21 Badass Facts About Female UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

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Beautiful, smart, and a versatile athlete, Ronda Rousey has it all. Here are some interesting facts that you may have not heard about the champion mixed martial artist who has become one of the most prominent figures in Hollywood.

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1. Childhood

Rousey had a slight learning disability when she was young due to an umbilical cord winding around her neck during childbirth. She learned her first words by six years old and had a specialist practice extreme speech therapy with her.

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2. Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit model

Athletes don’t often find themselves in the pages of Sports Illustrated, but Rousey did just that in 2015.

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3. UFC’s first female fighter

By November 2012, Rousey made history by becoming the first female fighter to ever sign a contract with UFC. Not only did she pave way for aspiring female athletes to break out in a male-dominated industry, but she also managed to snag the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt.

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4. Ronda Rousey owns the octagon

This may be debatable as Rousey lost to fellow MMA fighter Holly Holm, but that doesn’t stop her from being an unstoppable force in the sport.

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5. Rousey’s thoughts on suicide

Rousey lost her undefeated streak to Holm’s last November 2015, not long after she went into depression and contemplated suicide, admitting this in an interview with host Ellen DeGeneres.

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