clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ronda Rousey debuts on Fortune’s '40 Under 40' list for 2015

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may not be getting any love from the gang at Forbes, based on this recent list, but she's still in the good graces of Fortune.

In fact, the American business magazine -- published under the Time Inc. umbrella -- named "Rowdy" to its recent list of "40 under 40" for 2015, "a measure of power and influence" in the media and business world, as well as pop culture.

Here's why:

2015 has been the Year of Ronda. The mixed martial arts fighter is undefeated in the ring (many of her bouts last mere seconds) and is said to be the most dominant female athlete in her sport ever; she's earned an estimated $5 million from fighting this year alone. Her influence is broadening fast: She's hit the big screen three times, with major roles in Furious 7, The Expendables 3, and the Entourage movie, and she'll play the lead in a forthcoming remake of Road House. She made a surprise appearance with her friend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at WrestleMania 31 in March, delighting WWE fans. And she's inspiring women everywhere with a recent speech about body image that's been viewed 3.1 million times and was played on-stage by Beyonce in September.

Rousey, 28, landed at No. 40 (see the full list here).

The undefeated judoka and budding actress will fight top division contender Holly Holm at the upcoming UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Nov. 14, 2015 inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. And putting 60,000 butts in seats would be a good way to reinforce all the accolades she's been getting in recent months.

For more on her upcoming projects click here.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania