Ronda Rousey
American mixed martial artist and judoka
Ronda Rousey
Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and former judoka who is preparing to debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has finished all of her opponents by armbar in the first round. Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
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Germaine de Randamie beats Holly Holm for UFC featherweight title
ABC News - 9 days
NEW YORK -- Germaine de Randamie is the first UFC female featherweight champion. And Holly Holm is 0-3 since her stunning knockout of Ronda Rousey. De Randamie (7-3) bested Holm via unanimous decision at UFC 208 on Saturday inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. All three judges scored the bout, which was the first 145-pound championship fight in UFC history, 48-47 in favor of de Randamie. Heading into the weekend, de Randamie had just three career wins in the UFC against opponents with a combined UFC record of 0-6. Prior to the fight, she acknowledged this as the biggest opportunity of her career, and she was able to take full advantage of it. "It was a close fight," de Randamie said. "In the third round, she caught me with a head kick. But I came to fight. She didn't come to fight. I like to fight." Holm (10-3) has struggled greatly since knocking out Rousey in stunning fashion in late 2015. A former.. ...
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UFC Continues Search for a Clear-Cut Successor to Ronda Rousey
Wall Street Journal - 9 days
The UFC has its first champion of the newly formed featherweight division following Germaine de Randamie’s unanimous decision victory over Holly Holm.
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Midnight Mania! Dana White says Ronda Rousey just doesn't have it anymore - 'It's a young women's sport' - MMAmania.com
Google News - 20 days
MMAmania.com Midnight Mania! Dana White says Ronda Rousey just doesn't have it anymore - 'It's a young women's sport' MMAmania.com Bringing you the weird and the wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight ... by Andrew Pearson Feb 1, 2017, 12:00am EST. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports. Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we have Dana White ... Amanda Nunes issues apology to Ronda RouseyMMA Fighting Amanda Nunes apologizes to Ronda Rousey for disrespecting her after UFC 207Washington Post Amanda Nunes offers apology to Ronda Rousey for post-fight UFC 207 commentsMMAjunkie.com Yahoo Sports -Las Vegas Review-Journal -Larry Brown Sports -The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship all 132 news articles »
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UFC President Dana White on Ronda Rousey's future as a fighter: 'I think she's probably done'
LATimes - 21 days
Not much has been heard from former UFC champion Ronda Rousey since she lost to Amanda Nunes in December. But UFC President Dana White has talked to her recently, and he said Tuesday that the star fighter is in good spirits after her second straight loss following a 12-0 start to her MMA career. ...
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Ronda Rousey Lets J.K. Rowling Do The Talking For Her
Huffington Post - about 1 month
There’s still fight left in Ronda Rousey apparently. The former UFC bantamweight women’s champion quoted “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling on Monday to reaffirm her determination after a recent loss. Rousey’s 48-second defeat to Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30 marked her second straight setback since she won 12 fights in a row. So perhaps she could use some inspiration. “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life,” she posted on Instagram, borrowing words that Rowling told a Harvard graduation class in 2008. The author was recalling a time when she was jobless and a short marriage had “imploded.” A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:37pm PST But Rousey’s plans remain unclear. The fighter has mostly avoided press since last month’s bout but did tell ESPN in a statement, “I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.” -- This fe ...
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Just Because My Body Looks Healthy Doesn’t Mean My Eating Disorder Isn’t Real
Huffington Post - about 2 months
This post originally appeared on Bustle. By Ray Gallagher I have strong, broad shoulders and ropy back muscles. On my better days, I imagine that I have the arms of Michelle Obama and the abs of Ronda Rousey. I have the thick, defined quads and calves of someone who has been playing sports for over two decades. By most accounts, I adhere to conventional Western beauty standards. I am petite and trim. Since the dawn of the fitspo, athletic bodies are more “in” than ever, and I align with this idealized version of the female form. By all outward appearances, I am the Instagram-ready depiction of feminine health. I may look #swoleselfie ready, but what most people don’t know is that I actually suffer from an eating disorder. The truth is, eating disorders, like pretty much all mental illnesses, are notoriously difficult to diagnose. With overlapping symptoms, individual differences among patients, and subjective diagnostic criteria, it can be difficult for even seasoned therapi ...
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Just Because My Body Looks Healthy Doesn’t Mean My Eating Disorder Isn’t Real
Huffington Post - about 2 months
This post originally appeared on Bustle. By Ray Gallagher I have strong, broad shoulders and ropy back muscles. On my better days, I imagine that I have the arms of Michelle Obama and the abs of Ronda Rousey. I have the thick, defined quads and calves of someone who has been playing sports for over two decades. By most accounts, I adhere to conventional Western beauty standards. I am petite and trim. Since the dawn of the fitspo, athletic bodies are more “in” than ever, and I align with this idealized version of the female form. By all outward appearances, I am the Instagram-ready depiction of feminine health. I may look #swoleselfie ready, but what most people don’t know is that I actually suffer from an eating disorder. The truth is, eating disorders, like pretty much all mental illnesses, are notoriously difficult to diagnose. With overlapping symptoms, individual differences among patients, and subjective diagnostic criteria, it can be difficult for even seasoned therapi ...
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Ronda Rousey thanks fans, says she'll take time to decide next move
ABC News - about 2 months
A day after losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Ronda Rousey said she will "need to take some time to reflect and think about the future." "I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me," Rousey said in a statement provided to ESPN. "Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes -- even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly -- it doesn't work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women's division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. "I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding." The fight against Nunes...
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While Ronda Rousey shrank in defeat, Dominick Cruz shined
LATimes - about 2 months
The harshness of Ronda Rousey’s 48-second technical-knockout loss to Amanda Nunes was amplified Friday night by the contrast in grace and sportsmanship that fallen UFC champion Dominick Cruz showed in his defeat. “Loss is part of life,” Cruz said, opening a post-fight news conference that followed...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ronda Rousey
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    As of March 2016, Rousey is ranked the #2 female bantamweight fighter in the world according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and #3 by Sherdog.
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    In February 2016, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Rousey admitted the thought of committing suicide went through her mind in the aftermath of her knockout loss to Holly Holm in November 2015.
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    Rousey endorsed Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in the 2016 United States presidential election.
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    Rousey hosted the January 23, 2016 episode of the late night variety show Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Selena Gomez.
    More Details Hide Details 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 at Warner Bros., the Peter Berg-directed action film Mile 22, and a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze action drama Road House. Road House will mark her biggest acting job to date. According to Variety, Rousey reached out to Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing, which Niemi gave. Rousey was a vegan after Beijing 2008, but in 2012 described her current diet as "kind of a mix between a Paleo and a Warrior diet", trying to eat everything organic. Rousey has discussed how she dealt with body image in the past and her struggle with it. She explained, "When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me 'Miss Man'. It wasn't until I got older that I realized: these people are idiots. I'm fabulous."
    In February 2016 she appeared in body paint as one of three cover athletes on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey has had a range of commercial partnerships, including mobile network operator MetroPCS, insurance agency Insureon, Reebok, and Carl's Jr.
    Rousey was on the cover of the January 2016 issue for The Ring magazine.
    More Details Hide Details She became the first mixed martial artist to ever appear on the cover of the boxing magazine and the second woman as well, after Cathy Davis in 1978.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In October 2015, Rousey became the first female athlete to guest host ESPN's SportsCenter.
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    In 2015, Rousey became the first woman featured on the cover of Australian Men's Fitness, appearing on their November edition.
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    In 2015, she appeared in the film Furious 7, and played herself in the film Entourage.
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    She was medically cleared on December 9, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey has challenged the notion of MMA being anti-woman. She argued, "There are so many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman. Fighting is not a man's thing, it is a human thing. To say that it is anti-woman is an anti-feminist statement." Some journalists have characterized Rousey as a feminist, while others have described her as "antifeminist". Rousey is a professional wrestling fan. Her nickname was taken from professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, whom she asked for permission. She, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have dubbed themselves "The Four Horsewomen," a play on The Four Horsemen professional wrestling stable, with the blessing of leader Ric Flair and enforcer Arn Anderson. The Four Horsewomen were acknowledged on camera and commentary as such, in the front row at WWE's SummerSlam in August 2014. They also went backstage for that event, meeting Paul Heyman, among others. Rousey was interviewed by WWE.com that night; when asked if she, like Brock Lesnar, would cross over to wrestling, she replied "You never know."
    She was also medically suspended by UFC on November 18, 2015, which included a no-contact suspension for 45-days, and no fights for 60-days, and will depend on CT scan results to have her suspension reduced.
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    In her seventh title defense, Rousey faced Holly Holm in the main event at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being a heavy betting favorite, Rousey was unable to get Holm to the ground and had no answer for Holm's superior striking. Early in the second round, Holm knocked Rousey out with a high kick to the neck, ending Rousey's three-year reign as champion. It was also her first loss. After the fight, Rousey and Holm were each awarded a Fight of the Night bonus of $50,000.
    In September 2015, voters in an online ESPN poll selected Rousey as the Best Female Athlete Ever.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, she claimed to be the UFC's highest paid fighter, male or female. 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 AnnMaria De Mars (née Waddell) 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; her maternal great-grandfather was Dr. Alfred E Waddell, a Trinidadian native who emigrated to Canada and became one of the first black physicians in North America. Her other roots are English and Polish. Her stepfather is an aerospace engineer.
    Rousey once dated fellow UFC fighter Brendan Schaub. In August 2015, Rousey was rumored to be in a relationship with another UFC fighter Travis Browne, who knocked out Schaub in a bout the previous year, after a picture of the two together appeared on Twitter and Browne's estranged wife Jenna Renee Webb accused the two of seeing one another.
    More Details Hide Details Browne was at the time still married and under investigation by the UFC after Webb publicly accused him of domestic violence back in July. Browne confirmed he and Rousey were together in October 2015. The next day, Rousey announced publicly that she was dating Browne. In her autobiography, My Fight, Your Fight, Rousey revealed she assaulted an ex-boyfriend she dubbed "Snappers McCreepy", two weeks before her first fight with Miesha Tate, after Rousey discovered that he had taken nude photos of her without her consent or knowledge. Rousey wrote, "I slapped him across the face so hard my hand hurt." The ex-boyfriend didn't respond physically, but he blocked the door and refused to move when Rousey tried to leave. Rousey goes on to write that the ex-boyfriend jumped in her car and, when he wouldn’t get out, she proceeded to assault him further. Although Rousey deleted the photos and erased his hard drive, fear that the pictures may still be out there influenced her to pose for ESPN's Body Issue, so that nude pictures of her would be seen on her own terms.
    Rousey fought Bethe Correia on August 1, 2015 in Brazil, at UFC 190, winning the bout by knockout 34 seconds into the first round.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey dedicated the match to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who died the day before, commenting that Piper was one of her inspirations and had endorsed her use of his nickname. The completion of this bout marked Rousey's sixth official with the UFC, all of which had been victories. She spent 1077 seconds in the octagon to attain all six and accumulated $1,080,000 in prize money; this equated to nearly $1002.79 for every second spent fighting. Her average time of 2 minutes and 59 seconds was less than the average time of a single match in every UFC weight class, the fastest of which was the Heavyweight division with a time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    On April 11, 2014 it was announced that Rousey would defend the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Alexis Davis in the co-main event at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She won the fight via knockout just 16 seconds into the first round. Rousey broke her thumb during the fight. The emphatic win also earned Rousey her second Performance of the Night bonus award. A match between Rousey and Cat Zingano was scheduled to take place at UFC 182 for the women's bantamweight title. However, the fight was moved to February 28, 2015 at UFC 184. Rousey defeated Zingano with an armbar in 14 seconds, the shortest match in UFC championship history.
    In 2014, Rousey was named one of espnW's Impact 25.
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    It was announced at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference that Rousey would defend the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against fellow Olympic medalist and undefeated fighter, Sara McMann in the main event at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey won the fight by TKO after knocking down McMann with a knee to the body. This marked Rousey's first career win via a method other than armbar. The stoppage led to controversy, with some sports writers and attendants finding it premature.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Rousey faced Miesha Tate, in a rematch from Strikeforce, at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details After going past the first two rounds, with Tate surviving an armbar attempt and a triangle attempt, Rousey finally submitted Tate via armbar in the third round to retain her Bantamweight Championship. In an interview with Los Angeles Daily News, Rousey said she had lost muscle during her film commitments and not been able to regain her full strength for the Tate fight.
    Rousey defended her title against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being caught in an early standing neck crank attempt from Carmouche, Rousey got out of it and successfully defended her Bantamweight Championship title, winning the fight at 4:49 into the first round by submission due to an armbar. Liz Carmouche dislocated Ronda Rousey's jaw during the fight. After Cat Zingano defeated Miesha Tate at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale, Dana White announced that Zingano would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey. On May 28, it was announced that Zingano would not be a coach and opponent for Rousey after Zingano suffered a knee injury earlier that same month which would require surgery; therefore, Miesha Tate instead would coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    In November 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC.
    More Details Hide Details UFC President Dana White officially announced at the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference that Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Rousey originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, "Rowdy", feeling it would be disrespectful to professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. After meeting Piper (circa 2012 or 2013) through Gene LeBell, who helped train both of them, Piper personally gave his approval.
    Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey said that she would throw Kaufman's arm at her corner after ripping it off with an armbar, and threatened to choke or pound Kaufman's face to death. During the fight, Rousey would quickly take down Kaufman and submit her with an armbar in just 54 seconds to retain the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship. After the fight, Rousey announced that if former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos wanted to fight her, it would have to take place at bantamweight.
    Rousey appeared in All Access: Ronda Rousey on Showtime. The half-hour special debuted on August 8, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details UFC President Dana White revealed during the program that "In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey." The second installment of the special aired on August 15, 2012. Rousey also appeared on Conan.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    Rousey faced Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20 on November 18, 2011 in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round, dislocating Budd's elbow in the process. Following the fight, she announced plans to move down to 135 pounds to challenge Miesha Tate, the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion at the time, with whom she had developed a much-publicized rivalry. During his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast 690, Rousey's trainer Edmund Tarverdyan said that Rousey started her MMA career in the 145lb division because she had to be able to make weight at short notice, due to the difficulty of finding willing opponents. She defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar in the first round, again dislocating her opponent's elbow, to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
    Rousey was scheduled to make her Strikeforce debut against Sarah D'Alelio on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details The fight was pushed back and eventually took place on the Strikeforce Challengers 18 main card on August 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rousey defeated D'Alelio by technical submission due to an armbar early in the first round. The victory was controversial. Rousey claimed that D'Alelio yelled "tap" more than once and that D'Alelio denied this and claimed to have yelled "AAAAHHH". According to Rousey, either one of these utterances would still be a verbal submission.
    Rousey faced kickboxing champion Charmaine Tweet in an MMA bout at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks 12 on June 17, 2011 in Calgary, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details She submitted Tweet with an armbar in 49 seconds.
    Rousey made her professional mixed martial arts debut on March 27, 2011 at King of the Cage: Turning Point.
    More Details Hide Details She submitted Ediane Gomes with an armbar in 25 seconds.
    Rousey faced Taylor Stratford in the Tuff-N-Uff tournament semi-finals on January 7, 2011 and won by technical submission due to an armbar in 24 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details She then announced plans to turn pro and was replaced in the tournament. Rousey has a perfect 3-0 record in amateur MMA competition, and the combined duration of all her amateur fights is under 2 minutes.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    She entered the quarterfinals of the Tuff-N-Uff 145 lbs women's tournament on November 12, 2010 and submitted promotional veteran Autumn Richardson with an armbar in 57 seconds.
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    Rousey made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur on August 6, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Hayden Munoz by submission due to an armbar in 23 seconds.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    After the 2008 Olympics the following year, she decided to start MMA through Team Hayastan.
    More Details Hide Details Rousey also trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, which she was introduced to through Gamburyan and other Hayastan teammates. She started training under her current coach Edmond Tarverdyan at GFC. Tarverdyan is a former WBC Muay Thai National Champion. She trained in Jiu Jitsu at Dynamix MMA with Henry Akins from 2011 to 2014 and has since trained with Ryron Graice and Rener Gracie of Gracie Academy, as well as BJ Penn of Art of Jiu Jitsu.
    In August 2008, Rousey competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
    More Details Hide Details She lost her quarterfinal to the Dutch ex-world champion Edith Bosch but qualified for a Bronze medal match through the repechage bracket. Rousey defeated Annett Boehm by Yuko to win a bronze medal (note: Judo offers two bronze medals per weight class). With the victory, Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's judo since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 20
    She won the silver medal at the 2007 World Judo Championships in the middleweight division and the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.
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    In February 2007, Rousey moved up to 70 kg where she ranked as one of the top three women in the world.
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  • 2006
    Age 19
    In April 2006, she became the first female U.S. judoka in nearly 10 years to win an A-Level tournament as she went 5-0 to claim gold at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, the 19-year-old won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete ever to win two Junior World medals.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    Back in 2004, her teammates thought Rousey "would kill these girls" in MMA, but also thought she was "too pretty to get hit in the face" and should keep doing judo.
    More Details Hide Details While Gamburyan and Parisyan went into MMA, Rousey stuck with judo but remained in touch with MMA through them. The first MMA fight she took an interest in watching was Manny Gamburyan versus Nate Diaz in The Ultimate Fighter finale. Rousey stated she never got as excited watching judo or any other sport.
    Also in 2004, Rousey won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
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    At 17, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 8
    Her biological father, having broken his back sledding with his daughters and having learned that he would be a paraplegic, committed suicide in 1995, when Rousey was eight years old.
    More Details Hide Details AnnMaria pursued her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of California, Riverside as her daughters grew up. 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, to obtain intensive speech therapy with specialists at Minot State University. Rousey dropped out of high school and later earned a G.E.D. She was raised in Southern California and Jamestown, North Dakota, retiring from her judo career at 21 and starting her MMA career at 22 when she realized that she did not want to spend her life in a conventional field of work.
  • 1987
    Age 0
    Born on February 1, 1987.
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