Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987 in Riverside County, California) is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress.
She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is undefeated, having won nine of her eleven fights by armbar. Rousey became the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club. She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, under the guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California.
Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA.
In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising, MMAWeekly, and other publications.
She is ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. Fight Matrix lists her as the #1 Current Women's MMA Bantamweight Fighter, the #1 Current Pound for Pound Women's MMA Fighter, and the #1 Women's MMA Fighter of all time. As of March 16, 2015, she is the #6 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. Rousey's first feature film role was the 2014 film The Expendables 3.
In 2015 she will appear in Furious 7 and Entourage.
Rousey was formerly a vegan, but describes her current diet as "kind of a mix between a Paleo and a Warrior diet". She originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, "Rowdy", feeling it would be disrespectful to professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
After meeting Piper through Gene LeBell (who helped train both), Piper personally gave his approval. In 2014, Rousey was named one of espnW's Impact 25. Rousey is an avid fan of WWE and Pokémon. Rousey plays World of Warcraft. In 2013, Rousey's status as a top MMA fighter led to multiple commercial partnerships. In April, she was featured in a 30-second commercial for American mobile network operator MetroPCS.
In June, she performed as the insureon Protector in a two-minute spot for small-business insurance agency insureon. On December 16, 2014, it was announced that Rousey signed a sponsorship deal with Reebok.
In 2015, she decided to raise money in order to support the Blackjaguarwhitetiger foundation, which goal is to save big cats from circus and zoos, and provide them with the best life style, by auctioning signed T-shirts.
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