Ronda Rousey is a former Olympian, undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and actress. The 28-year-old has been busy promoting her upcoming book, My Fight/Your Fight, which is due out May 12. Thousands of copies have already been ordered online through sites like Barnes Noble, and Amazon — where it is the number 1 seller in the Martial Arts category. However, you will not find it on Walmart shelves. The retail giant has allegedly refused to carry it, because Ronda Rousey is “too violent,”according to a report by Page Six.
Amazon’s description of the book states she shares her challenging path to success from her “tragic childhood” through her rise to fame and undefeated championship.
“In this revealing memoir, undefeated UFC champion and Hollywood star Ronda Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, revealing her tragic childhood and her father’s suicide, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth.”
It goes on to say Ronda reveals “the habits that create champions, including her extreme diet regimen during fight week, her grueling and unexpected workouts, and the shocking mind games she plays before knocking out every opponent she’s ever faced.”
Ronda Rousey’s website describes the memoir — which was written with her journalist sister — as an account of her toughest battles both inside and outside the Octagon, including her intense judo training, and “battles with love.” It also offers a glimpse of some of the inspiring lessons the toughest woman in the world has to share.
“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.”
Publisher Judith Regan told Page Six, “I’m shocked, shocked to discover that censorship is going on in America!”
Rousey’s sister and co-author, Maria Burns Ortiz, took to Twitter with her surprise at Walmart’s move.
“If I hadn’t been boycotting Walmart since 2005, I’d start now. #myfightyourfight”
Many outlets have argued that anyone can walk into their local supercenter to purchase firearms and ammo, making the refusal to carry the book based on violence seem absurd. However, there has been no further elaboration by Walmart on their reasoning.
While the book won’t be carried in Walmart stores, it can be pre-ordered online along with other Ronda Rousey items. The MMA icon is scheduled for several appearances promoting her new book, including Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.