Meet Ronda Rousey, The Trash-Talking Olympian Who Is About To Become The First Female UFC Fighter Ever

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Ronda Rousey is the best female MMA fighter in the world.She’s also a model, a trash-talker, and an Olympic medalist.

She has everything it takes to be a mainstream sports star, and sometime in 2013 she’ll headline the first ever fight of UFC’s women’s division.

This week she made headlines by saying she has “as much sex as possible” before a fight in an interview that tells you everything you need to know about why the UFC thinks she’ll be a star.

And she has an incredible life story that’s worthy of the fame she has already acquired.

Ronda had a tumultuous childhood. She had to overcome brain damage, and when she was 8 years old, her father died

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Her mother Ann got her involved in Judo at a young age. Ann was the first American to be a World Champion in judo

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She made it to her first Olympics in Athens, but didn't medal. In 2008, she went to Beijing and won a bronze in judo

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She took a graveyard shift at a 24 Hour Fitness in California while trying to figure out what she wanted to do

In just seven months, she went from an out-of-work ex-Olympian to a professional MMA fighter, winning her first fight in 25 seconds

In her fifth career fight, she won the Strikeforce bantamweight title and became the sport's most recognisable name for her borderline offensive trash-talking

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She also trashed talked Michael Phelps and Kim Kardashian, saying Kim was only famous for her sex tape

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After that, her popularity skyrocketed when she landed on the cover of ESPN's Body Issue

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In October, the league she worked for, Strikeforce, announced it would shut down in 2013

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