Ronda Rousey: The Story
Born on February 1, 1987, in Riverside, California, Ronda Jean Rousey was fighting a speech disability as she was growing up. Struggling in school, she dropped out and later earned a GED. Ronda Rousey’s mother AnnMaria De Mars – a gold-medal winning judoka, was the one who passed her love for the sport on to her daughter. After her father committed suicide, Rousey found an outlet for her pain in learning judo.
After extensive training, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games. However, Ronda Rousey’s net worth didn’t quite skyrocket despite her success. In the same year, she won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championship in Budapest. She went on to win the bronze medal at the same championship the next year, becoming the first American athlete to win two Junior World medals. Rousey moved to the 70 kg category where she ranked as one of the top three women in the world. She won the 2007 World Judo Championship silver medal in the middleweight division and the Pan American Games gold medal. Ronda Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo, receiving the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. She retired from judo at the age of 21.
Ronda joined the Glendale Fighting Club and had her amateur debut in MMA. Soon, she turned pro in the sport, noting four straight wins in less than a minute apiece. In 2012, she became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She defended her belt in the inaugural UFC women’s bout in her longest fight at that point, defeating Liz Carmouche in 49 seconds. Rousey won six UFC titles spending a total of 1077 seconds in the octagon. She earned $1 million in prize money which is basically $1000 for every second spent fighting. Rousey also has the fastest average time of 2 minutes and 59 seconds. Technically, she makes more per second than Floyd Mayweather. Rousey earned $100,000 per second across two fights, while “Money” made $66,000 against Manny Pacquiao. Although Ronda Rousey’s net worth vs. Mayweather’s is incomparable; she’s proud of her little victory.
Trying to win her seventh UFC title, Rousey’s dominance came to an end as she lost in a second-round knockout by Holly Holm. However, the fight gained attention and noted $1.1 million PPV buys. Despite the loss, Rousey was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus of $50,000. She tried to retrieve her glory at UFC 207 fighting against the champion at the time, Amanda Nunes, but lost in only 48 seconds. As of 2014, Rousey is part of ‘The Four Horsewomen’, the professional wrestling stable which took the wrestling world by storm. UFC superstar Ronda Rousey’s net worth in 2015 noted a jump, as she became the eighth Highest-Paid Female Athlete with total earnings of $6.5 million. Ronda Rousey’s salary was $3 million, and she got additional $3.5 million from her endorsement deals with MetroPCS, Insureon, Carl’s Jr., and Reebok. If you ever wondered how much money does Ronda Rousey make in a fight, the answer is $1-2 million. The amount is accumulated from her fight earnings, bonuses, and PPV buys.
Apart from being a great athlete, Rousey has also appeared in a nude photoshoot for the ESPN The Magazine’s 2012 Body issue and was ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100. She became the first woman to be the cover face of ‘Australian Men’s Fitness’. The MMA star found herself on the cover of ‘The Ring’ magazine and the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’. The former judoka co-starred in ‘The Expendables 3’ and appeared in ‘Furious 7’. Ronda Rousey’s salary for Expendables 3 was $400,000. The aspiring actress appeared as herself in ‘Entourage’ and had a cameo role in the TV series ‘Blindspot’. Rousey will star in the upcoming movie ‘Mile 22’ alongside the highest-paid actor of 2017, Mark Wahlberg. Rousey also wrote her autobiography, ‘My Fight/Your Fight’ which was the third best-selling sports book. The book has added $80,000 to her wealth. In 2016 Forbes put her at number three of the Highest-Paid Female Athletes with annual earnings of $14 million, just behind Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Ronda Rousey’s net worth now is $12 million.
Ronda Rousey Net Worth & Spending Habits
Rousey defines herself as a woman of a simple life. She has never been pompous, and outside the ring and media spotlight, she’s just a girl from the neighborhood. Rousey lives in Venice Beach, California. She has owned a Honda which she recently sold on an eBay auction for $20,000. Rousey stated that she lived for some time in the car before her rise to fame.
The MMA star has established her own foundation that is devoted to her goal of making the world a better place. Her foundation has donated money to Didi Hirsch, helping in their work in mental health care. Rousey has also donated a $30,000 check to Reaction Institute, run by fellow Olympic Judoka Flavio Canto. She also helped the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, auctioning her fight top to raise $18,759 to save endangered species. Her holiday giving campaign in 2015 joined in the #unselfie movement by making donations that benefited five different charities. Rousey was also a supporter of the World Food Programme’s Free Rice campaign.
Ronda Rousey Net Worth: CelebJury
With 12 won fights of total 14, Ronda Rousey is a real MMA legend. Although some predict that her sports career is over, we might see her become a part of the WWE. Anyhow, Ronda Rousey’s net worth will grow as she’s establishing herself as a stellar movie star and a mainstream celebrity. Discover more celebrity net worth articles on CelebJury!