Ronda Rousey gets Fighter of the Year nomination

By Al Stover
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will get a chance to add more awards to her trophy case that already holds a bronze medal in judo and three Strikeforce title belts.

Rousey, who is one of MMA’s most popular superstars, has been nominated for a record four nominations for the “2012 World MMA Awards”, including the Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year.

Joining Rousey in the running for the Fighter of the Year award are UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson, Strikeforce Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier and Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz.

Rousey was also nominated for Female Fighter of the Year, Breakthrough Fighter of the Year and Submission of the Year (in a match where she submitted Miesha Tate with an armbar in the first round to win the Strikeforce title).

The Strikeforce women’s champion has had an eventful 2012. In addition to defeating Tate for the title back in March, Rousey successfully defended her title against former champion Sarah Kaufman in August. Rousey won by way of armbar in just 54-seconds into the first round.

She also graced the cover of several publications, including ESPN’s Body Issue, Fighter’s Only and UFC magazine.

UFC President Dana White has also talked about bringing Rousey to fight in the UFC.

Rousey has no doubt earned her place among the other nominees. If she were to win the award, it would not only raise her star power, but also help her case for fighting in the UFC.

Do you think Rousey deserves this honor? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA

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