“That’s All Part of the Master Plan”: UFC Legend Details How Ronda Rousey Inspired the “Volleyball” Playing Kids Into Jiu Jitsu

Published 07/07/2023, 9:33 AM EDT

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Recently, at the 2023 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin revealed some facts about Ronda Rousey. He revealed how he saw little girls getting inspired by the first female UFC champion and entering the world of martial arts.

Not only children, but also professional fighters have claimed to have been inspired by the Hall of Famer. Chelsea Chandler, prior to her fight against Norma Dumont, revealed that she wanted to become like ‘Rowdy’. Rousey’s ventures don’t end at the UFC and WWE. She was also featured in a handful of Hollywood movies like ‘The Expendables 3’ and ‘Furious 7’. But it’s her fighting prowess that attracts the young people into following her.

Forrest Griffin reveals a fact about Ronda Rousey


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During an interview with Caroline Pearce at the UFC Hall of Fame red carpet ceremony, Griffin revealed how Rousey caught the attention of young girls, and made them enter the combat sports universe. Griffin said, “I saw personally when Ronda Rousey came into the sport. I saw little kids, pretty little girls that, that would have been in gymnastics, or volleyball, but they’re on the jiu-jitsu mats. They’re doing kickboxing. I said ‘okay, that’s all we need’.”


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He further declared that the MMA world needed a few more fighters like Rousey, Conor McGregor, and Ian Garry. Then, he disclosed that inspiring young people was the secret to an enhanced fanbase. 

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Griffin said, “People like that that are like ‘oh, you know, that guy’s a nice guy. I don’t mind my kid doing that.’ Those are- So, we need more people like that to get more young people in it. And that’s all part of the master plan. You get the young people in it. They experience it a little, and then they become lifelong fans.” 

Chelsea Chandler wants to be like the former UFC champ


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In a recent interview with ‘The Allstar’, Chandler revealed how most of the WMMA contenders lacked the killer instinct. However, there was one fighter who didn’t fail to inspire her. She was none other than ‘Rowdy’.

Chandler opined that Rousey was the one who always finished her fights. She claimed that the former champion wasn’t in the Octagon for just a paycheck. She revealed her desire to be like Rousey and declared that she trains to finish the fights.


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Have you seen anyone getting inspired by Rousey? Let us know in the comments down below.


Written by:

Krushna Prasad Pattnaik


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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a deep passion for martial arts and storytelling. His extensive training in BJJ, Tae-Kwon-Do, and Muay Thai has given him a unique perspective on the sport of MMA, and his love for analyzing fights is evident in his exceptional writing. Krushna's personal experience in the ring has given him a deep understanding of the intricacies of a bout, and he brings this knowledge to his writing, providing readers with insightful and engaging content.
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