Ronda Rousey continues to be one of the most popular figures in sports and she earned a special recognition when Business Insider unveiled their list of the top 50 women who are changing the world. Rousey came in on the list at No. 42, ahead of figures like Margaret Thatcher and Sara Blakely.
It just goes to show the worldwide impact Rousey is having, not only in mixed martial arts, but in the entire sports landscape.
Thanks to martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, women now fight in the UFC.
The trash-talking Olympian qualified for the Athens games when she was only 17, and was the youngest judo competitor enlisted. In 2006, she became the first U.S. female athlete in nearly 10 years to win an A-Level tournament when she took home the gold metal at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain.
She also graced the cover of ESPN’s body issue last year.
It is a major accomplishment for a woman who began as an Olympic athlete and eventually persuaded UFC president Dana White to allow women to compete in the UFC. She has shown that she is up to every challenge you put in front of her and there is no reason to believe Rousey is going away any time soon.
Rousey is still only 26-years-old and has a lot of competition left. If she can continue her dominance in the sport, she could go down as the greatest female sports figure to ever grace the planet.