What if a boxer and a wrestler fought? Who would win? What if a fighter skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tangled with a foe trained in traditional judo? These were questions that fans of combat sports asked for years, but how to settle it? The answer: mixed martial arts. In this action-packed book, you'll meet the superstars and record holders of mixed martial arts, get behind-the-scenes details about some of its most dramatic moments, and find out what the future holds for this radical hybrid sport.
About the Author
Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What If? 5
1 Battlegrounds: From Ancient Greece to the Octagon 7
2 The Art of MMA: Inside the Octagon 19
3 Standing Ovation: 12 Classic MMA Fights 26
4 Kings of the Cage: Greats of MMA 36
5 Excitement Uncaged: Eight Memorable in MMA History 50
6 Evolution: The Future of MMA 56
Source Notes 61
Further Reading 62