Saturday, August 13, 2011

HOT PICS: Ronda Rousey - Olympic Bronze Medalist Judoka Turned MMA Star

More Pictures After the Break

In 2008, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey became the first American woman to ever win an Olympic medal in judo. In 2011, the judoka is taking her first steps towards what will eventually become her complete and utter domination of women's mixed martial arts.

Ronda Rousey has expressed a desire to become the new face of WMMA. Along with her engaging and spirited personality, Rousey has more than enough pure athletic talent, an incredibly high fight IQ, and the proven determination that is needed to achieve that goal. Never mind the fact that she's drop dead gorgeous.

Rousey made her MMA debut at King of the Cage: Turning Point in March 2011, with a 25-second armbar submission victory over a very solid talent in Ediane "India" Gomes. Rousey followed up her debut success with a 49-second armbar submission win over Charmaine Tweet at School of Hard Knocks 12 in June 2011.

Ronda Rousey is quickly becoming the Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana of WMMA, now with yet another 25-second armbar submission victory at Strikeforce Challengers 18.

Unfortunately, Ronda Rousey’s big stage debut was somewhat mired in controversy, as even though Rousey had Sarah D'Alelio dead to rights in an armbar, referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight before D'Alelio had actually submitted, and D'Alelio immediately protested.

Hopefully, Strikeforce will get the dangerous beauty back in the cage very soon, so she can get a proper victory.

In the meantime, here are a few pics from Ronda Rousey's official Facebook page. You can also follow @RondaRousey on Twitter and visit her official website at

2013 UPDATE: We've added more pics to this post (which has become one of our all-time most viewed) in celebration of Ronda Rousey's ascension to UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion!