Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will soon add yet another accolade to her illustrious combat sports career, which already boast a UFC and Strikeforce championship, as well as a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in Judo.
The International Sports Hall of Fame, class of 2018
The ceremony is set to take place on March 3, 2018, as part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, a 501(c) Non Profit Foundation “established to honor the world’s greatest athlete legends in all sports.”
Joining Rousey in the events inductions is former WWE wrestler, former mma fighter and current movie star David Bautista, former UFC champion and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, New Zealand television personality Phil Keoghan, and Dr. Terry and Jan Todd.
Ronda Rousey, who hasn’t competed since December of 2016, is a pioneer for the sport of women’s MMA and was the first American to medal in Judo when she placed third in the Summer Olympics back in 2008. Notable wins over Rousey’s MMA career include Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano and current Bellator Featherweight champion Julia Budd. Further accolades include every one of her wins coming via some form of finish. She currently holds the record for the most title defenses for a women’s champion in the UFC at six, as well as the fastest submission finish not only in UFC championship history but in all of UFC history in the modern era at just 14 seconds. She is also tied at second for the most submission wins from a UFC champion in the company’s history.