Ronda Rousey, the controversial mixed martial arts fighter, enjoyed a spectacular weekend of notoriety, when she both appeared at the opening of her latest movie, Furious 7, and found herself at odds with mega-retailer, Walmart. The woman, who has taken a grand total of 138 seconds to defeat her adversaries in her four professional fights, is a hot commodity.
Rousey’s autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight, will not be sold in Walmart stores, but will be available for purchase on its website when the book goes on sale May 12. The company’s spokesman, in an interview with MMAFighting.com, has declined to provide an explanation for the company’s decision, although the New York Post reported that Rousey is considered too violent for the company. If the report is true, the irony of the company’s position cannot be overlooked.
Rousey’s memoir recounts her difficult upbringing, including her father’s suicide, and her path to Olympic victory, and stardom in the Octagon and on the Hollywood screen. In fact, the Walmart controversy began at the same time Rousey was appearing in Hollywood at the opening of her latest movie, Furious 7. In the mega-popular film, she portrays Kara, the chief bodyguard of a Middle Eastern prince.
This is not Rousey’s first appearance in a major Hollywood movie. She has also appeared in 2014’s the Expendables 3. Rousey appears to be interested in establishing herself as an actress. She has stated that she will not return to the Octagon until she has completed her next movie.
And as if writing, fighting, and acting were not enough, Rousey is also establishing herself as a sought-after swimsuit model. She recently appeared in Sports Illustrated‘s 2015 swimsuit edition. Previously, she sizzled in ESPN the Magazine‘s 2012 Body Issue. She followed that appearance with an appearance on the cover of Maxim’s September 2013 edition. Yes, Ronda Rousey is a hot commodity.
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