told me to go get the boot. They wouldn't let me leave and they pushed me, and they wouldn't let me leave. I was technically in a "kidnap situation" . . . I learned this from my lawyer . . . Yeah, I was "fearing for my life" so I had to defend myself and I defended myself very well . . . and so they sued me.
I was really shy and quiet. I was never very popular in school. I was made fun of for being muscular a lot so I always wore really baggy clothes . . . just very introverted. I had like two lives. I would go to school and be this introverted loser kid that no one really knew, and then I'd go out on the weekends to these Judo tournaments and everyone's like, "Oh, Ronda! Ronda! Hey! Whazzup?" You know what I mean? Like I kinda had this separate life where I was cool and this other life where I was a loser.
I couldn't even speak coherent English until I was six. I didn't really have any friends. Nobody liked me. And so I always felt like sports is a metaphor for life, and everything that I learned through Judo and MMA, I just applied to every area of my life. And I'm very lucky that I had such a productive outlet from such a young age.
[on Gina Carano] I love Gina. I think she's awesome. I wouldn't be a fighter if it wasn't for her. I wouldn't have thought that women's MMA would've offered a real career, that I could support myself off of it, if it wasn't for her. I've met her before and she's just the biggest sweetheart ever. I wish nothing but the best for her.
[how her mom trained her to fight] Her attack line was, "Always be ready!" Sometimes she would wake me up in the morning and do what her coach used to do to her back in the day which was wake her up in the morning and be like, "You have to do an armbar right now! Always be ready!" She would jump on me and I'd have to do an armbar straight out of a sleep.
[on a possible UFC super fight with Gina Carano] I would love that. I've always said that. I never would've thought women's MMA existed if I hadn't seen her fight. I never knew there was such a thing until her. To fight her would be a real honor and I think a real milestone for the sport.
[on The Ultimate Fighter (2005)] We were not treated like the respected athletes and coaches that we were brought on there to be. All of us left with a really sour taste in our mouths. The gym is my safe place. It's where I retain my sanity, and they really bastardized that place for us.
[on her heated rivalry with Miesha Tate] As a fighter I completely respect Miesha. I think that she's an amazing fighter and she's a tough chick, and she definitely has my respect. She just doesn't have my affection.
I used to make up super heroes and stuff in my head. I loved Dragon Ball Z. That was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid because all the super heroes had to work and train really hard to be more even super and beat the next guy. And I invented in my head, a girl saying that I would fight and be with them and stuff. When I was little I had to make up and imagine up these girl role models that weren't there.
I love fighting because I get to have a big battle every couple of months to make up for the little battles I had to forfeit everyday.
[on filming The Expendables 3 (2014)] Since it was just me and a bunch of dudes all the time, I thought the best way to break all the sexual tension that there would be was . . . I would have to out-innuendo and out-do all of them. So I was number one with all the innuendo all the time, and I made everyone comfortable doing it.
[on being cut and edited to be portrayed as the bad girl on The Ultimate Fighter (2005)] It was what was needed most at the time for the girls, and I was happy to play that role. I was happy to be the bad guy.
No matter how much you try or what you say, people aren't going to fully understand you or where you're coming from. You just have to get used to being misunderstood.
You call me arrogant? I say it's an accurate self-assessment because I work my ass off to be as good as I am at what I do and I'm proud of myself.
I don't want every girl to have the same ambitions as me but I want them to be ambitious. I'm tired of seeing girls that shut up and have no ambition being idolized as what's attractive.
I saw her [her younger sister] walking around the house in those Skechers and I was like, "What are you doing wearing porno shoes? Take those off!". And I just realized, "What is going on with this world right now? Why is this girl [Kim Kardashian West] even associated with footwear?". I don't understand. She obviously didn't spend that much time on her feet.
[on trash talking] If something's funny or witty and true then I'm gonna say it because . . . why not?
Bubble wrapping society is no way to make people more peaceful. MMA is the safest way for people to really get that natural aggression and frustration out.
[on what she liked about the book "Athena Project"] It's very realistic. It's not gimmicky or "Charlie's Angels"-y. It's all based on truth and that's what I liked the most about it. It's strong women in a real environment. These women actually exist in real life. It's not made up.
[on learning from the men of The Expendables 3 (2014) cast] My dad taught me how to shoot when I was six years old. My mom taught me how to fight. And I just had to rely on Sly [Sylvester Stallone] and all those other icons to kind of give me advice and mentor me through the process.
People love tough chicks. They love tough chicks that really embrace their femininity. Look at all the "Tomb Raiders" and stuff like that. Those movies are multi-million-dollar movies for a reason. If I could really be that person in real life, people are going to love it. That's what I kept thinking. "They love tough, empowered women." There is demand there. People just don't know it.
If you saw the Batman where he had to make Aaron Eckhart look like the good guy and then himself look like the bad guy because that's what Gotham City needed . . . The women's division is Gotham City. And I am Batman.
[on the "Slaughterhouse in a Blouse" reference of her in the song "Shady XV"] Getting rapped about by Eminem is like getting armbarred by me. It might not be so pleasant if you're on the other side of it, but it's so skillfully done you have to be honored.
[on how she celebrates after a win] Buffalo wings. I eat so many buffalo wings it is ridiculous. If I'm eating wings, I get a plate of like, 80 wings in front of me, and I have to get through at least 25 before anyone can get close, and they have to move a little bit just in case I don't eat them too, because I'm really disciplined coming up to my fight, and that's like my one big blow-out.
No drug or amount of money or favoritism can ever give you belief in yourself.
To get anything of real value, you have to fight for it.
There is nothing in my life that I would go back and change, even the darkest moments. All the successes and greatest joys in my life are a result of the absolute worst things. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise.
Once you've conquered the worst things that could happen, there is no need to fear the unknown. You are fearless.
Know when to explode and know when to relax - that's the only way to survive.
To be the best, you have to be constantly challenging yourself, raising the bar, pushing the limits of what you can do. Don't stand still, leap forward.
There were times when I knew I was in a terrible situation, but I also knew it wouldn't last forever. Those are the moments when you have to remind yourself that this experience is a defining moment in your life, but you are not defined by it.
It is not about just winning the round. It is not just about winning the fight. It is about winning every single second of your life.
One of the greatest days of my life was when I came to understand that other people's approval and my happiness were not related.
People want to project their own insecurities on others, but I refuse to allow them to put them on me. Just because you don't think that you could be the best in the world doesn't mean that I shouldn't have the confidence to believe I can do anything.
No one is ever going to give you anything of value. You have to work for it, sweat for it, fight for it. But there is far greater value in accomplishments you earn than in accolades that are merely given to you. When you earn something, you never have to worry about justifying that you truly deserve it.
I'm more used to being booed by a crowd than I am being cheered. I have never been a fan favorite. Pretty much my entire competitive career has been defined by people hoping to see me lose.
There have always been people who have written me off. They're not going away. I use that to motivate me. I'm driven to show them just how wrong they are.
The knowledge that everything good can be taken away at any second is what makes me work so hard.
I want to be a perfect fighter, and that's one of those unattainable goals because you will never be perfect. But I can always be closer to perfect.
There's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose because I'm not a Do-Nothing Bitch. It's not very eloquently said, but it's to the point. And maybe that's just what I am. I'm not that eloquent, but I'm to the point.
I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a Do-Nothing Bitch... a DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken cared of by somebody else.
He [Paul Walker] was a joy to be around. You could tell that everybody was just... they weren't all there for themselves. They were there for each other. I was really happy that I got to be one of the last people to witness that.
[on being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame] We have changed what it means to 'fight like a girl'.

Salary (1)

UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia (2015) $230,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)

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