Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame
MMA women's pioneer Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame next month during their annual international fight week.
Rousey, who finished her MMA career with a record of 12-2, will become the first woman inducted into the company's Hall of Fame.
She ended her career on a two-fight losing skid after an imperious run through Strikeforce and eventually the UFC after UFC President Dana White stated that women would never fight in the leading mixed martial arts promotion.
She claimed the Strikeforce bantamweight championship in 2012 with an arm-bar submission win over nemesis Meisha Tate. Tate and Rousey would go on to compete three times, with Rousey claiming victory in all three bouts.
Nine of her victories would be accomplished via the armbar submission tactic, which would become her trademark.
Rousey, 31, became the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion in 2013 and competed in the first woman's fight in the UFC's history with a victory over Liz Carmouche at the Honda Center.
"This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame," said Rousey in a prepared statement.
The commemoration will take place on July 5 at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas and will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Rousey is former U.S. Olympic bronze medalist and she became the first American to win a medal in women's judo since the inception of the sport in 1992.
"There would be no women in the UFC without Ronda Rousey," said White in a statement.
Rousey would take a dramatic fall from glory with one of the most stunning upsets in UFC history when Holly Holm, a former champion boxer, ended her reign with a head kick, at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia in front of 56,214 fans, an attendance record that still stands to this day.
The devastating loss would send Rousey into reclusion for over a year before making one last return at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes, the current bantamweight champion.
Rousey was manhandled by Nunes in what would become her final fight in MMA.
Rousey leaves the sport with four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women's bantamweight history.
Rousey has appeared in several motion pictures and is now a professional wrestler with the WWE. She is married to UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.
While she received a lot of negativity for the way she handled those losses and eventual departure from the sport, her record and accomplishments cannot be denied.
Her mark on the sport is cemented and none of those losses can take away anything that she cultivated and will always be known as one of the true legends of the sport.