Rousey first women to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will become the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ on Thursday, July 5. The induction ceremony will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 10:00 p.m. ET.
“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. “May I be the first of many.”
The ‘Modern Wing’ is open to fighters who turned pro after November 17, 2000, have retired for a year or more, or are a minimum of 35. The only other figures in the ‘Modern Wing’ are Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015) and Urijah Faber (2017).
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” said UFC President Dana White. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
UFC.com listed a large number of records and accolades:
•First female fighter signed to UFC following the purchase of Strikeforce.
•Her six consecutive successful title defenses are the most by any female champion in UFC history.
•Between UFC and Strikeforce, Ronda secured seven submission victories via armbar, tying UFC Hall of Famer Big Nog for most armbar submissions in the combined history of UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, and WEC.
•Average cumulative UFC fight time of 3:06 ranks as the second shortest in UFC history (min. five fights).
•14 second armbar submission victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 was the fastest submission of the Modern Era and of any title fight in UFC history.
•Fastest submission in Strikeforce history with 25-second victory over Sarah D’Alelio during her debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte on August 12, 2011.
•16 second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 is tied as the third-fastest knockout in a title fight in UFC history.
•UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on November 15, 2015. UFC 193 recorded a total attendance of 56,214 fight fans, the largest-attended event in UFC history.
•In 2015, Ronda became the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY award for “Best Fighter,” and she was also acknowledged by ESPN with the ESPY for “Best Female Athlete” in 2014 and 2015.
•Sports Illustrated recognized Ronda as “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” as she graced the cover in May of 2015.
•While an active UFC athlete, Rousey became a global movie star, appearing in films such as The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, which collectively grossed more than $1.8 billion dollars combined in worldwide sales.
To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ.