It would probably take us forever to list and discuss every single accomplishment Rousey has ever had. To make it more simple, here's a rundown of her most significant wins:
- Up until November 15, 2015, she held a 12-0 Mixed Martial Arts record.
- She was the first female Ultimate Fighting Championship Champion, having defended her Women's Bantamweight title for 6 consecutive times.
- She won Bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, being the first American woman to win an Olympic medal for Judo.
- She has multiple medals from the International Judo Federation from 2001 to 2008, and from USA Judo from 2002 to 2010.
- For three straight years (2012-2014), she won Female Fighter of the Year at the World MMA Awards.
- At the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Awards, she has Best Female Athlete for 2014 and 2015, Best Fighter for 2015, and the first Mixed Martial Artist to win an ESPY award.
2. She's tenacious.
Ever since childhood, Rousey has been training all her life. She started fighting at 11, and has not stopped since. In a magazine interview, she said that her ultimate motivation is training for success. She cited her mother, a Judo medalist like herself, as her mentor, teaching her and her sisters about a value which she stands by to this day--that in order to achieve what you want most, you'll have to give up what you want now.
She has also recounted in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live of a time she got severely injured in a fight and still won. It was a judo match, and her opponent had dislocated her shoulder twice. She popped her shoulder back in its place herself, and with 20 seconds left to spare, she came up on top--winning the fight.
There are some girls who just sit around looking pretty while waiting for someone else to take care of her. Rousey is not one of these girls. Again, she thanks her mother for raising her to be who she is now, she is empowered and she is confident in her own body and abilities. People have said to her that her body is too masculine, but she thinks that her body is "femininely badass," and that "there isn't a single muscle in my body that isn't developed for a purpose." Her drive and her confidence has made her an influential role model for today's youth.
4. She isn't afraid to speak her mind.
During this year's ESPY Awards, Rousey famously dissed boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who previously owned the title of Best Fighter. In a red carpet interview after her win, she said, "I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.” The first part of the quote was a shot at Mayweather's history of domestic abuse and the second part was in reference to Mayweather dissing her a year previous when he was asked about Rousey and he said that he didn't even know who he--yes, he, not she--was.
Aside from the Mayweather debacle, she's known for trash-talking her opponents, and because of that, she gets some flak for being too cocky. Her response? "How dare you assume I should think less of myself?" Her confidence is so unstoppable, it's inspiring.
She's not an "all bark, no bite" kind of person at all. Yes, she talks trash, but she actually follows through. Dana White, UFC President, once publicly said that a woman would never fight in his league. After hearing this, she confronted him at an event and proclaimed that she would be the first female UFC Champion. And because of her tenacity and skill, she was.
6. She can do more than just fighting.
This year, she published her autobiography My Fight/Your Fight which has inspired readers everywhere. In addition to that, she was cast as herself in a biopic based on the same book. She has also done some appearances in films like The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, and she has scored a lead role in a reboot of Road House.
People assume that because of her profession and consequently her reputation, Rousey is fearless. But she dismissed that claim, saying that she is always afraid, and she wasn't afraid to admit that. But, it's her fear that gives her courage. She profoundly said that, "I'm a courageous person because I'm a scared person." She also has a mantra taught to her by her mother that she takes with her to the ring during fights, which is, "No one has the right to beat you, regardless of who they are."