Ronda Rousey sole MMA fighter on SI’s top 112 of 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sports Illustrated has ranked the 112 “most mind-blowing, record shattering, earth-shaking, mystifying, seriously sublime sports moments, memes & memories of the past year.”

Mixed Martial Arts made the list only once, and it wasn’t Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre or Jon Jones or even Chael Sonnen. It was Ronda Rousey.

She’s the biggest rising star in women’s mixed martial arts, if not the sport as a whole. Ronda Rousey’s rise has been meteoric. In just nine fights (both professional and amateur) — all first-round victories by arm bar — Rousey has become an MMA sensation. In November, Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. She’s scheduled to fight Liz Carmouche in her debut at UFC 157. The fight will not just be the UFC’s first women’s bout, it will also be the first women’s bout to headline a UFC pay-per-view. The UFC is banking heavily on Rousey.

The rest of the list includes:
•That Olympic weight lifter who dropped 432 pounds on his head (#109)
•The guy who broke the speed of sound free falling (#100)
•Kayla Harrison earning America’s first gold medal in Judo (#62)
•Oscar Pistorius blade running in the Olympics. (#46)
•McKayla Maroney’s b!^$# face (#37)
•Lance Armstrong’s ‘massive fraud now fully exposed.’ (#24)
•The Green Bay-Seattle touchdown call (#1)