Trailblazing Ronda Rosuey put women's mixed martial arts (MMA) on the map when she became the first woman to ink a deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in 2012.
According to UFC CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, who spoke to In Depth with Graham Bensinger (via Yahoo! Sports ), it isn't too far fetched to believe Ronda can go on to become the most popular athlete in all of combat sports. She is, after all, the most impressive athlete he has ever worked with.
And when asked how he feels the company's decision to allow women inside the Octagon has changed things, Fertitta was not short on words and wasn't shy about giving "Rowdy" her due.
"I feel like that this is a seminal moment that's not just in sports, but in culture altogether. This movement that's being led by Ronda Rousey... it's female empowerment... I mean who is to say, why can't Ronda Rousey be the biggest, most popular athlete in combat sports? And that's her whole attitude and that's why she is getting there. And she is blazing a trail and I think what's happening for females in sports, the most interesting story, the most important story in sports is the UFC, because we've embraced it. We don't treat them any differently... And [Ronda] has been the most impressive athlete we ever worked with, here at the UFC. I put her up there with the best of the best."
Rousey, though, isn't content with just being the most popular athlete in the world, but also wants to conquer Hollywood, as well.
And she's off to one fine start, as the Olympian already has a few blockbuster films under her belt, including "The Expendables 3" and the upcoming summer films "Entourage" and "Fast 7." She is also currently in talks to head her own potential franchise with "The Athena Project."
Still, while those accomplishments are impressive, they may pale in comparison to what she has managed to do in the world of MMA by opening up opportunities for countless women across the globe and bringing in an entirely new audience.
Thanks to her aggressive fighting style, which has earned her an undefeated record (10-0, 4-0 UFC), Rousey is sitting on top of the MMA world at the moment and continues to make history seemingly at every turn.
She'll look to build on her impressive resume when she defends her bantamweight title against Cat Zingano in the co-main event of UFC 184 on Feb. 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.