Ronda Rousey Documentary: Reviewing the ESPN 'Nine for IX' Production

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2014

ESPN's 30 for 30 and Nine for IX series have been nothing short of exceptional. UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was the latest subject for the network's latter series.

The video on Rousey is merely a 14-minute short for espnW, but it packs a punch. The company continued its trend of producing stellar content that tells a remarkable story. For MMA fans, not much new was said in the piece if you have followed Rousey's career.

Rousey discusses how she got into MMA after her judo career, Dana White's infamous comments about women never fighting in the UFC and stepping into the Octagon as the first female champion. These stories have been chronicled in detail by the MMA media and the UFC itself, but having this video reaching new fans is a great thing.

"I don't want little girls to have the same ambitions as me, but I want them to know it's OK to be ambitious," Rousey explains in the documentary. "And I don't want them to say the same things that I do, but I want them know it's OK to say whatever it is that's on their mind."

Rousey is a star. She is the face of the UFC in 2014 and is one of the most compelling sports figures in the entire world. She did not win the ESPY for Best Female Athlete this year merely because she is a great fighter; she has also made the public care about her.

She is not the only intriguing member of her family, either. Rousey's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, is also featured in the piece. De Mars discusses how she thought it was stupid to venture into MMA because there was no money to be made and how Rousey has changed the landscape of the sport.

This is a merely a small glimpse into what makes Rousey a special presence in sports.

The Mundo sisters' production, Nadine Mundo and Rena Mundo Croshere, tells a fascinating tale in under 15 minutes. It is well worth your time to hit play and watch the video.