In mixed martial arts (MMA), fight fans can sometimes forget the backstory that leads to the 15 or 25 minute war these athletes engage in inside the Octagon.
For Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey, her incredible success was formed by years and year of tumultuous relationships and failures.
Speaking with the New York Post about her brand new book "My Fight/Your Fight," Rousey noted "the way I got here wasn't perfect. It was messy, and there was a lot of s- -t along the way."
The challenges for "Rowdy" began the instant she was brought into this earth, as her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, leading to developmental delays as a child.
Her father then committed suicide when she was only eight years old, and just months later she found out her mother was a Judo world champion, changing the course of her life forever.
Rousey discussed the revelation:
"It was an unbelievable discovery as a kid. All this time, I'd been looking at my dad as big, strong, invincible, and my mom as the nurturer. I had no idea that my mom could kick my dad's ass."
The UFC champ lays out the hurdles she had to overcome prior to becoming a Judo Olympian, MMA world champion, and transcendent sports superstar in her book, and she says her mother's militaristic discipline has helped pave the way to her success today.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there helping their children blossom into stars.
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