UFC Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey Named to Fortune’s ’40 Under 40’ List

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 24, 2015
Ronda Rousey continues to emerge as MMA’s biggest crossover star. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Another week, another honor for UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Fortune on Thursday revealed its ”40 under 40” list, a compilation of some of the most influential people in business under the age of 40. While Fortune once based its rankings entirely on financial wealth, it now also accounts for “achievements, ambition and influence.” The list is selected by a number of Fortune staff members including reporters, writers and editors.

Rousey joins the likes of singer Taylor Swift, actress Jessica Alba, and HBO host John Oliver on the list. “Rowdy” is the only professional athlete to make the 40 under 40.

“Her influence is broadening fast: She’s hit the big screen three times, with major roles in Furious 7, The Expendables 3, and the Entourage movie, and she’ll play the lead in a forthcoming remake of Road House,” Fortune writes. “She made a surprise appearance with her friend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at WrestleMania 31 in March, delighting WWE fans. And she’s inspiring women everywhere with a recent speech about body image that’s been viewed 3.1 million times and was played on-stage by Beyonce in September.”

The Olympic judoka is set to return to the Octagon for her next title defense at UFC 193, where she will face Holly Holm at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Nov. 14. Rousey is unbeaten in 12 professional bouts, including six appearances in the UFC.


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