UFC’s Potential Next Big Thing Explains How Ronda Rousey Lit a Fire Inside Her: “I Can’t Believe That a Woman is Going Out There”

Published 02/12/2022, 7:30 AM EST
ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Ronda Rousey stands in the Octagon before her women’s bantamweight title fight against Liz Carmouche during UFC 157 at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Before making it big in WWE, the former Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey turned multiple heads while she was fighting for UFC. Rousey was the first female to sign a contract for Dana White’s UFC, and the women’s division inside UFC bloomed with her.

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Rousey [12-2-0] also inspired plenty of women around the planet to enter the octagon. Upcoming UFC star, Casey O’Neill recently admitted that she is “obsessed” with Ronda.

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O’Neill also confessed that Ronda inspired her by making headlines and breaking records, something which the women’s division of the entire MMA business for not known for.

“When the females came around [in UFC], I was obsessed with watching Ronda Rousey because I was like, ‘I can’t believe that a woman is going out there and being at the headlight of the [match] card’. Ronda [Rousey] [is] obviously doing big things” said O’Neill.

Ronda Rousey will main event WrestleMania 38

The Baddest Woman on the Planet‘ took the entire WWE Universe by surprise when she made her surprise in-ring return during the women’s Royal Rumble match.

Eventually, the former WWE Raw Women’s Champion went on to win the match when she last eliminated the reigning SmackDown Women’s champion, Charlotte Flair.

Now, with this Royal Rumble victory, one thing is certain that the former UFC Champion will main event one of the two main events of WrestleMania 38. Interestingly, this will be the second time when Ronda would main event a ‘Mania match.

Things in the women’s division are quite interesting these days. Both the women’s champion – Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair had a huge beef with the “Rowdy” one back when she was working full time with WWE. The WWE Universe wants to see Ronda face any of the two champions at the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

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Recently, Rousey expressed her desire to work with her fellow UFC colleague, Shayna Baszler, as a tag team.

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For now, Ronda does not have any match for the upcoming Elimination Chamber premium live event, which will happen in Saudi Arabia for the first time. However, it is sure that Ronda will be having a keen eye on either of the two performers that night.

Who do you think Ronda will face at WrestleMania 38? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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