These days, everyone looks at Ronda Rousey as the groundbreaking female fighter that rules the roost in the UFC women’s bantamweight division… and deservedly so.
Rousey and the UFC were criticized when the belt was handed to her after the promotion gobbled up Strikeforce. It didn’t take long for her to shut up most of the critics, however, as she took the belt and ran with it.
She made the first defense of the belt by submitting Liz Carmouche with the patented Rousey armbar at UFC 157 and has defended it four more times since. Only one of those five defenses has gone beyond the first round. Rousey’s two most recent defenses haven’t gone beyond 16 seconds.
But there was once a time when Rousey was one of the top women in the world in the sport her mother spearheaded for American women: Judo.
Her mom, AnnMaria De Mars, trained Rousey from her childhood to be a Judoka, and became really good. So good, in fact, that she won a Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
There has been some speculation recently that the 28-year-old Rousey might be considering another Olympic run, but that apparently isn’t so, according to De Mars.
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When asked by Submission Radio if there was any chance Rousey was considering another Olympic attempt, De Mars responded, “None.
“She’s not going to fight for free. She makes a ton of money doing what she’s doing and Ronda’s very smart,” she continued. “One of the things people don’t know about her is how smart she really is. She went to a special school here for kids who were excellent at math and science, and we always thought when she was younger that she would always get her PHD in Oceanography or something like that.
“So she realizes that she has a very short window remaining as an athlete and her opportunity is to make a few million dollars in those remaining years, rather than go to the Olympics and fight for free. She’s not that dumb.”