“Ronda Rousey Is…” – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Eternal Rival Sylvester Stallone Was Once Blown Away by UFC’s Bantamweight Queen

Published 08/01/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
WASHINGTON – MARCH 20: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger looks on during a brief press conference outside the White House March 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Earlier, Schwarzenegger, Pennsylvania Ed Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the importance of investing in America�s transportation infrastructure. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

One of the best female fighters, arguably, in the history of combat sports, is Ronda Rousey. She was the first-ever American woman to take home an Olympic Judo medal. She later enjoyed a prosperous run in the UFC, one of the greatest MMA promotions in the world.

Fame surely transcends the UFC universe in this instance. She was one of the promotion’s most dominant fighters and became well known all around the world. Even Sylvester Stallone, legendary Hollywood actor and a longtime foe of Arnold Schwarzenegger, has previously lauded her.

In 2015, ‘Rowdy’ improved her five-fight undefeated UFC streak to six by defending her bantamweight title against Bethe Correia at UFC 190. One day after that, actor Stallone dedicated a tweet to the American fighter.

“Ronda Rousey is the Greatest Champion of this era! Keep Punching CHAMP!” Sylvester Stallone wrote on his official Twitter account.

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With this win in Brazil, the American female wrestler made a mark in the division. She looked invincible. However, it didn’t last long enough for Rousey.

Ronda Rousey left MMA after a two-fight skid

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‘Rowdy’ came into the UFC in 2013 riding on a four-fight undefeated streak Strikeforce. All of her Strikeforce wins were a stunning first-round finish. She pulled a similar style victory in her debut UFC fight.

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Ronda Rousey celebrates her UFC Bantamweight Title over Liz Carmouche at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Olympic medalist defended her bantamweight gold six times, earning her multiple fight bonuses in the promotion. Akin to Strikeforce, most of her UFC wins were first-round finishes.

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Unfortunately, Rousey faced her first-ever UFC setback against Holly Holm in November 2015. She lost the fight in the second round and also her bantamweight title.

Although many believed she might return to the win column in, Rousey suffered the same fate in her next fight. She suffered a first-round knockout against Amanda Nunes in 2016.

These were the only two losses Rousey suffered in her MMA career. However, the defeats had a huge toll on the former champion. Therefore, she departed from the promotion.

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Nevertheless, following her UFC exit, Rousey entered the pro-wrestling world and has now become the face of WWE.

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What are your thoughts on Rousey’s rise and fall? What do you guys think of Stallone’s tweet for Rousey? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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