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My Fight / Your Fight Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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“An exceptional autobiography."
— The Miami Herald
"[Rousey's]experiences and storytelling are engrossing and entertaining.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“There have been multiple challenges to buffer Rousey’s myriad triumphs, and she boldly bares all in a book that is fascinating to read and tough to put down.”
About the Author
Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s undefeated women's bantamweight champion and an Olympic medalist in judo. Arguably the most dominant athlete in UFC history, Rousey is responsible for the inclusion of women in the Octagon. She has taken Hollywood with her signature force, landing roles in major films and exploding onto the scene with the drive, commitment, and command that has made her a champion.
Maria Burns Ortiz is a journalist who has written for numerous publications including ESPN.com, Fox News Latino, and the Associated Press and was named the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year. She is also Ronda Rousey's sister. She lives with her husband and their three amazing kids.
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It wasn't until UFC 175 that she opened my eyes and made me realize that I was letting my bias towards her blind my logical reasoning. She would co-main event against fellow bantamweight Alexis Davis and defeated her dominantly by KO through the combination of an overhand right, a judo throw, and punches from hell once they hit the deck. It was then that I knew she was different, she wasn't a one trick pony but a once in a lifetime athlete who transcends the sport and reaches the mainstream through her absolute dominance of her competition. Then I asked myself how is she so great? How does she make it look so easy? And why does everyone including Hollywood want to be associated with Ronda Rousey? I scoured a few articles and read that she was a hard worker and a former olympian medal winner so maybe I thought that is why she is better than everyone and let it be believing I solved it.
Unbeknownst to me she had a book coming out today that I only found out about yesterday. I felt if it was an official biography done by the 135 pound champ I had to get my hands on it to understand why she truly became so great. And she showed me through what felt like a first person perspective the events that brought her to greatness. I felt like I was Rowdy Ronda Rousey going through the death of her dad, her failures and shortcomings at the pinnacle of Judo competition, living in a car, her trying to win over her current mma coach to train her, the first mma fight, the strategy to bring women's mma to the limelight, and what kinds of things she plans to do with the future. This amazing book which I read in under 6 hours was of the most inspirational books I have ever laid my eyes upon and felt necessary to write a review. Ronda Rousey hasn't just helped pave the way for women's mma but is paving the way for women to not limit themselves to doing generic gender jobs and to realize that you can be whoever you want and follow whatever path you choose. This book will show you the future of women in and out of competition and about one of the greatest athletes and more importantly one of the greatest humans this generation has ever seen.
-A former Ronda hater now a fan. :-)
This is a gritty, sleeping on the streets and in the back of cars story of overcoming and enduring while remaining authentic – a label very few earn in life.
• Overcoming near death at birth as an umbilical cord introduces her to choke holds
• Overcoming a severe speech impediment that caused her to speak only gibberish for many early years (Oxygen Deprivation at birth)
• Enduring the death of her beloved father who choose suicide over a slow humiliating death
• Enduring a Mother who trained and prepared her like a Spartan warrior
• Enduring the training only elite Olympians know
• Overcoming Winning Olympic Bronze and being rewarded with bare subsistence and boos worldwide
• Overcoming countless personal betrayals (mostly men) without sacrificing dignity
• Overcoming Bulimia
• Enduring so many faithless others who could not share the vision she would not let go of…..
• Enduring a little girl’s Billy-Budd rage and not hiding even the petty outbursts it sometimes engenders
And now she’s revolutionized a sport and opened it to women ….
This is True Grit Feminism…I want my daughters and Granddaughters to read and internalize this story…
That thought and feeling is exactly how I felt when I finished the book by Ronda Rousey, My Fight/Your Fight. The book isn't just about a fighter in a caged octagon. The book is about one of the worlds greatest life fighters. Ronda Rousey had every reason to give up on her long road to success. Every reason to throw in the towel and walk away, like so many of us do. Her life mantra seems to be, "I refuse to allow pain to dictate my decision making” (Rousey, p. 41). Throughout the entirety of the book I felt so empowered, so impassioned. I literally felt like I could conquer the world. Seriously, I thought I could conquer the world. I thought about changing my life plans so I could become the President of the United States, or the worlds greatest male MMA fighter (I even looked up MMA training gyms), or even become the world's richest man, or all three at the same time! It's funny, I felt like she knew this book would have that effect on people so she answered the readers yearnings of the heart by saying, "Someone has to be the best in the world. Why not you?" (p. 161). From reading the book it is so easy to tell that Ronda Rousey has an unmeasurable amount of passion. It was contagious. It was addictive.
Before I continue I want to make something very clear: Ronda's life challenges are not uncommon. We all have difficult choices, life circumstances, and bad luck. What makes Ronda Rousey so incredible is what she was able to do with those hard times. This is the key to Ronda's success: "As kids we’re taught to dream big and to think everything is possible: Win the Olympics. Be president. And then you grow up" (p. 125). Unlike most of us, she never grew out of this mindset. She never learned to let paralyzing fear make her choices. She has always believed and, will always believe, she can do anything.
The last thing I want to share about this book comes from the first page. Its my favorite part of the book. When you read it, you start to feel and understand who Ronda Rousey is. She explains herself this way, "To be a fighter, you have to be passionate. I have so much passion, it's hard to hold it all in. That passion escapes as tears from my eyes, sweat from my pores, blood from my veins."
"So many people assume that i'm cold and callous, but the truth is you need a big heart to fight. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I have had it broken too. I can compete with broken toes or stitches in my foot. I can take a hit without batting an eyelash, but I will burst into tears if a sad song comes on the radio. I am vulnerable; that's why I fight" (bold added, p. 1). I love that quote SO much. Oftentimes there is this negative stereotype associated with vulnerability. If you're vulnerable you're not tough, you're weak. Ronda Rousey has proved that stereotype wrong her entire life.
Do your self a favor, buy this book.
PS to all you haters out there who don't like her because you think she is so arrogant, buy the book, read page 125. It will change your mind really quick.
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Ronda Rousey is an American Mixed Martial Arts fighter and known as the first woman to earn an olympic medal in judo.Read more