Not only was there no fighter with a more impactful 2012 in MMA, you could argue that no athlete made more of a rise than Rousey in all of professional sports last year.
Rousey put herself on the map in 2011 by winning her first four professional bouts via armbar. In 2012 she armbared the entire map. Rousey took out the top two fighters in her division in the first round of each fight with the finishing move that everyone, including Miesha and Sarah, knew was coming. The thing is, they just couldn’t stop it.
2012 also saw Rousey gracing more magazine covers than any other mixed martial artist, putting the final nail in the coffin of Strikeforce when she signed with the UFC, breaking girls arms and refusing to apologize for it, and most importantly earning a record four, count ’em, four hov-mma year-end awards. In our short four year history Rousey passes Anderson Silva as a five-time HOV-MMA award winner to Silva’s four. The Korean Zombie follows close behind.
So what does the future hold for the 1st Lady of the UFC? She’ll make the 2nd defense of her title as a pay-per-view headliner for the promotions 157th numbered event. Beyond that, no one knows. One thing is for sure though, these days we no longer have to remind you to keep an eye on Ronda, you already know.
Final Poll Results:
B. Henderson 16 %
Jones 8 %
CWFC3 years ago
Fighters the UFC do not want to overlook from the UK and Ireland
Box2 years ago
Post-Fight Press Conference: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
MMA3 years ago
Michael Bisping announces his retirement from MMA
Bellator2 years ago
Bellator 206 ‘Mousasi vs. MacDonald’ weigh-in video + results
NJPW3 years ago
Looking At The Career of Vader
MMA2 years ago
Watch: UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference (Live Stream)
Box3 years ago
Video: KSI vs Logan Paul Beating Mayweather-McGregor In Numbers So Far
BKFC2 years ago
Bare Knuckle FC 2 ‘A New Era’ fight card, live stream for ‘Rawlings vs. Hart’