UFC 157 headliner Ronda Rousey ranked 65 out of 112 best sports moments by Sports Illustrated

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

"The Rise of Ronda Rousey" was a better sports moment than Chuck Zito's gimp pitch, Felix Baumgartner's space jump, Dustin Penner's pancake injury and Samantha Gordon's "sweet feet."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is the talk of the town.

That's to be expected, as "Rowdy" will make history when she headlines the upcoming UFC 157 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Feb. 23, 2013, from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. And the rest of the sports world, not surprisingly, is taking notice.

Rousey ranked 65 out of 112 of the most "mystifying, monumental, mesmerizing and magical moments, memes and memories of 2012," according to Sports Illustrated.

She's the biggest rising star in women's mixed martial arts, if not the sport as a whole. Ronda Rousey's rise has been meteoric. In just nine fights (both professional and amateur) -- all first-round victories by arm bar -- Rousey has become an MMA sensation. In November, Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. She's scheduled to fight Liz Carmouche in her debut at UFC 157. The fight will not just be the UFC's first women's bout, it will also be the first women's bout to headline a UFC pay-per-view. The UFC is banking heavily on Rousey.

See the complete list here.

Rousey (6-0) has electrified the world of combat sports with her devastating ground game, ending all six of her professional MMA fights by way of first-round submission (armbar). In addition, she tore through the amateur ranks, needing less than two minutes (combined) to end all three of her fights.

She's certainly got the chops to be in the spotlight ... but are fight fans on "Rowdy" overload?

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