11 facts you didn't know about Ronda Rousey (2024)

Ronda Rousey is one of the threemost identifiable female athletes on the planet. Her stardom is unrivaledinside The Octagon. We are counting down the days in advance of herUFC women's bantamweight title fight against unbeaten Holly Holm at UFC 193 on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia. It's the30 Days of Ronda Rousey.

Ronda Rousey has become a major personality in sports, but most fans don't know much about her outside of the octagon of mixed martial arts.

We're here to help. Consider the following facts about the world's best fighter.

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Vegeta from 'Dragon Ball Z' is her cartoon crush

Rousey is a big fan of the popular anime series Dragon Ball Z.

"They're the only superheroes that get better if they train hard," Rousey said in an interview with Fight Hub in 2013.

Surprise: She has a huge crush on one of the show's characters, Vegeta.

"Vegeta is where it's at. He was my cartoon crush," Rousey said. "I would've gone cartoon for him."

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Her biggest turnoff

Want to get Rousey's attention? Be self-confident. Want to send her running for the hills? Mess with her teeth.

Rousey talked about her biggest turnoff in a TMZ interview in 2014.

"I was with this guy for a minute who was perfect. I called him 'Catalogue Man' because you could pick him out of a catalogue and go, 'Oh my god, that's the most amazing man ever.' But he would bite my teeth. Like, his teeth would hit my teeth when we kissed. It was the worst thing. I've got this weird thing about my teeth where I have recurring dreams of damaging my teeth. So if you're hitting your teeth on my teeth, it's over."

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Her nickname was approved by Roddy Piper

Rousey's nickname is Rowdy, and it comes from deceased pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. But as much as the nickname fits the champ, she didn't want to use it until she got permission from Piper himself.

In a 2014 episode of Piper's podcast, he talked about how Rousey reached out to him.

"She called me and asked permission," Piper said. "She was so sweet. She said, 'I promise I won't let you down. I'll keep the name in the esteem that it's supposed to be.' "

Piper died on July 31, 2015, of a heart attack. Rousey dedicated her UFC 190 victory over Bethe Correia to Piper.

"I hope him and my dad had a good time watching it together," she said.

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Her mom has one name for all Ronda's boyfriends

AnnMaria De Mars, Ronda's mom and a former judo world champion, has an unusual tradition when it comes to the men her daughter dates. No matter what the guy's name is, she refers to him as "Bob."

Maria Burns Ortiz, Rousey's sister and social media columnist for ESPN.com, revealed this tradition in a column back in March.

De Mars did the same thing with Ortiz. In that column, Ortiz wrote: "Her reasoning: 'What's the point in learning his name if he's not going to be sticking around?' "

De Mars also assigns arbitrary numbers to each Bob to differentiate one from another. For example, Bob 6. And yes, she calls them that to their faces. The only way Bob gets called by his real name is to marry into the family.

There was one exception: Ronda's first boyfriend, but De Mars' name for him, Ortiz wrote, "is not suitable for print."

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One tiny common injury is her biggest fear

Rousey has had a litany of injuries in judo and mixed martial arts. But nothing freaks her out more than getting a paper cut.

"You know that feeling when they get in your skin? It's just … ugh! I have goose bumps right now," Rousey said in an appearance on Conan O'Brien's talk show.

"I've had someone dislocate my elbow, I popped it back in myself and still won the match. I would rather have that than a paper cut."

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Opponent's biggest mistakes aren't in the octagon

Rousey is 12-0 in MMA thanks to her world-class judo ability and powerful strikes. But there's one mistake her opponents make over and over that helps make the wins even easier. And it happens before either woman steps in the cage.

One pre-fight tactic fighters use to gain an advantage is to cover themselves in lotion, making their skin greasy and hardy to hold. In theory this strategy should work, but for Rousey it just makes things easier for her once she gets an opponent to the ground.

"I laugh when these girls try to grease up like they think it's going to help them," Rousey said in an interview with MiddleEasy.com. "It's just going to make my transitions faster.

"If you girls are greasing, you're just helping me out. So you better not put lotion on the day of the fight because you're screwing yourself."

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She has beef with Justin Bieber

Rousey and youngest sister Julia De Mars had a bad experience with Bieber at the Cannes Film Festival in April 2015.

"My little sister is very hard to impress," Rousey said in an interview with Cosmopolitan. "She really didn't care about anybody that was at the Cannes Film Festival, but I wanted to spend time with her and Justin Bieber was over there taking some pictures with some ladies and she suddenly got really excited. She's like, 'Do you think he would want to take a picture with me?' I was like, 'Sure, Julia. Don't worry about it!' "

"I walked over there and said, 'Excuse me,' and he turned to me and goes, 'I've already taken a billion pictures today, OK?' I only got a, 'Yeah, but ...' out, and he goes, 'A billion,' and walks off and totally snubbed my little sister."

Rousey says she and her sister are no longer "Beliebers." It's not hard to see why.

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Her mom taught her the armbar

Rousey started training in judo at age 11 with her mother as her teacher. Mom taught Ronda how to master the armbar submission hold, a move Rousey used to win nine of her 12 professional MMA fights.

Rousey explained in an interview on "Access Hollywood Live" that her mom mastered the move after injuring a knee at 17 years old.

"In judo it's more throws, but they also have armbars and chokes and stuff like that," Rousey said. "She was one of the first people that really focused on the ground game because she couldn't really stand up anymore. They didn't have ACL reconstruction back then, so she got really good at armbars. So when I started in judo she would just jump on me and armbar me any time she got a chance. And I'm just a little kid like 'My mom's so weird!' "

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She was mute until she was 4

Rousey was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. This caused her to be diagnosed with apraxia of speech, and she was unable to speak until she was 4 years old. It would take another two years before she could use complete sentences.

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Her charity work goes toward rescuing big cats

In 2015, Rousey began supporting the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation by auctioning off signed merchandise. The foundation helps rescue large felines, including when they are cubs.

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Her father died when she was 8

Ron Rousey committed suicide after a sledding accident caused him to have chronic back pain. Because of a rare blood disorder, his back would not heal. Doctors told him he had two years to live.

That was 20 years ago, while Ronda was living with her father in North Dakota to help further her speech therapy.

In an article she wrote for the Australian tabloid Herald Sun, Rousey said that the loss of her father is what motivates her to fight.

"I had so much bottled-up grief and anger and self-loathing," Rousey wrote, "and for some reason I found an outlet that saved me. Fighting."

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