California native Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s first woman to headline a mixed martial arts fight, but that’s not the only thing that she is known for.
She was also the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Before her rise to fame as an MMA powerhouse, she overcame a severe speech disability to become a talented swimmer, her father standing right behind her and supporting her all the way. After his unforunate death, she lost her passion for swimming, and her mother, who was a national Judo champion, began training her in Judo, and the rest is history.
Today, Ronda is considered the #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. Ronda has dominated a primarily male dominated industry, being the first woman allowed to join UFC, and therefore paving the way for other female fighters as well as being the first woman to headline a UFC fight.