Ronda Rousey is joining the UFC Hall of Fame this year. She will join the Hall of Fame’s Modern Wing in a ceremony on July 5 in Las Vegas. Only three other fighters are members of the distinguished Modern Wing.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” said UFC President Dana White in a UFC news release. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process.”
Rousey holds a 12 win 2 loss record in five years of fighting professionally in mixed martial arts. Of those, she won 11 matches in the first round. Her MMA career spans both Strikeforce and the UFC, according to the UFC.
Rousey was the first female fighter signed to the UFC and the first UFC women’s champion. She holds the record for most consecutive title defense matches for a female fighter—six, according to the UFC.
Her losses came consecutively to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes at the end of her UFC career. Her legacy laid the foundation for UFC’s women’s divisions and paved the way for women in the MMA world.
Rousey started her career at age 11, following after her mother and training in judo. She became a highly decorated judo competitor before her MMA career. Currently, she continues to develop as a movie actor as well as performing as a competitor in World Wrestling Entertainment promotions, UFC reported.