UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is getting ready to make her return to action in less than a month when she goes toe-to-toe with Holly Holm. Rousey was originally expected to face either Miesha “Cupcake” Tate in a third bout, but UFC officials went in a different direction with Holm.
There is no doubt that Holm is a viable opponent for Rousey and has a better chance than most at beating the queen for her crown. However, Rousey is walking into “UFC 193” in Melbourne, Australia with a ridiculous amount of momentum and it’s going to be hard for anybody to stop her rise to the top of the sport. The crew over at CBS Sports put together seventeen jaw dropping facts about the champion— check them out below!
1. Ronda Rousey Owns the Octagon: Ronda Rousey’s years in the UFC have been the most dominant the sport has seen. She has never been in danger of losing a fight and there isn’t a single female fighter in the UFC who can challenge her.
She’s essentially turned into Mike Tyson in the ring. If you blink, you might miss the whole fight. She’s that powerful.
2. She’s the Biggest Draw in the UFC: Rousey might make quick work of her opponents, but fans can’t wait to see the carnage she produces when the lights come on.
3. She threw shade at Floyd Mayweather: After winning the ESPY for Best Fighter, Ronda Rousey proceeded to (verbally) knock out Floyd Mayweather by proclaiming: “I can’t help but really say that I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”
4. She’s a ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit model: Rarely do female fighters make it into Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, but Rousey graced the 2015 installment, growing her legend and fan base.
5. She outshined The Rock at WrestleMania: In the biggest moment of WrestleMania 31, The Rock grabbed Rousey from the stands and she entered the ring. At an event The Rock has long owned, it was Rousey’s name the millions (and millions) of fans chanted.
6. She makes quick work of her opponents: Rousey holds the UFC record for fastest submission in championship history. She tapped out Cat Zingano with an armbar in just 14 seconds, two seconds faster than when she TKO’d Alexis Davis in 16 seconds.
In Rousey’s last three fights, Rousey has won in one minute and four seconds… combined.
7. She tried Tinder: The mixed martial artist tried to use an alias on the popular dating app, but alas she was too famous.
8. She’s never lost an MMA fight: In 12 professional fights, Ronda Rousey has yet to be truly tested by her opponents. She’s undefeated, and only one opponent, Miesha Tate, got out of the first round.
9. She’s the next big movie star: When you’ve dominated the sport like Rousey has, it’s time to dip your toes into different waters. Rousey’s had roles in Furious 7 and The Expendables 3. She’s also hinted at her desire to do more films.
10. She was the best part of Entourage: Ronda Rousey played herself in the 2015 summer flick Entourage.
11. She’s UFC’s first female fighter: In 2012, Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with UFC and was awarded the inaugural women’s bantamweight championship.
12. She’ll armbar anyone, just ask Jimmy Fallon: In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Rousey locked the host in her signature submission hold. There’s no stopping her!
13. Dana White say she’s the biggest star: When the President of UFC says you’re the top dog in the sport, you listen. Dana White admitted recently that Rousey was the biggest star UFC’s ever had.
14. She’s an armbar aficionado: Rousey’s submission of choice for her foes is her signature armbar. The lethal move has ended nine of her 11 fights.
15. She’s an elite athlete: No matter the sport, what Ronda Rousey has done in her short time as an MMA fighter rivals the dominance of any athlete in the world today.
16. She’s an author: When she’s not dominating in the UFC or starring in the next action flick, Rousey is penning a book about her life. She wrote My Fight / Your Fight in 2015.
17. She’s an Olympic medalist: Before turning to the UFC, Rousey won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in Judo.
Who do you have walking out of UFC 193 with the gold? Make your prediction in the comment section below!