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Ronda Rousey Thought She Might Die in a Fight and Was Okay with It

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There’s no question that Ronda Rousey gives it her all on the ring as the reigning women’s bantamweight champion. As she prepares for her 7th UFC fight in Australia, she recalls the moves she used to defeat her opponents. In some instances, she almost died…

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Like when Liz Carmauche, in the first UFC women’s fight in L.A., delivered a crippling choke hold that dislocated her jaw, broke her sinuses and almost beat her instantly. Despite the pain, Rousey realized she had a chance to deliver her now-famed armbar.

“I realized I was willing to die to win this fight,” she says. “I was willing to be a quadriplegic to win that fight. It was that important to me. I didn’t care.”

Ronda is known for finishing her opponents within the first round, some only lasting a few seconds. She credits her victories to acting in the moment and not memorizing moves. We’ll just watch from the sidelines.

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While Some People Are Excited About Ronda Rousey’s First WWE Victory, Others Are Not Impressed

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While Some People Are Excited About Ronda Rousey’s First WWE Victory, Others Are Not Impressed

After her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career came to an end, fans were uncertain about Ronda Rousey’s path moving forward – until recently.

The former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter made her WrestleMania debut this weekend alongside professional wrestler Kurt Angle. WrestleMania is an annual event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which consists of several matches for competing titles. This year was WWE’s 34th annual WrestleMania event and although it was Rousey’s very first time competing in the WWE ring, she impressed the audience with her savage win against wrestlers Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

As soon as Rousey got tagged into the ring by her partner Angle, the TV show commentators exclaimed, “Here comes Rousey! Call the cops!”

Rousey did not give McMahon a single break in the ring.

What made WWE fans even more excited about this match, was the moment Rousey cornered and socked Triple H as if he was a punching bag.

No. Mercy.

She also had Triple H over her shoulders at one point in the match.

And Triple H is not small at all.

Overall, the WWE audience voted Rousey’s tag team match to be the most enjoyable out of all the matches from this year’s WrestleMania.

However, other people on the internet showed that they weren’t happy nor impressed about Rousey’s transition from UFC to WWE.

#true #lol #fail #ufc #mma #rondarousey

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S A V A G E !!

In Rousey’s defense, people explained that although WWE consists of choreographed matches, they’re still not easy and actually take a lot of training.

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In a post interview Rousey’s partner and mentor Angle expressed how proud and optimistic he felt about Rousey’s future with sports entertainment. “That’s her first match and look how she blew the roof off the joint. Ronda has a big future here. This is what she was meant to do,” Angle said.

Similarly, Rousey expressed her gratitude for this opportunity in an interview with ESPN. “I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it,” Rousey said.

Rousey’s future with WWE is not set in stone, but fans can’t wait to see her grow as a professional wrestler if she continues on this path.


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Meet The New Women’s UFC Champ Who Just Made History

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Meet The New Women’s UFC Champ Who Just Made History

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Brazilian MMA fighter Amanda Nunes made history at UFC 200. Not only is she the first Brazilian-born woman to win a UFC belt, she also the first openly gay UFC champion.

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The 28-year-old defeated Miesha Tate by rear naked choke in the first round of their UFC 200 fight, making her the new owner of the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt.

This is what her opponent, Miesha Tate, looked like after the fight.

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Ouch.

But Nunes wasn’t always the Lioness of the Ring.

Best friends… We just didn't know it yet. / Eramos melhores amigas no passado, separadas pelo oceano.?

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Nunes’ path to UFC champ started in Salvador, Brazil, where she first learned karate at the age of 4 years old.

#tbt Eu e Sebastião Sinho ?

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Not pictured, karate.

Through years of training and hard work, Nunes’ career took her from Brazil to the U.S. In 2008, she had her first MMA match, which she lost by submission.

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Amanda’s in white.

The loss didn’t deter her, and once she made the jump to the UFC, Nunes made the most out of it.

Nunes has won six out of her seven UFC fights and has won her last four fights.

With the help of her partner and trainer, Nina Ansaroff, Amanda shows just how far love can take a person, saying, “This girl, she helps me everyday. I love her.”

The champ is home! #att #champmandy

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Nina was in her corner during the fight, and celebrated every moment.

“To have our very first openly gay champion shows you how far this sport has come.” – UFC vice president Dave Sholler.

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“When you talk about all the great moments, having Amanda carry the flag literally and figuratively for the gay community is a seminal moment for our sport,” said Stoller to USA Today.

Nunes has also inspired the UFC to release a shirt with rainbow text featuring the phrase “We are all fighters.”

After her historic victory, Nunes said, “The most important thing is I’m happy with my life. This is the most important thing.”

Championships come and go, but love is always love.


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