Mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey was called “the world’s most dominant athlete” last year on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Asked if she agreed, Rousey says: “Anyone considered for that kind of title would already think that they deserve it. You don’t wake up Thursday and suddenly think you’re the best in the world. You start off thinking that.”
And how did she start thinking that? Rousey’s mother, a world title-holder in judo, taught her a maneuver, the “armbar,” in which you pressure an opponent’s elbow, forcing them to yield.
Her mother did it to her in her sleep.
“I would have to be ready,” Rousey says. “It really helps with your confidence. A lot of people will get in your head, whereas I’m thinking I can beat this person right out of my sleep. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now to have a mom like that.”
— Adapted from “10 Questions,” Sean Gregory, Time.