Total Mma: Inside Ultimate Fighting (Google eBook)

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ECW Press, Dec 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 408 pages
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' Since the beginning of time, men have engaged in hand-to-hand combat. In Ancient Greece, they called it Pankration, a no-holds-barred battle. Over time, one complete combat system was replaced by a variety of limited ones like karate, boxing, and wrestling. In the modern age this created an eternal question: who was tougher' Could a boxer beat a wrestler' Could a kung fu artist dispose of a jiu jitsu man' The Ultimate Fighting Championship answered those questions emphatically in 1993 ' and Mixed Martial Arts was born. Early stars like Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie propelled this new sport into the North American public's consciousness while pro wrestlers Nobuhiko Takada and Masakatsu Funaki led a parallel evolution in Japan, where cultural forces led to fighters becoming mainstream celebrities. With no television contract and little publicity budget to speak of, the UFC was forced to adopt an aggressive marketing scheme to get public attention. The potential for carnage and blood was played up and a predictable media outcry soon followed. Politicians, led by Arizona Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain, were able to ban the sport in most states and even managed to suspend pay-per-view broadcasts. While the popularity of MMA was at an all-time-high in Japan, MMA failed to thrive in America until Spike TV finally took a chance on the controversial sport and The Ultimate Fighter thrust mixed martial arts back into the mainstream, creating new mega-stars like Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans, and breathing new life into old favourites. For the first time, Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting arms you with all the history and information you need to know to understand the contemporary world of Mixed Martial Arts, where the backroom deal-making is as fierce as the fighting.
  

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Review: Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Super good. I've read a lot of MMA books, but few of them have this breadth and depth. Lots of back story on stuff that usually gets left out of the usual history books: eg, the legitimate ... Read full review

Review: Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting

User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

I have multiple copies of this historical "textbook for MMA fans" to give to friends who are novice fans of MMA and want to learn the history behind the sport. The last sentence should be enough to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Birth of Brazilian JiuJitsu
The War of the Worlds
Fight Night
Pancrase 5 The Lions Den 6 The Tournament 7 The Great UFCPR Battle 8 Pride Arrives 9 Remodeling the UFC 10 Frank Shamrockandthe Alliance ...
Enter the Fertittas 13 The UFC Survives 14
Tito vs the LionsDen 16 Randy vs Chuck 17 The Growth of Pride
The Ultimate Fighter 19 PostTUF 20 Pride Before the Fall
TUF 3
Ortiz vs Liddell
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Jonathan Snowden is a former lawyer, radio DJ, and television producer. He has worked for the U.S. Army and the White House Communications Agency, is trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the Army Combatives Program, and currently works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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