2013 VigilanteMMA Year End Awards — Female Fighter of the Year

Posted: January 2, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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186_rondarousey_sl1This is probably considered a pretty vanilla choice, but how can you argue with Ronda Rousey as our Female Fighter of 2013? Let’s start with what she’s done inside the octagon over the past calendar year. She fought only twice due to a longer than normal break; but she was 2-0 and notched two more amazing armbar finishes. That alone would give her serious consideration for this award.

The wins over Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate aside, let’s see what else Ronda did for WMMA. She transcended the sport this year. Quite simply, Rousey is the face of female MMA. She also happens to be opne of the only remaining sure-fire draws left in the company. She was on the cover of every magazine, appeared on every talk show, and found herself in headlines all over the place—even outside the relatively narrow MMA and sports world.

Rousey coached on the UFC’s reality show—and dominated, when it comes to buzz from the show (albeit a good percentage of the buzz was negative). She even scored some pretty incredible mainstream success with roles in a couple major Hollywood franchises—Expendables and Fast & the Furious. In those movies she appears alongside some pretty important celebrities.

In short, Ronda Rousey took women’s MMA from Point A to Point B in an incredibly short time—and she did it almost singlehandedly. We chose Rousey as Female Fighter of the Year for everything she did inside the cage—and more importantly, outside. In the most important year in the history of female mixed martial arts, she was the key figure, by far.

Others considered for this award: Tecia Torres, Alexis Davis, Lauren Murphy, Barb Honchak

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This is just one of the several year end awards we have announced and will be announcing. You might also be interested in this…

2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

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