Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returns to the UFC octagon for the first time in 13 months as part of the Dec. 30 headlining act at UFC 207, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Rousey (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will attempt to regain the title she lost to Holly Holm in November 2015 when she challenges current champ Amanda Nunes (13-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the 135-pound belt in the pay-per-view main event following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The 29-year-old has openly discussed her desire to break UFC records and leave a legacy in the sport, but Nunes stands in her way and is a threat to damage everything “Rowdy” has done thus far.
With arguably the most significant contest of Rousey’s career just around the corner, there’s no better time to take a closer look at everything she’s achieved to date and what records are in store if she’s successful at UFC 207.
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Rousey competes in her eighth UFC women’s bantamweight bout, tied with Nunes and Raquel Pennington for second most in divisional history behind Miesha Tate (nine).
Her six victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Nunes and Pennington for the most in divisional history.
Her three submission victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Her seven armbar finishes in UFC/Strikeforce competition are the most in the combined history of the two organizations.
Her seven armbar wins are tied with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the most in UFC/Strikeforce/PRIDE/WEC combined history.
Her seven first-round finishes in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight competition are the most in history. Nunes is second with five.
She has been awarded seven fight-night bonuses during her UFC tenure, the most of any fighter in women’s bantamweight history.
She is one of 19 fighters in UFC history with Olympic credentials.
Rousey is the only fighter in history to earn an Olympic medal and a UFC championship.
She is one of seven fighters in UFC history to win a championship with an undefeated record. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Chris Weidman, Cain Velasquez, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Randy Couture are the others.
Her streak of six consecutive stoppages in UFC championship fights before losing the belt was the longest title-fight finishing streak in history.
Her six stoppage victories in UFC championship fights are tied for the third most in history behind Anderson Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (eight).
Her two UFC title defenses in a 56-day stretch between UFC 168 and UFC 170 marked the fastest turnaround between successful title defenses in UFC history.
Her five first-round finishes in UFC championship bouts are the most in modern history.
She is the only fighter in UFC/Strikeforce/PRIDE/WEC combined promotional history to win four championship fights in less than one minute each.
Her 14-second submission of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 is the fastest submission finish and second fastest stoppage of any kind in a UFC championship fight behind Conor McGregor’s 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
Her 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 is the third fastest knockout in a UFC championship fight behind McGregor’s finish of Aldo at UFC 194 and Andrei Arlovski’s 15-second stoppage of Paul Buentello at UFC 55.
Her 54-second submission of Sarah Kaufman at “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” was the fastest submission in the championship-fight history of the now-defunct organization.
Rousey’s total cage time after 13 pro fights is 31 minutes and 35 seconds, an average of two minutes and 26 seconds per fight. She’s ended eight of her pro victories in less than one minute.
Her longest fight to date lasted 10 minutes and 58 seconds.
Her 25-second submission of Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce Challengers 18 is the second fastest submission in Strikeforce history.
Her 13 takedowns landed in UFC and Strikeforce competition have come from the clinch.
She was the first fighter to score a standing knockdown in the history of the UFC women’s bantamweight division. She registered the feat against Sara McMann at UFC 170.
Her knockout of McMann stemmed from a knee to the body and marked just the second time in UFC history a title fight has ended with a strike to the body. George St-Pierre registered the other such finish when he stopped Matt Serra at UFC 83.
Her 14-second submission of Zingano at UFC 184 is the fastest finish in UFC women’s bantamweight history.
Her 14-second submission of Zingano is the fastest submission finish in modern UFC history.
She is the only fighter in modern UFC history to earn two stoppage victories in less than 20 seconds each.