Ronda Rousey’s Drive: To Win Gold In UFC, WWE, Boxing And Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Ronda Rousey’s Drive: To Win Gold In UFC, WWE, Boxing And Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
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Ronda Rousey, UFC bantamweight champion, has very little left to prove in the realm of mixed martial arts. Besides knocking out opponents within the blink of an eye, Rowdy has out-drawn top heavyweight male counterparts and emerged the most must-see prizefighter in the world.


In some ways, she has reached the apex of the sport and it’s a lonely place at the top. Perhaps there’s a lack of competition. Or maybe Rousey is just that darn good.

Rousey won a bronze medal in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will most likely end up retiring with the UFC bantamweight championship (no disrespect to her future challengers including Holly Holm who challenges Rousey on November 15). But Rousey’s pursuit for greatness doesn’t end there. She recently revealed her intentions to win gold in Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and WWE. “What I’d really like to do — and I don’t know if I’ll have the time and I just want to do so many things, but — I want to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time at any sport,” Rousey said during the UFC 193 media day in Los Angeles last week.

WWE fans have a chance to see Rousey compete in the sports entertainment arena. “What I would love to do: I got an Olympic medal, I would want to retire from MMA as one of the greatest of all time, I would love to have the chance to be the boxing world champion, and I would love to have the chance to be a jiu-jitsu world champion. I’d love to have the chance to be the Divas world champion and just be the best of everything at one point,” revealed the phenomenal fighter.

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What’s more? She intends to hold all these titles together. How exactly is that possible? “How that is possible to do, I’m going to have to figure that out, but I am trying to figure that out. I think if anybody’s capable, I think that I am,” Rousey pepped herself up. “I think it’s just a matter of prioritizing and timing and figuring out when I can do which … I’m figuring it out. I’d love to, but it’s a process.”

‘Willing to die’ to win in UFC debut

It’s nearly impossible to skim through each of Rousey’s 12 fights and find moments where she has been pushed to the limit. But the closest she came to the edge was in her UFC debut against Liz Carmouche in 2013. Rousey revealed that she “was willing to die” during that fight, her breakout moment. “I dislocated my jaw, broke my sinuses, was coughing,” she said while recalling her debut fight. “When her (Carmouche’s) hand went across my jaw, my mouth was ripped open. That’s the only fight I got a bruise in.”

The intense pain was especially troubling for Rousey because her years of work in judo. “The worse-case scenario is you break your neck, and my neck was past the place where it shouldn’t have gone.”

“It was in that moment I realized I was willing to die to win this fight. I was willing to be a quadriplegic to win that fight. It was that important to me. I didn’t care. The thought of giving up never happened. You have to want it more than the other person.”

UFC 193 followed by movie with Mark Wahlberg

After seven straight title defenses, Rousey defends her title against Holly Holm, the former boxer, at UFC 193 in Australia. Rousey will once again headline the UFC PPV on November 15. Though Holm is not to be taken lightly, oddsmakers have pegged her as a 12:1 underdog.

If Rousey can knockout Holm, her wishes of entering the boxing world will be seriously entertained.

After the bout, Rousey will shoot a movie with Mark Wahlberg in the first quarter of 2016. Rousey, who played a cameo in “Entourage: The Movie,” also has a leading role in the upcoming “Road House” remake as well as bringing her autobiography “My Fight/Your Fight” to the silver screen in the near future.


  • jeff_albertson

    The funniest part is the sport she came from judo is the one that has the strongest competition by far and she never won gold. Lets be clear, that bronze in 2008 she shared with the dutch girl was nice but the Edith the dutch girl was a legend for over a decade in her sport, you cant even compare both their career accomplishments. The 2nd best was the french girl who Rousey never met and of course there was the japanese girl who was the UNDISPUTED champ in that category that whole decade with a couple of Olympic golds and a couple of world Golds (she didnt do silver or bronze).
    Rousey was in and out of judo in two senior years.
    Maybe she could have been the champion but she wasnt.

    I saw Holly Holm fight at invicta and that was just sad if she was a world champion of any kind. She started boxing after college and by then Rousey was a grizzled veteran of junior and junior worlds competition. While Rhonda spent her youth at Dairy Queen and learning how to develop techniqque but especially mindset to become a competitor, Holm was doing jazzercice. Most top 15-16yr old judoka girls are already fearless fighters everywhere on the planet. Thats a head start most other female fighters dont have.

    This fight will be as sad the ones from women like Correa no one heard before or that awful canadian Alexa something… The only fight fans want to see is the Cyborg one. But one look at her and you see why the UFC doesnt want to risk the chance. Looks MATTER in WMMA. Dont pretend they dont. A Cyborg win would kill all the publicity UFC is benefitting from a champion going through scrubs.
    Which is why we get garbage like wanting to win gold in WWE articles. There is nothing of interest but to wait for another slaughter.
    This is no different than watching womens soccer 20yrs ago or worse watching womens hockey, where only 2-3 countries have players and programmes and the few others than do play are just awful.