In a career that almost never was, Ronda Rousey shocked the world by pioneering a division of her own for women in the UFC. A lifetime of hardship and reaping the rewards of her intense dedication, she has been unbelievably successful in every aspect of her life. She has created her image through countless hours of gruelling sweat, blood, and tears, paving the way to the pinnacle of a sport that hadn't existed but two years prior. From behind the scenes Rousey used her popularity in female mixed martial arts to propel an entirely new aspect of her career, film. She was featured in blockbuster hits such as The Expendables, Entourage - The Movie, and Furious 7. Riddled in between training for fights, studying her script for movies and writing a book, Ronda Rousey nailed a smoking hot Sports Illustrated Swimsuit spread; she is an absolute workhorse.
Before any of this happened she was a medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Judo, a martial arts combat sport that involves heavy throws and submissions. It all runs in the family however, her mother, AnnMaria De Mars, was the first American to take home the gold medal in Judo in 1984. Her mother accomplished this while also getting her master’s degree in business. It seems the Rousey’s cannot be stopped when it comes to monumental achievements.
After the rise and fall of being a MMA champion, Rousey has been anything but defeated. She has several avenues and routes in which she can continue to stack money on top of her already crescendo-like mountain of cash. She has bombarded the film industry, written a New-York Times Bestselling book, and killed it with her looks and fashion on red carpets and swimsuit spreads. The journey is just beginning for Ronda Rousey, and here’s 15 reasons why she’s destined to succeed.
15 She's Got Maxim On Lock
It seems that no matter what the heck Ronda Rousey is doing she always has her supermodel face on, especially when she’s super-modelling. Ronda absolutely crushes this photo shoot in a similar fashion to the way she destroys her opponents in the ring. If Ronda Rousey does decide to leave fighting in her rearview mirror she has a viable backup plan. Ronda Rousey puts a new spin on beauty with her muscular physique and body like a backroad. She certainly looks different then when she's preparing for a fight, but in her own right she looks beautiful either way. Images like this one truly reveal the beauty of Ronda Rousey, and serve justice to just how stunning she looks as a model. She certainly has a future in modelling if she was to take it head on like all of her other ventures.
14 She's Connected
We’re all aware of Hollywood’s beneficial nature of connecting celebrities from all across the globe, and Ronda Rousey is another star who has made some famous friends while walking down the boulevard. Ronda has diversified her friends in a rather smart fashion, making key connections not only within the sport of UFC, but in the film industry as well as important modelling agencies around the country. Ronda Rousey is extremely well connected, especially when you take into consideration the amount of time she has spent center-stage. In 2010 she made her debut in the fighting ring, 7 years later she is one of the most talked about athletes in the world, not to mention she broke a barrier for female athletes all over the globe; impressive to say the least.
13 WWE Future?
As most of you know the WWE has already featured Ronda Rousey during one of their shows and received remarkable ratings. What’s truly interesting about the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and Ronda Rousey is the unique platform that WWE offers for stars to use to increase their popularity. With an incredible fanbase, Ronda Rousey could continue using her incredible physique and fighting skills to create an entirely different apparatus in which she can generate more and more revenue. While it is uncertain if the famed fighter will ever truly transition full time to the WWE, it’s an incredible opportunity in front of her in which we have already seen a glimpse of how well it would work. That being said, both Ronda and the WWE have denied speculation that the two will join forces, however, who’s to say down the road the two can't benefit from the relationship?
12 She Knows How To Have A Good Time
Ronda Rousey opens up in her book about past experiences with drugs and alcohol, while she admits to having gone on a year long binge of pot and prescription pain killers, we think she's done enough damage to her body for a little pain therapy. However she definitely doesn't shy away from a good time, even though her priorities have shifted since her pre-fighting days. She even once worked as a bartender, serving up drinks and having a blast with customers until the early hours of the morning. Hanging her olympic medal behind her bar and engaging in lengthy sports talks with various customers of the Malibu beach area; Ronda Rousey was the life of the party when she was tending bar. Rousey will have plenty of time to party with her recent vacation stretching months on end, and with the money she has made she can be partying for a very long time.
11 She Can Beat Up Anyone
Ronda Rousey has proven herself time and time again that she can knockout, tap out, or destroy just about anyone inside the octagon. She has suffered two losses at the hands of some pretty dangerous chicks, but don't be fooled, in MMA any opponent can win on any given night; those just weren’t her best nights. At one point in time Ronda Rousey dominated headlines by boisterously predicting she could beat the undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight, and we think she may actually have a point. Having one incident already inside a movie theater in which she pummelled not only several girls, but guys as well, Ronda Rousey shy’s away from no one. If things don't workout beating up people inside the octagon, Rousey can always beat up anyone outside the ring who tries to give her a hard time.
10 She Killed Her Sports Illustrated Shoot
If you flip through a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue it’s probably fair to assume that your going to stumble across some hotties, you will also run into Ronda Rousey. Having overcome some serious body image issues in her adolescence, Rousey is definitely getting revenge with photographs like this one. Her swagger and confidence seems to effortlessly demand respect; it’s hard to believe that when she was a young child (and even still today) she has battled with body image issues. Ronda has found external means in which to capitalize from her beauty, this swimsuit edition wasn't the only magazine that Rousey landed in, and probably won’t be her last. If Rousey does end up parting with the UFC, she has multiple outlets in which she can continue to gain notoriety.
9 Her Fans
Ronda Rousey’s sudden emergence onto the UFC fighting scene earned her an abundance of fans seemingly overnight. After she starting dropping chicks like a bad habit inside the ring, she gained even more of a following when she starred in a few blockbuster movies such as Furious 7, then after that she knocked us all off our feet when she started her modelling career. Ronda Rousey has a diverse fanbase that rivals almost any celebrity to date, perhaps not in sheer numbers, but she has so many followers from so many different foundations and factions that it’s downright impressive. She is so elusive with her career choices that she has fans every direction she turns, no matter what happens with the UFC, her fans aren't going to simply disappear. Rousey fans are in it for the long haul, and it’s safe to assume that Ronda Rousey isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
8 She's A Movie Star
If you have been to the movie theater lately, chances are you have run into Ronda Rousey there as well. She has starred in massive blockbuster films such as Furious 7, The Expendables 3, and Entourage-The Movie. Ronda Rousey memorized all of her scripts while simultaneously training for her fights, if she was ever to focus all her time on movies we think she could easily handle larger roles. Mostly featured for her badass physique, she actually has taken several acting classes and seems to do pretty well in front of the camera. There hasn't been any rumors of any future movies that Ronda can be seen in, however she hasn’t ruled out her acting career just yet. Films like Mile 22, feature Ronda Rousey under significantly more camera time, and with rumors of her fighting career being over the film industry could be a viable option for her to take.
7 She's Beautiful
If you hadn't figured it out by now, Ronda Rousey is as stunning on the outside as she is on the inside. As a female athlete who is known for pummelling women inside a steel cage, Ronda Rousey has put a new face to woman athletes all over the world. Not the typical face we are accustomed to seeing when we tune in on Saturday nights to watch a fight, Ronda Rousey has added a unique twist to her bad-assery; she’s smoking hot. Win, lose or draw, we are always promised to be entertained when we tune in to watch one of the baddest fighters in the world. People have taken notice, and modelling agencies; she’s been featured in magazines like Maxim, and Sports Illustrated. Whether she ever fights again doesn't seem to matter, she has the looks to become one of the next movie stars.
6 She's Incredibly Cool
If you have ever watched an interview of Ronda Rousey one thing is blatantly obvious, she’s freaking cool. She is humble and down to earth just like your favorite best friend, only she’s famous. One of her most admirable personality traits is her ability to tell it like it is; and with a face like hers it doesn't seem to hurt as much. She’s blunt and straight forward, which is incredible sexy; and a quality that is becoming harder and harder to find these days. She lives a very low-key lifestyle when she’s not beating people up for fun, she lives in Venice, Ca where she was born and raised, in a beach home with her puppy dog Mochi. She can be found playing video games, reading, and training, other than that she just rolls with flow.
5 She Can Punch
Ronda Rousey was originally the most successful inside the ring with her submissions; her arm-bars to be exact. A compound movement in which she pins the opponent’s shoulder in between her hips and cranks their arm over her chest as she anchors back - creating a most undesirable feeling that causes victims to tap out instantly. Lately however, Ronda Rousey has made a name for herself with her punching power. Before Ronda Rousey came onto the scene girls weren't knocking other each other out; but Ronda changed all of that. She paved the way for women to look super bulky but also sexy, feminine but also savage. From one look at Ronda it’s not hard to tell that she has power, and we’re guessing that you wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of any of her punches.
4 She Has A Hell Of A Smile
Ronda Rousey has an infectious smile. She is incredibly beautiful but she puts most other beauties to shame with her row of pearly whites. Even if you have a hard time liking Ronda Rousey she makes it much more difficult to dislike her every time she graces us with one of her signature Rousey grins. Ronda has a great sense of humor as well, during several press interviews for the UFC she has kept the audience laughing with her sexual innuendos and overall hilarity, especially stunning when it’s on the front end of a humongous fight that could make or break her career. One glance at her sensational smile and it just might change your mind about her, mixed with her raw and uncut personality, what’s not to love?
3 She's Incredibly Humble
Despite all of the seemingly endless success that Ronda Rousey has celebrated over her illustrious career, you wouldn't be able to tell it by having a conversation with her. Watch any of her interviews and it’s easy to see how real she is, how blunt and honest she is at all times. The fame hasn't changed her one bit, she remains the same homegrown girl born in a suburb of Los Angeles. There’s no reason to believe the recent drought in her career will change her either, at times she has shown incredible emotion towards opponents she's fighting, but that just speaks to her realness even more. What more should she be doing? Loving the girls she’s about to fight? Even after a war inside the octagon Ronda Rousey praises her opponents for having stepped foot in the ring anyway. Ronda Rousey is truly a one of a kind superstar, there will never be another like her in our generation.
2 Her Badass Mother
One person who will always be in Ronda’s corner is her mother, AnnMarie De Mars. Her mother has been involved even more so after the passing of Ronda’s father when she was a young girl. Her mother is an incredible role model and Ronda followed suit, when her mother was raising Ronda she was simultaneously becoming the first American woman to achieve a gold medal in the Olympics for Judo, and earning her Master’s degree. One glance at the accolades of her mother and it’s not difficult to find out how Ronda became so successful, she was destined for success since the day she was born. Ronda has always described her mother as incredibly hard to please, but even her mother was shocked when Ronda predicted she would be the future champion of a sport that didn't yet exist.
1 She Has A New York Times Bestseller
In 2015, during the peak of her UFC fighting career, at a time when she was undefeated and a victory over Ronda seemed about as likely as hell freezing over, she wrote a book that just so happened to be a bestseller on the New York Times. Her book, My Fight / Your Fight is an in depth autobiography that details even the most minute avenues of Ronda Rousey’s life including her childhood, her olympic career, and even her sex life. From faltered relationships to medals in the Olympics, Rousey’s life has been riddled with achievements and adversity. Selling 10,000 copies during the week of its release, Ronda Rousey matched the same success she's had in every other aspect of her life; instant domination. If Ronda Rousey has proved anything by now it’s that she answers to no one, and she certainly doesn't need the UFC to continue being successful.