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.

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title=”Growing up, Ronda had to fight boys, but she says she was born to be a fighter: “I wasn’t meant for a desk job and I hated school.””
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title=”But afterward, she had no job to fall back on: “There’s nothing put in place for Olympians after they’re done. They give you a couple grand, a handshake and they kick your arse out the door.””
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title=”In 2010, she returned to fighting at an MMA gym in Los Angeles. She said, “I need to win and I need to do this quick because I’m tired of living with the cockroaches and eating frozen vegetables.””
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title=”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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title=”She once said about her next opponent: “If I get her in an armbar, I’m gonna try to rip it off and throw it at her corner.””
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title=”She also trashed talked Michael Phelps and Kim Kardashian, saying Kim was only famous for her sex tape”
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title=”But despite the newfound fame, women’s MMA still didn’t make her a lot of money. She told SI about her financial situation, “I couldn’t retire, but I’d be chilling for a while.””
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title=”The UFC scooped her up immediately, making her the first female fighter ever. CEO Dana White, who previously vowed to never employ a female fighter, said, “I think she’s going to be a big superstar.””
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