Happy birthday, Ronda Rousey! The UFC fighter turns 29 on February 1, and we’re commemorating her bday by taking a look back at her whirlwind year — and there’s plenty for Ronda to be excited about as she celebrates the big 2-9!
From the Octagon to the Saturday Night Live stage, Ronda Rousey has become quite the household name in the last year. So as she turns 29 on February 1, we’re sure the UFC and MMA star is doing something huge to celebrate her birthday! In honor of the Ronda’s big day, check out all of the amazing things Ronda has done in the last year, and what she has to look forward to in the next one!
Ronda started out her insane year continuing her winning streak with an epic takedown of Cat Zingano at UFC 184. She defeated Cat in just 14 seconds, marking her fastest win ever — and proving that she is one amazing athlete! Thanks to that big win and her undefeated record, Ronda was named Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter at the 2015 ESPY Awards in July. She even made history as the first MMA fighter to cover The Ring magazine! Clearly Ronda was on track for the best year of her life!
But after all of her incredible achievements, Ronda got a bit of a wake-up call when her undefeated record was broken by Holly Holm in UFC 193 on November 14. Despite Ronda being favored to win the fight, Holly took her down with a KO at the 59-second mark of the second round. Ronda’s loss was as shocking to the world as it was to her, but even her devastation couldn’t keep her from finishing out her 28th year strong!
Plus, Ronda’s heartbreaking loss ironically ended her feud with Floyd Mayweather. She and Floyd had some bad blood earlier in the year after he dissed her, but he was one of the first to send his support to Ronda, saying “You win some, you lose some.” Even Holly had some nice things to say about Ronda, and now they’re set to meet again in a rematch some time this summer!
Outside of the ring, Ronda also got to show off her humorous side as the host of SNL on January 23 — and totally nailed it! As if Ronda’s year wasn’t crazy enough, her love life is doing better than ever too. She has been dating fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne for several months now, and there are plenty of PDA pics to prove that Ronda is still super happy with her man! Surely he’ll be part of the birthday festivities, so there’s no doubt Ronda is about to have the best birthday ever!
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