Born in Riverside, California, Ronda Rousey dedicated herself to the sport of judo at a very young age. With hard training and dedication, she went on to win an Olympic medal, becoming the first American woman to earn a medal in the sport of judo in the Olympic Games. After winning an Olympic medal, Rousey decided to become a MMA fighter, and her decision has given her a great sum of money and the honor of becoming the face of women’s MMA.
Before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Ronda Rousey competed in six professional MMA fights. In each of those fights, Rousey used an armbar to finish her opponent, and none of her opponents were able to make it out of the first round. Impressed with Rousey’s skills, UFC President Dana White signed her to the UFC and opened up a women’s division.
On Saturday, February 23, 2013, Ronda Rousey fought Liz Carmouche in the first ever women’s fight in the UFC. Carmouche, like Rousey’s six previous opponents, was unable to escape Rousey’s armbar and the opening round of the fight. In the fight, Rousey again showed her dominance in women’s MMA and earned $90,000.
Recently, Rousey signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME), a well-known talent agency. Rousey’s name was also mentioned recently in connection with a sequel to The Hunger Games, the box office hit movie. With her rising popularity in the sport of MMA, the signing with WME, and endorsements, Rousey could see a fortune in the very near future.