She was for a time the brightest star in the mixed martial arts sky, the haste of her meteoric rise matched only by the suddenness of her unexpected fall. Where Ronda Rousey goes from here remains anyone’s guess.
After starting her career 12-0 with 12 finishes, Rousey surrendered the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight crown in a stunning loss to Holly Holm and then failed in a bid to reclaim it against Amanda Nunes a little more than a year later. The nature of those two setbacks has left her in limbo. Nevertheless, a long list of accomplishments figure to stand the test of time. Rousey was the first American woman to medal in judo at the Olympics, capturing bronze at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. It made for a successful transition to MMA, as she graduated from the regional circuit to Strikeforce and the UFC. Rousey stopped 11 of her first 12 opponents inside the first round and appeared all but invincible in doing so.
During her 14-fight career, the “Rowdy” judoka has compiled her share of intriguing statistical data:
138: Seconds Rousey needed to defeat her first four professional opponents.
1,074: Days spent as the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Her reign started at a Dec. 6, 2012 press conference and ended with her upset defeat to Holm at UFC 193 on Nov. 15, 2015. In between, she successfully defended the title against Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia.
8: Armbar-induced submission Rousey has scored. Tate (twice), Carmouche, Zingano, Ediane Gomes, Charmaine Tweet, Sarah D’Alelio, Julia Budd and Sarah Kaufman were the victims.
6,095,000: Pay-per-views the UFC has sold with Rousey in the main event or co-main event slot, according to various reports.
3: Submission attempts per 15 minutes, the highest FightMetric rate among all active UFC fighters. It ranks ahead of Alexey Oleynik (2.8), Charles Oliveira (2.7), Jason Knight (2.6) and Chas Skelly (2.6).
65: Significant strikes absorbed in her losses to Holm and Nunes -- one more than her 10 previous bouts combined.
9: Opponents she has subdued in less than a minute.
76,976: Fans in attendance for WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where Rousey made an in-ring appearance with The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
56,214: Fans in attendance for Rousey’s failed title defense against Holm in the UFC 193 main event at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. It remains the largest crowd in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.
7: Post-fight bonuses won in the UFC. She has been awarded “Submission of the Night” once, “Fight of the Night” twice and “Performance of the Night” four times.
3: ESPY awards on Rousey’s mantle. She was honored by ESPN with the award for Best Female Athlete twice (2014-15) and Best Fighter (2015).