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Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal chords. She didn't speak coherently until the age of six. Ronda was a self-professed tomboy and swam from the ages of 6 to 10. She competed on the Jr. Olympic swim team where she placed in the state level.Because of her mother, a 7th degree black belt and 1984 World Judo Champion, Ronda took up the sport. She had a hard time socializing with other kids and found that Judo gave her confidence. She holds a 4th degree black belt in the martial art.Ronda's Judo career is a storied one. At 17 she became the youngest judoka in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. That same year she won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, and in 2006 she became the first U.S. female in almost 10 years to win an A-Level tournament going 5-0 to clench the gold at the World Cup in Great Britain. At 19 she won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships. She is the first U.S. athlete to win two Junior World Medals. In 2007 she added a silver at the World Judo Championships and a gold at the Pan American Games. The pinnacle of her Judo career was a bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's Judo since it became an Olympic sport in 1992.After medaling in the Olympics, Ronda's career hit a dead end. She did some bartending to make ends meet and tried to find a better paying job, but it was tough finding anyone that needed her particular skill set. Throwing people down and putting them in armbars aren't really something you can put on a resume. By chance Ronda caught the Gina Carano vs. Julie Kedzie fight on television and things changed.She made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur in 2010. Since then she has never lost a fight, winning the majority in the first round by armbar submission. Ronda took it upon herself to chase after and demand attention so that the UFC could no longer ignore women fighters. UFC President Dana White had publicly stated that women would never be allowed to fight in the UFC, but on February 23, 2013, Ronda did just that. She won the fight against Liz Carmouche in the first round with her signature armbar and became the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.Ronda will be appearing in her first motion picture - The Expendables 3. Other projects are Furious Seven and The Athena Project as well as Entourage.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Ronda Rousey -- Brazil Loves Me So Much ... They Kept My Tradition Going

Ronda Rousey
Brazil Loves Me So Much ... They Kept My Tradition Going

Ronda Rousey would not be denied in the Octagon AND in the kitchen -- where a chef whipped up her famous celebratory meal ... even though she was behind enemy lines! As we all know by now, Ronda… READ MORE >

Ronda Rousey -- Gives Her Fists a Break ... Lets Her Hips Do the Work! (PHOTO)

Ronda Rousey
Gives Her Fists a Break ... Lets Her Hips Do the Work!

Ronda Rousey celebrated her weekend victory over Brazilian Bethe Correia by rubbing a little salt in the wound ... Brazilian style. Ronda stayed in Brazil on Sunday and took in a soccer… READ MORE >

- 1 day ago
Ronda Rousey -- Hardcore Porn Parody ... 'Ronda ArouseMe'

Ronda Rousey
Hardcore Porn Parody ... 'Ronda ArouseMe'

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- 5 days ago
Ronda Rousey -- No 14 Second Fight This Time ... I'm Gonna Make Her Suffer!

Ronda Rousey
No 14 Second Fight This Time ... I'll Make Her Suffer!

There will be no "Instagram Fight" at UFC 190 -- because Ronda Rousey says she doesn't wanna beat Bethe Correia in 14 seconds ... she wants to take her time and… READ MORE >

- 8 days ago
Ronda Rousey -- Here's Why I Trashed Mayweather (Video)

Ronda Rousey
Here's Why I Trashed Mayweather (Video)

Ronda Rousey says her ESPYs shot at Floyd Mayweather had been locked and loaded for more than a YEAR -- telling TMZ Sports she's been plotting against the boxer ever… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
Mike Tyson -- Ronda Rousey's a Beast ... I Love Her Mom!

Mike Tyson
Ronda Rousey's a Beast ... I Love Her Mom!

Hilarious moment at Ronda Rousey's boxing gym this week -- when she introduced Mike Tyson to her mother ... who hilariously told Ronda, "You can get some boxing tips… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Dana White -- Ronda Rousey Would 'Rag Doll' Mayweather

UFC's Dana White
Ronda Would 'Rag Doll' Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather should probably think long and hard before firing back at Ronda Rousey -- 'cause Dana White says she would "rag doll" the boxer if they ever got into… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
Ronda Rousey -- KOs Floyd Mayweather ... With Dom. Violence Shot

Ronda Rousey
KO's Floyd Mayweather ... With Dom. Violence Shot

Ronda Rousey is afraid of NO ONE -- not even Floyd Mayweather ... ripping the fighter over his domestic violence history on LIVE TV. Rousey had just been given the… READ MORE >

- 21 days ago
Ronda Rousey -- Signed Crappy Broken Car ... Gets $20k At Auction!!!

Ronda Rousey
Signed Crappy Broken Car ... Gets $20k At Auction!!!

Ronda Rousey might be the greatest car salesperson EVER ... because she just sold her broken, beat up, dirty Honda Accord for roughly 4 TIMES it's actual value!!!  The UFC superstar (along… READ MORE >

- 58 days ago
Terry Crews -- Ronda Rousey Will Rule Hollywood

Terry Crews
Ronda Rousey Will Rule Hollywood ... 'I'd Bet My Life On It'

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- 59 days ago

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