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Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival Hardcover – May 24, 2011

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He is the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the world.
He is "the Baddest Dude on the Planet."
He is Brock Lesnar.

For countless fans of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, Brock Lesnar has long been known for his freakish athleticism, mind-blowing speed, and meteoric rise to the top. Yet despite the fame and fortune that have come with his enormous success, Brock has shunned the media, choosing instead to remain intensely private about his life and his accomplishments. Now, for the first time, he tells his remarkable story in his own words, describing the journey from his South Dakota farm boy roots to the most popular pay-per-view attraction in the world.

In Death Clutch, Brock opens up about what it takes not only to succeed in the world's fastest-growing sport but to become the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He also speaks candidly about the illness that nearly killed him, how it changed him as a fighter and a man, and how it shaped his will to survive. In the end, Brock holds nothing back in this revealing, raw, and ultimately redemptive tale of determination and domination.

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Brock Lesnar is the only athlete in history to win the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship, and the WWE and UFC World Heavyweight Championship titles. He is married and lives with his wife and children in rural Minnesota.

Paul Heyman is best known for his career in professional wrestling as a promoter and on-air personality. He blogs on HeymanHustle.com and is the founder of the "Looking 4 Larry" ad agency in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062023128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062023124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brock Lesnar tends to be a polarizing figure in MMA. Some people love him; others hate him. Very few are neutral. Some think he is a superb MMA practitioner. Haters dismiss him as a gorilla who simply takes people down, lacks submission skills and who tries to "lay and pray" his way to a win. (His arm triangle submission of Shane Carwin undermines that argument.) Some could care less that his earlier career was in pro rasslin'; others think it cheapens and demeans the sport of MMA.

Like him or hate him, it is indisputable that he is the UFC's cash cow. Nobody packs the gate or gooses up PPV buys like a fight featuring Brock. For all of his publicity, though, it has not been easy getting behind the façade of Brock Lesnar the Fighter. He shuns the limelight and seems content in the sticks of Alexandria, MN. You will not find him soaking up the nightlife in Las Vegas or dancing at the after-party. It was considered a coup for Dana White and Zuffa when they recently succeeded in getting Lesnar to agree to appear as one of the coaches on the latest season of the Spike TV reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter." If the show's producers thought there might be fireworks between Lesnar and Dos Santos, what they got instead was "the bland leading the bland."

Joining the growing shelves of first-person MMA memoirs is the putative autobiography of Brock Lesnar, DEATH CLUTCH.
What does DEATH CLUTCH tell us about Brock that we didn't already know?

He is a simple farm boy, raised on a farm with solid Midwest values of hard work. His parents made great sacrifices to allow him to participate and excel in wrestling. He wasn't coddled when he lost, but was urged to work harder and to "get back on the horse."

Lesnar is not enamored with glitz and glitter.
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Brock Lesnar has long divided people, especially when he joined the UFC after only one fight and was given a title shot after only two UFC fights. Die hard MMA fans hated him for this and WWE fans despised him for leaving the company after only two years. However one thing most people can agree on is that he is a must watch as is backed up by the Pay-Per-View numbers UFC do whenever he fights. So now with his Autobiography is he a must read? The answer is yes in parts. It's just a pity he has skimmed over so much of his career.

The book is split in to three parts, the first part covering his life growing up and beginning wrestling at a young age and how is Mother was his biggest critic. It documents his rise to becoming the NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion. Which of course leads him to meeting Marty Morgan, who is now the head trainer at Brock's Death Clutch gym. Part Two covers his time with the WWE, he has a few good stories to tell but I'm sure he could have included a lot more, It has a chapter on the late Curt Henning(Mr Perfect) that is barely one page long! He gives a short story on meeting Future wife Rena "Sable" Mero while with the company and his reasons for wanting to get out of the company. Part Three covers his battle with the WWE lawyers and their no compete clause as well as trying out for the NFL and eventually making his way to the UFC.

Of course Frank Mir is probably number one enemy in the book(just ahead of Vince McMahon) and he does cover their rivalry leading into UFC 100 very well, as well as the famous aftermath and what Dana had to say to him, he covers his battle with Diverticulitis and how he thought he was going to die. The book finishes with Brock talking about him coaching on The Ultimate fighter season 13 against Junior dos Santos.
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I actually bought the audible.com audio version and I listened to it during long car drives, and a couple times on my way to the gym for some motivation.

The good about the book? It sounds exactly like Brock, as if it was him talking to you. No large amount of eloquence here, which makes for a good listen. You get Brock Lesnar, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good? Well, this person is a prime example of what a competitive mindset and gritty determination can do to a man. Wrestle in college? Why not work to become NCAA Champion? Be a pro wrestler? Why not have such a strong personality that you work your way to the top of your industry? Become an MMA fighter? Why not become UFC Champion? Have a life threatening disease? Why not beat the crap out of it and rebuild yourself, block by block, until you're better than ever?

The bad? Well, the man has a HUGE ego, and that's not something someone with his achievements is immune to. Other athletes of his caliber either have no ego, or know how to keep it in check (ie. Randy Couture). Also, he shows how much he's grown to be a businessman. What does Brock Lesnar sell? Brock Lesnar, plain and simple, and he sells Brock Lesnar for top dollar, EVERY TIME.

The ugly? Well, more like the missing. You get blow by blow the legal battles with WWE and in detail his battle with diverticulitis, and his UFC fights. What you hardly get any of is his experience as a pro wrestler for WWE. According to him, he was so high of painkillers and so drunk with vodka that most of the experience was a blur to him. It seems that every sober moment of his life is written here in full detail, but that only means his not-so-sober moments come off as cliff-notes.

So all in all, not a bad book, and it does shed some light on a very private athlete.
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