Ronda Rousey is all about setting trends and breaking records.
Labeled the “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” by Sports Illustrated, “Rowdy” has had an unreal 2015.
At UFC 191, Rousey snagged her first million-buy PPV – a first for women, and a rarity for men – when she knocked out Bethe Correia in the first round.
The fight against Correia wasn’t the champ’s first career KO, but it was her first, clean, one-punch knockout. And it came in the midst of a blossoming Hollywood career (Entourage, Fast 7).
Rousey even published a best-selling autobiography in 2015, “My Fight, Your Fight.” It is currently being adapted into a feature film with Rousey set to play the lead.
Now, the 28-year-old superstar is adding another ‘first’ to her résumé: SportsCenter anchor.
ESPN announced in a press release that the UFC bantamweight champion will be hosting Wednesday’s 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter alongside Lindsay Czarniak.
It will be the first time a female athlete has co-hosted the flagship program.
“I’m excited to co-host SportsCenter with Lindsay on Wednesday,” Rousey said in the release. “I’ve always appreciated the support ESPN has shown me and I’m honored to be the first female celebrity co-host!”
Rousey is also scheduled for various ESPN programming throughout the day on Wednesday.
On Nov. 15, Rousey looks to make history once again, when she meets challenger Holly Holm at UFC 192 in Melbourne, Australia. The event is being held at the 75,000-seat Etihad Stadium, and the UFC is hoping “Rowdy” can break the UFC’s all-time attendance record.
If she does, you can count on plenty more appearances on popular TV shows.
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