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 Posted: Tue Jun 12th, 2018 10:30 pm
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One of the pivotal figures in women’s MMA is set for a 2018 UFC Hall of Fame induction.
UFC officials Saturday announced that former champion Ronda Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who registered a record six consecutive title defenses of her women’s bantamweight belt from 2013-2015, will join its latest hall class. She’s part of the “Modern” wing, which honors fighters who turned pro after November 2000.
Rousey is the first female member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
“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 in a statement. “May I be the first of many.”
The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place July 5 in Las Vegas and streams on UFC Fight Pass.
“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White stated. “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.”


Rousey, a 31-year-old judoka who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, eventually turned to MMA in 2010, and by 2012, she had won a Strikeforce title. After one title defense, she ushered female MMA into the UFC, where she was installed as the organization’s inaugural women’s 135-pound champion.
Rousey quickly became a mainstream and pay-per-view draw – and one of the most dominant champions the sport had ever seen. She opened her career with a 12-0 record with 12 stoppages. Eleven came in the first round – eight in a minute or less.
Rousey eventually left the UFC following back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016, and she’s now a pro-wrestling performer with the WWE.


Rousey’s impact on the sport – and record books – is undeniable. She recorded four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women’s bantamweight history. She also headlined six UFC events, including UFC 193, which drew a UFC-record attendance of 56,214.
As a part-time Hollywood actor and published author, she’s remains one of MMA’s most visible figures – even in retirement.
Previously announced 2018 UFC Hall of Fame inductees include Matt Serra (Pioneers wing), Bruce Connal (Contributors wing), Art Davie (Contributors wing), and Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson (Fights wing).




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Question for the board. How interested are you in MMA? Did wrestling lead you to MMA? Personally I have almost zero interest. Like boxing, I may have a passing interest in one or two matches a year, but I have no interest in watching a whole evening's worth of matches.

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I used to get the UFC PPVs in the mid-90's when they were still Tournaments. Stopped after Shamrock and Severn laid on the mat for 95% of the match not doing anything. Very Boring.



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Kriss wrote: Question for the board. How interested are you in MMA? Did wrestling lead you to MMA? Personally I have almost zero interest. Like boxing, I may have a passing interest in one or two matches a year, but I have no interest in watching a whole evening's worth of matches.
I was a fan from day one, the first PPV from Denver in 1993 with Gracie and Shamrock.  I had been a boxing fan and watched Tuesday Night Fights regularly, but that sport just started sucking so hard I was looking for an alternative and the UFC seemed very exciting in theory, although many of the fights were actually boring.  It was a spectacle in the early days with 150 pound BJJ guys beating the shit out of 400-pound sumo wrestlers.  The nut shots were rampant and there were just no rules.  It was the closest thing to a street fight that you could get, at least with the less professional guys.  I don't know if wrestling had anything to do with me getting into it, but I'm sure the same things that drew me to one drew me to the other. 

I never could've imagined it would've grown to this level once they developed weight classes and codified the unified rules of MMA.  Of course the downside of that is that it's just like boxing now with guys ducking each other and instead of fighting 3 times in 1 night barely fighting 3 times in a year and a half.  I started losing interest when UFC overexposed themselves and started running 10 shows a month with 50 different weight classes, or so it seems.  There were just too many guys to keep track of and most of them would come and go quickly.  It became quantity over quality and the star power seems to have diminished greatly.  There are some PPVs now that they expect me to pay $60 for where I might have a genuine interest in one fighter and barely know (or not know at all) anyone else on the card.  Even going to a bar and watching it with friends turns into a $100 night minimum after the cover charge and drinks.  It's an expensive and time-consuming sport to follow if you're really going to try to watch most of the "major" shows.  I would argue that almost no show is major anymore because they push them all as major. 

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Kriss wrote: Question for the board. How interested are you in MMA? Did wrestling lead you to MMA? Personally I have almost zero interest. Like boxing, I may have a passing interest in one or two matches a year, but I have no interest in watching a whole evening's worth of matches.
Since the creation of UFC I’ve seen maybe 6 fights total; I’m not a fan and never have been. If I watch something I want to be entertained and MMA has never entertained me. 



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Kriss wrote: Question for the board. How interested are you in MMA? Did wrestling lead you to MMA? Personally I have almost zero interest. Like boxing, I may have a passing interest in one or two matches a year, but I have no interest in watching a whole evening's worth of matches.
Honestly, I could give a shit, it just doesn't appeal to me. I watch when Brock fights because I know who he is but that's about it..



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