Ronda Rousey – UFC’s First Female Headliner

Last Saturday, February 23, 2013 the Ultimate Fighting Championship changed forever. It held its first Women’s UFC fight with a woman as the headliner. We first brought you the story of Ronda Rousey in our A Woman’s World report in December. A long-time MMA fighter and the youngest judo competitor in the 2004 Olympic games, Rousey also competed in 2008 in Beijing. She was the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo since it was added to the Olympics in 1992.

On Saturday, Rousey became the UFC Female Bantamweight Champion. Not only was this fight historical because of the headliner, but it also had an incredible viewing audience. The live event at the Honda Center sold out with a crowd of 15,525 people. It also was assessed as 40% better than the UFC fight on Super Bowl weekend with Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar.

Rousey won the fight with ease, with her signature first-round armbar against Liz Carmouche. This puts her with a 7-0 record, with seven first-round armbars.

Photo via Yahoo! Sports

Photo via ESPN.com

Photo via ESPN.com 

Photo via ESPN.com

Photo Credit : Dave Mandel

We are excited about what this means for the sport, as well as women participating in it. Who knows what’s to come next?! Congratulations again to Ronda Rousey, get it girl!

-Erin Mintun

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