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…
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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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.
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.