As the UFC continues to spearhead the mixed martial arts community into the realm of mainstream sports, much attention has been given to the rise of women’s MMA. And the star of that rise is without a doubt UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.
Rousey has recently been added to the TIME Magazine’s list of the 30 people under 30 changing the world. That’s a huge leap not just for WMMA, but MMA in general. She’s being classified in the same category as education advocates, human rights proponents, energy innovators, politicians, scientists, and tech CEO’s. Additionally, a mainstream publication like TIME Magazine is unquestionably one of the most respected organizations in the world.
It’s likely that many readers will disagree with Rousey being featured on the list. This is most probably due to her recent stint on The Ultimate Fighter. Since making her appearance on the famed reality series, many of her fans have abandoned her after they saw her true colors. For the first time, MMA fans saw the real Ronda Rousey, and a slew of them didn’t like what they saw. The once loved WMMA icon, who was previously thought of as a do-no-wrong role model, is now viewed as an immature, psychotic narcissist by many fans within the MMA community.
Nonetheless, whether you like her or not, this is definitely a significant accomplishment for mixed martial arts and women.