At 28, Ronda Rousey was on top of the world.
For two years the buffed and powerful American was the undefeated queen of the brutal MMA (cage-fighting) sport, with eight of her 12 wins finishing in the first round and a handful ending in decisive knockouts. Magazines named her the most “dominant active” athlete. Rolling Stone profiled her. The Most Dangerous Woman, they called it. Her powerhouse athletic fame and incongruous sweet face led her to bit parts in movies. She penned an autobiography. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Then she had a fight in Melbourne late last year and was knocked out by former boxing champ and underdog, Holly Holm. Rousey was taken straight away to hospital bloodied and bruised and withdrew from the public eye.