During an interview leading up to UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro (August 1, 10pm, pay-per-view), UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke about how she’s going to defeat her opponent, Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Correia hit below the belt during a previous interview, saying she hopes Rousey doesn’t commit suicide after losing her UFC title. Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was a young girl.
“I can’t have girls taking the same approach as Bethe,” Rousey said. And then she referred to one of her favorite books growing up, Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet). “One of the messages I took (from the book) is when you beat somebody, you have to beat them so well and thoroughly that you beat them all of the future times. You have to win all of the future possible fights.” Ender’s Game is the 1986 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. In the book, children are trained from a very young age to kill invading aliens. Ender’s Game is on the US Marine Corps Professional Reading List as it offers “lessons in training methodology, leadership, and ethics as well.”