Last night, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and bona fide WMMA pioneer Ronda Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Also inducted this year were Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, former welterweight champion Matt Serra, and UFC co-founder Art Davie.
See the highlights of the induction ceremony in the video above (via MMA Fighting).
In her acceptance speech, a gracious Rousey showered her fans with love.
“You know I’m not a person who usually struggles to find words. From the bottom of my heart, my soul, my toes, my entire being, I want to thank you,” she said (transcribed by Mike Chiappetta for MMA Fighting). “For the first decade of my athletic career, I was at the pinnacle of athletic accomplishment and no one seemed to care. Nothing changed, and then you came along. The only reason why anything that I ever did had any effect on the world is because you took the time to let it affect you.
“Words will never express how humbled I am that you gave me the honor of being the person that made all this possible,” she continued. “I’m not the first person who had the ability to do this, but I am here because I’m the first person you took the time to watch.”
“Because of you, I am the first woman standing up here accepting this incredible honor,” Rousey added, discussing what it means to her to be the first woman in the UFC Hall of Fame. “May I be the first of many. I look around and think, together we built this, this division, this sport, this revolution. Together we have redefined what it means to be strong, to be sexy. We have changed what it means to ‘fight like a girl.’”
Now that her fighting career has drawn to a close, Ronda Rousey is making her living as a pro wrestler for WWE.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/5/2018.