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Ronda Rousey to be first woman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

A definitively iconic figure, Rousey was the UFC's first women's champion, keeping the bantamweight belt from 2012 until 2015, and defending it six times.


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Per ESPN, Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fams - as the first woman in history - during a ceremony on July 5, according to the promotion on Saturday.

Rousey was the UFC's first women's champion, keeping the bantamweight belt from 2012 until 2015, and defending it six times. With her signature armbar, she won her first 12 professional fights.

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. May I be the first of many.

Rousey owns four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women's bantamweight history.

"There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey," UFC President Dana White said, per ESPN. "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."

Rousey had created and maintained an aura of invincibility, which was destroyed in her knockout loss to Holly Holm in 2015.  She was knocked out again - in 48 seconds into the first round - to current bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.

Rousey hasn't competed in the UFC or any MMA match since that loss. She signed with the WWE in January 2018.

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