Ronda Rousey: UFC Championship Is Merely the Beginning for Sport's Latest Phenom

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 24, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23:  Ronda Rousey celebrates her UFC Bantamweight Title over Liz Carmouche at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ronda Rousey is the first women's champion of the UFC after defeating Liz Carmouche in the first round of UFC 157 via an armbar submission.

The former Olympic judo champion has never lost a fight in her relatively short UFC career and was largely expected to wipe the floor with Carmouche here—but even still, the victory came as a momentous and spectacular feat for Rousey.

She is the sport's top female athlete right now.

And that's simply just the beginning.

Rousey showed with a win at UFC 157 that she has the change to become a true icon—not just for women's UFC, but also for women's sport in general.

Her win in Anaheim this weekend came with such conviction and relative ease that it's hard not to get caught up with how far Rousey could go in the sport.

She did come under some fire from Carmocuhe early, but at the first sight of a submission, Rousey made sure that her armbar would get the job done here. The clock stopped at 4:49 in the first round, Carmouche tapped out and Rousey was the new women's champion of the UFC.

It was simply all that easy.

The future of the sport and Rousey in general remains up in the air, to some extent. There appears few fighters on the planet that are capable of mixing it with the former judo champion—particularly when it gets on the ground and Rousey's judo skills can come to the fore.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowdon wrote earlier in the week that Rousey has already broken the glass ceiling in terms of women's UFC; the question now becomes as to just how far the champion can go in the mixed martial arts world.

Back-to-back championships? An undefeated career in the sport?

A legacy and ground-breaking revolution that few other sporting women will ever be able lay claim to in the modern sporting arena?

The truth is we simply don't know where Rousey will finish up in the sport. All we do know is that her history and her stardom is simply only beginning—we are simply privy to the start of a legend, rather than witnessing the highest peak of career unfold in front of us.

Rousey is already the Everest of women's UFC, and she hasn't even started yet.

How far she'll end up before that happens is something truly unpredictable.


How far can Ronda Rousey go in women's UFC, or UFC in general?

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