“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is no ordinary woman.
In fact, Rousey is the hottest fighter in the often brutal blood sport of Mixed Martial Arts. It’s one of the most vicious sports in the world, where fighters get to kick, punch and knock out their opponents. So violent, it’s been banned in some countries, and in some arenas, even declared off-limits to women.
But it’s out of the ring where she has attracted the most attention recently, landing the covers of “Maxim” and the Body Issue of “ESPN The Magazine.” And Rousey is now in Las Vegas shooting a reality TV show, “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Over the years, Rousey has also shown she is not shy about speaking her mind. She revealed to Jim Rome on “Showtime” that she tried to have “as much sex as possible before a fight” to raise her testosterone levels.
Rousey practiced Judo from a young age. Her mother, Dr. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, was a former world Judo champion and encouraged her daughter to excel in the sport.
“We were always told, you can do whatever you want to do, you just have to be the best in the world at it,” said Rousey.
But it's been a long journey to the top. Rousey's father took his own life when she was only 8 years old. Under the watchful eye of her mother, Rousey used her Judo training to help her cope with the loss of her dad.
She made it all the way to the 2008 Olympic Games. Rousey won the bronze, becoming the first American woman to medal in Judo. But she needed more and wanted to fight professionally.
Rousey not only became the first woman to sign a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, she was crowned its first Women’s Bantamweight World Champion.
But just because women can fight, should they?
“I think that sports are a metaphor for life, and I’m not scared of anything,” Rousey said. “I think that a lot of women spend their lives fearful when they shouldn’t.”