From a humble beginning in a dirt-poor migrant camp where he picked cotton and fruit with dreams of playing baseball and seeing the world, to being stationed in Thailand as a member of the United States Air Force, to the quiet of the locker room before a big fight, to the center of the cage in the middle of chaos, to the stadiums of Japan, to the arenas of Las Vegas, and ultimately to the lights of Madison Square Garden as the most famous ...
From a humble beginning in a dirt-poor migrant camp where he picked cotton and fruit with dreams of playing baseball and seeing the world, to being stationed in Thailand as a member of the United States Air Force, to the quiet of the locker room before a big fight, to the center of the cage in the middle of chaos, to the stadiums of Japan, to the arenas of Las Vegas, and ultimately to the lights of Madison Square Garden as the most famous cutman in combat sports ... this is THE LIFE OF STITCH DURAN.
The brawl after UFC 38 in London ... Stitch was there. Tito Ortiz and his I just killed Kenny shirt ... Stitch was there. Mike Tyson and Bob Sapp squaring off after Sapp beat Kimo Leopoldo ... Stitch was there. Marvin Eastman's cut ... Stitch was there. The Inoki slap ... Stitch was there. Vodka with Fedor after victory ... Stitch was there. Pride 28 and Wand's big knees ... Stitch was there. Shadow boxing in a Japanese restaurant with Wladimir Klitschko, TUF 1 Finale, Randy's first retirement, Pride Final Conflict Resolution, Diaz/Gomi at Pride 33, GSP/Serra at UFC 69, Gonzaga/Cro Cop at UFC 70, Chuck/Wand at UFC 79, Corey Hill's leg break, and Rocky VI ... yep, Stitch was at every one of them, too.
And not only was Stitch there, Stitch had an impact. In the world of combat sports, Stitch has impacted a lot of people, and a lot of fights - all of which can be found in this book, the story of how he made it FROM THE FIELDS TO THE GARDEN: THE LIFE OF STITCH DURAN.
"Stitch is fast becoming an icon to both MMA and boxing ... he is admired by his fans and his peers. When the blood flows, Stitch knows just what to do."
"Stitch's tape jobs are so pretty you almost hate to punch someone in the face with them! His experience and expertise in the fight game is a rare commodity."
"I wouldn't trade Stitch for anything! He is part of me in every aspect of my fight career. Teacher, friend, cornerman all rolled into one."
Oliver Copp (Tough Talk Radio)
- Oliver Copp
"Stitch is one of those so-called leading men in the MMA business. He basically sees and hears everything and is a part of everything. This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read literally thousands of books."
Doug Groff (KMBW Radio)
- Doug Groff
"I can't stop reading these stories. People are going to LOVE this book! This is just fantastic stuff. I think it goes beyond just fans of MMA. It's a great success story. It's just amazing!"
Zac Robinson is the author or co-author of five books and counting, including two books in the MMA IQ series and one in the Sports by the Numbers MMA series. He became an MMA fan in 1993, when during college he and his baseball buddies watched UFC 1. For his day job he is an educator for a Department of Defense school in Germany. Zac is married to Heather and has two kids, Jace and Xin Ai.
Jacob "Stitch" Duran is the best cutman in the business. For over three decades he's been involved in all aspects of combat sports. He's competed, coached, promoted, and educated others on the intricacies of wrapping hands and fixing cuts. Now he focuses on continuing to improve the profession of being a cutman. Stitch lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Charlotte, but on most weekends you'll find him at a boxing or UFC event somewhere on the globe.