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Who Is Ronda Rousey ? Read More About Her
Who Is Ronda Rousey ? Read More About Her
Ronda Jean Rousey was born in February 1, 1987, is an American professional wrestler, actress, and retired mixed martial artist. She is best known for her time in the UFC and the WWE. Her longstanding nickname, “Rowdy”, was inherited from late professional wrestler Roddy Piper. Rousey has not wrestled since she took time off from WWE after WrestleMania in April 2019.
After becoming the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo by winning bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rousey began pursuing a career in mixed martial arts (MMA). She won her MMA debut for King of the Cage before going to Strikeforce, where she became the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion before the UFC bought Strikeforce in 2011. She was their inaugural female champion when she was named UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey took part in the first women’s fight in UFC history when she successfully defended her title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, and she later set the record for most UFC title defenses by a woman (six). In 2018, she became the first female fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
In 2018, Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE. She made her first appearance at the 2018 Royal Rumble. She debuted at WrestleMania 34, and later won the Raw Women’s Championship, her first WWE and professional wrestling title, at SummerSlam. She then headlined the inaugural WWE all-women’s pay-per-view event when she successfully defended her title at WWE Evolution. Rousey lost her title in the first-ever women’s WrestleMania main-event in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 35; this left her reign as Raw Women’s Champion as the second-longest in the title’s history at 231 days.
Rousey is the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE, as well as the only woman to headline a pay-per-view event in both companies. She was voted the best female athlete of all-time in a 2015 ESPN fan poll, and Fox Sports described her as “one of the defining athletes of the 21st century.” Rousey has also appeared in films, including The Expendables 3 (2014), Furious 7 (2015) and Mile 22 (2018) and released her autobiography My Fight / Your Fight in 2015.
Ronda Jean Rousey was born in Riverside, California on February 1, 1987, the youngest of three daughters of AnnMaria De Mars (née Waddell) and Ron Rousey, after whom she was named. Her mother, a decorated judoka, was the first American to win a World Judo Championship (in 1984). Rousey is of English, Polish, and, through her maternal grandfather, Trinidadian and Venezuelan ancestry. Her Venezuelan grandfather was partly of Afro-Venezuelan descent and her Trinidadian maternal great-grandfather, Alfred E Waddell, was a doctor who emigrated to Canada and became one of the first black physicians in North America. Her stepfather is an aerospace engineer. Her biological father, after breaking his back sledding with his daughters and learning that he would be a paraplegic, committed suicide in 1995 when Rousey was eight. AnnMaria pursued a PhD in educational psychology at the University of California, Riverside as her daughters grew up.
For the first six years of her life, Rousey struggled with speech and could not form an intelligible sentence due to apraxia, a neurological childhood speech sound disorder. This speech disorder was attributed to being born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. When Rousey was three years old, her mother and father moved from Riverside, California, to Jamestown, North Dakota, to obtain intensive speech therapy with specialists at Minot State University. Rousey dropped out of high school and later earned her GED. She was raised between Jamestown and Southern California, retiring from her judo career at 21 and starting her MMA career at 22 when she realized that she did not want to spend her life in a conventional field of work.
Rousey once dated fellow UFC fighter Brendan Schaub. In August 2015, Rousey was rumored to be in a relationship with UFC fighter Travis Browne, who knocked out Schaub in a bout the previous year, after a picture of the two together appeared on Twitter and Browne’s estranged wife Jenna Renee Webb accused the two of seeing one another. Browne was at the time still married and under investigation by the UFC after Webb publicly accused him of domestic violence in July 2015. Browne confirmed he and Rousey were together in October 2015. The next day, Rousey revealed that she was dating Browne. Rousey and Browne got engaged on April 20, 2017, in New Zealand and married on August 28, 2017 in Browne’s home state of Hawaii. On April 21, 2021 Rousey announced on her official YouTube channel that she is four months pregnant with her first child. Rousey and Browne announced that the child will be a girl.
In her autobiography, My Fight, Your Fight, Rousey wrote of an incident with a former boyfriend she dubbed “Snappers McCreepy” after she discovered that he had taken nude photos of her without her consent or knowledge, two weeks before her first fight with Miesha Tate. When a seething Rousey met him, she “slapped him across the face so hard hand hurt.” According to Rousey, he then refused to let her leave as he was trying to explain, so she attacked his face with two punches, one more slap, one knee, then “tossed him aside on the kitchen floor.” She went to her car and he followed, grabbing the steering wheel, so she “dragged him out onto the sidewalk, and left him writhing there”. Rousey deleted the photos and erased his hard drive, however, fear that the pictures may still be out there influenced her to pose for ESPN magazine’s Body Issue so that nude pictures of her would be seen on her own terms. Rousey faced some criticism that she had committed domestic abuse.