Professional wrestler and retired MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is pregnant with her first child. She and her husband, Travis Browne, made the baby announcement in a video on their YouTube channel, shown below.
In the April 21 announcement, Rousey pulled a pillow away from her stomach to reveal a baby bump. “Pow! Four months pregnant!” she said in triumph as Browne rubbed her belly. The video included glimpses of ultrasound appointments for the Rousey-Browne baby.
The happily pregnant Ronda Rousey also said at the end of the video, “Baddest baby on the planet coming to you soon … Sept. 22.”
The couple hasn’t yet revealed their baby’s sex but promised to share more about their pregnancy journey in the near future.
Rousey first became famous for winning a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. That made her the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Rousey went on to compete in mixed martial arts through Strikeforce and then the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before turning to pro wrestling with World Wresling Entertainment (WWE).
Rousey, who is known for her fierce fighting technique, said in 2015 she thought she could take on Floyd Mayweather — or “anyone on this planet” — in a no-rules fight.
“Right before a fight, all I’m thinking is that I deserve to win, I belong there,” she told Esquire in 2015. “I really feel like I’m a fish and something got dropped beside me in the water and I remember that, ‘Oh yes, this is where I’m supposed to be and this is the way it’s supposed to be.’ It’s a strange sense of coming home and belonging in my place.”
In September 2020, she posted about one of her favorite matches, for the Raw Women’s Championship in 2018, against Natalya:
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) September 17, 2020
However, Rousey stepped away from the WWE to focus on trying to get pregnant.
“We want to be able to put it out there, in the universe, that we want to start having our family,” she said in People. “But we’re also trying not to stress out about it and really enjoy the last of the time that’s just to be me, [Travis] and the boys. And however much of this time that we get to have, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
While this is 34-year-old Rousey’s first child, Browne has been married twice before and has two sons, Kaleo and Keawe, from his first marriage. The 38-year-old former UFC fighter is from Hawaii and married Rousey there in 2017.
Rousey is the daughter of Ron Rousey and AnnMaria De Mars. Her mother was a champion judoka who trained Rousey growing up.
Though she seems to be semi-retired from wrestling and MMA, Rousey also has an acting career, which has included parts in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and the TV show “9-1-1.” Rousey and Browne also run Browsey Acres farm in California, where they are raising Wagyu beef cattle.
Congrats to Ronda Rousey on getting pregnant! We can’t wait to hear news about the baby.