Ronda Rousey To Be First Woman Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame
On Tuesday, the UFC announced that Ronda Rousey will be inducted into its Hall of Fame next month for as a result of her trailblazing work to help establish the company’s women’s division of the popular mixed martial arts sport.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” said UFC President Dana White in an official press release. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
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Rousey took to social media after the big announcement to share how thrilled she is to be honored.
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the Hall of Fame. May I be the first of many.”
Rousey, 31, won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics and eventually turned to MMA in 2010. By 2012, she had won a Strikeforce title. After one title defense, she ushered female MMA into the UFC, where she was installed as the organization’s inaugural women’s 135-pound champion.
Rousey left the UFC following back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016, and she’s now a pro-wrestling performer with the WWE.
The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place July 5 in Las Vegas.
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