Fighting for Acceptance: Mixed Martial Artists and Violence in American Society

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In recent years, mixed martial arts, also known as "ultimate fighting", has become the fastest-growing sport in American society, but it is also considered the most controversial. Based on interviews conducted with forty mixed martial arts athletes,
Fighting for Acceptance answers these questions:
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Fighting for Acceptance: Mixed Martial Artists and Violence in American Society

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Overview

In recent years, mixed martial arts, also known as "ultimate fighting", has become the fastest-growing sport in American society, but it is also considered the most controversial. Based on interviews conducted with forty mixed martial arts athletes,
Fighting for Acceptance answers these questions:
  • Who are the ultimate fighters?
  • How did they become involved in the sport?
  • What goes on in their heads while competing?
  • Do the fighters feel a social responsibility to preach nonviolence out of the sport?
  • How do they see themselves fitting into today's society?

Authors David Mayeda, a mixed martial arts fan and occasional fighter, and David
Ching explore these political and sociological issues through in-depth interviews with fighters such as Randy "The Natural" Couture, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson,
"Dangerous" Dan Henderson, Jason "MayheM" Miller, Antonio McKee, Frank Trigg,
Travis Lutter, Chris "The Crippler" Leben, and Guy Mezger.

Fighting for Acceptance is for the sport's fans and its critics alike as it delves into the ramifications of the athletic event. This growing phenomenon is so controversial that many still question if it should even be considered a sport.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595478910
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/18/2008
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Human Dog Fighting

    This is not a sport. It is Human Dog Fighting and it is such a shame that young people are falling for all the hype. It is just another way to exploit our youth and make them walking billboards of death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Great read

    One of the best foreward a book has ever seen, i highly recommend this book to everyone, fighter or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Thought-provoking and inspiring!

    ... and the twist at the end really caught me off guard! This is one book I'd recommend to anyone who can read English. Fourth graders who want to get their weekly reader club points? Look no further this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Headline

    Enjoyed it...buy it...read it...share it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    .. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The forward was a bit jovial, but overall a very great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Sitting at star bucks drinking a coffee I feel like I'm really getting to know about the MMA world. I highly recommend this book to anyone out there wanting to learn more about the sport. 000.5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    good book

    I bought this book strictly for the handsome gentleman on the cover. Then while reading it, I became filled with rage and decided to turn my life around and become a ruthless street boxer. Books have more effect on me than TV and video games.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Greatest forward ever written!

    I picked this book up while looking for a gift for my grandmother's birthday. I felt totally lost and alone in my life, and was questioning a lot of things about my existence. That all changed after I read the forward to this book. Everything finally became clear for me. I kicked drugs, stopped stripping, went back to school, and now I am a very successful business woman. Thank you, Jason Miller. I owe everything to you. I plan to read the rest of this book one day also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    mayhem monkey 021

    I've gone ape over this great book.A must read for anyone interested in the sport or for anyone who questions the validity of MMA as a real sport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    Great

    This was the best one ever. It had me realize that mma is a sport to be reckon with, and forward was just plain out awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    The forward of this book alone is worthy of every literary award out there! Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Incredible

    Mezmerising, captivating, heart warming, butterfly causing, so many adjectives there are that would still have a hard time encompassing the imagery and overall excellence in the forward of this book. A truly great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Best pop up book EVER

    I was upset there were so many words but other than that this book was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Something of Interest

    This book really does captivate the MMA enthusiast. I thought it was exciting, informative, and everything I would hope to have found in an MMA book. I would recommend it to anything in MMA, or to their fans alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Splendifferous

    Excellent book for use of reading indoors or outdoors. The versatility of this book amazed me. I was even able to read it in a sun porch. Which is kind of a mix between being inside and outside at the same time. Make the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    This book is enlightening to say the least!

    This book is a must for all the hard core MMA fans as well as the new fans that have caught the MMA bug through the growth of the sport on mainstream TV. Two professors explore the many different facets of MMA and show that it is not just about fighting anymore.

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