Walk into any Wal-Mart in the United States and you can easily purchase any combination of high-caliber rifle with accompanying ammunition. However, if you’re looking to purchase a book by a former Olympic medalist and current undefeated world champion, you will have to look somewhere else.
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The superstore giant announced earlier this week that it would not be carrying UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s upcoming book — scheduled for release on May 12 — in stores due to the fact that she’s too violent. You can, however, pre-order Rousey's book on Wal-Mart's website.
“I’m shocked, shocked to discover that censorship is going on in America!” said publisher Judith Regan of Regan Arts to Page Six.
“My Fight/Your Fight” has already pre-sold thousands of copies on the Barnes & Noble website and Rousey is scheduled to visit “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” in support of her hardback debut.
Rousey is not only an undefeated mixed martial arts phenom, she is also a blossoming Hollywood powerhouse. “Rowdy” has a role in “Furious 7” and the upcoming “Entourage” movie. The book will undoubtedly highlight Rousey’s meteoric rise to MMA superstardom and the Olympic run that preceded it, but if her career has shown us anything in these brief four years since her professional debut, it’s that Rousey isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
UFC president Dana White once famously said that women would never fight in the company —the UFC’s biggest star is now a woman. Not only is Rousey the company’s biggest star, she is also one of its most important — as just last week Rousey met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss the legalization of MMA in his state.
With this upcoming book, Rousey is primed to appeal to her growing fan base in a whole new way. She will get to tell her story, at length, and presumably motivate an entire generation of hopeful, passionate, and determined youth (especially female) to follow their dreams.
And you will be able to purchase this universal tale of hard work and determination — unless, of course, you prefer to shop at Wal-Mart.