By: Dalton Smith
Early Judo Training
Olympic and Professional Judo Career
In 2006, Rousey went 5-0 in the Birmingham World Cup to win gold. She also became the first United States athlete to ever win two Junior World medals, as she took bronze in the Junior World Championships. Rousey also retained her Pan American Judo title that year.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Rousey won a bronze medal, making her first American to ever win an Olympic medal in women's judo.
Rousey became the UFC Bantamweight Champion and dominated the women's division, winning 12 straight fights and becoming known for her devastating submissions. Rousey quickly became one of the most popular names in all of MMA, further progressing women's sports.