If you don’t know who Ronda Rousey is, just watch this:
She’s beautiful, she’s tough, and she’s currently the UFC champ in Mixed Martial Arts. She’s so badass, her recent fights have resulted in a surrender after fourteen seconds in a fight with Cat Zinging, a win after sixteen seconds with Alexis Davis, and a knockout in 34 seconds with Bethe Correia. Did I mention she’s a badass?
According to CNN, “Rousey’s groundbreaking career is full of firsts and superlatives. She’s been called a pioneer, a megastar, a badass, a beast. She’s also been called arrogant, brash and cocky. Few would dispute her claim that she’s “the best fighter in the whole world” — male or female.”
In 1984, Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, became the first American — man or woman — to win gold at the World Judo Championships in Vienna. With few options for professional female judokas at the time, she turned her sights to a career in psychology and raising a family.
Rousey, De Mars’ third child, was born in 1987. Birth complications led to a speech defect that left Rousey unable to speak until she was 5 or 6 years old. Rousey’s father, Ronald Rousey, helped his daughter with speech therapy and pushed her toward competitive swimming.
After her father’s death in 1995, Rousey took up judo training under her mother.
In addition to judo technique and skills, Rousey says, she also learned not to be “the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else.” She has a term for it: “do-nothing b***h,” or a “DNB,” she said in a UFC YouTube vlog.
It’s the rationale she uses to fend off critiques that her body looks “masculine.”
“I think it’s feminist-ly bad-ass … because there isn’t a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose,” she said.
That may not be eloquent, she acknowledges, “but it’s to the point, and maybe that’s what I am. I’m not eloquent. I’m to the point.”
In 2008, she was favored to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo, according to her first New York Times profile. She began training after the death of her father by suicide when she was 8. She won a silver medal at the 2007 world championships. Her second visit to the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 went better. She took home a bronze medal and became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo.
She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and she’s not shy about her abilities.
In July, when she took home the Best Fighter ESPY award over Mayweather and others, she remarked, “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” in a blatant reference to his domestic violence charge.
hroughout her career, Rousey has been outspoken about insecurities with her body and how it led to substance abuse and bulimia in her teens.
The pressure to make weight aggravated her insecurity about her thick, muscular body, and she became bulimic as a teen.
“Whenever people talk about how cocky and arrogant I am, it blows me away, because I worked so hard to develop self-confidence,” she told the New Yorker.
She has held fundraisers and participated in awareness campaigns for treating eating disorders.
She’s been featured on multiple magazine covers; here’s a look at a few:
I personally can’t wait to see this movie. I don’t often get excited about biographical movies, but I’d pay big money to go see Ronda Rousey’s.
Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Rousey’s New York Times bestselling autobiography “My Fight/Your Fight,” with Rousey playing herself.
Mark Bomback on board to adapt the book, while Mary Parent is producing along with Rousey, with Bomback serving as exec producer.