Contrary to reports that Walmart is not selling UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey‘s new book, My Fight/Your Fight, the book is currently available for pre-order on the Walmart.com website.
Recent reports spread like wildfire when it leaked that the retail juggernaut wouldn’t be carrying the book of one of the UFC’s most popular fighters. The thing is, those reports were wrong.
Walmart is apparently not going to be displaying the book on its shelves in its stores, but a quick check of the retailers website verified that the book is currently available for $16.68, a steep discount from the $26.95 list price. Rousey’s book is published by Simon & Schuster, one of the world’s largest book publishers.
The Walmart website also has various videos featuring Rousey, including several of her fights; a cardboard cutout of the champ, and a poster.
A Walmart spokesperson, Danit Marquardt, told TMZ Sports that a “a variety of factors” led to the retailer’s decision not to display the book in its stores, but did not reveal what any of those factors were. She also confirmed that the book could be ordered online and then picked up at a local store location like other online-ordered merchandise.
The original report misled many of us to believe that Walmart was banning the book, even Rousey and renowned well-known publisher Judith Regan.
“I’m shocked, shocked to discover that censorship is going on in America!” Regan told the NY Post’s Page Six.
Rousey on Wednesday took to her Instagram account to shrug off what she perceived as Walmart’s snub of her book.
“‘Success is the best revenge’ one of many lessons I learned from fighting that helped me fight through life’s battles off the mat and outside the octagon. @walmart is welcome to watch the success of this publication from the sidelines if they choose,” she wrote.
It seems, however, that Walmart won’t be on the sidelines watching the success of Rousey’s book, it just wants to take part in the book’s success without endorsing it by putting it on display.