Just like in her MMA career, former Strikeforce and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey rarely ever lost on the judo mats. One of the women who did manage to hand Rousey a mark in the L column in judo, however, is now trying her own luck at MMA.
About 10 years ago, Rousey and Stephanie Egger collided twice, with each judoka picking up a win. Since that time, Rousey has gone on to win a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and she has gone on to being a driving force in a women’s revolution in MMA, becoming a face for the UFC in the process.
"I watched her fight of course. I think she does a great job in MMA," said Egger, who has been practicing judo since the age of 5. "In sports, she’s an inspiration for me. I watch her and I think OK, I will try, too. I saw her and I thought I would try. Maybe it’s a good idea to do the same. Not the same as her, but in my own way."
So far, Egger is 2-0 in professional MMA, with both of her victories coming in the first round. She makes her Invicta FC debut on Friday night at Invicta FC 20. And Egger hopes to make an immediate impact.
"My first two fights were both first round finishes. I like to learn new things and I like boxing so it’s a challenge for me to learn boxing, jiu-jitsu, and everything and I want to fight in the stand up and on the ground. I try to be better everyday. It’s fun," Egger said.