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Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting

Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting

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by Jonathan Snowden

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?Since the beginning of time, men have engaged in hand-to-hand combat. In Ancient Greece, they called it Pankration, a no-holds-barred battle. Over time, one complete combat system was replaced by a variety of limited ones like karate, boxing, and wrestling. In the modern age this created an eternal question: who was tougher? Could a boxer beat a wrestler?

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SurDragon More than 1 year ago
Being a mixed martial arts fighter and life longer martial arts enthusiast I was excited to finally find a book that showcased an unbiased history of the sport I love. The author gives you interesting and little known information on everything MMA from the propaganda machine of the Gracie family to the Mobster origins of ZUFFA. I couldn't put it down. It's a must read for any diehard MMA fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most informative and detailed information on the true history of MMA that I have ever seen. I could not put it down. A completely unbiased look at the whole story of MMA from the very beginning. I thought I knew a lot about the history of MMA/UFC until I read this book. It put my knowledge to shame. Highly recommended reading for the avid MMA fan or anyone interested in the sports development.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, like many have a biased againsted fighters. They are violent and aggressive meatheads, right? I began to read this book out of curiosity and within the first chapter I was hooked. There is a shady history behind MMA, the current following has made it huge. Snownden describes each fight and each fighter to the point where I think that there is a boxing ring in front of me. I soon discovered each professionally trained fighter had alot more brains and passion then I ever expected. The respect that fighters have for themselves, their opponents and the art of fighting is emmense. I never really thought of fighting as anything but a spectator sport, but now I know that there is much, much more behind it. Since completing Total MMA, I have taken boxing classes and I have a whole lot more respect for the trainers and the fighters because it is a lot of hard work. I would recommend this book to all those who know nothing about MMA, or fighting in general, because chances are this will change viewpoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I. The best thing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has going for him in his first fight back after a long injury layoff? Practice. He already found out the hard way what happens when you try to push it too far, too fast after surgery. He barely had enough gas in the tank to put away an aged Mark Coleman, who showed up to the fight with his own tank already on E. If Rua makes the same mistake again, and against a much better fighter in Jones, he deserves to wake up without the title on Sunday morning. II. Let's hope Urijah Faber is taking Eddie Wineland seriously, because oddsmakers sure aren't. At the time of this writing, Faber is as high as a 5-1 favorite against a guy who's won four straight, the last of which was about as brutal a slam KO as you'll ever see. I agree Faber is more well-rounded, but if he goes into this expecting an easy night - or, perhaps more likely, looking past Wineland all the way to Dominick Cruz - he's just asking for an upset. III. It's win or go home for Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Or at least it ought to be. In a recent interview Filipovic reportedly said that if he can't beat Brendan Schaub at UFC 128, "it would not be fair to continue." Regardless of whether he means fair to the fans, his legacy, or his body, he's right. Filipovic is 36 years old and his stay in the UFC has been unremarkable, to say the least. His last truly significant, unqualified win was over Josh Barnett in the Pride Grand Prix back in 2006. Since then he's scraped by with wins in the easy fights and losses in most of the tough ones (the Pat Barry fight being the lone exception). If Schaub hands him his second straight loss - and that seems very likely - the smart thing would be to call it quits. Then again, few pro fighters possess the kind of wisdom that allows them to walk away when it's time. IV. Mike Pyle beats one of the UFC's undefeated up-and-comers at UFC 120, and his reward is a Facebook prelim fight with Ricardo Almeida? I guess a Facebook stream is better than no stream at all, but still. One hates to think what would have happened if he'd lost the fight with John Hathaway. V. Nate Marquardt's test will be more mental than physical. On paper, Nate the Great ought to overpower and overwhelm Dan Miller, which probably explains why he's a 3-1 favorite. But after he had trouble pulling the trigger against Yushin Okami in a fight he (and he alone) still seems to think he won, you have to wonder whether he's in the right state of mind to get back into middleweight title contention. He told me earlier this week that he's having fun again as a fighter for the first time in years, but we have to wait and see whether he still feels that way on fight night. If he opens up like he did against Wilson Gouveia, Miller could be in trouble. If he hangs back as he did against Okami, the trouble will be all Marquardt's. VI. Can we lighten up on all the tired parallels between Jon Jones in 2011 and "Shogun" Rua in 2005? I get it: Rua was 23 when he won the Pride Grand Prix, just like Jones is 23 now. That's called a coincidence. They're still completely different fighters with completely different backgrounds and their big respective breaks have come in completely different situations. I know how much we all love the whole 'old lion vs. young lion' storyline in this sport, but this is not one of those fights. And you know what else? It doesn't need to be. You've got a 29-year-old champ coming off an injury la