Happy Birthday Ronda

By Michael Branin

Born: Ronda Jean Rousey February 1st, 1987

Ronda  is an American Mixed Martial Artist, Judoka, and actress. She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She has won eleven of her fights in the first round, nine of them by armbar. Rousey was the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo (Bronze) at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.  In 2015, she was the third most searched person on Google


In May 2015, two magazines ranked Rousey as the most “dominant” active athlete. Rousey was voted on an ESPN poll as the Best Female Athlete Ever. Rousey’s first feature film role was the 2014 film The Expendables 3 In 2015. She had roles in the films Furious 7 and Entourage

Rousey was born in Riverside, California. The youngest of three daughters of AnnaMaria De Mars and Ron Rousey, After whom Rousey was named. Her mother had a decorated Judo career and was the first U.S. citizen to win a World Judo Championship (in 1984). Her maternal grandfather was Venezuelan, and was of part Afro-Venezuelan ancestry.

For the first six years of her life, Rousey struggled with speech and could not form an intelligible sentence due to Apraxia, A neurological childhood speech sound disorder. This speech disorder was attributed to being born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck at birth. When Rousey was three years old, her mother and father moved from Riverside, California, to Jamestown, North Dakota. In order to obtain intensive speech therapy with specialists at Minot State University.


Rousey dropped out of high school and later earned a G.E.D.  At 17 Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens. Becoming the youngest Judoka in the entire Games. In August 2008, Rousey competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She lost her quarterfinal to the Dutch ex-world champion Edith Bosch, But qualified for a Bronze medal match through the repachge bracket. Rousey defeated Annett Boehm by Yuko to win a bronze medal

Retiring from her judo career at 21 and starting her MMA career at 22. In November 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. UFC President Dana White officially announced at the Henderson Vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference that Rousey was the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.


In her sixth title defense, Rousey faced Holly Holm in the main event at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015.Despite being a heavy betting favorite, Rousey was unable to get Holm to the ground and had no answer for Holm’s superior striking. It was only the second time that Rousey had been taken beyond the first round in her MMA career. Early in the second round, Holm knocked Rousey out with a kick to the head, ending Rousey’s three-year reign as champion. It was the first loss of Rousey’s MMA career.


At Wrestlemania 31 in March 2015 Rousey made her WWE debut. Rousey appeared nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s 2012 Body issue and in a pictorial . In May 2013, Rousey was ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100, She also appeared on the cover and in a pictorial of the September 2013 issue. Rousey co-starred in The Expendables 3 (2014), marking her first role in a major motion picture. In 2015, she appeared in the film Furios 7, and played herself in the film Entourage. In 2015, Rousey became the first woman featured on the cover of Australian Men’s Fitness, appearing on their November edition.


In October 2015, Rousey became the first female athlete to guest host ESPN’s Sportscenter. Rousey hosted the January 23, 2016 episode of the late night variety show Saturday Night Live, A number of starring film roles have been developed for Rousey, including an adaptation of her autobiography My Fight/Your Fight at Paramount, The Athena Project, Mile 22, and a remake of Road HouseRoad House will mark her biggest acting job to date. 


The Rousey workout:

What to do: Perform the prescribed number of reps for each move, then immediately move onto the next. After your last exercise, return to the first move and repeat the circuit up to three times.


BOSU-Ball Squat-and-Press:Stand on the dome of a BOSU ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Squat down, then extend your legs and raise your hands to shoulder level. Press the weights above your head, then lower your arms back to the start. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Medicine-Ball Plyo Push-Up: Start in a push-up position on the floor with a medicine ball positioned between your hands. Bend your arms to lower your body towards the floor. Forcefully extend your arms, allowing your palms to leave the ground, and land with both hands on top of the ball. Replace each hand to either side of the ball before repeating. Aim for eight to 10 reps in total.

Stability-Ball “Fall”:Position your stomach on the top of a stability ball, place your hands on the floor and lift your feet. Keep your eyes on the floor and your shoulders level with the ground as you rotate your left hip towards the ceiling, then your right. (Don’t allow your feet to touch the ground throughout the entire set!) Repeat 10 to 15 times on each side.



“Raising Ronda Rousey by AnnMaria De Mars (aka Ronda Rousey’s Mom)”.YouTube.com. MMAWeekly.com. February 21, 2013.

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Luke Thomas (2012-11-16). “Dana White confirms Ronda Rousey has signed with UFC”. Mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.

Josh Gross (2012-11-16). “Ronda Rousey signs landmark deal”. espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.

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