Title Shot: Into the Shark Tank of Mixed Martial Arts

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In 2007, Army Officer Kelly Crigger embarked on a year-long journey into the shark tank of mixed martial arts competition. His quest was two-fold—to learn what drove fighters to put themselves through years of grueling training and into the cage, and to uncover the mainstream media's reason for focusing on the seedier side of the sport and its athletes. To dig for answers, he lived in five of the top MMA training camps in the United States, hung out at the toughest tournaments the sport had to offer, and spent time with the biggest names in the sport, including UFC President Dana White. Title Shot divulges the truths and personal stories he unearthed. Laced with sarcasm, humor and a touch of daredevil bravado, Crigger sheds a never-before-seen light on a misunderstood sport and its combatants. Whether you're a hardcore MMA junkie or a casual fan, Title Shot will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780981504407
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: No Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Crigger is an officer in the US Army and was deployed in Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces out of Fort Bragg. He has orchestrated seminars for the troops with some of the top mixed martial arts fighters, and he is a freelance journalist for several MMA magazines, including Real Fighter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

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    As the proud owner of a rare, advanced copy of 'Title Shot', I feel compelled to write about this essential piece for the MMA fan. Not since George Plimpton has an author produced such an entertaining inside account of a professional sport. Kelly Crigger expertly recounts a tale of the grueling, unforgiving life of the career mixed martial artist, as he travels the country visiting the gyms that have produced some of the most successful fighters in the world. The pages are filled with detailed and unabashed descriptions of these venues (The gym was literally a basement...could have been a brothel for inner-city Hobbits and wrong-side-of-the-tracks Smurfs at one time) self-effacing confessions (I arrived sweaty and stinking like Bill Clinton after a box of Macanudo cigars) and irreverent quips about some of the most dangerous men on the planet [He (Kenny Florian) looked like a band camp geek who was only a horn-rimmed pair of glasses away from Louis Skolnik]. After working his way through these camps, Crigger goes behind the scenes at the IFL Finals, the Army's Modern Army Combatives Tournament, and UFC 78 to uncover and disclose the most sensitive issues of the day in MMA and provides the reader a peek into the future of the sport. A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and educational read for both the newcomer and the most rabid fan of the fastest growing sport in the world - Mixed Martial Arts.

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