Ronda Rousey was born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987. Rousey struggled with a speech impairment for the first six years of her life after being born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
Her parents moved from Riverside to Jamestown, North Dakota, when she was three years old so she could get specialized and intense speech treatment at Minot State University. AnnaMaria De Mars, her mother, was the first woman from the United States to win a World Judo Championship.
In addition, while raising her girls, her mother worked on a Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. Ron Rousey, her real father, committed suicide in 1995 after breaking his back while sledding and learning he would be paralyzed. Rousey was eight years old at the time. Rousey dropped out of high school and went on to get her GED afterward.
A career in Judo:
When Rousey was 11 years old, she began training Judo with her mother. Her mother trained her until she was thirteen years old, at which point she moved to a professional trainer.
Rousey was the youngest judo competitor at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, having qualified at the age of seventeen. She went on to win two Junior World medals, making her the first American athlete to do so. Ronda stepped up to 70kg in February 2007 and became one of the top three female Judo athletes in the world.
When Rousey won the Bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo. Rousey, who won the Olympic gold medal in Judo, departed from the sport at the age of 21. She then rented a studio apartment in Venice Beach with a roommate and supported herself by working three bartending and cocktail waiting for jobs.
A career in Mixed Martial Arts:
Rousey resumed fighting in the mixed martial arts circuit in 2010 with Team Hayastan, two years after her victory. She also trained with MMA coach Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club. She also trained in jiu-jitsu with Henry Akins at Dynamix MMA from 2011 until 2014.
Rousey debuted in mixed martial arts in August 2010. With an armbar, she defeated Hayden Munoz in a matter of seconds. Rousey used her hallmark move, the armbar, to defeat all of her opponents in under a minute. Rousey claims that her mother leaped on her every morning with an armbar to get her up, which is how she developed the move she is famous for.
In August 2011, Ronda made her Strikeforce debut in Las Vegas against Sarah D’Alelio. In 2011, Rousey won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship, and in 2012, she became the first Women’s Bantamweight Champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
She was the UFC’s first female fighter to sign up. In February of 2013, she successfully defended her UFC title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. Rousey went on to defend her Bantamweight Championship title, despite Carmouche dislocating her jaw in the process. In 2014, Rousey successfully defended her UFC title.
Ronda fought Holly Holm in the main event at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015. Despite the support of her fans, Ronda was unable to bring Holly to the ground owing to Holms’ high-kicking tactics.
With a high kick to the neck, Holm knocked Rousey out, effectively terminating her reign as champion and handing her her first loss. Rousey was medically suspended by the UFC for 60 days with no contact and no fights, and she would have to clear CT scan results to get the punishment shortened. Rousey’s medical clearance did not come until December 8, 2015.
On December 30, 2016, she fought champion, Amanda Nunes, in the main event of UFC 207, however, she was defeated in just 48 seconds of the first round. In July 2018, Ronda Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Ronda Rousey never formally announced her retirement, but when asked if she would return to MMA in an interview with Ellen Degeneres, she said, “I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for Judo.”
A career in Wrestling:
As a member of The Four Horsewomen, Rousey has competed in a number of WWE events. She’s faced The Rock, The Authority, Triple H, and Vince McMahon in the ring. The Four Horsewomen have made appearances in front of the audience in support of various wrestlers. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley, and Sasha Banks were the Horsewomen’s opponents in 2017.
Later that year, it was revealed that Rousey had signed a full-time contract with the WWE and had been training in the company’s Orlando performance facility. In January 2018, she surprised everyone at the Royal Rumble. In March 2018, she joined the Raw brand of WWE. On August 19, 2018, she defeated opponent Bliss to win her first Raw Championship, then a month later, on September 16, she defeated Bliss once more in Hell in a Cell. Rousey lost her first WWE match to Lynch in March 2019, ending her 231-day reign as champion. Rousey is currently the second-longest reigning Raw Women’s Champion.
Rousey has also pursued a career as an actor. She starred in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7,” “Entourage,” “Mile 22,” and a cameo in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels as a flight instructor.
Earnings and Endorsements:
Ronda Rousey defeated Cat Zingano with an armlock in 14 seconds on February 28, 2015. Ronda received $65,000 just for showing up, $65,000 for winning, and a $1 million Pay Per View bonus. Ronda received roughly $6.5 million in awards and endorsements between June 2014 and June 2015.
She is a spokesperson for Monster headphones, Carl’s Jr., Reebok, Metro PCS, and other brands. Unfortunately, Ronda’s lucky streak came to a stop on November 16, 2015, as she was easily defeated by Holly Holm and UFC 193 in front of a large crowd. Ronda earned $14 million in prize money, PPV money, endorsements, and media appearances in 2015. Ronda was paid $3 million merely to show up for her fight against Amanda Nunes on December 30, 2016.
Rousey is a resident of Venice, California. After Beijing in 2008, she became a vegan. In the 2016 US presidential election, Ronda endorsed Bernie Sanders. She enjoys Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, and World of Warcraft in her spare time. She has raised funds for the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation, whose mission is to rescue large cats from circuses and zoos.
Rousey has admitted to dealing with body image issues and depression, telling Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that she had suicidal thoughts following her terrible loss to Holly Holm and the injuries that forced her to retire from the ring for a year.
Rousey dated fellow UFC fighter Brendan Schaub at one point. In October of 2015, she began dating UFC fighter, Travis Browne. Browne was still legally married to Jenny Renee Webb, his estranged wife, at the time, and was under investigation for domestic abuse. Rousey and Browne were engaged in April 2017 in New Zealand and married in August 2017 in Hawaii.
Ronda Rousey’s net worth:
Ronda Rousey is a judoka and MMA fighter from the United States with a net worth of $13 million. She was formerly one of the most well-known and successful female MMA fighters in history. Since then, she’s dabbled in acting and professional wrestling.