Boss Girls Profile: Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey is an American fighter and actress, born February 1st 1987. She won Olympic bronze in 2008 for judo, and has been an MMA champion in both Strikeforce and the UFC. She has appeared in several movies, including Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.

What make Ronda Rousey a Boss Girl?

Ronda didn’t have everything handed to her on a plate. After a difficult childhood that included battling a speech disorder and the death of her father (who committed suicide after being paralysed in an accident), she followed in her mother’s footsteps and began training to become a judoka at the age of 11. At 17, she qualified for the 2004 Olympics, and won gold in the World Junior Judo Championships.

She won several more medal in the following years, including a bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

After retiring from judo, she began training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and won her first match in 23 seconds. In 2012 she became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and went on to become the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Her matches were known for being very short as she often dominated her opponents.

She lost the title in November 2015, and was unable to regain it in a title match in December 2016.

So if she is no longer the champion, why is Ronda Rousey a Boss Girl? Simply, because she battled through numerous difficulties to become the best in the world. She is a household name via a sport that is dominated by men. She’s as tough as leather, and strong as an ox. If you can emulate a tenth of what Ronda has achieved, you’ll be a success.

Ronda Rousey quotes – 10 of the best

“I’m scared of failure all the time, but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.”

“Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control.”

“It is one thing to fight other people, but fighting yourself is different. If you’re fighting yourself, who wins? Who loses?”

“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.”

“There is nothing in my life that I would go back and change, even the darkest moments. All the successes and greatest joys in my life are a result of the absolute worst things. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise.”

“No matter how much you try or what you say, people aren’t going to fully understand you or where you’re coming from. You just have to get used to being misunderstood.”

“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.”

“No drug or amount of money or favoritism can ever give you belief in yourself.”

“There are so many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman. Fighting is not a man’s thing, it is a human thing. To say that it is anti-woman is an anti-feminist statement.”

“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.”

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