Inside the Cage: The Greatest Fights of Mixed Martial Arts


Fans are in for the match of a lifetime when two of the best fighters enter the ring. Relive some of the best matches in the history of MMA.

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Fans are in for the match of a lifetime when two of the best fighters enter the ring. Relive some of the best matches in the history of MMA.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paul Walter
"UFC owners boasted that there were no rules during the organization's early days. Two fighters entered the Octagon but only one fighter could leave. The other fighter would be bruised and battered in the middle of the cage." The quote from this title in the "The World of Mixed Martial Arts" series showcases the testosterone-fueled focus. The book's layout, with pictures of grappling, choking, punching, etc. against a black background broken by tribal, tiger-striped glimpses of steel cages, solidifies the all-dude appeal. The first shot of adrenaline comes in the form of a history lesson focusing on the Gracie family's creation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the development of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a way to bring the sport to the U.S. After describing an initial burst of popularity in the U.S., the book turns to MMA's "dark days" when the Gracies left the sport because of the addition of rules while opponents, like Arizona Senator John McCain, fought the sport due to lax rules. Then there's a quick uptick to UFC's comeback with the Zuffa company's purchase and organizational facelift. From there, it's non-stop, main-event fight action from top-tier fighters. While there's no way for an expository book about fighting to match the excitement of an actual match in the steel octagon, the author, Whiting, nicely combines history lessons with gritty fight descriptions. Although the Web-friendly, blurb-happy layout prevents a completely fluent read, the individual blurbs are well written with active verbs and sentence variety. In general, the frequently included factoids are fun and informational. Footnotes also nicely explain fight vocabulary. Following the action, there's a glossary of terms defined in the footnotes, a list of books for additional reading, an index, and a guide to for related Internet sites. This title may not make one submit to the power of MMA, but it is certainly scrappy enough to hang in there through the final round. Reviewer: Paul Walter
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–This series stands out for its exciting subject matter that has been popularized on television but that is not prevalent in material for this audience. Covering history, skills, basic rules, and greatest fights, Whiting provides information in fact boxes and in short bursts of text. Dramatic camera angles show sweating, bloody kickboxers, and cagefighters from just outside the ring. The black, red, and gold palette reflects the intensity of this sport that is often considered violent. The uninitiated will learn new vocabulary and that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is comprised of pankration, wrestling, and boxing. The author also discusses how politics has entered into the viewing of competitions on network and pay-per-view television. Fans of the sport will be mesmerized by these books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429634267
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: The World of Mixed Martial Arts Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Fight night 4

Chapter 1 In the Beginning 6

Chapter 2 Darh Days 14

Chapter 3 MMA mahes a comebach 22

Chapter 4 The Growth continues 30

Chapter 5 Into the Spotlight 38

Glossary 45


Internet sites 47

Index 48

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