Why Rousey Is A Perfect Fit For The Hall Of Fame
It was announced at the UFC 225 pay-per-view event recently that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, is to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The ceremony is set to take place on July 5th at The Pearl in Las Vegas, with Rousey being recognized for not only her achievements in the UFC, but for her being the catalyst for women to get involved with the sport.
Rousey, 31, took the UFC by storm and was actually a UFC Champion before she made her maiden appearance in the Octagon. She was unbelievably good in Strikeforce and continued that form when she joined the 135-pound division in the UFC. Four of her first six bouts saw Rousey end them in less than a minute, with 6 victories from her first 6 fights, all by the way of finish.
Speaking about Rousey, UFC president Dana White suggested, “There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey.” White went on to state, “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 that she set out to do within the 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.”
Rousey did lose her last two appearances in the Octagon by way of knockout at the hands of Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, but this has in no way harmed her reputation as one of the greatest female fighters ever to live. During her time in the UFC, she recorded some superb victories over the likes of former UFC Champion Miesha Tate, Alexis Davis, Liz Carmouche, Cat Zingano, and former Olympian, Sara McMann.
According to sporting pundits at Betting.com, “Rowdy” is also seen as one of the most influential combat stars of her generation too, with her rise in the UFC being meteoric. She shot to stardom and quickly became the biggest star in the whole of the UFC; Bringing in huge numbers in terms of PPV, in the history of the company. It will be great to see her recognized for her achievements and her career is certainly on the rise in other respects now, since leaving the UFC.
Rousey made an appearance at the WWE Royal Rumble back in January and since then has made various appearances. So, it looks like a full-time career in the WWE could be on the cards, and she certainly has the personality, ability, and the draw to make a success of it; Just as she did in the UFC. It proves that Rousey is not just a UFC star, but a megastar in her own right, who can turn her hand to anything.