Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory

Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory

by Jay Dee ''b.j.'' Penn, Dave Weintraub
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Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory by Jay Dee ''b.j.'' Penn, Dave Weintraub

Claiming that “the belt is just an accessory,” Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn explains Why I Fight in this honest, intimate, and fascinating memoir. Written with David Weintraub, Why I Fight is an unforgettable portrait of one of the top and most recognizable mixed martial artists in the UFC and an up-close look at one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world. UFC and Jiu-Jitsu aficionados—and fans of Iceman, A Fighter’s Heart, and Bruce Lee’s classic The Tao of Jeet Kun Do—will want to explore Why I Fight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061803666
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,328,310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

BJ Penn is a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion and is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. In 2000, he became the first and only non-Brazilian-born winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt category. Penn is only the second fighter (after Randy Couture) to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. He lives in Hilo, Hawaii.

David Weintraub is a freelance journalist, writer, and producer who has done freelance work for the UFC.

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Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
avidreader128 More than 1 year ago
Very good book detailing the life of BJ Penn, gives a human perspective to the man most of us only see via UFC and the media. Condidering the one-dimensional view they (UFC/media) present of Penn, this book is good for anyone wanting to learn more about the man and the sport. I found myself reading the book at every opportunity because it was so interesting.
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Bakari More than 1 year ago
This was the first time that I have read a book by a BJJ or MMA fighter where they provided a detailed look into how they achieved greatness. Most of the books I have bought (mostly instructionals) offer a few pages in the front with a quick bio on the fighter. BJ Penn discusses his initial inspiration to become a fighter, his childhood days and scraps and his BJJ beginnings all the way until his world championship. Then he gives an in-depth look into his early MMA days all the way until the present. I read this book in two days on my iphone and I don't like reading on it because of the small screen. Sometimes you feel as if you are right there along with Penn as he describes some of the events of his life. It also gives you unexpected insights into the BJJ and MMA universe. Posted by Bakari Akil II, Ph.D., author of The Lazy Man's Guide to Grappling Grappling for Newbies: What every new BJJ and Submission Grappler should know!
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DSOMonster More than 1 year ago
Book is difficult to put down once you start reading. I started on a plane ride to Phoenix from Los Angeles and on the return flight back. Finished the book that night before bed. BJ tells it like it is and speaks about his life pertaining to why he is who he is today. BJ does not pull any punches, not that he ever has. If you are a combat sports fan, pick this one up. You will not be dissapointed!
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