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WWE and UFC Legend Ronda Rousey Overcame a Rare Disorder to Become the Baddest Woman on the Planet Today

Published 02/05/2022, 11:00 AM EST

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Former WWE and UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey is a fearless fighter and has proven to the world that she is arguably one of the best fighters on this planet.

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From the Olympics to UFC and recently in WWE, Rousey made an impact everywhere she went. Former WWE Raw Women’s champion made her comeback to pro-wrestling at the Royal Rumble event after a brief hiatus.


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However, things were not always simple for The Baddest Women on the Planet. Rousey has defeated multiple diseases and is a living example of how one can achieve anything if he puts in his/her mind to it.

What disability did Ronda Rousey suffer from?

Ronda’s past is more tragic than you think. Being one of the most successful female athletes is one thing, and suffering from life-altering events is another.

As a child, WWE superstar Ronda Rousey suffered from a rare type of neurological speech disorder called apraxia. Because of this disorder, she was incapable of making coherent sentences, and this happened for the first six years of her life.


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Eventually, this means that for the first six years of her life, Ronda couldn’t do what children of her age could do seamlessly.

Apraxia is a motor speech disorder where the brain has problems coordinating with the body parts like lips, jaw, and tongue. It is such a rare disorder that Ronda’s family couldn’t figure out the best solution for her daughter.

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A Denver speech pathologist helped Ronda Rousey figure out her childhood disorder


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Laura Smith met Ronda Rousey at a book signing in Denver, Colorado, for Rousey’s autobiography, back in 2015. However, the reason for meeting between the two is linked to Ronda’s disorder.

Smith heard about Ronda’s complications and immediately realize the former UFC Women’s champion is suffering from apraxia. Ultimately, Smith met Ronda at her book signing and gave a brochure about the rare disorder apraxia, interestingly.


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Eventually, Ronda read the brochure and educated herself on the rare disorder. However, what is notable is that despite having such health complications, Ronda never backed down and has become one of the most popular females on this planet.

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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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