Ronda Rousey Biography

Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. This biography of Ronda Rousey provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Ronda Rousey
Quick Facts

Birthday: February 1, 1987

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses Miscellaneous

Age: 32 Years, 32 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Ronda Jean Rousey

Born in: Riverside County

Famous as: Mixed Martial Artist

Height: 1.7 m


father: Ron Rousey

mother: AnnMaria De Mars

siblings: Maria Burns-Ortiz

U.S. State: California

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

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awards: 2015; 2014 - Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
2015 - Best Fighter ESPY Award
2014; 2012 - World MMA Female Fighter of the Year

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Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Undefeated in mixed martial arts, she has won all of the 12 professional fights she has participated in. She is also a judoka who became the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. Called a “slaughterhouse in a blouse” by Eminem, she was ranked No.1 among the 50 Most Dominant Athletes Alive in 2015, and is also the No. 1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising. Born to a highly accomplished judoka, she inherited her mother’s passion for the martial arts. Her idyllic childhood was shattered when her doting father who was injured in a serious accident committed suicide unable to cope with the disabilities he suffered as a result. She struggled though her tragic childhood to emerge as a formidable judoka. She was very successful as a judoka and competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Soon she embarked on a career as a mixed martial artist, making her debut as an amateur in 2010. Over the ensuing years she established herself as one of the best ever in contemporary mixed martial arts and is regarded as the No. 1 Women's MMA Fighter of all time

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Ronda Rousey
Childhood & Early Life
  • Ronda Rousey was born in Riverside, California, on February 1, 1987. Her mother AnnMaria De Mars was an accomplished judoka who was the first U.S. citizen, male or female, to win a World Judo Championship. Her father Ron Rousey was a soldier.
  • Tragedy struck the family when her father who had been injured in a sledding accident was told that he would be a paraplegic. Unable to bear the burden of his disability, he committed suicide. Ronda was just eight years old at the time of his death and this incident affected her profoundly. Her mother later on remarried an aerospace engineer.
  • Ronda struggled in school and was having problems focusing on her studies. Her mother persuaded her to learn judo believing that it would provide a vent for the girl’s frustrations. Her mother became her first coach and made Ronda train really hard.
  • She was named to the United States Olympic team at age 15. So she dropped out of high school at 16 and later earned a G.E.D. At the age of 17 she qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games.
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  • She could not win a medal in the 2004 Olympics though she won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and also at the Pan American Judo Championships the same year.
  • In 2006, she claimed the gold at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain, and also defended her Pan American Judo Championship title. Later the same year, she went on to win the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete ever to win two Junior World medals.
  • Her performance as a judoka touched new heights in 2007. Not only was she now ranked among the top three women in the world in the 70 kg category, she also grabbed the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. The same year, she won the silver medal at the 2007 World Judo Championships in the middleweight division.
  • She participated in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. There she lost the quarterfinal to Dutch Edith Bosch, but eventually ended up earning a Bronze medal after she qualified for another match through the repechage bracket. This victory ensured that she became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's judo since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992.
  • She retired from judo after the 2008 Olympics. Initially she was unsure of what to do and spent some time working as a bartender. Eventually she joined the Glendale Fighting Club and made her amateur debut in mixed martial arts in August 2010 and emerged victorious by defeating Hayden Munoz by submission due to an armbar in 23 seconds.
  • She amassed several other amateur victories over the next several months and had a perfect 3-0 record in amateur MMA competition. She went on to make her professional mixed martial arts debut in March 2011 at King of the Cage: Turning Point where she defeated Ediane Gomes with an armbar in 25 seconds.
  • Ronda Rousey made her Strikeforce debut against Sarah D'Alelio in August 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She easily defeated D’Alelio by technical submission due to an armbar early in the first round.
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  • She then challenged Miesha Tate, the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion at the time, for her title. Their match was much publicized as the professional rivalry between the two women was well-known.
  • The fight took place on 3 March, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Rousey defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar in the first round to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
  • Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman in August 2012 in San Diego, California, and quickly submitted her with an armbar in just 54 seconds to retain the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
  • She was challenged for her title by Alexis Davis in the co-main event at UFC 175 in July 2014. Rousey went on to win the fight via knockout just 16 seconds into the first round.
  • Beautiful and glamorous, Ronda Rousey also ventured into television and films in the 2010s, making appearances in movies such as ‘The Expendables 3’ (2014), ‘Furious 7’ (2015), and ‘Entourage’ (2015).
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2007, she won the Silver Medal in World Judo Championships, Bronze Medal in German Open, Gold Medal in Pan American Games, and Bronze Medal in Pan American Championships in Judo.
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  • She won the bronze medal in women's 70 kg tournament in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • She is the first and the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, a title she holds since December 2012.
  • In 2014, she won three Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards—Best Box Office Draw, Most Outstanding Fighter, and MMA Most Valuable Fighter.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She has dated several men including fellow MMA fighter Brendan Schaub, Timothy DiGorrio, and Travis Browne.
  • She is a fan of professional wrestling, Dragon Ball Z, and Pokémon.
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