Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is on the cover of a magazine, and everyone's mad. What's the big deal?

After all, the MMA star is the most visible and popular athlete in the UFC. She's been featured in countless magazines before, including on the covers. But this one is far more sensitive territory: Rousey's latest cover is on The Ring, a boxing magazine.

She's the first MMA star to appear on the magazine. And, as someone who has no boxing background -- Rousey was a judo master before joining UFC -- boxing purists consider the move an insult to the sport.


Truly an honor to be the first Mma fighter on the cover of @ringtv

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Boxers will readily point out that MMA skills wouldn't translate well to the boxing ring, where many of Rousey's signature moves are outlawed. Forced to dance on her feet and rely on her fists alone, most boxers wouldn't give her a puncher's chance against a seasoned fighter.

Naturally, Rousey and The Ring are taking some heat for the cover.




It's a tough crowd. But you can't blame The Ring, or any other magazine, wanting to hitch its cart to Rousey. She's soaring to unprecedented heights, while boxing ... well, it's not what it was 50 years ago.

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Rousey connects with fans in Brazil.

 

Ronda Rousey: Outside The Octagon

Rousey speaks on a sports panel at SXSW in Austin.

 

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Mario Lopez welcomes Rousey to the set of 'Extra' at Universal Studios

 

Ronda Rousey: Outside The Octagon

Rousey waves to fans at Univesal CityWalk.

 

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Rousey appears at a promotional event with Reebok and UFC.

 

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Hip hop artist Swizz Beatz poses with Rousey.

 

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Rousey draws a crowd in Hollywood.

 

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Rousey attends a special screening of "The Expendables 3" in Macao.

 

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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger flank Rousey at The Venetian Macao.

 

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Rousey attends the Los Angeles premiere of "The Expendables 3" at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

 

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Rousey shares a laugh with Joe Rogan after weighing in before UFC 175.

 

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Rousey joins the cast of "The Expendables 3" at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Ronda Rousey: Outside The Octagon

Rousey attends the Cannes premiere of "The Expendables 3" with Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes.

 

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Rousey works a scene on location in Beverly Hills with Jerry Ferrara for the "Entoutage" movie.

 

Ronda Rousey: Outside The Octagon

Rousey takes time to pose with a fan at LAX airport.

 

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Rousey poses during a UFC portrait session in December 2013.

 

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Rousey has an exchange with Jimmy Kimmel.

 

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Rousey is featured in the 2012 edition of ESPN The Magazine's annual body issue.

 

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Rousey wins a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She is the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo.

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