Ronda Rousey is a mixed martial artist, actress, former judoka, and professional wrestler, and she was born on February 17, 1987 in Riverside, California. Rousey has worked hard in her career, which has paid off, as she is currently a millionaire with a net worth of $13 million. Here is an overview of Ronda Rousey and how she was able to achieve millionaire status in her career, as most MMA fighters don't have net worths of this magnitude.
The Early Years of Ronda Rousey's Life
Ronda Rousey grew up between Jamestown, North Dakota and Southern California, as she was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, which caused her to suffer from a severe speech sound disorder that didn't improve until the age of six.
Her speech condition was a sort of aphasia, which is common after a person suffers a stroke.Though Rousey's parents initially lived in California, they moved back and forth to North Dakota so Ronda could seek intensive speech therapy that changed her speech from unintelligible to practically normal.
Ronda Rousey began a career in judo at the young age of 11. Her mother trained her for two years, and by the age of 17, Ronda became the youngest judoka to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games that was held in Athens, Greece. Although Ronda lost the match that she competed in, she won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Hungary the same year.
Ronda Rousey's Career in the Olympics Ends
Ronda Rousey excelled as a judoka in the Olympics, and she enjoyed many wins. However, she decided to retire from judo when she was 21, as she didn't feel she wanted to follow that career path long-term. Despite this fact, Rousey earned quite a bit of money while participating in the various judo competitions, which certainly contributed to the millionaire she is today.
Ronda Rousey's MMA Career
After her retirement from judo, Rousey decided to become an MMA fighter. She enjoyed the career, and fought as an MMA professional until retiring at the age of 31. During her career as an MMA fighter, Rousey enjoyed many achievements. In 2012, Rousey became the first female to become a member of the Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC). Ronda was also the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion shortly after signing on with the UFC.
Ronda Rousey's Additional Money-Making Deals
After the olympics, MMA and UFC, Ronda joined World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as she had always been a fan of professional wrestling. In the beginning, Rousey made sporadic appearances on WWE episodes, where she participated in some exciting matches against some other female wrestlers.
Then, things changed in 2017 when Ronda decided to join the WWE full-time. To get her adequately prepared to compete in professional wrestling matches, she attended wrestling school and trained under Brian Kendrick, and she also trained at the WWE performance center in Orlando, Florida.
Just like in other professional sports, Rousey excelled at wrestling, and she even won the Women's Championship. She competed against many other contenders, yet was able to retain her title. Rousey's professional wrestling career was certainly lucrative for her and it contributed significantly to her net worth. It is unknown if she plans to continue with the WWE. Ronda's career with the WWE earns her a salary of $1.5 million, and this certainly contributes to her net worth.
Attaining Fame Through Magazines
Rousey contributed to her overall income and networth by appearing in some magazines. First, she appeared nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's 2012 Body Issue, as well as in a pictorial. Ronda also appeared on the cover as well as in a pictorial of the September 2013 issue of the Maxim Hot 100.
Additionally, Rousey was also ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100 in May of 2013. Rousey also became the first woman to appear on the cover of the cover of Australian Men's Fitness's November 2015 edition.
Rousey also appeared on the cover of the January 2016 issue of The Ring Magazine. This made her the first mixed martial artist to ever appear on the cover of this popular boxing magazine, as well as the second woman. Prior to that, the first and only woman that had ever appeared on the cover of The Ring Magazine had been in 1978, nearly 40 years earlier.
Rousey also appeared on the cover of the Sports Ilustrated Swimsuit's February 2016 issue, and she was covered in body paint along with three other athletes.
Breaking into Acting
In 2014, Ronda Rousey co-starred in the major motion picture film, Expendables 3 with various other big-name actors. Rousey also appeared in the Season 2, Episode 20 episode of Blindspot, and her role was a prison inmate by the name of Devon Penberthy, who was serving time for the illegal transporting of weapons from one state to another.
Rousey has had many other acting gigs, and she was even set to act in a remake of the 80s movie, Roadhouse, but the project was canceled before it even got started.
Rousey also became a regular cast member on the hitTV show 9-1-1 in 2019. On her first day of filming, she severely injured two of her fingers and had to be rushed to the hospital for surgery.
Voice-Acting in Video Games and More
Ronda Rousey has also voiced some video game characters, including the character "Sonya Blade" in Mortal Kombat. Although she didn't voice any characters in the video game Raid Shadow Legends, she was added as a playable character.
In 2015, Rousey became the first female athlete to guest host on Sportcenter on ESPN. In February of 2020, she streamed a video via Facebook Gaming, and all profits that she earned were donated to charity.
The Various Accomplishments of Ronda Rousey
Among the various accomplishments of Rousey, one that really stands out is the fact that, in early 2022, she was deemed one of the richest MMA fighters ever. Of course, Ronda reached the achievement, not only by fighting in the MMA, but through her many other endeavors, as well. This is likely to increase as she continues to work in the entertainment industry.
Ronda Rousey's Endorsements
Rousey has a number of endorsements, including deals with Carls Jr., Metro PCS, Reebok, Monster headphones, as well as Max Effort Muscle.
Ronda Rousey's Family
In 2015, Rousey began dating Travis Browne, a former heavyweight UFC Fighter. They became engaged while in New Zealand two years later and eventually got married in Rousey's home state, Hawaii. After getting married, the couple added a daughter to their family.
Ronda Rousey is a young millionaire who still has her entire life ahead of her. Although she has retired from professional sports to have a baby and focus on her family, she can continue to increase her net worth, depending on what she decides to do with the rest of her life.
The sky is the limit for Ronda, and with her great ambition, she's likely to be successful in whatever she decides to do, while significantly increasing her net worth simultaneously.
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