Best Ronda Rousey Quotes and Achievements

Ronda Rousey, born in 1 February 1987 in California, famously known for joining the mixed martial arts circuit in 2010, earning fame as the UFC Bantamweight Champion, before suffering her first loss in November 2015.

In January 2018, she announced her move to the WWE pro wrestling circuit. Rousey is the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE, as well as the only woman to headline a pay-per-view event in both companies.

Fox Sports described her as "one of the defining athletes of the 21st century


Ronda Rousey Trivia

  • She is currently, the only woman to have successfully transitioned from MMA to WWE, having won both the promotion's top belts. Ronda was also the first woman to sign up for UFC in 2012, where she became the promotion's first and longest reigning Bantamweight champion for two and a half years.
  • Ronda Rousey's first UFC match lasted 4 minutes and 49 seconds
  • Rousey was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, causing her to suffer a loss of oxygen (hypoxia); as a result, Rousey struggled to speak coherently for the first several years of her life, and she later underwent speech therapy to address the problem.
  • Rousey’s friends began calling her Rowdy early on in her fighting career, but Rousey was hesitant to embrace the nickname, feeling it was disrespectful to Canadian professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper; however, after Rousey and Piper met in person, Piper gave his personal approval to her use of the moniker.
  • She’s a ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit model Rarely do female fighters make it into Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, but Rousey graced the 2015 installment, growing her legend and fan base.
  • She’s UFC’s first female fighter. In 2012, Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with UFC and was awarded the inaugural women’s bantamweight championship.
  • She tried Tinder. When Rousey was single, she tried using the popular dating app Tinder under an alias. Alas, she was too famous and was spotted immediately.
  • She makes quick work of her opponents. Rousey holds the UFC record for fastest submission in championship history. She tapped out Cat Zingano with an armbar in just 14 seconds, two seconds faster than when she TKO’d Alexis Davis in 16 seconds. 
  • She loves Pokemon. Rousey will beat you up in the ring or in the video game world of Pokemon. She’s such a big fan of catching ’em all that she trained in a Pikachu outfit.
  • She threw shade at Floyd Mayweather. After winning the ESPY for Best Fighter, Ronda Rousey proceeded to (verbally) knock out Floyd Mayweather by proclaiming: “I can’t help but really say that I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”
  • Ronda Rousey played herself in the 2015 summer flick Entourage. She was also the love interest of the affable Turtle from the flick.
  • She outshined The Rock at WrestleMania. In the biggest moment of WrestleMania 31, The Rock grabbed Rousey from the stands and she entered the ring. At an event The Rock has long owned, it was Rousey’s name the millions (and millions) of fans chanted.
  • She’s the next big movie star. When you’ve dominated the sport like Rousey has, it’s time to dip your toes into different waters. Rousey’s had roles in Furious 7 and The Expendables 3. She’s also hinted at her desire to do more films.
  • You might think that her first visit to the ER would be for one of her countless judo injuries, but it was actually because she was sticking Raisinette candies up her nose and they got stuck.
  • Her mother’s AnnMaria De Mars won a gold medal at the 1984 World Championships of Judo.
  • Her mom used to wake her up in the middle of the night to practice judo techniques, only allowing her to return to sleep once she would lock in a submission or escape one. That may be why Ronda seems like such a natural, the way her moves flow shows that she doesn’t have to think about it – it’s reflex.
  • Ronda would wake up, train hard all day, then eat a huge supper which consisted of whatever she wanted. This unorthodox diet isn’t something she still does. Her reasoning was that hunger drove her to train harder, and that she wouldn’t be able to push herself to work as hard on a full stomach.
  • Before Ronda’s fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 184 (The one that she finished in 14 seconds) they were filming promo videos at her house, and she was sitting at her computer playing World of Warcraft.
  • Ronda’s mother refers to all of Ronda’s suitors by the name Bob, regardless of what their name is. “What’s the point in learning his name if he’s not going to be sticking around?” says AnnMaria De Mars. To differentiate, AnnMaria ads a number after Bob, and that’s what she calls them to their faces, too.
  • She would like to be Miss Marvel if she played a super hero.
  • She worked as a canine physical therapy assistant.

Top 84 Best Ronda Rousey Quotes 

  1. Success is the result of hard work, every day for years on end without cutting corners or taking shortcuts.
  2. It is one thing to fight other people, but fighting yourself is different. If you’re fighting yourself, who wins? Who loses?
  3. To be the best, you have to constantly be challenging yourself, raising the bar, pushing the limits of what you can do. Don’t stand still, leap forward.
  4. To be a fighter, you have to be passionate. I have so much passion, it’s hard to hold it all in. That passion escapes as tears from my eyes, sweat from my pores, blood from my veins.
  5. Life is a fight from the minute you take your first breath to the moment you exhale your last.
  6. It is not about just winning the round. It is not just about winning the fight. It is about winning every single second of your life.
  7. People want to project their own insecurities on others, but I refuse to allow them to put that on me. Just because you don’t think that you could be the best in the world doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have the confidence to believe I can do anything.
  8. A sleeper just waits and when the time is right, they come out and wow everyone. That’s you, kiddo. Don’t you worry.
  9. If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery; it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
  10. If you can’t dream big, ridiculous dreams, what’s the point in dreaming at all?
  11. I am not looking to escape the pressure. I am embracing it. Pressure is what builds up in the chamber behind a bullet before it explodes out of the gun.
  12. No one is ever going to give you anything of value. You have to work for it, sweat for it, fight for it. But there is far greater value in accomplishments you earn than in accolades that are merely given to you. When you earn something, you never have to worry about justifying that you truly deserve it.
  13. The knowledge that everything good can be taken away at any second is what makes me work so hard.
  14. One of the greatest days of my life was when I came to understand that other people’s approval and my happiness were not related.
  15. I am vulnerable; that’s why I fight.
  16. The bigger my chest is, the more it gets in the way. It just creates space. It makes me much more efficient if I don’t have so much in the way between me and my opponent.
  17. Everyone wants to win. But to truly succeed – whether it is at a sport or at your job or in life – you have to be willing to do the hard work, overcome the challenges, and make the sacrifices it takes to be the best at what you do.
  18. People can say I am a terrible role model because I swear all the time or that I fight people. Look, I don’t want little girls to have the same ambitions as me. I want them to know that it is ok to be ambitious. I want them to know that it is ok to say whatever it is that is on their mind.
  19. Somehow, self-deprecation is considered modesty, and my confidence was considered arrogance, and it’s considered a bad thing to compliment yourself. We’re always told to compliment everyone around you and talk yourself down. I don’t know how we’re expected to look at ourselves healthily if we’re told to talk about ourselves negatively.
  20. Making a change in your life is as easy as making a decision and acting on it. That’s it.
  21. Once you give them the power to tell you you’re great, you’ve also given them the power to tell you you’re unworthy.
  22. People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, no, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.
  23. There were times when I knew I was in a terrible situation, but I also knew it wouldn’t last forever. Those are the moments when you have to remind yourself that this experience is a defining moment in your life, but you are not defined by it.
  24. Everything in the world is information. The information you choose to acknowledge and the information you choose to ignore is up to you. You can let outside factors beyond your control throw off your focus, You can let aching muscles hold you back. You can let silence make you feel uncomfortable. By choosing to focus only on the information that is necessary, you can tune out every distraction, and achieve far more.
  25. The moment you stop viewing your opponent as a threat is the moment you leave yourself open to getting beat.
  26. The kind of hope I’m talking about is the belief that something good will come. That everything you’re going through and everything you’ve gone through will be worth the struggles and frustrations. The kind of hope I’m talking about is a deep belief that the world can be changed, that the impossible is possible
  27. The dog with the bone is always in danger, so of course I’m always the most worried.
  28. I want to be a perfect fighter, and that’s one of those unattainable goals because you will never be perfect. But I can always be closer to perfect
  29. I don’t shy away from any questions. I’m not scared of any question. I’ll give you an answer. A lot of people are scared of having actual opinions out there. People are so scared of criticism. I’m not scared of people disliking me.
  30. There have always been people who have written me off. They’re not going away. I use that to motivate me. I’m driven to show them just how wrong they are.
  31. Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control.
  32. Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, how dare you assume I should think less of myself? The problem isn’t me thinking I can achieve any goal I set for myself, the problem is you projecting your own self-doubt onto me.
  33. I’m scared of failure all the time, but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.
  34. Most people focus on the wrong thing: They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it’s all the hard parts–the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.
  35. I might not have had the tools at my disposal that my opponents had, but I created advantages of my own.
  36. You have to be your best on your worst day.
  37. No matter how much you try or what you say, people aren’t going to fully understand you or where you’re coming from
  38. I really think that a lot of things happen for a reason even you don’t know.
  39. Everyone is so offended by the mindset it takes to be the best in the world.
  40. You have to fight because you can’t count on anyone else fighting for you. And you have to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. To get anything of real value, you have to fight for it.
  41. Confidence is the number one thing I find attractive.
  42. Find fulfillment in the sacrifices.
  43. You can’t let other people affect your faith in yourself.
  44. Winning is the greatest feeling in the world.
  45. I'm unbelievably ticklish. When I was a little kid, my sisters would hold me down and tickle me until I peed my pants.
  46. People say to me all the time, 'You have no fear.' I tell them, 'No, that's not true. I'm scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I'm a courageous person because I'm a scared person.'
  47. I wear sunglasses almost all the time outside - not because I think I'm really, really cool, but because of the rays.
  48. I'm the champion for a reason.
  49. The whole 'bad girl' thing allows me to mess up sometimes. And I have freedom to say more of what I want to.
  50. I'm scared of failure so much more than any of the other girls I compete against that I work so much harder than they possibly could. I'm totally down with spiders and frogs and heights and snakes - everything; I'm cool with it.
  51. I don't lift weights at all. Every muscle on my body is for an actual task; there is no muscle that I train for show. If I want to be able to do a certain move or action, I train really hard until I can. And with all of that training comes muscle definition, so it's really an afterthought.
  52. I just want to tailgate, drink beer, and hang out in the middle of nowhere in a pick-up truck. That's my ideal date.
  53. I think it's hilarious if people say that my body looks masculine.
  54. I don't feel the need to be the hot chick every second of the day. I like to be able to surprise people when I turn it on. I want it to be like the movie 'She's All That' when they unveil her.
  55. I have a candle permanently on my Jacuzzi because I love me some candles.
  56. I wasn't always the most fashionable, and I would come to school with cauliflower ear and ringworm. I got made fun of a lot. People called me 'Miss Man' and 'Guns,' and people directed a lot of karate jokes at me. I wish that I was at school now that MMA and martial arts is cool, but back when I was in school, people associated it with nerdy stuff.
  57. There are so many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman.
  58. Look at my face. Does it look like I can take a good hit?
  59. I make fractals. They're like mathematical pictures. My stepdad is actually a rocket scientist, so in his free time, he gave me a fractal program for fun. He showed me how to use it when I was about nine or 10, and I made thousands of fractals.
  60. That's the thing I'm worst at: resting. I have to be forced to do it. Sometimes I think of loopholes. 'Oh, I'm just going for a walk, up a dune that's 45 degrees, but I'm walking, so it's not a workout.'
  61. Reality TV is set up to make people entertaining. A good person with values and principles is not good television.
  62. There's something so zen-like and grateful of just ripping a hot wing apart and getting it all over your face, and everyone's happy. I love that atmosphere.
  63. I might make an investment and lose some money, but that's something I can recover from.
  64. My life is so active, and I'm fighting the whole day that I don't have any aggressiveness or any energy outside of fighting. I'm the most chill couch potato you could ever meet.
  65. Bartending took the romanticism out of drinking.
  66. I like quoting 'Lord of the Rings': 'My list of allies grows thin! My list of enemies grows long!'
  67. Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I even thought was possible.
  68. I like to be part of the change I want to see in the world. Not being afraid of criticism is actually a big advantage.
  69. People can say I am a terrible role model because I swear all the time or that I fight people. Look, I don't want little girls to have the same ambitions as me. I want them to know that it is O.K. to be ambitious. I want them to know that it is O.K. to say whatever it is that is on their mind.
  70. After I defended my title the first time when I beat Sarah Kaufman, I went back to my room, and my friend ordered all these trays of hot wings. They came into the room, and the little hotel sheet thing was draped over it, and I go to open it up, and it's breaded and boneless. I cried.
  71. I was always pushed to do that much more, and in the long run that made me more of an MMA fighter. My mom always told me that if I let it go to the judges, I'd lost. There was no way I was going to win a decision, so I had to find ways to finish the fight fast.
  72. The bigger my chest is, the more it gets in the way. It just creates space. It makes me much more efficient if I don't have so much in the way between me and my opponent.
  73. I'm a terrible singer, but I'm not shy about it. I'm shy about dancing.
  74. Buffalo wings and cider is all I need.
  75. I was painfully shy for a long time. I mean, that's something I really had to work my way out of. And I really think it was because, after the 2008 Olympics, I spent a whole year bartending. It was the one thing that really forced me to be just not so scared to start conversations with strangers.
  76. If I can represent that body type of women that isn't represented so much in media, then I'd be happy to do that.
  77. I just like when a guy dresses for comfort, to be honest. If he takes longer to get ready than I do, that's a deal breaker.
  78. In MMA it's a lot less intimidating because it's not like you get one shot at a title every four years. You get a title shot every couple of months... With the Olympics, you don't always have this, so there is so much more pressure involved.
  79. My first injury ever was a broken toe, and my mother made me run laps around the mat for the rest of the night. She said she wanted me to know that even if I was hurt, I was still fine.
  80. You go through every single inch of the emotional spectrum on fight week. You're the most stressed out you've ever been, you're the most pressured you've ever been, you're the happiest you've ever been - it's hard. It's exhausting.
  81. If I could have had everything exactly the way I wanted, this is how I would have written it down. Win all my fights in the first round, then go to the UFC and headline a show, and have it as a pay-per-view and at home. People's dreams don't come true like that.
  82. At home, I watch fights and documentaries - that's it. If it's not about the birth and death of stars, 'Frozen Planet,' or someone getting punched in the face, I'm probably not watching it.
  83. Kids don't like what they don't understand, and judo was always my social outlet. I always felt really socially awkward, and I couldn't speak very well when I was younger. When I was doing judo, it was something that I could understand and someplace where I felt that I belonged and fit in.
  84. When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me 'Miss Man.' It wasn't until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I'm fabulous.

Best Ronda Rousey Achievements

  • In 2007, she won the silver medal in ‘World Judo Championships,’ bronze medal in ‘German Open,’ gold medal in ‘Pan American Games,’ and bronze medal in ‘Pan American Championships’ in judo.
  • In 2008, she won bronze medal in the 70kg tournament at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in Judo.
  • In 2012, she was the first ‘UFC’ Women's Bantamweight Champion, a title she won.
  • In 2014, she won three ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’ awards—‘Best Box Office Draw,’ ‘Most Outstanding Fighter,’ and ‘MMA Most Valuable Fighter.’
  • In 2015, Rousey was voted the best female athlete of all-time in a ESPN fan poll.

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