Google, the planet’s largest search engine, has released their rankings for the most searched topics in 2015.
Guess which UFC superstar trounced the likes of Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian on Google? Former UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (pictured) proved this year that she shines just as bright as the world’s brightest stars – domestically and globally.
According to Google’s rankings, Rousey was the fifth-most searched subject in America tailing Lamar Odom, Jurassic World, American Sniper and Caitlyn Jenner.
The “Rowdy” one was the third-most searched person in America. Odom and Jenner topped her on that list. Furthermore, Rousey was the second-most searched person globally behind Odom.
As far as the most-searched athlete in America, Rousey took top billing. Oh, but guess who was right on her tail? Holly Holm, the former boxing champion who annihilated Rousey in November to capture the UFC bantamweight title, was America’s second-most searched athlete.
Much of Rousey’s popularity on Google’s 2015 polls can be attributed to her success in the UFC, where she took center stage three times. She set a then-UFC fastest finish in a championship affair record by waxing Cat Zingano in 14 seconds at UFC 184 in February. The UFC’s golden girl followed that up in August by destroying bitter rival Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds at UFC 190.
And while Rousey would like to permanently erase UFC 193 from her memory bank, what took place between her and Holm last month certainly helped cement her Google status this year.
However, Rousey’s star power also spilled over onto the mainstream more than ever in 2015. The 28-year-old appeared on the big screen on “Furious 7” and “Entourage,” two highly-anticipated movies.
Now that Rousey’s aura of invincibility has been evaporated courtesy of Holm’s highlight reel head kick KO, it will be interesting to see where she stacks up in 2016.
Let the Google games begin!