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Ronda Jean Rousey (February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She was undefeated, having won nine of her eleven fights by armbar, before suffering her first loss to Holly Holm. Rousey became the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club. She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, under the guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California. Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA. In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach.
Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising, MMAWeekly, and other publications. She is ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. Fight Matrix lists her as the #1 Current Women's MMA Bantamweight Fighter, the #1 Current Pound for Pound Women's MMA Fighter, and the #1 Women's MMA Fighter of all time. As of March 16, 2015, she is the #6 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
Rousey's first feature film role was the 2014 film The Expendables 3. In 2015 she will appear in Furious 7 and Entourage. Her first professional wrestling storyline began at WrestleMania 31, when she and Furious 7 co-star The Rock confronted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Rousey is a professional wrestling fan. Her nickname was taken from "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who personally endorsed Rousey and gave his approval to use "Rowdy" as her nickname. She, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have dubbed themselves "The Four Horsewomen", a play on The Four Horsemen, with the blessing of leader Ric Flair and enforcer Arn Anderson. The four were acknowledged on camera and commentary as such, in the front row at SummerSlam in August 2014.
At WrestleMania 31 in March 2015, they were seated in the front row. During an in-ring argument between The Rock and The Authority (Stephanie McMahon and Triple H), McMahon slapped The Rock and ordered him to leave "her ring". She taunted him, saying he wouldn't hit a girl. He left, paused and walked over to Rousey to a loud ovation. He then helped her into the ring, and said she'd be happy to hit McMahon.
After a few minutes of a staredown and more dialogue, The Rock attacked Triple H. When he stumbled toward Rousey, she hiptossed him out of the ring. McMahon tried to slap her, was blocked and Rousey grabbed her arm, teasing an armbar, before throwing her out of the ring. Rousey and The Rock celebrated in the ring, while The Authority retreated with the implication of revenge.
- Official website
- Ronda Rousey Awakening profile
- Professional MMA record for Ronda Rousey from Sherdog
- Ronda Rousey at the Internet Movie Database