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Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts: From Wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts Paperback – September 10, 2009


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About the Author

Matt Lindland is a Greco-Roman Olympic Silver Medalist and one of the top-ranked mixed martial arts competitors in the world.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter. He has written for the New York Times and is the author of more than twenty books.

Glen Cordoza is a professional MMA fighter. He is the author of eight books on the sport of MMA, including the best-selling title, Mixed Martial Arts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (September 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504445
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The book is the usual great Victory Belt production.
Kid Nate
I'm not saying don't buy Randy's book.....I think you should have both because they compliment each other very well.
Amazon Customer
Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts is a phenomenal book on wrestling for MMA, wrestling, and grappling.
Denny Prokopos

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kid Nate on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Matt Lindland's Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts is surprisingly good.I didn't expect as much as I do from some Victory Belt manuals perhaps because I've got a bias against wrestling, perhaps because Matt Lindland comes with a lot of baggage.

Let's get that out of the way up front. Yeah, yeah, Lindland is the guy who put together a documentary about how he was being blackballed from the UFC because they fear him and then went out and got KTFO'd in under a minute in his very next fight. He got run out of the UFC in a dispute over a sponsor and he's funny looking. He got his position on the U.S. Olympic team by going to court to appeal a loss in the qualifiers.

All of that said, the guy won a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in the 2000 Olympics and has won more than 20 MMA bouts. In his twelve year MMA career he's beaten top fighters like Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn, Ivan Salaverry, Travis Lutter and Mike Van Arsdale.

As one of the founders of Team Quest, along with Randy Couture and Dan Henderson, Lindland pioneered the path of elite wrestlers entering MMA. He also was among the first to prove that wrestlers could expand their game and successfully incorporate submissions and strikes into their MMA games. The even split of his wins between decisions, submissions and TKO's testifies to his well-rounded mastery of MMA.

Now let's talk about the book.

There have been some complaints that the book is misnamed. The critics are saying that it's a wrestling manual for MMA, not a text book on how to use Dirty Boxing in MMA. To some extent that is a fair criticism. The book's original title was "From Wrestling to MMA" and that might have been a more apt title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Kirkland on September 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
The next in Victory Belt publishing's line of instructional manuals, Matt Lindland's Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts follows the same format as previously released guides. To use the word "boxing" in the title, but give almost no advice on actual striking is a little misleading. Lindland shows you how to position yourself to deliver strikes, but leaves actual striking advice to someone else. With over a thousand color photos detailing hundreds of moves and set-ups; Lindland with co-authors Glen Cardoza and Erich Krauss cover plenty material without ever getting into striking. The book is a solid, well organized reference for the basics of grappling and clinch work for Mixed Martial Arts.

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This is by far a must have for any serious combat athlete. This is a very underrated subject and Matt Lindland and Victory Belt delivers with a very detailed manual on the subject of inside fighting. You can find striking, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and other books are plentiful. However, if you want to learn some of the tricks to pull off during entry to clinch and/or other aspects of the inside fight game not much else is out there, and I have found no better then Victory Belt for any fight topic text. Especially this title! Buy it!
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By S. Parker on November 8, 2009
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This book shows mma from a wrestler's standpoint. It is a wonderful addition to a more traditional background. Plus, wrestler's will enjoy the familiar starting points. Overall, a very refreshing mma book even if it doesn't cover as much "dirty boxing" as the title would indicate.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frank H. on August 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Let's start with the obvious: the title is very misleading. This book is NOT about dirty boxing. It is a wrestling manual, with only a few pages dedicated to striking. The material presented is decent: control positions, set ups, and takedowns (most of them being single and double legs). No ground game and little striking. In many ways, it is similar to Randy Couture's book, but not quite as good. The photo and writing quality is on par with other Victory Belt books. One difference is that unlike other titles, this one does not open with a biographical section--perhaps because Lindland has few fans and popular curiosity about his life is next to none. Overall, it's ok, but not nearly as original or as informative as other Victory Belt books.
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