On Dec. 30, 2016, Ronda Rousey was defeated by Amanda Nunes by way of knockout through punches 48 seconds into the opening round of their headlining Women’s Bantamweight title match in UFC 207.
Although no one knew it at the time, it would be the final appearance by the former champion in an MMA event.
Now, over a year and a half later, with Rousey already having won a match in World Wrestling Entertainment by armbar in a tag-team contest versus Stephanie McMahon in April’s WrestleMania, the announcement has finally come.
On July 5 during the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony on UFC Fight Pass, Rousey will become the first woman to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Rousey posted a 12-2-0 record in her professional MMA career, with nine victories coming via armbar. All three of her amateur MMA victories came by submission, as well.
In March of 2011, Rousey began her career in the King of the Cage: Turning Point event, recording an armbar victory 25 seconds into the opening round in her match versus Ediane Gomez, following it up with another armbar win versus Charmaine Tweet in 49 seconds in Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks 12 on June 17 of that year.
Less than two months later on Aug. 12, 2011, Rousey debuted in the now-defunct Strikeforce MMA promotion, defeating Sarah D’Alielo via technical submission. She later parlayed that into the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship in the first of her victories against Miesha Tate.
Upon Strikeforce’s closure caused by UFC’s purchase of the promotion, Rousey became UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion. Rousey eventually defended her title six times before losing to Holly Holm in UFC 193 in Australia in November of 2015, after being named a cover athlete with Conor McGregor for “EA Sports UFC 2” just hours before.
On the June 11 edition of “WWE Raw,” Rousey was interviewed, along with her opponent in Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view Raw Women’s Championship match, Nia Jax, by Jonathan Coachman.
In the interview, Rousey was quoted as saying “Everyone told me I wasn’t ready to make the Olympic team at 17, but I did. And everyone said that I wasn’t ready to challenge for the Strikeforce belt after only four fights, but I won. Come to think of it, everybody said I wasn’t ready to be UFC champion, and now I’m going into the Hall of Fame!”
Rousey then submitted Jax moments later.
In my opinion, Ronda Rousey has spent the entirety of her professional life as a combat athlete proving any and all naysayers wrong. She is an inspiration to many people, myself included.