The lists of firsts for Ronda Rousey continues to grow, with the UFC bantamweight champion landing the cover of Ring Magazine’s January 2016 issue.
Rousey becomes the first mixed martial artist to ever grace the cover of the boxing magazine that debuted in 1922, but she also becomes only the second woman to ever score the cover as well.
Cathy “Cat” Davis was the last woman to get featured on the cover of Ring Magazine back in 1978.
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Rousey has exploded onto the combat sports scene over the last few years and her crossover appeal with boxing fans is undeniable, especially considering her friendship with fighters like Manny Pacquiao.
While Rousey’s own martial arts history started with judo when she was a kid, she’s fallen in love with boxing over the years working with her coach Edmond Tarverdyan, who has worked with several notable boxers over the years, including Vic Darchinyan.
The cover states “she conquered MMA, is boxing next?” and while that scenario is highly unlikely to ever happen, the fact that Rousey landed the cover of the most prestigious magazine covering the sport says a lot.
When it came down to her own love of the sweet science, Rousey admitted that she’s a huge fan of undefeated knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, who just recently scored his 20th consecutive finish when he put away David Lemieux on Oct. 17.
"Gennady Golovkin," Rousey answered when asked about her favorite boxer. "I can’t believe I’m one of those people who are like ‘before everybody knew I thought he was going to be cool’ but I’m totally one of those guys. I’m like ‘I knew Gennady was going to show everyone!’ Just everything about who he is as a fighter and who he is as a person and it’s hard to find somebody that impresses you in both areas."
Rousey’s issue lands in stores on Nov. 15 — the day after she defends her UFC bantamweight title against Holly Holm, who just happened to be a two-time Ring Magazine female fighter of the year winner.