It seemed like each time Ronda Rousey stepped inside the Octagon, she was making history.
Now, the former UFC female bantamweight champion will do the same outside the cage.
The UFC announced Saturday that Rousey will become the first-ever female fighter enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame this July. The ceremony takes place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas and airs live on UFC Fight Pass.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC president Dana White said. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Rousey will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015) and Urijah Faber (2017) as the only members of this distinguished category. Rousey also joins Faber as only the second athlete to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame from the bantamweight division. The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35 or who have been retired for one year or more.
“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”
Rousey made her debut on February 23, 2013 vs. Liz Carmouche and would go on to complete her career with a 12-2 record. She bested the likes of Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Alexis Davis and Sara McMann, tying Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce/WEC record with seven armbar submission wins.
Along with helping put female MMA on the map, Rousey transitioned herself into a movie star, appearing in “Entourage,” “The Expendables 3” and “Furious 7,” along with the upcoming film “Mile 22” alongside Mark Wahlberg.
The hall of fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 5 from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort beginning at 7 p.m. PT.