On Dec. 28, Ronda Rousey will be facing Miesha Tate in a rematch at UFC 168. So, we thought we’d fill you in on who Ronda is — from UFC fighter and gold medalist to actress.
At only 26, Ronda Rousey is one of the best UFC women fighters of all time. When she gets in the ring with her rival Miesha Tate, we know it will be one of the biggest fights of the year, and everyone’s waiting for it. So, who is Ronda Rousey? Here’s five things to know about the fighter and actress who has beat every opponent by using armbar.
Ronda Rousey: Who Is The UFC Fighter?
1. She was the first woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo; she won bronze in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. In the same year, she won gold at the International Judo Federation.
2. She has said the hardest thing she’s ever done was juggling her jobs — training and filming Fast & Furious 7. “It wasn’t a vacation — it was harder than camp in a lot of ways. I had to find a way to make it all work,” she told USA Today.
3. Ronda posed nude, strategically, on the cover of ESPN magazine, but refused to show too much as she followed the advice of her mother: “She said, ‘Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.’ So, whatever I’m not gonna show on a beach, I’m not gonna show in a magazine.”
4. She is taking on the big screen for the first time. Sylvester Stallone confirmed in July 2013 that she would officially star in The Expendables 3. The following month, the news broke that she would also make an appearance in Fast & Furious 7.
5. Ronda has never done a rematch — Dec. 28 will be her first one ever against Tate, who is her rival in and out of the ring (they’ve verbally battled on The Ultimate Fighter). “I’m approaching it like it’s not even a rematch,” Rousey told USA Today. “Miesha is going to be the hardest and most prepared opponent I’ve ever faced. I’m expecting her to come out better than she could ever be.”
— Emily Longeretta