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My Fight / Your Fight

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,937 ratings  ·  834 reviews
“The fight is yours to win.”

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 o
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Regan Arts. (first published April 15th 2015)
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Deborah Markus
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

The details: SERIOUSLY.

The actual review: I haven't seen a single Ronda Rousey fight. I'm scared to. I can barely handle movie fights. Given that I had to cringe-skim the descriptions of fights in this book, I'm not sure I'm up to seeing the real thing, even on a tiny computer screen with the volume on low.

So why did I want to read this book?

I've heard Rousey interviewed, and I've heard a lot of interviews about her. They all say the same thing: she
B.J. Bourg
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My son, daughter and I are huge Rousey fans and I pre-ordered this book after my fifteen-year-old daughter BEGGED me to buy it for her. She was super excited when it came in. I can't get her to read much of anything (she won't even read my own books), but she hasn't taken her face out of MY FIGHT / YOUR FIGHT and she brings it everywhere we go. I'll be driving and trying to listen to my country music, but she's sitting there reading the book out loud. I enjoy it so much, I turn off the radio and ...more
Brett Milam
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four years ago, Dana White told TMZ no women would ever fight in the UFC. Now, he’s written the foreword for the most dominate athlete in the history of the UFC; his undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Because, quite frankly, Ronda Rousey does not give a fuck. She not only had the ambition coming off of her 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze showing to be the best in the world, but to be so fucking great it wasn’t even a question. And it’s not.

For someone that was living
Ashley DiNorcia
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"People talk about how I'm so arrogant. They don't realize how much work went into getting where I am. I worked so hard to be able to think highly of myself. When people say 'Oh, you're so cocky. You're so arrogant.' I feel like they're telling me that I think too highly of myself. My question for them is: 'Who are you to tell me that I need to think less of myself?' Just because you don't think that you could be the best in the world doesn't mean that I shouldn't have the confidence to believe
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
There's an old saying that goes something like: "If you want to hear the gods laugh, tell them what your plans are". By tweaking that a bit, we can apply it to Ronda: "If you want to hear the gods laugh, tell them how great you are". I have no doubt that this autobiography was the source of much hilarity to whatever gods may be.

As an athlete, Ronda Rousey has my full respect. She strained and starved and sweated her way to a world championship in Judo as well as a bronze Olympic medal in that sa
Shannon Bee
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have never been so inspired by a memoir, and so awestruck by another human being. To say Ronda Rousey is my hero is an understatement. She is an impeccable human being, and completely unapologetic about it. In a world that attempts to limit and stifle, Rousey gives it the finger. In a society where woman are constantly undervalued, questioned, and brushed off, she refuses to be ignored. She will never say she is sorry because she isn't. If you do not like who she is, get out of her ring. I can ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-for-fun
Disappointing in that the book is focused too much on gossip and dialogue of past "slights" and grievances perceived by Rousey. It does do a good job of highlighting just how driven she is, but for the most part the book reveals what we pretty much already knew: Rousey is a tremendously gifted athlete and wears her emotions on her sleeve.

Compared to the Georges St. Pierre biography, where he takes a much more philosophical and nuanced look at life, relationships, and what it means to be a martia
Kent Woods
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not so much an autobiography as an extended podcast interview, this book is nonetheless an interesting portrait of a, incredibly dynamic personality. This would be a great read for either an aspiring athlete, who wants to know what his/her priorities should be in training, or someone who is experiencing career setbacks.
Tofts Reviews
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ronda Rousey and Maria Burns Ortiz make an excellent writing team. The writing is uplifting and positive, with lessons applicable to everyone in everyday life.

The format is clean and simple. Each chapter starts with a moral, lesson or message that is then expanded with Rousey’s real life experiences. This is a brilliant way to present material that, in this genre, has can be overdone and overloaded with facts and statistics. As a general reader who is interested in the person behind the legend,
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Yes I am Ronda Rousey fan. I like her tell it like it she sees it attitude. This makes her a polerising figure. If you don't like what she said she does not care. If you don't know who Ronda Rousey is you must be living under a rock. This is an honest account of life so far. This book is written with her same laser focus to be the best at whatever she does.Dana said it best the only complaint about this book is Ronda is still so young she has not even peaked yet in her career yet, it ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I started this autobiography quite liking Ronda Rousey and by the end of the book I thought she was a total bellend. She dealt with some hardships in her younger days, but it seemed like 90% of the difficulties in her adult life were of her own making.

Boring, repetitive, super intensely aggressive - just take some responsibility for your shit and you won't feel like the entire world is against you.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I knew a fair bit about Ronda Rousey because I live with someone borderline-obsessed with MMA. In fact, we have the Rousey-McMann fight poster on the wall in our living room. I read this to get a better feel for her as a person, because her persona is very easy to dislike: she's the best in the world, but she's also the first person to announce it. She seems to have some measure of contempt for other women, not just her competitors but most women (see her "DNB" comments) who are not Olympians.

Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! Being inside the mind of a fighter was quite a trip! From her times in judo to the MMA, every single opponent she sized up, Ronda wouldn't even was ALWAYS - Ronda could beat {insert any athlete's namee}. And she did time again and again. She lost a few too but it never seemed to stop her.

We get to see someone drive relentlessly to her goal, her story of being working soo many jobs and finding time to train and beat LA traffic was inspiring. This chica rose above her current circ
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Part (only) One: The non-gushy review of why Ronda Rousey deserves an autobiography:

I first started following Ronda a few years back after an interview with Gina Carano singing her praises. What she has done for female athletics is huge and cannot be denied.

The title would indicate that this is maybe a motivation book. I wouldn't go that far. Every chapter begins with a paragraph of some little motivational tidbit, but its more set-up for the topic of each chapter. You are not directly motivated
Jess Mukavetz
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a reader with her own athletic goals, I found Ronda Rousey's words to be indispensable. Rousey and her sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, wrote an effortless narrative. Rousey's life story is down-to-earth and relatable, even though I haven't been a judoka since age 11 like her. The chapters about Rousey's father made me cry. I was riveted by the descriptions of judo training and tournaments. Much like a book I read earlier this year ( It's What I Do ), My Fight / Your Fight was yet another book th ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book absolutely motivated me to believe more in myself and to pursue my dreams even if I don't think I might achieve them. It's a total reflection about how to become the person you want to be and how the path you're going through sometimes will help you to go up or make you take a step back.

I'm so impressed about how an autobiography impacted me that much and how interesting and addictive it was, knowing that every aspect and situation the author went through was real and felt that way, g
Meaghan Ethier
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I honestly found this difficult to read after Rousey's recent losses, she was so dominant in her field and she knew she was. She's a trailblazer for women's UFC and I really respect her, and her success. ...more
Lena Vi
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book came to me at the right time. I heard some good reviews from sportsmen (gymnasts by the way :D ) about it but I didn't expect much from it. I picked it up more out of curiosity. And OMG, it changed my attitude, my perspective, my life. This is a very honest very crazy life story told as is without any bullshit. (That kind of bullshit which is overflowing the success story and motivational books.) This book is real. It's strong and funny. It's mindblowing and life-changing. Doesn't matt ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
When I was young, it was my grandfather who got me into MMA. On the many weekends where my grandparents would take me to spare me from my parents fighting endlessly, my grandmother would go to bed early and we'd stay up 'til all hours. Armed with the chocolate bars he kept in the crisper, we'd flip channels, watching everything from boxing to judo to early MMA and UFC.

If my grandfather -- a black belt in judo who'd done local competitions -- had the option, he would always choose female fighters
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I doubt I'd have finished it if I didn't audiobook it (so I got through it easier). Somewhat interesting backstory of MMA champion who unquestionably changed the sport paving the way for women in what was a male dominated sport. RR was a trailblazer. That shouldn't be disputed. Her life story which is no more or less interesting than the average. For a FAR more interesting life backstory read: "Undisputed Truth" (Mike Tyson autobiography). Incomparable. Tyson's is far more entertaining and rivet ...more
When Ronda Rousey came on the Joe Rogan podcast in 2011, I fell a little bit in love with her. After listening to her talk and seeing some of her early fights on YouTube, I waited in anticipation for Tate vs Rousey 1. I have never really been into sports and never thought that I would enjoy MMA (mixed martial arts) or any combat sports. However, since Tate vs Rousey 1, I was able to find the beauty in the technique and skill of these elite athletes. 4 years later, I now train similarly to these ...more
Frank Gurrieri
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ronda Rousey is one of my favorite MMA fighters, but after reading her story of struggling and loss on her way to superstardom I have a new found respect for her as well. She had a lot of ups and downs in her life and career. I'd say more downs than ups. She has the will to do anything and she has chosen to share her gift of MMA with us all. Her passion for whatever she is doing is second to none. She strives to be the best and accepts nothing less. That is what lead her to a Bonze medal in the ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
My hopes were high going into this book. Ronda has obviously accomplished a lot in her lifetime, and she could have a compelling story...but unfortunately she seemed to focus on writing herself into the story as a victim. I did not find this story to be empowering, instead it felt like I spent hours reading the story of someone that has no clue what is going on. My impression of Ronda, based on reading this book, is that she is a spoiled brat with an inflated sense of self.

Please know that I am
Tiffany Thompson
Just great!

Could have finished this book in a couple of days but I took my time. The writing is descriptive and easy as well as heartbreaking and funny. I had every single human emotion one could hope for in a book. I loved it so much I have to read it again! Ronda to me is not only powerful but an inspiration for anyone who reads this book! Worth every cent I paid!
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
havent been able to get through a book this fast in what seems like forever.

rousey bleeds badassery.

such a great person who takes the role model role seriously. for a mature young female, this would be a perfect read.

shelved on my absolute faves list because i feel like i have been waiting my whole life for a woman to embrace the elite badass mentality.
Gina Morphy
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a chick who's not quite 30, Ronda Rousey sure has a lot to say. I ate up every page of this book, from her being teased as a child to championing women's UFC. Although at times her confidence could be tiresome, it is evident that Ronda really does put it in insane amounts of work to be considered the best at what she does. ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A raw look at the world's most deadly un-armed woman. This is not obviously not high literature, but it is well co-written by her sister, journalist Maria Burns Ortiz. Ronda is a fascinating and inspiring woman; she literally gives zero fu@ks and I love her for it. ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
I didn't find this, or Ronda, to be very likeable. Yet for some reason it wasn't a DNF for me. Maybe because I needed it for my reading challenge to fill my "book about sports" slot. So I powered through but I wouldn't recommend this and here's why:

First of all, I get that Ronda is a fighter so maybe it's the "fight mentality" or whatever but she is extremely aggressive and way too full of trash talk. What happened to humility, good sportsmanship, and all those other inspiring traits you look fo
Garrett Millbrooke
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book explains the inspiring story of how Ronda Rousey became to be the dominate fighter she was in the octagon. The story of her difficult path to glory and her Hollywood fame is uplifting. Rousey dives deep into her life outside the octagon, the loss of her father, intense judo training, and her rise to fame.
Vivienne Overstreet
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Rousey's story. I thought it was unique and entertaining enough. The way it is put together leaves something to be desired. One thing happens after another and it is not very dynamic. It is just fight, fight, fight, and a few short interludes about boyfriends. Nevertheless, she is a really strong person and I loved her determination. ...more
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Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is undefeated in mixed martial arts, having won all of her twelve professional fights. She won eleven of her fights in the first round, and nine by armbar. Rousey was the ...more

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