UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has already cemented her place in mixed martial arts history. She became the first female fighter signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship in November 2012. On Dec. 6, 2012, she was named the first women’s UFC titleholder. In February, she became the first female fighter to earn a win inside the Octagon, defending her title against Liz Carmouche.
Earlier this week, the 26-year-old added another first to her list of accolades by becoming the fight woman ranked in the UFC fighter rankings’ pound-for-pound list. She debuted at No. 10.
“I was actually really surprised,” said Rousey on a recent media conference call. “I wasn’t really expecting to be on the pound-for-pound list until I beat Miesha, but it’s kind of cool that I got on there a little bit early.”
The undefeated Rousey is scheduled to face bitter rival Miesha Tate in the UFC 168 co-main event on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. She hopes to move up the rankings with a win.
“It will be nice to see if it changes after this fight, if I move up even more,” she added.
Tate and Rousey first fought under the Strikeforce banner in March 2012. She submitted Tate by armbar in the opening round to become the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion.
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