Ronda Rousey is making history: the UFC announced they’re inducting her as their first female Hall of Famer in a ceremony this July 5 in Las Vegas. “There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said in the statement.
Conor McGregor was arrested and charged with assault and criminal mischief after crashing a pre-fight press event and leaving fighter Michael Chiesa hospitalized. The blowup happened after the UFC stripped the fighter of his lightweight belt to allow a new champ to be crowned.
After nine years with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo officially took a wage cut to leave for the Italian club Juventus. While his reported $340 million, four-year deal lags that of players Lionel Messi and Neymar, Ronaldo outearns his peers with the $47 million he earns in endorsements.
Caitlyn Jenner and model Sophia Hutchins went public with their relationship by posting an intimate Instagram photo prior to their joint appearance at the ESPYs. The two had previously been spotted at events together but downplayed the dating rumors.
Gymnast Aly Raisman accepted the ESPYs' Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of the numerous victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story," she said. "Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone."
Silvio Berlusconi appeared at a political rally a week before parliamentary elections to support his party. Pundits say the former Italian president, who is still popular among fans despite a series of sex scandals and legal cases, may be trying to make a political comeback.
In a CNN interview, beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings says she was warned she might lose her sponsorships when she discovered she was six weeks pregnant with her first child at the London Olympics. “Certain brands stepped up when others leave. That’s just the cycle of life,” she said.
Lindsey Vonn won the third and what may be the last Olympic medal of her career: a bronze in downhill skiing. The athlete has battled major knee constructions, multiple broken bones, nerve damage and shredded cartilage since her last 2010 Olympic appearance in Vancouver.
After winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the men’s halfpipe with a score of 97.75, American Shaun White made history as the only 3-time gold medalist snowboarder at the Games. Later, he apologized for past behavior after recently calling sexual harassment claims levied against him in 2016 “gossip.”
McKayla Maroney has spoken publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar at the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In October 2017, she was the first of her 2012 Olympic teammates to reveal abuse.