Just six years ago UFC President Dana White proclaimed that women would never compete inside of a UFC Octagon. Today, a woman stands as one of the biggest stars in UFC history.
Ronda Rousey has transcended the sport of MMA and has become a stand alone superstar, but her journey to stardom largely began at UFC 157 on February 23rd, 2013.
Ronda Rousey entered the UFC as the Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion and it didn't take long for her to show audiences why she had garnered so much praise.
At UFC 157, Rousey faced one of the stiffest tests of her career to that point in bantamweight contender Liz Carmouche. Carmouche was able to curb Rousey's aggressiveness early on in the fight and used a mistake to take Ronda's back.
The entire MMA community gasped as it looked like Rousey would be choked out in her UFC debut, but a resilient Rousey shook off Carmouche and sunk-in her trademark armbar before the close of the 1st round.
A victorious Rousey beamed proudly as she became the first woman to secure a victory in the UFC. Since then, the women of the UFC have had a prominent role in the company with a bevy of entertaining fights and showing tremendous growth to the point where Dana White was forced to eat his words.