Ronda Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, is more than just an incredible athlete. She’s a kickass human being from whom we can all learn. Her recent book, My Fight / Your Fight, co-written by Rousey with her sister Maria Burns-Ortiz, is a page-turner in which she shares her powerful personal story and challenging road to success. If you’re not already a fan, we think you’ll become one. We’d all do well to live by the values of this true champion.


1/ Eye of the Tiger.  Rousey describes being ignored and dismissed when she started out in MMA (mixed martial arts); she refused to be discouraged and came back each day to train, working her ass off to improve. Her unrelenting determination, resilience and work ethic are essential components to success.

2/ Love Your Body.  Since overcoming serious body issues as a kid, Ronda is now an adamant spokesperson against body shaming. Her response to comments that her body is too ‘masculine’: There isn’t a single muscle in my body that isn’t used for a purpose. My mother raised me not to be a DNB (‘Do Nothing Bitch’). The acronym may be harsh, but the attitude is admirable. To young girls struggling with their self-image she says, “You’re all gorgeous. Take care of yourself.”

3/ Keep it Real.  Regardless of how you feel about Kim Kardashian’s celebrity status, you’ve got to respect Rousey for stating her truth unapologetically in describing her dislike of Kim as a DNB (referring to the sex-tape that brought Kardashian fame). Though we have no ill-feelings toward Kim, we respect that Ronda isn’t afraid to put her personal opinion out there, and that she doesn’t glorify bullsh*t.

4/ Be Flexible.  With regard to her sport, Ronda chooses not to visualize how a fight will go, in order to avoid being discouraged if things go differently than she expects. Although visualization works for some, there is also wisdom in her approach. After all, life often doesn’t go as we expect. And rolling with the punches, adapting and moving forward are essential to our happiness and success.

5/ Stay Humble.  Despite her impressive accomplishments, Ronda Rousey remains grounded and humble. It’s impossible to watch an interview of her without noting her genuine gratitude. Family remains a key priority for Rousey, first coached and still strongly influenced by her very impressive and supportive mother (the first US champion in World Judo). In an interview just prior to the recent UFC World Championship, Rousey describes one of the greatest joys in her success as being able to invite her family on vacation in Brazil just after the fight. How can you not love this girl – working her ass off and living the ‘American Dream’?

* Song to get you in the right frame of mind and heart:

“Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz.

Define your vision, believe in yourself and find the courage to go for it.

(And get back up each time you get knocked down.)

Related Links:

* Meet Ronda Rousey: The Greatest Fighter in the World & The Badass that America Needed:

* My Fight / Your Fight, by Ronda Rousey & Maria Burns Ortiz:

* Ronda Rousey on Her Fights, Her Book and ‘Entourage’, WSJ Café:

* 10 Best Quotes from Ronda Rousey’s Reddit Ask Me Anything:

* UFC Embedded, Vlog Series with Ronda Rousey: