ronda-rouseyThis past Saturday Ronda Rousey was named one of the three cover athletes for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This was the first time there has been multiple covers for the issue andone of which feature the MMA fighter and champion Ronda Rousey.

The Riverside, California native, Ronda Rousey was raised by AnnMarie De Mars and Ron Rousey. Her mother, AnnMarie De Mars, had a well decorated Judo career and was the first American to win a World Judo Championship. Rousey began her Judo career at the age of 11 and accidently broke her mother’s wrist at the age of 13. At 17, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece becoming the youngest Judo participant at the games. Rousey ended her Judo career at the age of 21 and started her MMA career at the age of 22. In 2010, Rousey made her MMA debut with a victory over Hayden Munoz with an arm bar in just 23 seconds. Rousey then made her professional MMA debut in 2011 at the King of the Cage: Turning Point event. She once again beat her opponent in a short 25 seconds and what has become a staple of her MMA career. When Rousey was competing in the Strike Force division, Rousey fought in the 145 lb division due to the difficulty she had finding opponents in her own weight class. Over Rousey’s five year fighting career, Rousey has won 11 of them in the first round and nine of them by arm bar. According to UFC, Rousey is ranked the number one female bantamweight fighter in the world and was voted the best female athlete ever by an ESPN pole.

This past Saturday, Ronda Rousey was named one of the three cover athletes for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The issue is always much awaited and will once again fly off of shelves. This year the issue will feature much more body paint than in previous years, such as the cover with Rousey feature on it.

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