From becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo to headlining various pay-per-views in UFC and WWE, Ronda Rousey’s success story needs no introduction at all. She has established herself as a well-renowned judoka, an actress, a professional wrestler, and a former Mixed Martial Artist.
Check out the following article to know more about her!
Ronda Jean Rousey was born on February 1, 1987, in Riverside, California. She is the daughter of a well-known judoka named AnnMaria De Mars. Rousey belongs to English, Polish, Trinidadian and Venezuelan ancestry. Her world turned upside down when her father committed suicide in 1995. He broke his back while sledding with his daughters and ended up being a paraplegic. She suffered from apraxia, a neurological childhood speech sound disorder, in her early childhood days. Her stepfather is an aerospace engineer.
Rousey started training in judo when she was 11 years old. Her mother helped her in training. At the age of 17, she was the youngest judoka ever to compete at the 2004 Olympic Games. The same year she bagged a gold medal in World Junior Judo Championship. In 2006, she was the first female American judoka in nearly ten years when she claimed a gold medal in World Cup in Great Britain.
After moving up to the 70 kg category in 2007, she won a silver medal in World Judo Championships and a gold medal in Pan American Games. She also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she ended up being a bronze medalist. But she decided to retire from her successful judo career at the age of 21 and moved her focus towards MMA.
Rousey started her professional mixed martial arts career with a bang when she submitted her opponent, Ediane Gomes, with an armbar in just 25 seconds! In November 2012, she became the first-ever female fighter to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and later became the first-ever Bantamweight Champion. Her fights resulted in skyrocketed sales for UFC. Notable for her signature armbar, she is also a well-skilled grappler. She went on to destroy the myth that UFC was a male-dominated territory.
In 2018, Rousey signed a full-time contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to pursue her career as a professional wrestler. She added the nickname “Rowdy” to her name as a sign of tribute for the late WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. She managed to headline Wrestlemania 34 and later became Raw Women’s Champion. Wrestlemania 35 resulted in her first-ever loss in WWE and ended her championship reign at 231 days.
She made her Hollywood debut in The Expendables 3 alongside big action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, etc. She has appeared in other Hollywood projects like Fast and Furious 7, Mile 22, and Chalie’s Angels (2019). Her autobiography, My Fight / Your Fight, came out in 2015 and received a huge positive response from all around the world. She also voiced the character of Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 11.
Rousey currently lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Travis Browne. She is a huge fan of Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon. In 2015, she visited Yerevan, Armenia, for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. She also endorsed Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016.
RONDA ROUSEY’S NET WORTH
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ronda Rousey’s current net worth is $12 million as of 2020.