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Read an excerpt from Got Fight? by Forrest Griffin and Erich Krauss [PDF]. Note to readers: contains explicit language.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061721719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061721717
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Wondering why you should purchase this book when there are other titles on the shelves written by much higher-caliber fighters? Well, Forrest Griffin is not as good-looking as those guys. He's not as smart as them. He's also not as athletically endowed. And let's face it, neither are you. Those other fighters are pretty much better than you in every way. But you can actually aspire to be as good as Forrest one day. Why? Because he is nothing special, just like you.

Forrest is not a martial artist. He's a fighter, and this book was written for his kin. If you're a hillbilly like Forrest and you get off on having your face rearranged, Got Fight? is for you. This is a manifesto more strategic than Sun Tzu's The Art of War, more philosophical than Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do, more powerful than a well-lubricated locomotive.

In these pages you will learn about true mental toughness—whether it's scraping it out in the Octagon or picking up chicks. You will learn about the mental defects that made Forrest Griffin into the abomination he is today and how you can use your shortcomings to become equally horrible. You will learn the essential tactics of hand-to-hand combat as well as how to defend yourself in the event of a sword attack. Never been attacked by a sword? You need this book worse that we thought.

Still not convinced? Don't worry. Even if you find that the book sucks, it will be no worse than having sex with Forrest Griffin. You'll feel a small prick and some minor discomfort, and then it will all be over.

About the Author

Forrest Griffin is one of the top-ranked light-heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 and has been one of the most beloved UFC fighters ever since. He is the Day man, fighter of the Night man, and champion of the sun. He is also a master of karate and friendship for everyone. But calm down, ladies, Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.



Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter and the author of more than twenty-five books, including Anderson Silva's The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking. He has written for the New York Times, and is the founder and publisher of Victory Belt Publishing. He lives in Las Vegas.


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My cousin has the book and i read it and had to buy it.
MacKenzie Gibbs
It's not, its about very weird ideas and stories of Forrest Griffin that will make you laugh out loud that you'll fall off your seat.
Khaled Altaher
I ordered this book because I love MMA and think Forrest Griffin is hilarious.
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85 of 98 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2009
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It goes without saying that I could kick Forrest Griffin's butt; I merely choose not to. And the reason I choose no to is because I'm terrified of him and hide whenever he comes into the same time zone. Or at least I do now, after reading GOT FIGHT?, his rambling, comedic book on what it takes to be successful in the almost-no-holds-barred world of mixed martial arts. Obviously, if you're reading this review, you know Griffin as the guy whose kill-or-be-killed performance on the inaugural season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER reality show helped turn the UFC from a disreputable, back-alley promotion into the world-dominating sports juggernaut it is today. Since then, he went on to coach a season of that now-hit show, and win-and-lose the UFC's light heavyweight title. He's currently slated to fight Anderson "The Spider" Silva, who is almost universally regarded as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. No small order, but not long ago Griffin destroyed Shogun Rua, who many considered to be the best fighter in the world at 205 pounds: so I s'pose it's anybody's guess. Anyway: what distinguishes Griffin from a lot of guys competing in mixed martial arts are two things:

1) He's well-and-truly crazy. I don't mean fake-crazy, which rap music has popularized, and which has led to a large number of people getting badly beaten up in bars when they tried to go "fake crazy" on people who could actually fight; I mean he's really nuts. Anybody who can hold a lit cigarette lighter to his flesh for fourteen seconds without flinching simply because he's in the mood ain't right in the braincase, but he does make for good television.

2) He likes to fight.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Broderick VINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
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Don't buy this book expecting to learn about fighting, or most especially about Zen! The most important thing about this book is not to take it seriously in any way whatsoever. If you had any doubts about this, you will quickly be enlightened by the Manliness Quiz in the front of the book. If you score high, you are encouraged to read the book. If you score medium, you are allowed to read the book, but must conceal it, and must insist to anyone who asks that the book was too manly for you. If you score low, you must not read the book under any circumstances, and should wear pantyhose, put on lipstick, and drive badly. (It is assumed that all but three readers of the book will be biological men, not women). Do you have the picture now?

The book is divided into short, mostly independent articles, with titles such as "Chicken Soup for your Scrotum" and "The Definitive Definition that Defines a Douche Bag." Maybe the way this is headed is becoming clearer to you now....

As expected, there are stories about fighting and becoming a professional fighter. I'm pretty sure some of those are even mostly true. As well as short sections on how to get into exclusive clubs, and how to pick up trampy women. HINT FROM FORREST: A good way to pick up women is to pretend to be a well-known movie star, including having your friends come up to you and ask for an autograph.

For years, I thought "Snorkel Bob's Reality Guide to Hawaii" was the strangest book I would ever read, but now I learn that I've been wrong all that time. This book wins the award hands down.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Connelly on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the wittiest and 'laugh out loud' funny books that I have ever read. While it may not be a "how-to" guide for MMA, it certainly provides useful information peppered in amongst hysterical stories and anecdotes. Griffin's self-deprecating humor and unique writing style make for an extremely entertaining read that will you have you laughing until your sides hurt. I would recommend "Got Fight?" not only to MMA fans, but to anyone who has a sense of humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Goldstein on April 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading the book and probably got a few things out of it.

Forrest (or whoever helped him write the book) is pretty funny. Some of the chapters, like on gym hygiene, really made me laugh when thinking about my training buddies.

Most of the book is written like college kid would write/think. I'm not saying that's bad, I enjoyed it. Just don't get your hopes up that this book is going to improve your fight game.

More than anything, the books entertaining. And there are some parts of the book that are inspirational. If you want to be a fighter, you really have to be willing to give up everything.

Thanks for a good read, Forrest
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
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I have to agree with the author that the title he preferred, "Who Moved My Nose?" is a much better title for this book. But running a close second is, "Death Is a Journey and My Bags Are Packed" runs a very close second.

This book (and the author for that matter) is without a doubt the funniest, most sarcastic, morbidly twisted sense of humor books that has so far come out of the MMA world, and I laughed the entire time I read it. Forrest Griffin has to be one of the funniest people in the world of MMA. I remember watching an interview with him and an upcoming opponent (whom I can't remember) on I believe Inside MMA and I laughed so hard at Forrest's responses to the various questions posed him that I thought to myself, "This is one really down to earth and cool individual."

Now this book is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for the armchair or keyboard warrior, although I would encourage all of you who are to run out and by several copies of this book as I am sure Forrest would appreciate the money. However, be warned that you'll probably take offense to pretty much everything he has to say in this book, but then again maybe not, because of course he wouldn't be talking about YOU!

To say that I enjoyed this entire book would be a fairly accurate statement. To say that I found something funny on darn near every page would also be a fairly accurate statement. Therefore, I am only going to include a couple of highlights in this review. In no particular order.

1. Check out the defense against a dog attack under, "The Vault of Supersecret Techniques" section. I have a new found respect for Forrest after teaching us how to defeat such a massively huge and aggressive member of the canine species.
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