Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship Ronda Rousey will step into the cage this Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California as she attempts to make her first title defense against Sarah Kaufman. Before the event, the face of women’s MMA sat down to give fans some insight into her life with an emotional interview about how she has reached the heights at which she currently stands. “Rowdy” mentions the death of her father as the reason she quit swimming and her mother’s judo accomplishments inspiring her to take part in the sport.
A promise to her father that she would one day be the best in the world at whatever she did was what drove her, inspiring the judoka to take an Olympic Bronze Medal in 2008.
Ronda has been on an absolute tear since debuting in MMA last year, finishing all five of her career bouts by armbar. The Olympic judoka had seen a grand total of two minutes and 18 seconds of action in her MMA career before meeting with Miesha Tate for the title this passed May. Tate pushed her bitter rival like no one else had in a “Round of The Year” contender. Ultimately, Ronda’s ground acumen was too much for the veteran, who would meet the same fate as all of Rousey’s prior victims, tapping to armbar at 4:27 of the opening stanza.