It should come as no surprise that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is our 2012 women’s “Fighter of the Year.” The Olympic medal bronze medalist was a unanimous choice for the award and is quite deserving. Rousey began the year as an intriguing prospect that some thought could be a star, while others still had reservations about her possibly being a one-trick fighter.
While Rousey continued to use that “one trick” to great success, her intensity and growing striking game was a major factor in her going from the Strikeforce cage to the UFC Octagon by the end of the year. Rousey will look to continue her success in 2013, as she becomes one of the first women to fight in the UFC opposite Liz Carmouche.
- Liz Carmouche: 2-0 in 2012, challenges for UFC women’s bantamweight title in 2013
- Sara McMann: 2-0 in 2012, expected to join UFC
- Felice Herrig: 3-0 in 2012, XFC stalwart and Bellator fighter
- Jessica Penne: 2-0 in 2012, Invicta FC atomweight champion
- Jessica Eye: 4-0 in 2012, Bellator and NAAFS standout
- Miesha Tate: 1-1 in 2012, former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and also expected to join the UFC