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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 cords. 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.In 2014, Ronda appeared in her first motion picture - The Expendables 3. Other projects are Furious 7 and The Athena Project as well as Entourage.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Ronda Rousey RETURNS TO ACTING ... Guest Role On 'Blindspot'

Ronda Rousey
RETURNS TO ACTING ... Guest Role On 'Blindspot'

Ronda Rousey's back ... to acting!  The UFC legend scored herself a guest role on the hit NBC show "Blindspot" -- where she'll play a tough prison inmate who's serving time for transporting… READ MORE >

UFC Fighter KOs Ronda Rousey's Boyfriend ... Tries to Steal His Girl (VIDEO)

UFC Fighter
KOs Ronda Rousey's Boyfriend ... Tries to Steal His Girl

Tough night for Ronda Rousey's boyfriend -- first he gets the snot kicked out of him at UFC Fight Night 105 ... then his opponent hollers at Ronda right in the center of the Octagon!!! Derrick… READ MORE >

- 8 days ago
Dana White: Ronda Rousey Just Doesn't Have It Anymore ... It Happens (VIDEO)

Dana White:
Ronda Just Doesn't Have It Anymore ... It Happens

Dana White tells TMZ Sports it's pretty obvious what happened to Ronda Rousey -- "One day you show up and you don't have it anymore." The UFC honcho appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Dana White Says Ronda Rousey's 'Probably Done Fighting' (AUDIO)

Dana White
Ronda Rousey's 'Probably Done Fighting'

It's likely over for Ronda Rousey ... so says UFC honcho Dana White who says when it comes to fighting, "I think she's probably done." White appeared on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast and was asked… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Daniel Cormier: I Love Ronda Rousey ... But She'll NEVER Dominate Again (VIDEO)

Daniel Cormier:
I Love Ronda Rousey ... But She'll NEVER Dominate Again

Ronda Rousey is not a complete fighter -- and will never be able to keep up with the new crop of women competing in the UFC ... so says Daniel Cormier. The lightweight champ says he really likes… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
Gina Carano Says Daniel Cormier Should Be 'Ashamed' Of Trash Talk

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Daniel Cormier Should Be 'Ashamed' For Trashing Me

MMA legend Gina Carano is firing back at Daniel Cormier after D.C. went on TV and blasted her for giving career advice to Ronda Rousey ... saying the UFC star should be "ashamed." It all started… READ MORE >

- 32 days ago
Ronda Rousey Vows to Return to Front Lines of DAPL ... 'Face Pepper Spray' (VIDEO)

Ronda Rousey
Vows to Return to Front Lines of DAPL ... 'Face Pepper Spray'

Ronda Rousey told the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline activists at Standing Rock that she WOULD return to the front lines of the protest and "get pepper sprayed alongside everyone else." We spoke… READ MORE >

- 34 days ago
Ronda Rousey Road Tripped to Standing Rock ... Gave Supplies to Pipeline Protesters (PHOTO)

Ronda Rousey
Road Tripped to Standing Rock Gave Supplies to Pipeline Protesters

Ronda Rousey got political last week -- with a secret run to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to help protesters fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The UFC star teamed up… READ MORE >

- 34 days ago
Ronda Rousey Surfaces at Vegas Gun Store ... Applies for Concealed Carry Permit (PHOTOS)

Ronda Rousey
Surfaces at Vegas Gun Store ... Applies for Concealed Permit

Ronda Rousey has come out of hiding with a bang -- surfacing at a Las Vegas gun store where she applied for a concealed carry permit ... TMZ Sports has learned. The UFC superstar and her… READ MORE >

- 35 days ago
Chael Sonnen to Ronda Rousey ... Let Mayweather Train You! (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
To Ronda Rousey: Let Mayweather Train You!

MMA legend Chael Sonnen says Ronda Rousey should DEFINITELY take Floyd Mayweather's offer and work with the boxing legend on her striking ... cause hey, she might actually learn something! … READ MORE >

- 42 days ago

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