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This Is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    "Dream your dreams and don't let anything get in the way of making your dreams a reality."

    This book "This Is Gonna Hurt" by professional mixed martial arts fighter, Tito Ortiz, is an enlightening insider view of the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy". At first look Tito stands six feet two inches tall and weighs in at two hundred and five pounds. Ortiz is often viewed as the bad boy fighter type who doesn't want to grow up, but truthfully from the events written about in his book he is a dedicated professional fighter, successful business man and a loving family man. I chose this book with the expectations of reading about his climb of success to being a mixed martial arts champion fighter. Never did I expect to get an inside view of his crazy, unpredictable, heart touching childhood. After Tito's rough childhood he found his escape from his harsh life at home when he entered high school. Tito discovered the sport of wrestling, which in turn eventually led him to become an Ultimate Fighting title holder and one of the most recognizable icons in the mixed martial arts world. Tito fought his way from being the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" to being a successful UFC champion fighter. This book was written by Tito with the help of Marc Shapiro, but you would never know he had help by reading this because the way he writes sounds like he could be sitting there telling you about his life face to face. Which is one of the reasons I liked it. I really enjoyed this book because it was an insight to the man behind the fighter. I would strongly recommend this book to people who have seen Tito Ortiz fight before because I believe it will change your opinions about him.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    An MMA legend...

    Who is the real Tito? I surely had no idea. He's cocky on TV and gets bad-mouthed by other fighters in interviews and in their books. It turns out Tito is a father, an actor, a serious businessman and a entrepreneur on top of being one of the UFC's biggest names.

    Tito's biography is one you wont soon forget. He lets it all out and talks about his crazy childhood and MMA career.

    This book is easy to read and definitely clears up some of the rumors about him that we (MMA fans) often hear.

    Good book, great stories! For any Tito Ortiz fan and all MMA fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

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    Read this Book if you Love UFC!

    Tito Ortiz with Mark Shapiro: This is gonna hurt<BR/><BR/>Tito Ortiz starts his biography as a kid growing up in Huntington Beach, California where I soon learned why they call him the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy". Tito had to overcome obstacles to become a UFC fighter. He was was a decorated wrestler in high school and college, this kept him off the streets and out of gang and drug life. The plot of this story is about Tito's struggles on his way to becoming one of the most known UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)fighters. <BR/><BR/>Tito goes to Big Bear, CA to train for his first professional UFC fight against Wes Albritten. Tito is cocky but is still under pressure to win. Tito wins his first professional UFC fight by TKO and surprises the UFC world. Tito works hard and trains even harder winning most of his 21 fights by knockout.<BR/><BR/>The theme of this story is to never give up on your dreams, believe in yourself, and never back down.<BR/><BR/>I like this book because it reminds you to never give up and I NEVER give up! It also made me realize that working hard and being determined can get you everywhere in life.<BR/><BR/>I connected to this book because I have overcome things like Tito has. If this sounds like a book you would like I also recommend another book I read -- "Ric Flair: To Be The Man". Just like This is gonna hurt, this is a biography of a person struggling to become champion.

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