The UFC just revealed they would be inducting Ronda Rousey into the Hall of Fame next month as an acknowledgment of her contributions to the industry as a whole, especially, in relation to the establishment of the women’s division. The organization revealed the news on Saturday during the UFC 225 in Chicago.
According to multiple reports, the UFC will honor Ronda during a ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort. Ronda, who just began a career working in the WWE, kicked off her super successful career in 2013 and went on to achieve a record of 12-2.
Moreover, Ronda won an Olympic bronze medal for her performance during the Judo competition. In a report from the Los Angeles Times, the outlet claims that Ronda currently holds records for four of the five fastest finishes in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division.
Unfortunately, Ronda finished off her career in the UFC with two back-to-back losses and knockouts at that. However, according to Dana White, without Ronda Rousey, there would be no women in the UFC.
— UFC (@ufc) June 10, 2018
White explained that Ronda helped him look at women in the UFC differently, and because of her, women are now in the Octogan. Rousey said in a statement that it was an immense honor to receive recognition for her contribution to the sport.
As it was mentioned at the beginning of the article, the WWE gave her a full-time deal and she made her first appearence at the Wrestlemania 34 where she fought against Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H.
Ironically, in the past, feminists groups and journalists have accused Ronda as participating in a sport that is “anti-woman.” However, Rousey has challenged that notion repeatedly.
She said, “fighting is not a man’s thing, it’s a human thing.” The UFC winner explained that the sentiment expressed by some journalists and her critics are “ridiculous.”