Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame.
ESPN reported Sunday:
Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame on July 5, the promotion announced Saturday night.
Rousey was the UFC’s first women’s champion, holding the bantamweight belt from 2012 until 2015, and defending it six different times. She won her first 12 professional fights, all by submission — most of which were finished in less than a minute.
Rousey owns records for four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women’s bantamweight history.
This is awesome for Rousey, and she absolutely has earned it. Without Rousey, the UFC’s women’s side of the fight game would be next-to-nothing. She changed the face of the sport.
It’s honestly hard to explain how great her impact was. Nobody really cared about female fighters at all before she dropped onto the scene. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Greatest Ronda Rousey Photos On The Internet)
Now, the women’s divisions are extremely popular. Rousey absolutely dominated for large portions of her career and was one of the most unstoppable athletes we’ve ever seen. I remember back in the day when my friends and I would go out of our way to set time aside to watch Rousey fight. We’d never done that for anybody before.
That’s the kind of impact she had on the sport. She brought casual fans into the fold, and we stayed for everything else the UFC had to offer. (SLIDESHOW: These UFC Women Really Hate Wearing Clothes)
I hope she enjoys her place in the hall of fame. She’s more than earned her spot.
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