Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martia l Arts [NOOK Book]

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The author of American Shaolin tells a hilarious and fascinating insider's account of mixed martial arts, the fastest growing sport in the country.

Since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, mixed martial arts (MMA) has punched, kicked, and wrestled its way into the public's consciousness. MMA is an often brutal sport that combines any and every unarmed fighting technique with pure grit. Today, the gross yearly profits of ...
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Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martia l Arts

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Overview

The author of American Shaolin tells a hilarious and fascinating insider's account of mixed martial arts, the fastest growing sport in the country.

Since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, mixed martial arts (MMA) has punched, kicked, and wrestled its way into the public's consciousness. MMA is an often brutal sport that combines any and every unarmed fighting technique with pure grit. Today, the gross yearly profits of Ultimate Fighting Championship-the sport's premier professional league-exceed that of professional wrestling, boxing, and even the Boston Red Sox. In Tapped Out, Matthew Polly gives readers his on-the ground take of training and fighting in MMA.

At the age of thirty-six, Polly was out of shape and totally unprepared for what was ahead: a grueling journey through leading MMA training facilities in Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Las Vegas. After being utterly beaten down and built back up, he fought his first match against a fighter nearly fifteen years younger-and not only won, but sent his opponent to the hospital. Polly intersperses his own narrative with the history and background of fighting and interviews with top UFC stars such as GSP, Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, and Gina Carano. Evocative of George Plimpton's classic Paper Lion, Polly's honest, funny, and eye-opening account of his experiences will appeal to the millions of devoted MMA fans who are as hardcore as the sport itself.

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Matthew Polly is a Princeton University graduate and a former Rhodes Scholar, achievements not generally associated with the down-and-dirty sport of mixed martial arts. Thus, conversations stopped and eyebrows arched when the 36-year-old, out of shape Slate travel editor announced his intention to become a MMA fighter. To achieve this odd goal, Polly underwent grueling training in the coming months at MMA training facilities in Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Las Vegas. His accounts of that rigorous preparation and his matches give readers a pain-free, sometimes hilarious view of a multi-billion dollar international sport. (P.S. Tapped Out also includes interviews with top Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes.)

MMAConvert.com

“Matt Polly's Tapped Out succeeds where all other MMA-related books fail: it tells a fight story for both the male and female reader.”

TheSweetScience.com

“You have to give credit to the author for making a huge investment in proper training, the opportunity cost that he could have spent on more lucrative gigs, as well as the emotional pain Polly endured on the road to glory.”

New Hampshire NPR

“He’s a fighter. Not just a writer.”

Library Journal
Slate travel writer (and former Rhodes scholar) Polly took up mixed martial arts at the creaky age of 36 and trained worldwide, winning his first match though his opponent was years younger. Okay, not my thing, but for the four million students studying at 30,000 martial arts schools nationwide, this should be catnip. And American Shaolin, Polly's wide-ranging account of his time spent in China, studying with a bunch of fighting monks, sold over 70,000 copies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101535813
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,404,128
  • File size: 394 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Polly is an award-winning travel writer for Slate. A Princeton University graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Polly has also written for Esquire, Playboy, and The Nation. He lives in New York.
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Table of Contents

A Note on Names xi

Prologue: My Cup Runneth Over xiii

Act I Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

1 Kung Fu Panda 3

2 Descendants of Hercules: MMA 101 15

3 Gracies Don't Tap 28

4 Stockholm Syndrome 42

5 The Monster Mash 59

Act II Muay Thai and Sambo

6 Bangkok Vice 71

7 Nursery School 81

8 There Will Be Blood 94

9 Curious Georges in the Big City 103

10 Fedor's Smile 115

11 Ring of Power 126

Act III Mixed Martial Arts

12 You're Money, Baby 137

13 Green-Light Special 144

14 Behind the Eight Ball 155

15 The Thrill Is Over 167

16 Girl Fight 183

17 My Cup Runneth Over, Cont'd 191

18 Fight Camp 202

19 Weigh-ins 220

20 The Sacred and the Profane 235

21 Fright Night 247

Epilogue: The Biggest Loser 271

Author's Note 275

Author's Wife's Note 276

Acknowledgments 277

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Polly's book is entertaining, intriguing and equally informative. For a female who had no prior interest in MMA, I found myself enthralled with both the sport and Polly's journey. This is a phenomenal read for anybody already interested in MMA, but also for those looking to develop a new hobby. Definitely recommended.

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    Rya

    *moans and thru.sts against you*

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    H.umps you...then licks your vj...

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