Rousey was Determined to Enter UFC

By Carlos Arias Dec 20, 2012
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is a very determined woman.

She said she probably gets that quality from her mom, Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, a former Judo world champion who currently works as a professor at USC.

“My mom is the mean version of me,” the outspoken Rousey quipped. “She’s 6-feet of mean shoved down to 5-feet-2.”

Before Rousey, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in Judo, ever stepped into the cage as a professional fighter, she made it her mission to convert UFC president Dana White into a women’s MMA fan.

“It was a goal of mine from the very beginning actually,” Rousey said. “I just refused to be ignored pretty much. I said to myself, ‘What would work?’ I just thought, ‘I’m going to make myself so impossible to ignore and make myself into something that they didn’t even know that they needed.’

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