Ronda Rousey has without a doubt been the driving force behind the explosion of women's mixed martial arts (MMA).
Especially in giving women the chance to compete inside the worlds famous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, something promotion president Dana White swore would never happen.
But not even "Rowdy" -- or White, for that matter -- could have imagined the impact the popularity of women's MMA would have in the sport, his company, and Ronda herself.
And during her first full whirlwind year as a UFC fighter, Ronda says she is looking forward to having another woman help her carry the load with the addition of the new strawweight division (details).
Her words during Thursday's (Feb. 22, 2014) UFC 170 pre-fight press conference:
"I would describe it as juggling on a unicycle. That's my favorite analogy. It's been really fun. It's definitely a whirlwind and challenging at times. I think women's MMA has made so much more progress than I even could have hoped for that even within that one year we've already added a second division. I'm really looking forward to how the 115-pounds go and I'm really looking forward to having another women's champion in the UFC."
Indeed, one could argue that the star power of Rousey -- one that has helped her become the biggest star the promotion has ever had -- has brought in a whole new audience to MMA.
Something that will maybe give Rousey more time to focus on her future "Tinseltown" endeavors.