The Laws of the Ring [NOOK Book]

Overview

What's your passion?

For Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, fighting is not just a thrill but an act of self-expression. From his first fight in the outlaw MMA days of 2003, Urijah recognized his passion for the sport—and since then the former WEC World Featherweight Champion, now fighting as a top bantamweight in the UFC, has been living his dream. As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters today, with a loyal following in the MMA community, Urijah is well known for his ...

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Overview

What's your passion?

For Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, fighting is not just a thrill but an act of self-expression. From his first fight in the outlaw MMA days of 2003, Urijah recognized his passion for the sport—and since then the former WEC World Featherweight Champion, now fighting as a top bantamweight in the UFC, has been living his dream. As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters today, with a loyal following in the MMA community, Urijah is well known for his inventive fight style, cutting-edge approach to fitness, and California swag.

In The Laws of the Ring, Urijah relates the full story of how he has made a career out of a highly demanding sport. Even outside the ring, his passion for fighting has motivated him to do so much more—to open his own fitness center, create a sports clothing line, lead a fight team, and recently to coach up-and-coming fighters in the television show The Ultimate Fighter. But even the California Kid couldn't do it all without constant hard work, healthy habits, and a whole lot of positive thinking. With his thirty-six "Laws of Power," Urijah shares the life lessons he's learned along his unconventional path, drawing from personal experience to give readers a sense of life inside the ring—and show how to take those lessons into their own worlds.

Part manifesto for success, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, The Laws of the Ring is filled with funny, provocative, and inspirational stories for a colorful glimpse into the rise of a young superstar, and the philosophy behind his accomplishments. With clear-eyed perspective and down-to-earth advice, Urijah zeroes in on getting the life you want—and living it to the fullest.

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Urijah Faber (a.k.a. The California Kid) holds a University of California degree in human development is a former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion. Superficially seen, that odd combination might seem irrelevant when approaching this combination autobiography and self-help book, but it really isn't. This adept mixed martial arts specialist views his high pressure participation in dangerous ring and cage sports as much as a mental and emotional challenge as an act of physical strength and agility. Think of it as a The Art of War on a very personal level.

Lisa Echenthal

Bleacher Report
“An absolute tour de force . . . it won’t just change the way you think about Faber. It will change the way you think about how you’re living your own life.”
Library Journal
Headliner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and former featherweight champion of World Extreme Cagefighting, Faber (aka the California Kid—he's from Sacramento and looks like a surfer) is a mixed martial arts superstar. His book is part life story, part Zen-like meditation on attaining self-awareness, and part self-help. Maybe it will help you but probably best for MMA fans, who are legion, as the 100,000-copy first printing suggests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062112422
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 298,318
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber is one of the most popular mixed martial arts fighters in the world. A former featherweight champ in World Extreme Cagefighting, Urijah is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a bantamweight in the UFC. He is the leader of Team Alpha Male, which fights out of his hometown of Sacramento, California.

New York Times bestselling author Tim Keown most recently cowrote Rick Harrison's License to Pawn, and was the cowriter of bestsellers Bad as I Wanna Be by Dennis Rodman and Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton.

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Table of Contents

The First Fight ix

Introduction: What's Your Passion? 1

Prologue: Know What You're Fighting For 7

The Laws of Power

1 Positive Thinking Breeds Success 9

2 Enjoy What You Have 13

3 Create Healthier Habits 16

4 Life Is About the Journey, Not the Destination 21

5 Know Yourself 24

8 Work Harder and Smarter (Stumbling vs. Planning) 26

7 Push Through Life's Hiccups (Dealing with Change) 29

8 Learn from Your Mistakes 43

9 Understand Your Talents: The Competency Model 52

10 Use Your Head… Whatever Way You Can 65

11 Your Fate Is Not Predetermined 68

12 Fight Adversity with Passion 74

13 Everyone Needs a Little Reassurance-but Ask Someone Who Knows 92

14 Let Passion Lead (You Know What's Best for You) 96

15 Emulate the Successful 104

16 Eyes Forward 109

17 You Never Know Who's Watching: The Power of Personal Credit 112

18 Opinions Don't Drive Reality 117

19 Keep It Real: Build Your Name by Being You 123

20 Build a Community of Potential 128

21 Go the Extra Mile 132

22 Create Your Own Opportunities: Think Outside the Box 137

23 Connect the People You Trust 143

24 It Is Who You Know-and More 147

25 Everyone Has Strengths: Let Them Complement Each Other 154

26 Talk the Talk-Walk the Walk 158

27 Tough Love Is an Art 166

28 Money Is a Nagging Reality 168

29 Be the Bigger Man 173

30 The Power of Friendship 185

31 Block Out Fear 188

32 The Dignity of the Good Loss 197

33 Fight to the Bitter End: The Power of Giving Your All 203

34 Find the Good in Bad Situations (The Hidden Benefit of Two Useless Hands) 207

35 Know Your Enemy 210

36 There's No Excuse for a Lame Excuse 219

A Final Word: Live the Dream 222

Acknowledgments 225

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    Intriguing

    Plenty of people ask: just how intelligent can you be if you LIKE getting into a bloody, brutal fight, literally pummeling the other guy and taking a few nasty shots yourself? Well, everyone knows athletes don't get paid to think but Urijah has an interesting collection of stories to tell. His positive attitude toward life is inspiring because, despite his phenomenal fitness and training, he's suffered some real troubles,too: his parents' divorce, a brother whom his family rescued from a cult that did permanent psychological damage, his sister's serious injury in a car crash, a long-term relationship that never reached the marriage stage, and getting humiliated in his hometown by Jose Aldo's barrage of kicks, as examples. But I cite his battle with Mike Brown, never quitting despite two broken hands, that should encourage anyone and everyone to take away the most important lesson of all: never give up. Always do your best, and be proud of your effort. Final note: Urijah doesn't talk about himself that much in this book. He relates the stories of many people he's encountered and that's vital information, too: people like Joseph Benavidez and Red (the old guy who'd spent decades being a terror to who knows how many people). They're reminders that you must pursue your passion in life and that it's never too late to change yourself if you really want to.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Great Read totally positive, Urijah comes real with it. Inspirat

    Great Read totally positive, Urijah comes real with it. Inspirational not just for fighters, or fans.
    This guy really seems to have a selfless attitude in so many things that he does for other people,
    while still remaining humble. This is a cool book for just about anybody. I was not surprised about
    the up beat style of the book. What i was surprised about was how much i took away from reading ii.
    It's like this guy did not just write the book to make money, or tell you all about how cool, tough, or
    great he is. It is clear he wants the reader to come away with something for themselves. Like no other book i
    remember reading the theme seems to be one of here is my story and all i have learned, all that i have done
    Can you benefit from this. In this readers opinion i have not met many people in my 40+ years on this planet
    who would not. Way to go Urijah thanks. A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Urijah

    I loved it. I love him. Hes my inspriation. He makes me want to be a UFC Featherweigh champion just like him. I'm always gonna look up to Urijah. I'm glad i get to watch him fight on TV and on the cage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Laws of the Ring is by far the best book I have ever read, and y

    Laws of the Ring is by far the best book I have ever read, and yes I do read a lot. I Bought this book soley because I am a big fan of Urijah, but it is so much greater than just a fan read. Faber gives an insight on more of his life than many people would, and it makes for a great motivational book. If you're an MMA fan you'll absolutely love this. If you're not an MMA fan, well you'll STILL absolutely love this book! He puts things into such a great perspective and has several different stories (Not only MMA stories) to be great examples. I finished this book in 2 days (would have been one if I hadn't been so busy). I just could not put the book down, and you won't be able to either!! I have already recommended my whole family read it but I also recommend everyone else to read it as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Inspirational

    Very inspirational book. A must read.

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