Meet Ronda Rousey: She's 28, 'The World's Most Dominant Athlete,' and Is Changing the Face of Sports

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In case you don't troll the MMA blogs on a regular basis, there's a new star of the Octagon, and she's pretty damn awesome. Ronda Rousey, a 28-year-old from Riverside County, CA, is the current UFC women's bantamweight champion, a new author of My Fight/Your Fight, actress and someone you should get to know.

Sport Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim penned a powerful article about the revolutionary Ronda, her ability to balance all that her fame has given her, and her effect on not just MMA, but sports as a whole.

What's interesting to me, and thus the impetus for this entire site, is what she confesses about her emotional life.

Ronda is another example of how an incredibly self-assured, confidant, accomplished woman loses those sensibilities when it comes to dating, men, and the like.

As Ronda concludes, self-awareness is the first step to getting your emotional life to be as together as the rest of your general life badassery. Read on for more inspiration.

 

Rousey, who made her UFC debut in 2013, has given life to a sport in need of reinvigoration. White readily admits that there is no more valuable fighter in the organization. Maybe the best part: the novelty of a fighting female was short-lived. It may have been jarring at first, watching Rousey beat the holy bejesus out of someone. But the conversation soon veered to whom she might fight next and how, in theory, she could be beaten. We got the predictable and primitive yeah-but-how-would-she-fare-against-a-dude? speculation that plods along (brontosaurus style!) when women do well in sports. But in this case, even that was a triumph in its way. In the testosterone-drenched world of cagefighting, whoever thought that the sport's alpha male wouldn't be male at all?

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Rousey’s forthcoming book is—as you might have guessed—the open variety. She wrote My Fight/Your Fight with her sister, journalist Maria Burns Ortiz, and it's hard to imagine what was deemed too personal to include. She talks about the cheating ex-boyfriend who seduced her when she was a teenager, conferring on him the pseudonym Dick IttyBitty. Another boyfriend struggled with heroin addiction and once stole her car. A more recent love interest—this one gets the nickname Snappers McCreepy—secretly took naked photos of her.

It lays bare a central contradiction to Rousey. She is hardly the kind of woman who needs to be reminded to lean in. She's assertive and smart and discerning. Then it all goes to hell when a guy comes along.

"It's the worst, right?"

How do you explain that, she's asked.

She pauses, sighs and collects herself. "Well, I know I'm a big pushover emotionally. I think that's one of the reasons why I was always so obsessed with being so physically strong. I think it was to try and compensate for me feeling really emotionally weak. I let people treat me badly. I've let people disrespect me. I wouldn't let anyone ever disrespect me in any other area. And I don't know why when matters of the heart are involved, I suddenly value myself less. I'm trying to fix that."

 

And if that wasn't enough to get you on your feet and cheering, watch this video on why she would never fight a man (even though everyone in sports knows she could--and win) and you can follow Ronda on Twitter here.