Monday, May 11, 2015
Ronda Rousey Talks About Pot, An Eating Disorder, And Boyfriends In Her New Book
NYPOST: She’s been called a “slaughterhouse in a blouse” — by Eminem, no less — and loves it. She can take all comers, male or female, and was just ranked the No. 1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter by Sports Illustrated. She usually puts someone away in under a minute; her last fight was 14 seconds.
“When I go for it,” Ronda Rousey says, “I go for it.”
Since going pro in 2011, Rousey has become the most revolutionary female athlete since Venus and Serena Williams upended tennis in the 1990s.
Mixed martial arts may never become mainstream, but Rousey has transcended her sport: endorsement deals, movies, magazine covers.
Rousey has also made Maxim’s Hot 100 list and Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30. She was just named the Most Dominant Athlete Alive by Business Insider, beating out LeBron James.
“She’s the complete package,” says Tony Manfred, BI’s sports editor. “She just buries people. She’s better at MMA than any other athlete is at anything.”
As a fighter, Rousey is elegant and brutal, so controlled that her gift seems preternatural.
It is not.
“The way I got here wasn’t perfect,” says Rousey, 28. “It was messy, and there was a lot of s- -t along the way.”
Her new book, “My Fight/Your Fight,” is equal parts self-help manual and memoir. Rousey co-wrote it with her sister, sports journalist Maria Burns Ortiz, which helped her tell the darker parts of her story.
Nothing has struck more fear in her. “It’s very nerve-wracking,” Rousey says. “I don’t know how people are going to take it. But I always feel truth is the best armor.”