"Rowdy" was honored earlier this evening (Weds., July 16, 2014) at the 2014 ESPYs Awards, "which celebrates the year's best athletes and moments in sports." It marks the first-time ever that a UFC fighter has earned such a major nod at the annual awards show, proving once again that the undefeated female mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation is the promotion's hottest breakthrough star.
Rousey, who -- along with Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones -- missed out on "Fighter of the Year" because of boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- beat out Mikaela Shiffrin (2014 Winter Olympics), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut women's basketball) and Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx basketball star) to win the trophy.
In the span of 16 months, Rousey has captured the 135-pound title and defended it three times in convincing fashion. Sandwiched between, she has also starred in a major motion picture, "Expendables 3."
Rousey is currently nursing a broken hand back to health (read details here), while company President Dana White and Co. recruit high-profile free agents like Holly Holm (read details here) and Gina Carano for her to beat up when she is cleared to return to action.
Here's White's immediate reaction upon hearing the news:
Congrats @RondaRousey on ESPY for Best Female Athlete!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) July 17, 2014