“I Was Going to Be a Boy”- Ronda Rousey Shares the Origin Story Behind Her Name

Published 12/26/2021, 1:30 PM EST


Ronda Rousey is one of the most iconic and important figures in female-sports history. Her list of achievements is so mighty that no one can deny her role as a pioneer in many genres. A few of her accolades include becoming the first-ever American woman to win a medal at the Olympics in the sport of Judo.

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Although she has made her name in WWE and UFC, prior to this, she earned the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight belt. Later she captured the UFC’s female bantamweight champion as well.

Her journey from one of the first female fighters in UFC to being the first female to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame is truly remarkable. She also held the record for the most title defenses, with six defenses to her name.

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Not only this, she is the only woman to win a belt both in UFC and WWE. The Olympian also has a documentary to her name called “The Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes”. The doc directed by Gary Stretch showcases Ronda’s journey before making her name in the MMA world in an interview-esque style.

Origin of Ronda Rousey’s name

This movie covers all her struggles in her birth, her father’s integral role in her, and other important aspects that make Ronda what she is now. At the beginning of the documentary, Rousey shares how she got her name.

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She revealed, “Well, apparently my dad swore that I was going to be a boy and the whole pregnancy he was like-It’s gonna be a boy, It’s gonna be Ron, Ron Jr., or something. So then it turns out I was a girl. So then he was like Ron-da. Yeah, that’s the only one I got in school, Ron-da.”

All in all, it is a rather inspiring, emotional, and thought-provoking documentary.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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