This woman has changed all that because she has become so popular that UFC officials have not only lifted the ban on women, they signed her to star in this season’s opening event. She got there not because she is beautiful but because she can inflict extreme pain on her opponents. Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and judoka. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
This sport is only 20 years old but has grown to be a very popular sport. It involves a steel cage, two opponents in three or more rounds of fighting. There is no mercy and is probably the most macho sport on earth with it’s boxing moves added to kicking barefoot compounded with wrestling antics. Nine women have entered the ring with Ronda and each has surrendered within minutes. She is truly a knockout.
My faithful followers know I have written about the first transgender supermodel, the first lesbian country western singer and the first openly gay sports player among other firsts out there in celebrity occupations. Her knack for dislocating arms between her shapely legs is not the only thing she is known for. She also has no problem being as sexy as she can on the cover of magazines partially naked like on the cover of ESPN magazine.
She will not pose for Playboy. As she says it, “No one is going to see my cash and prizes for five dollars.” I think I like this girl’s philosophy. She does not see herself as a sex symbol. She admits she does get a lot of attention because of her looks but if she didn’t know how to fight, all that attention would quickly disappear. Ronda is not afraid to speak up and will confront anyone. Who knew that a baby that was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck would survive to be a confident tough beautiful woman?
A sledding accident gave Ron a broken back that he never recovered from. Between the pain and the mounting hospital bills he could not cope anymore and committed suicide. At 8 years old her and her mom were poor and Ronda no longer wanted to swim. It helps that her Mom was a woman’s champion at Judo in the 1980’s and now geared Ronda to focus on Judo. Her Mother is the first American woman to hold a title.
She taught her daughter everything she knew including the straining arm hold and the mind set that when you walk out of that gym everyone should know your name for your greatness. At age 17, Ronda won her spot on the Olympic team in Athens in 2004. She won Bronze in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 becoming the first American woman to medal in Judo. She is a wonderful addition to our American greatness team of citizens.