Time Magazine chooses Rousey to “30 People Under 30 Changing the World”
December 6, 2013
MMA Junkie reports that Ronda Rousey has been named to Time magazine’s list of “30 People Under 30 Changing the World.” Rousey joins a list of entrepreneurs, policy makers, inventors and humanitarians.
The only other person on the list related to sports is Parker Liautaud, a Yale student that skied to the North Pole to study climate change. Rousey was chosen because she “is updating the face of female athletics through her tough skills and commercial successes” according to Time.
Despite Rousey’s on-air demeanor last Saturday on the TUF Finale, her accomplishments and the fact that she is an outspoken woman in a sport that is male-dominated is still the narrative to most mainstream media. She recently appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and happily told the story of kicking someone’s ass at a movie. Overall, she presented well on the show. So, while most of the MMA fans in the know may have lost respect for Rousey after some of her antics on TUF, she still can be a media darling and sell UFC 168. Getting on the Time list may not mean much to most, but it is still good publicity for the UFC, Rousey and the sport of MMA.