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Authors: Ronda Rousey

My Fight / Your Fight

BOOK: My Fight / Your Fight
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For Mom and Dad, I hope you're proud of me.

“There is no history of anything happening until it does. And then there is.”

—Mom

CONTENTS

Epigraph

Foreword by Dana White, President of the UFC

Why I Fight

Fight Night

I Was Born Ready

Winning Is the Greatest Feeling in the World

Everything Can Change in a Split Second

Never Underestimate an Opponent

Losing Is One of the Most Devastating Experiences in Life

Tragedy Precedes Success

Do Not Accept Less than What You're Capable Of

Just Because It's a Rule Doesn't Mean It's Right

Pain Is Just One Piece of Information

Turn Limitations into Opportunities

Trust in Knowledge, Not in Strength

Know When to Move On

Find Fulfillment in the Sacrifices

You Have to Be the Best on Your Worst Day

No One Has the Right to Beat You

You Will Never Win a Fight by Running Away

Don't Rely on Others to Make Your Decisions

People Around You Control Your Reality

The End of a Failed Move Is Always the Beginning of the Next One

Anything of Value Has to Be Earned

Everything Is as Easy as a Decision

When Do You Cross the Magical Boundary That Stops You from Dreaming Big?

People Appreciate Excellence No Matter Who You Are

A Loss Is Still a Loss, but It's Better to Go Out in Flaming Glory

This Is My Situation, but This Isn't My Life

You Can't Rely on Just One Thing to Make You Happy

Disregard Nonessential Information

Relationships That Are Easily Ruined Were Never Worth Much

Someone Has to Be the Best in the World. Why Not You?

Finding a Coach Is Like Finding a Boyfriend

You Will Be Tested

Champions Always Do More

Plan Out the First Exchange

Nothing Will Ever Be Perfect

If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It

The Only Power People Have Over You Is the Power You Give Them

Winning Is a Habit

I'd Rather Expose Myself Willingly Than Wait in Fear for It to Happen Against My Will

Refuse to Accept Any Other Reality

The Best Fighters Are Patient at the Right Times

There Is a Moment in a Match Where It's There for the Taking and It Comes Down to Who Wants It Most

Fight for Every Single Second

You Have to Be Willing to Embarrass Yourself

Success Is the Best Revenge

Learn to Read the Rest Beats

Prepare for the Perfect Opponent

Don't Let Anyone Force You to Take a Step Backward

The Answer Is: There Is No Right Answer

I Have Been There

The Hardest Part Is Knowing When to Walk Away

Winning

Thank you . . .

About the Authors

FOREWORD
BY DANA WHITE, PRESIDENT OF THE UFC

Ronda Rousey is a game changer.

Of course I didn't know that in 2011, when I was in Los Angeles and was asked by TMZ when women were going to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). I looked at the camera and said, “Never.”

Back then, I meant it. I had no problem with women fighting and making a living doing it, but whenever the subject of having them compete in the UFC came up, I flashed back to this fight I had seen in a local show in Northern California. There was this woman who fought just like a guy, and she was in the ring with someone who looked like she took five Tae Bo classes. It was one of the worst, one-sided beatings I've ever seen, and I just didn't want to see that in the UFC.

Then Ronda showed up.

A few months after the TMZ interview, we had a show in Las Vegas, and someone was calling my name. It was Ronda Rousey. I had heard of her; I had been told that she was a good female fighter. I walked over, shook her hand, and she said, “I'm gonna fight for you someday and I'm going to be your first female world champion.” Now you've got to understand, everybody—men and women—tells me that. They all say, “I'm gonna work for you someday and be your next world champion.”

But she was persistent, and as I watched her compete in the Strikeforce promotion that we had bought, I knew that she was something special. Ronda asked to have a meeting with me at one of the UFC events. Fifteen minutes into the conversation, I was thinking to myself, “I think I'm gonna do this. She's the one who can kick-start this whole thing, and I believe every word that's coming out of her mouth.” She had such charisma and energy. And to watch her fight, she was unbelievable.

So I made my decision, Ronda came in, and I made her the main event of UFC 157 on February 23, 2013. That decision got a lot of heat from the media and the fans, but she went out that night in Anaheim and delivered an awesome fight against Liz Carmouche. It was exciting from the moment it started until it finished, just before the bell rang to end the first round.

That was just the beginning.

The level of talent among the women just skyrocketed. It took off so fast that I never saw it coming. And leading it all was Ronda. She really is the perfect storm. I knew it, I felt it, and I went with it. Talent, looks, determination, she has it all. And while she went from bartender to superstardom, the reality is that she was always this amazing athlete, a former Olympic medalist who finally found what it was she wanted to do. She realized that she was a competitor who wanted to go out there and prove that she was the absolute best. And once she came to that realization, she took over the world of mixed martial arts, absolutely dominated it, and became one of the biggest, if not
the
biggest, stars in the UFC.

When I call her a game changer, it's because she is one in every sense of the word. Not just for women, but for women's sports too. People always say, “Ah, women's basketball, it's the WNBA,” “Women's golf, they hit from a shorter tee,” “Women's tennis, they don't hit as hard as the men.” Nobody says that about Ronda Rousey. She is one of the most intense, unbelievable athletes I've worked with in all my years in boxing and MMA, and I'm not alone in comparing her in the Octagon to a prime Mike Tyson. Watch her intensity, watch how she walks out and how she runs after her opponent. She's not messing around, and when she comes out to fight, you know bad stuff is going to happen to her opponent.

She just has this focus, not just in a fight or in training, but in her everyday life. This is a woman who doesn't party. All she does is wake up every morning and say, “How can I be better than I was yesterday?” That's literally how she lives her life.

Ronda is an incredible role model, empowering women and girls. When I was a kid, the boys played over here and the girls played over there; the boys do all the physical stuff and the girls play with dolls and play house. This past Halloween girls across the country dressed up as Ronda Rousey. That's because she's an amazing, beautiful, and powerful woman.

She inspires everyone. This past summer, the Little League World Series was going on, and Pierce Jones, a thirteen-year-old African-American boy from the South Side of Chicago, one of the stars of the series, comes up to bat, and underneath all his stats, it listed his favorite athlete. It was Ronda Rousey. That's groundbreaking. He could have picked anyone—LeBron James, Derek Jeter, there are so many male athletes to choose from—but his favorite athlete is Ronda Rousey.

Ronda has changed the world of sports, and by the time she's done, she may change the world as well. I don't put anything past her, and I almost feel like Ronda Rousey is writing her book too soon, because she's just getting started. What this woman is going to accomplish is going to be amazing, so get ready for Part Two of the Ronda Rousey story.

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