My Fight/Your Fight
By: Ronda Rousey, Maria Burns Ortiz
Released:May 12, 2015
Publisher: Regan Arts. 65 Bleecker st. New York, NY 10012
Price: $27.95 US
( You can get it much cheaper now but this was the original price)
Read as part of the 2016 Reading Challenge
Technically I read half of this book in 2015 (prior to the Holly Holm fight) but I finished it in 2016 so it counts.
If I refer to Ronda Rousey’s badassery in past tense it is not because I believe she is no longer a bad ass (I don’t), It is because I am referring to the time before I read the book, i.e. the past.
Note About the Author:
I am an MMA fan, in fact I have been training in martial arts for the last 3 years or so, and have participated in 4 boxing matches. I am not an expert in this regard by any means but I do have working knowledge and an honest appreciation of MMA, what it takes to be a fighter, and how quickly things can change.
I am also a huge fan of Psychology ( I have a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications). The creation, destruction, and recreation process is fascinating to me. How people talk themselves up, justify seemingly crazy things etc. Its all amazing in my book.
I bought this book because I was really excited to learn more about the enigma that was Ronda Rousey. She was an undefeated bad ass in a predominantly male sport, that she somehow managed to infiltrate, and seemingly rule. She was Confident, even Cocky, and refused to be curtailed in that regard by anyone, and I wanted to know how she got that way. What event’s in her life made her so self assured, what people pushed her to be who she is, what obstacles had she had to over come. These are exactly the subjects that this book addresses. From birth to after the fight with Cat Zingano, we get to see the evolution of a champion through the champions own perception.
Unlike Many Autobiography’s Ronda Rousey’s, “My Fight/Your Fight”, is Interesting and Fast paced, much like her Fighting career. The writing style has a smooth flow from one event to the next, and is overflowing with Meme worthy quotes. It is very easy to read and understand, even in regards to technical jargon, which she adequately explains throughout the text . There is no time wasted on over embellishment, every event is described enough to provide adequate understanding, all necessary details are included, but for the most part extras are left out. Some people may consider this a drawback, as many of us revel in the extra details, but I feel that in this instance it lends itself to the style and pace of the book as a whole.
Unexpectedly, This book is also very relatable. From the angsty teen years in which we think we know everything and don’t need to listen to anyone, to the realization that that is inaccurate, and beyond; Anyone who has ever been in a less than ideal situation or relationship (so everyone) can sympathize with many of the struggles and hardships presented hear in. In this regard It is also a very revealing book, discussing Family Hardships, unhealthy relationships, Eating disorders, doubt,and other struggles that come with trying to make a place for yourself in the world. The end result is a deeper understanding of who Ronda is, as a person and a fighter.
This book also, albeit inadvertently, shows why the loss to Holly Holm, is/was so devastating to Ronda, not only to her public persona but also to herself and her own self perception. It is impossible to build yourself up so high, and to believe so fully that you can’t be beaten, and not be completely devastated by a loss of the magnitude that she experienced. While Holm was the first loss of Rousey’s MMA career, this was by no means her first loss, As “My Fight/Your Fight” illustrates, showing us that, if she chooses, Ronda has the ability to make a comeback.
Overall this is a very honest and straight forward representation of Ronda Rousey, and what she believes it takes to be a fighter. There is a part of me that would love to see a Volume 2 in a couple years because it would be interesting to see her continued growth as a person and/or a fighter, given the events that have occurred since this book was published. That being said it is a good read, a must for Rousey fan’s, and definitely something I would recommend to people interested in the psychology behind the sport of MMA, MMA in general, or who just enjoy reading about other people’s lives.