Ronda Rousey Will Be The First Woman Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame
Ronda Rousey may have switched sports, but her legacy in the UFC cannot be denied. Rousey will make history as the first woman selected to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, the UFC announced this weekend.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “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. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Rousey, who is now signed to the WWE, says she hopes to be the “first of many” women who are inducted.
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey told the league.
During her five-year career, the 31-year-old became the UFC’s first-ever women’s champion and had six consecutive successful title defenses, the most of any female champion in UFC history. She also has four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women’s bantamweight history. In 2015, the California native became the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY award for “Best Fighter.”
Rousey will be inducted in a ceremony on July 5th, 2018 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and will be streatmed live on UFC Stream Fight Pass at 7:00 PM PST.