Title: My Fight/Your Fight
Author: Ronda Rousey
Published: May, 2015
In this inspiring and moving book, Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory.
Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey’s account of the toughest fights of her life—in and outside the Octagon—reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do, including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices, how to turn limitations into opportunities, and how to be the best on your worst day.
Packed with raw emotion, drama, and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world.
Characterization and badassery
The people in Ronda Rousey’s life are all portrayed honestly. She doesn’t hold herself or her family up as pinnacles of anything. They’re flawed people, as we all are. Rousey doesn’t shy away from describing the poor choices she made, which led to the toughest times in her life.
Some people have complained about the language in this book, but I don’t get that. If she’s portraying her life, she should portray it in the words that are relevant to her life. If her mama screamed the F-word at her, then that’s what should be in the book. That’s her world, and learning about her world is the point of reading the book.
I first noticed Ronda Rousey because of the noise in the media about her as a UFC fighter. I got this book because I was interested in finding out about her story and her road to success. This book did not make me like Ronda Rousey more. She made a lot of poor choices, including letting a string of boyfriends treat her like dirt, which pisses me off. But what I do like is that she isn’t trying to make me like her with her book. She lets all of those flaws and mistakes hang right out there. She lets her arrogance fly, because arrogance is what’s kept her fighting all these years. She doesn’t pretend a humility she doesn’t have.
So the irony is that the fact that the book didn’t try make me like her, kinda makes me like her.
Plot and pacing
The story starts with her birth, and follows a loosely chronological sequence. I say loosely because you think you get a picture of a particular time period and move forward, then there’s a flashback or additional information tidbit that throws the chronology off and made me think, “Oh wait, what?” So there are some disjointed parts.
Overall, the pace works fine. I liked the detail of her Olympics matchups and her MMA/UFC bouts. As for the plot, this is a rough outline of the bigger points of her life, on her road to success. The book brings her up to current day, and of course, she has the greater portion of her life to live yet. Hopefully, she will continue to strive and reach and achieve, and in another ten or twenty years, there will be another book from her.
Nope. Not funny. This is mostly gritty, and very real. There are some moments of backward contemplation, but they’re kept to a minimum. The tone is completely appropriate with her story.
This is a good book, if you’re interested in the life of a fighter. Particularly a female one. I liked getting her perspective on specific fights, and watching clips of them on Youtube. Having that first-person retrospective got me looking at far more UFC fights than I’ve ever watched before.
I found this title interesting, engaging, and I learned a good bit about judo competitions, UFC, and the sad state of USA Judo. (At least during the time that Rousey competed. I’m hoping they do better by their athletes now.)