Sunday, August 14, 2016

Olympic bronze medalist and former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey exploded onto the mixed martial arts scene in 2011, and her meteoric ascension to superstardom has been as fast as it has been furious.

Today, she is one of the most popular female athletes in the world, a constant focal point of media attention, a cultural icon and even a sex symbol. She’s been the subject of countless fashion and fitness photo shoots, with some being a little more risqué than others. Let’s take a closer look at some of her more revealing moments behind the lens.

5) Girl in gloves

After annihilating her first 12 opponents consecutively (11 in the first round), Rousey eventually succumbed to Holly Holm at UFC 193, where she was thoroughly dominated and eventually knocked unconscious by a head kick during the second round of their contest.

Girl in gloves
Girl in gloves

The defeat was so brutal and decisive that it left many questioning when or even if Rousey will make her return to the sport she helped put on the map.

Girl in gloves
Girl in gloves

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