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Interesting book but flawed
on November 14, 2011
For those who love MMA and the UFC, this is a good book to add to the collection. Books on MMA and the UFC can swing wildly from the very good (Forest Griffin's "Got Fight" and Big John McCarthy's "Let's Get It On") to the not bad (Chuck Liddell's "Iceman" and Brock Lesnar's "Deathclutch") to the mediocre (BJ's Penn's "Why I Fight" and Randy Couture's "Becoming the Natural"). This book is really a bit of an oddity and is for those looking to add to their history of MMA and the UFC. Written by Dana White's mother, June White, it tells of the rise and fall of Dana White as a person.
First off, the bad: the writing style is rambling and is in desperate need of some quality editing. Instead of a cohesive story progressing in a linear fashion, it jumps around and spends way too much time on Dana White's childhood escapades. I'd have much rather read about the early days of the UFC, the struggles, the near second death of the UFC before the Ultimate Fighter resurrected it and started it on the path to becoming the multi-billion dollar international juggernaut it is today. There is so much history in how Dana White and the Fertitas, through sheer force of will, kept this thing alive. Instead we get very little of that, and the book ends up feeling more like a cross between a lecture from mom for blowing curfew and a relative who gets mad when you tell them you won't loan them some money or crash on the couch.
The good: it does give some insight into Dana White, who for all his public persona, remains a fairly guarded man when it comes to his backstory, his family and what drives him (every interview that gets personal gets the standard line of "it's not work, I love what I do, blah blah blah"). Most interviews with White rarely mention his wife Anne, his two sons and his daughter. Part of it is likely a desire to shield them from public, but White is a guy with a lot more to him than we're allowed to see, and the book gives us a peek at that. Plus the pictures of the "bald don" with hair are probably worth the price of the book alone. Seeing Dana White with hair is just plain weird.
Great literature? No. Interesting read for those fascinated with the history of the UFC and MMA? Yes. Is it the truth? Maybe, but I find there are two sides to every story and this book leaves me feeling that we're getting a biased opinion.