Mixed Martial Arts' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Crazy Combat, Great Grappling, and Sick Submissions

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Mixed martial arts hasn’t been dubbed the world’s fastest growing sport for nothing. It’s noticeably rocked the sporting world since the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship nearly two decades ago—and has even shaken up the pop culture scene. Who would have expected popular MMA fighter Chuck Liddell to trade in his sparring gloves for dance shoes on Dancing with the Stars? A combo of grappling, punching, kneeing, and kicking, this sport looks like it will be grounding and pounding, sprawling and ...
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Mixed Martial Arts' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Crazy Combat, Great Grappling, and Sick Submissions

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Overview


Mixed martial arts hasn’t been dubbed the world’s fastest growing sport for nothing. It’s noticeably rocked the sporting world since the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship nearly two decades ago—and has even shaken up the pop culture scene. Who would have expected popular MMA fighter Chuck Liddell to trade in his sparring gloves for dance shoes on Dancing with the Stars? A combo of grappling, punching, kneeing, and kicking, this sport looks like it will be grounding and pounding, sprawling and brawling, for some time to come. Mixed Martial Arts’ Most Wanted™ steps into the cage and brings you round after round of fighting deeds and details worthy of a sport known for bloody battles and ingenious tactics. Authors Adam T. Heath and David L. Hudson Jr. have knocked out sixty top-ten lists detailing the low blows, grappling greats, human anomalies, and fighting females that make up the compelling world of mixed martial arts.There’s no need to be an insider—Heath and Hudson bring you all of the sport’s best bouts, dirtiest moves, and brainscrambling kayos in a book that will keep MMA enthusiasts reeling for months.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597975490
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Series: Most Wanted
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,508,559
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam T. Heath is a lifelong martial arts practitioner and certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino martial arts, and Progressive Fighting Systems. He is also a personal student of Dennis Hill in Combat Sambo and of Ken Zaborowski in tai chi chuan. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

David L. Hudson Jr. is a licensed boxing judge who covers mixed martial arts and boxing for Fightnews.com. He is the coauthor of Boxing’s Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Champs, Chumps, and Punch-Drunk Palookas (Potomac Books, Inc., 2004) and two other books in the Most Wanted™ series. He has written or cowritten twenty-five books and resides in the Middle Tennessee area with his wife, Carla.

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Where It All Comes From

1 MMA Originals: The First Mixed Martial Art Styles 3

2 Why They Call It MMA: The Most Common Martial Arts in MMA 10

3 MMA Coaches: The Brains behind the Brawn 16

Fighting on the Rebound

4 I Hate You: Grudge Matches 23

5 Tough Trilogies: They Fought Three Great Fights against Each Other 29

Not Everything Goes According to Plan

6 Downright Dirty: Fighters Who Cheat 39

7 Low Blows: The Most Telling Foul Shots in the Sport 45

8 Ouch: The Worst Injuries in MMA 51

The Best There Are

9 Tough Women: The Best Female Fighters 61

10 Regal Reigns: Champions Who Ruled Their Class 67

11 Fedor's Finest: The Greatest Victories of the Last Emperor 72

12 Fighting Families: The Best Bloodlines in MMA 78

13 Great Unknowns: The Best Fighters Who Never Stepped into the Cage 84

Countries That Love to Brawl

14 Brazilian Battlers: The Greatest Fighters from Brazil 93

15 Dominating Dutchmen: The Best from the Netherlands 99

16 Japanese Juggernauts: The Best Fighters from Japan 103

Fighting Occupations

17 Fighting Fires: They Put Out Fires outside the Cage 111

18 Law Dawgs: They Serve the People 115

19 GI Fighters: Soldiers in the Octagon 119

Not Your Average Fighter

20 Age Is Nothing but a Number: Defying Father Time 129

21 Fighting Phenoms: Bursting on the Scene at a Young Age 134

22 Extra Large: Human Anomalies 138

It's All Showbiz

23 Best Nicknames: Most Interesting Appellations 147

24 Wannabes: Celebrities Who Cross Train 151

25 Fake Wrestlers Fighting for Real: Professional Wrestlers in MMA 157

26 MMA on the Big Screen: The Best and Worst MMA Movies 163

27 MMA Actors: Fighters Who Have Made the Great Leap 169

28 MMA Goes Global: MMA Promotions and Bodies throughout the World 174

29 Not Quite Boxing: Biggest MMA Paychecks 180

Competitive Cousins: Boxing and MMA

30 Boxers' Biggest Failures in MMA: Should Have Stayed in the Sweet Science 189

31 Mixed Martial Artists Who Boxed Professionally: Trying the Sweet Science 194

32 Same Nickname Game-Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers: Sharing Nicknames with Famous Boxers 198

Somebody Usually Wins

33 Stunning Surprises: The Greatest Upsets in MMA History 205

34 Winning on Points: They Get Decisions 211

35 Captivating Comebacks: They Pulled It Out from Behind 215

36 Quickest Knockouts: These Fights Ended Early 221

37 Controversial Decisions: The Wrong Fighter Won 228

38 Biggest Losers: Fighters on a Perpetual Losing Streak 233

39 Debut Disappointments: They Lost Their First Fight 238

Fighters Have to Start Somewhere

40 It Takes More than a Singlet: Collegiate Wrestlers 245

41 Gridiron Grapplers: They Loved the Football Field 250

42 Kickboxers in MMA: Heavyweight Kickers Turned to MMA 256

43 Olympic Glory before MMA: They Won Gold Medals in the Olympics 261

MMA Standouts

44 Greatest Grapplers in MMA: Submission Specialists Who Dominate on the Ground 269

45 Brains and Brawn: Highly Educated Mixed Martial Artists 275

46 Combat Craziness: Crazy Moments in MMA History 279

47 Crazy Kickers: Hardest Kickers of the MMA 286

Selected Bibliography 293

Index 297

About the Authors 305

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