L.A. News Group 2015 Sports Person of the Year: The Rousey Revolution came though

Ronda Rousey and her Dogo Argentino Mochi have some fun at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)

Ronda Rousey and her Dogo Argentino Mochi have some fun at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)

On Barbara Walters’ hour-and-a-half long ABC special “10 Most Fascinating People of 2015,” the segment highlighting Ronda Rousey’s year lasted just five minutes.
In proportion to a typical Rousey victory in the UFC Octagon, it was kind of symbolic. Pay attention, or you’ll miss it.
It wasn’t as if Rousey needed to make a case for why she belonged in the same TV conversation with two presidential candidates (Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders), a ballerina (Misty Copeland), an entrepreneur (Jeff Bezos), a fashion designer (Donna Karan) and a celebrated transgender figure (Caitlyn Jenner).
“Just because my body was developed for a purpose doesn’t mean it’s masculine,” Rousey said on the show. “I think it’s femininely badass as (bleep) because there’s not a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose.”
The fascination with the Riverside-born, Venice-based and L.A.-trained Rousey hasn’t stopped. Not even after her first career UFC defeat in November — a hitch in her 2015 that probably knocked out her shot of her being named the Sports Illustrated Sports Person of the Year.
If it’s any consolation, naming Rousey as the 11th recipient of the Los Angeles News Group Sports Person of the Year comes without any arm twisting on our part.
Here’s the story.

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