4 Kick Ass Books By Female MMA Fighters
Although MMA fighters are often not thought to be cerebral, many veternals of the cage have penned books about their life, fitness, and journey through fighting. In honor of World Book Day, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite books written by cage fighters, so that you can have the best of both the literary and martial arts worlds.
Perhaps the most famous and best-selling book on this list, My Fight/Your Fight documents Rousey’s personal journey to mixed martial arts, detailing the events of her Olympic judo career, childhood trauma and even dating history, in the spirit of inspiring. All of the chapters are shaped around different martial arts principles embodied by Rousey, as well as the experiences and life lessons she learned in applying them. This was the book that started it all even as far as our website goes, as our founder didn’t know anything about cage fighting prior to stumbling upon Rousey’s memoir!
Women’s MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi, known as the “Happy Warrior,” discovered martial arts as an exchange student in Japan, where she took up Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai training in the off time from her studies. In this book, she documents her journey through living and training in Japan, as well as her early days in the MMA cage.
The newest book on this list, UFC strawweight Paige VanZant penned a book that was released last week, in which she candidly reveals the gang rape that led her to find fighting- and the warrior spirit inside of her. This book is powerful and shows the strength, heart, and courage that VanZant has had to build in order to rise above the trauma that she’s faced.
If you’ve ever wondered how MMA fighters can build enough stamina to fight inside of a cage for 25 minutes or wanted to elevate your overall level of fitness, Cat Zingano’s book “Train Like a Fighter,” was written for you. She created an entire training regime that can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime, with little to no equipment or experience needed, that will get you into the best shape of your life. I myself can vet for this one, as I saw myself making massive gains in the gym after implementing her exercise strategy.