Casual folks -- not just "hardcore" mixed martial arts (MMA) fans -- around the globe love to search the Interwebs for the latest "Ronda Rousey"-related news. This cold, hard fact is terribly lost on the clever folks who have suggested ad nauseam that we rebrand our website to, "RondaRouseyMania.com."
To illustrate her powerful traffic allure, Rousey topped Yahoo! in 2015 as the "Most Searched Athlete," beating out male mega-stars such as Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. She was first among seven women featured on the list, which looks like this:
In the spirit of disclosure, MMAmania.com set its all-time monthly traffic record in Nov. 2015, which coincides with Rousey's brutal knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 (see it). Our second biggest? Aug. 2015, the same month Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190.
It's no coincidence.
And while some are jumping off the Ronda Rousey bandwagon following her recent devastating setback, legendary broadcast journalist Barbara Walters is still fully on board. Walters -- who sent a video message to "Rowdy" prior to her championship bout against "Preacher's Daughter" -- added the former women's Bantamweight champion to the "10 Most Fascinating People" list for 2015.
It's a rather prestigious list, as it includes prominent figures in sports, film and politics.
The Slanted has the scoop:
Walters will profile Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, ballerina Misty Copeland, and fashion legend Donna Karan for the special. Additional names will be announced shortly. The #1 most fascinating person will be revealed on the special. "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015" will air on THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 (9:30 - 11:00 p.m., EST) on ABC.
That's quite an impressive list so far.
Rousey hasn't been in the public eye since dropping a her title to Holm in Melbourne, Australia. The good news is that she seems to be doing better physically as evidenced by these photos courtesy of TMZ.