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Ronda Rousey covers Sports Illustrated and talks past struggles in new book

Ronda Rousey is one of Americas hottest athletes as she takes the MMA world by storm. Can she be defeated? Checkout the clips of her interview below.

“It’s not really a memoir and it’s not really a self-help book,” Rousey said on “Good Morning America” of her book “My Fight/Your Fight,” out today. “It’s a little bit more a mature themed book. It’s a life story and life isn't PG rated.”

Rousey would know. Born with her umbilical cord around her neck, she didn’t talk until she was 4.

“We lost my dad, and that was a hard time,” she said. “And my mom had all of us to take care of by herself, which was really hard for her.”

Then, her father took his own life when she was eight. As a young girl, she discovered that her mom had been a judo champion, so that became her path.

“My mom if you're sick is like the most nurturing, sweet, beautiful person. And it’s funny with the injury she’s like ‘Walk it off!’” Rousey joked. “But if you cough she’s like, ‘Oh, my baby, are you okay?’ So the second I get sick, I’m like, ‘Call mom, it’s nurture time!’”

Rousey remembers long cars rides for hours where her mom would pump her up, trying to build confidence.

“‘You’re faster than them and you’re stronger than them and you have great left uchimada. And your genetics are great.’ And then she would just keep pulling for stuff like, ‘Your hair is so shiny that it will reflect the light into their eyes and could distract them and then you could pounce on them in that moment,’” Rousey remembered of her mom’s encouragement.

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