Ronda Rousey (6-0) has gotten a taste of being an Olympian and MMA fighter. Of the two, she seems to clearly favor being a MMA fighter as it leaves her more freedom for future adventures.
“You spend your whole life trying to get this medal and you don’t do it to make money, you do it for your country, for your pride, for your family and there’s nothing set in place for what happens afterwards,” said Rousey to MMA Fighting.
Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was the youngest competitor there. She returned for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the bronze medal in women’s judo. She was the first American to win a medal in that sport since it was introduced in 1992.
After the Olympics ended, Rousey said that there was no college scholarship or job placement available. She was left with $100,000 in bills from training and given $10,000 for winning the bronze medal.
Ultimately, Rousey went the MMA route which has served her well. The recently crowned first ever UFC bantamweight champion remains undefeated, where she has finished all nine of her fights within the first round via armbar submission.
Rousey will make her first UFC bantamweight title defense against Liz Carmouche (7-2) at UFC 157 on February 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.