Ronda Rousey has now retired from the sport and has moved on with her career, but there is no doubt the 31 year old played a key role in the development of the UFC into what it is today. Both she and Conor McGregor were the leading lights of the sport, helping the rise of the organisation and McGregor returns at the forthcoming UFC 229. McGregor is still active and is facing off against the unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, with the latest McGregor Khabib odds making the Russian the slight favourite at 4/7.
Rousey provided two years of dominance between 2013 and 2015 that included six victories in the UFC. In this period she was awarded four Performances of the Night, two Fights of the Night and a Submission of the Night. Here we list three of the key UFC records set by Ronda Rousey.
Fastest submission in a title fight
In the period of her domination Rousey posted the fastest submission ever in a title fight at UFC 184. It took her longer to walk to the Octagon than the fight itself as she took on top contender, Cat Zingano. This resulted in an armbar victory with the fight lasting just 14 seconds. This set the record for the fastest submission in UFC history and also tied the all-time fastest submission win in the promotion’s history. This was an extremely impressive performance from Rousey.
(Rousey celebrates following her UFC 184 victory over Cat Zingano)
Most UFC title defences by a woman
During her dominant reign, Rousey set the record for the most UFC title defences by a woman. With six, this record is likely to stand for some time. Joanna Jendrzejczyk was a dominant force and reached five defences and looked set to equal Rousey’s record before her defeat to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rousey’s final victory came at UFC 190 where she received Performance of the Night award in defeating Bethe Correia via a first round knockout. Her reign would then end the following fight as she was devastatingly knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193. This fight would shock the MMA world as Rousey had looked virtually unbeatable.
First woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame
As of July 5th this year, Rousey became the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. It was announced that the former UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion would be inducted into the ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2018. The ceremony took place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas.
Rousey is a major reason why women are competing in the UFC, which was backed up by UFC President Dana White. He stated that “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, to look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with the 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. Therefore we are proud to announce Ronda as the first women to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame”.