Ronda Rousey, the most dominant female fighter on Earth. Bret Harman/Washington Post/Getty
Ronda Rousey is peacefully asleep inside her wee Venice Beach, California, bungalow, her breathing rhythmic, only one of her feet stirring.
She’s naked, because that’s how she sleeps, not much of a threat to anyone and so unlike how she is when she’s in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Octagon.
At times like those, she’s a broad-shouldered, evil-eyed fighting fury, capable of wicked overhand rights, various elbow strikes, thudding head punches, an entire panoply of judo throws, mounts, tosses and sweeps, and, of course, her signature fight-ending killer move, the armbar submission
Not that the world has gotten a chance to see all of this mayhem yet. Her fights, three amateur and 11 pro, with not a single loss among them, tend to end in less than 60 seconds.
At the age of 28, she has in four years become the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter in the sport’s history and was in fact recently named “the most dominant athlete alive,” beating out names like LeBron and Mayweather.
On the fight scene, there’s never, ever really been anyone quite like her. “She’s a beast, man,” says UFC president Dana White. “She’s the greatest athlete I’ve ever worked with. With her, it’s like the Tyson era, like, how fast is she gonna destroy somebody, and in what manner? Ronda’s one in a million.”