“You have to fight because you can’t count on anyone else fighting for you. And you have to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. To get anything of real value, you have to fight for it.”

Professional wrestler Rhonda Rousey shattered the stereotype that women are delicate. California native Rhonda Rousey is a UFC fighter turned professional wrestler. Rousey’s journey to stardom began after she became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo. After this feat, Rousey held the highest streak of defending the title of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey is a beacon of empowerment for women globally; she challenges other women to embrace their passions, as she did herself.

Nationality: American

Industry: Sports

Q: Did you worry for a second that you got hurt too bad and you would never do this again? (In regards to her defeat against Holly Holm)

A: “I was down in the medical room and in the corner. And I was like ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ As I thought about it, I realized that the best things in my life come out of the worst things. I started to think about my purpose, and maybe my purpose wasn’t to win all the time.”

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