Ronda Rousey has been crowned winner of the Cross Sports Book of the Year award.
My Fight, Your Fight, published by Arrow, charts the career of the UFC star and her struggles as she rose to the top, becoming the most dominant female fighter of a generation.
The 2008 Olympic judo bronze medallist collected the award two weeks after taking home the inaugural International Autobiography prize from Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Selected by public vote, Californian-born Rousey charted almost 75 per cent of the vote, followed by New Writer of the Year winner Two Hours by Ed Caesar and Football Book of the Year winner Guillem Balague and his biography Ronaldo.
Rousey, who was the first female fighter to sign up to UFC in 2012, said: “I’m so grateful for the continuing support of my fans. In My Fight, Your Fight, we wanted to write a book that would transcend nationalities, sports and other boundaries.
This award is recognition from the readers that we have been able to do that. The love and support you have shown means the world to me.
Cross Sports Book Awards:
Cross Autobiography of the Year – Max Mosley Formula One and Beyond (Simon and Schuster)
The Times Biography of the Year – Andy Bull Speed Kings (Bantam Press)
Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year – Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant)
Cycling Book of the Year – David Millar The Racer (Yellow Jersey Press)
Barclays Football Book of the Year – Guillem Balague Cristiano Ronaldo (Orion)
Illustrated Book of the Year – Bob Martin 1/1000th : The Sports Photography of Bob Martin (Vision Sports Publishing)
Cross International Autobiography of the Year – Ronda Rousey My Fight, Your Fight (Arrow)
Freshtime New Writer of the Year – Ed Caesar Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Viking)
Outstanding Sports Writing of the Year – William Finnegan Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Little, Brown)
Rugby Book of the Year – Tom English No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland (Arena Sport)
Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing – Brian Glanville