Total MMA:Inside Ultimate Fighting – Book Review

by Kilo on June 28, 2011

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Total MMA by Jonathan Snowden

If my youngest sister had never married the man she did, I never would have gotten into MMA (mixed martial arts). Strictly as an observer, that is. But when I met him, he was as passionate about the UFC as I had ever been about any sport, and I was intrigued.

Little by little, I started watching fight cards with him, and soon I was hooked. I didn’t know much about the sport, but it was all about the personalities for me. The storylines. Just like watching the NBA with my dad during the Celtics/Lakers heyday back in the Bird and Magic era: we watched because we wanted someone to win, and someone to lose.

Watching the UFC fights took it one further. You could tune in (for a princely sum) to watch two rivals compete, and there was a very good chance that the loser would lose in a big way. Good times.

Jonathan Snowden’s Total MMA:Inside Ultimate Fighting is a fun look at the origins of mixed martial arts, the rise of the UFC, and an entertaining snapshot of some of the promotion’s bigger personalities. Snowden Dana White, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and more as they enter the sport, rise, and sometimes fall.

If you are a fan of MMA, the UFC, Pride Fighting, or you just like to watch some fights, you’ll find something to enjoy in this book. It’s a quick, easy read and has a lot of behind the scenes stories.

I’ll be looking forward to the book Snowden will write 10 years from now. I think fighters are getting better while they’re even younger, and I expect to see an incredible evolution in the next decade.

The sport’s not going away.


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