Ronda Jean Rousey is a professional wrestler, actress, and retired mixed martial artist and judoka from California, U.S.
Rousey took the world by storm after being the first American to secure an Olympic medal in judo. The brazen wrestler went ahead to receive a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Ronda has had a successful career streak in mixed martial arts, which can be seen in her impressive record of 12 wins with only 2 losses.
Interestingly, her well-fitting moniker, ‘Rowdy,’ stems from the deceased professional wrestler, Roddy Piper.
Who is Ronda Rousey?
Ronda Rousey is an American WWE fighter and a former MMA fighter whose face has appeared on screen several times. Rousey hails from Riverside and has three sisters. She inherited several elements from her parents.
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For instance, after her father, Ron Rousey, who committed suicide (Ronda was eight years old at the time) when he found out that he could be paraplegic.
Additionally, Rousey’s mother was also versed at judoka; she holds the distinction of being the first American to win a World Judo Championship back in the year 1984.
Growing up, Rousey was unable to communicate properly due to a speech impediment disorder called apraxia, a neurological childhood speech and sound disorder. According to her specialists, this condition had been caused by the wrapping of an umbilical cord around her neck.
It was treated through intensive speech therapy by specialists from North Dakota. An interesting fact about Ronda is that she never completed high school. She dropped out but later attended GED classes and obtained her GED.
Working with UFC.
Her career in MMA took off when she made her debut in ‘King of the Cage.’
This win was followed by the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship, where she became the last fighter to earn that title before UFC purchased Strikeforce in 2011.
She was, therefore, their inaugural female champion and was named UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Ronda thereafter stepped into the ring to defend her title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157.
This was the first-ever women’s fight in history, and Ronda dominated the match.
From then on, Rousey went on to win six consecutive matches earning her worldwide recognition as the first woman to achieve this streak of wins in the UFC. Ronda, however, lost her seventh match when she faced Holly Holm in the ring.
2018 was a big year for Ronda. For starters, Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Once again, she was the first woman ever to achieve this remarkable recognition.
Working with WWE.
In the same year, Ronda stunned her fans when she switched career paths and joined WWE. She made her debut at WrestleMania 34 and proceeded to win the Raw Women’s Championship.
Rousey managed to hold on to this title for 231 days straight, the second-longest title retention in the championship’s history.
Apart from her stellar career in fighting, Rousey has managed to amass fans from the film industry. She has appeared in notable blockbusters such as; ‘Expendables 3’, ‘Fast and Furious 7’, ‘Entourage’ and ‘Mile 22’. In 2019, additionally, Ronda secured a recurring role in the ‘9-1-1’ series.
Her 2015 autobiography release ‘My Fight/Your Fight’ was a means of showing the world her journey. Ronda depicted her brevity through this book as she was not afraid of letting fans see her vulnerabilities and struggles.
Moreover, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Rousey confessed to struggling with body image issues and even having suicidal thoughts when she lost her fight against Holly Holm. At that time, she had an injury that took her out of the ring for an entire year.
Rousey is an icon of our time, with her being the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE. Furthermore, she is the only woman ever to headline a pay-per-view event in both these establishments.
Ronda’s devotion to her art has earned acknowledgments such as, ‘The best female athlete of all-time’ in the 2015 ESPN fan poll. Fox Sports went on ahead to cement this title by referring to her as ‘one of the defining athletes of the 21st century’.
Additionally, Rousey has been featured in ‘ESPN The Magazine’s’ body issue and the ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit issue.
It is next to impossible not to fall in love with Rousey, especially with her devotion to charities surrounding hunger and mental illness.
Her Net Worth and Income Source.
Ronda Rousey wears many caps ranging from professional fighting, wrestling, modeling, acting, and writing. Her success in these fields has garnered an abysmal amount of wealth. She is currently the highest-earning female WWE wrestler with an estimated salary of $1 million.
Rousey’s success has attracted several endorsement deals. She is currently signed with MetroPCS, an Insurance agency, Insureon, Reebok, and Carl’s Jr.
Additionally, Ronda launched a fighter management company where she is currently nurturing top male middleweights. Ronda Rousey’s net worth is a whopping $13 million.
Ronda Rousey has a total of six tattoos on different parts of her body. On the inner side of Ronda’s right foot, you will spot a peculiar body art stating, ‘Every Second.’
Ronda’s second-word tattoo is far more intriguing than her first. This one is located on her left ankle, stating, ‘Protected by God, hated by many, respected by all.’ Clearly, this one needs no explanation. Her left ankle is also inked with Olympic rings.
As this was her first major achievement, its presence is quite appropriate. Additionally, Ronda has the Greek Laurel 2004 Olympics logo inked on her right ankle. Moreover, Rousey has imprinted the words ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ still on her right ankle. This is one of the mottos for the Olympics.
Ronda’s final tattoo is on her wrist. It is that of a Kodokan Flower. This is the emblem of Kodokan Judo, which is understandable considering that Rousey is an exceptional judoka.
Does Ronda Rousey have Children?
Ronda Rousey is the step-mom of two boys. She is the wife of Travis Browne. They have two sons from his previous marriage. In an interview, Ronda disclosed that she was ready to have kids but was letting nature take its course.
Height, Weight, Measurements.
Ronda Rousey is 170 cm tall (5 ft 7) and weighs 61 kg (134lb). Additionally, she has a wingspan of 1.73m and a shoe size of 9 (U.S.). Her body measurements are 34-25-34.
Sisters, Parents, Family.
Ronda Rousey has three sisters, namely, Julia DeMars, Maria Burns-Ortiz, and Jennifer Rousey. Their resemblance from the plethora of shared photos is uncanny.
Judoka seems to run in the family as Julia DeMars has also indulged in this field.
Maria Burns-Ortiz is the co-founder and CEO of 7 Generation Games. The talented sports journalist helped her sister, Rousey write her first book, My Fight/Your Fight.
Jennifer and Maria are Ronda’s elder sisters, while Julia is the youngest of her three sisters. Ronda is very close to her sisters and even shares several pictures of them on social media.
AnnMarie De Mars, Ronda’s mother, is a sixth-degree blackbelt in judoka and an academic, having pursued a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of California. At the same time, Rousey’s stepfather is an aerospace engineer.
Moreover, she comes from a long line of diverse ethnicities. She seems to borrow a little from varied cultures as she has traces of English, Polish, Trinidadian and Venezuelan ancestry.
Fascinatingly, one of her great grandfathers was the first black physician to ever step into North America. It is, therefore, clear where Ronda inherited her valor from.
What is Ronda Rousey Doing Now?
Ronda Rousey forever surprises her hoard of fans with diverse career paths. Since fans saw her last, Ronda has been under intense training as she prepares to resurface. Rousey made it clear, however, that she wants to focus on her family as of now.
With her endorsements, company, and acting career Rousey already seems to have a lot on her plate. Fans, however, cannot wait to see her back in the WWE ring again.
Ronda Rousey’s Wiki-Facts.
|Full name||Ronda Jean Rousey|
|Date of Birth||February 1, 1987|
|Place of Birth||Riverside, California, USA|
|Profession||Former mixed martial artist and judoka, professional wrestler, acting, author,|
|Net worth||$13 million|
|Ethnicity||English, Polish, Trinidadian, Venezuelan|
|Parents||AnnMaria De Mars, Ron Rousey|