The Rise of Women’s MMA: Ronda Rousey and the UFC Embrace

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Isaac Brekken/AP/REX/Shutterstock (5980662a) Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey looks around after defeating Sara McMann in a UFC 170 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title bout in Las Vegas. Gina Carano was scheduled to meet with UFC President Dana White on Wednesday April 9, to discuss a return to mixed martial arts for a potential bout with bantamweight champion Rousey UFC Rousey Carano Mixed Martial Arts, Las Vegas, USA

In 2012, women’s MMA received a monumental boost with the arrival of Ronda Rousey. The former Olympic judoka became the face of women’s MMA and played a pivotal role in breaking down barriers for female fighters.

Rousey’s dominance and her captivating personality quickly captured the attention of fans and media alike. She became the first women’s bantamweight champion in the UFC and defended her title six times with a series of lightning-fast armbar submissions.

The success of Rousey, along with other talented female fighters, convinced the UFC to establish a women’s division in 2013. This decision marked a significant milestone for women’s MMA, granting female fighters the opportunity to compete on the sport’s biggest stage.

With the introduction of the women’s divisions, fighters like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Amanda Nunes, and Cris Cyborg further contributed to the growth and popularity of women’s MMA. Their technical skills, competitive spirit, and thrilling fights showcased the talent and depth of the female fighters, earning them respect and adoration from fans worldwide.