MANILA, Philippines – Ronda Rousey’s dominant Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career will soon be immortalized as she is set to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame on July 5, as reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Sunday, June 10, Manila time.
Rousey, who is now a professional wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), will be the first woman to be inducted in UFC’s prestigious Hall. It is only fitting that she was also the first female competitor to sign with the promotion back in 2012.
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame," she said in an official statement. "May I be the first of many.”
Rousey elevated women’s MMA to new heights in her prime with UFC. She became the first female fighter and only one of 3 total to headline multiple pay-per-views with at least one million buys, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
In that span, she established herself as a fearsome submission specialist, winning her fight 8 fights with the same deadly armbar move. She then never went the distance in her next 4 bouts, winning all of them by either submission or knockout. However, she ended her career on a low note after two straight KO losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, respectively.
She has yet to retire from the world of MMA, but she since found success in the more protected discipline of WWE, where she is currently set to face the WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax at the Money in the Bank PPV on June 18, Monday, Manila time. – Rappler.com