Ronda Rousey to be first woman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

Ronda Rousey to be first woman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

June 11 (UPI) — Ronda Rousey will be the first woman inducted into the Modern Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.

The UFC announced the move on Saturday. Rousey, 31, was 12-2 during her career in the mixed martial arts league. She suffered the only losses of her career in her last two fights against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.

“Rowdy” hasn’t fought since the Dec. 30, 2016 bout against Nunes in UFC 207. She has since turned her attention toward being an actress and a career in the WWE.

“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC president Dana White said in a release.

“Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

The former bantamweight champion will be inducted on Thursday, July 5. The event will be streamed live at 7 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass.

“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”

Rousey joins Forrest Griffin, B.J. Penn and Urijah Faber as the only members of the Modern Wing.