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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589953
  • ASIN: B005Q5TZS2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though his name may not ring any bells for most, Hughes is a star among the growing audience for ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts competitions; in this workmanlike memoir, the nine-time Ultimate Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion recounts his journey to the top. His endearing tales of growing up in the small town of Hillsboro, Ill. do much to humanize the fighter, featuring vivid accounts of teenage mischief. Unfortunately, the attention to detail given to his adolescent pranks doesn't carry throughout the book. Hughes's impressions of Austria, United Arab Emirates and Japan, where he traveled to compete, are mentioned only in passing, an odd omission in the story of a young man from small town America; that space appears to have been reserved for intimate accounts of fights, but even these resist dwelling on gore or violence. Devotees will undoubtedly delight in Hughes' behind-the-scenes accounts of UFC goings-on, as well as a blow-by-blow account of his victory over the legendary Royce Gracie, but the more bloody-minded may find his restraint disappointing.
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About the Author

MATT HUGHES is the nine-time UFC welterweight world champion. He resides in Hillsboro, Illinois, with his wife, Audra, his son, Joey, and his daughter, Hanna. This is his first book.

MICHAEL MALICE is the subject of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Customer Reviews

I think you will love this book , even if your are not yet a fan it is a must read for any mma fan .
Rebecca Frederick
It's almost like sitting next to someone on the bus who incessantly gives you a commentary like "That shop is open. That tree is green. That man looks angry."
Andrea James
After reading this book I think it is safe to say that Matt Hughs is a sad state of a human being,who I suspect may be a slow learner.
Hamid Woodham

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Andrea James on March 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow. I thought I was stunned by level of drivel in this book but I'm even more stunned to find that 17 people gave this book 5 stars. I would love for them to tell me which parts made them laugh out loud.

Over and over in the reviews, the book is praised for its brutal honesty. Sure, it would be great if Jeffery Dahmer were candid about the tickles and delights of dismembering people and shagging them after he had killed them, but I'm not sure it makes his actions any more palatable. In fact, if 'ol Jeffrey, who also became a born again christian, were to tell us how he had learned and changed as result of his new found christian ways (or just with a little introspection), we may even be able to find *him* acceptable.

Matt, on the hand, tells us about how he's nasty to people and then leaves it at that. Throughout the book, his little anecdotes have no connection to each other and almost never lead up a realisation or a bigger point. It's almost like sitting next to someone on the bus who incessantly gives you a commentary like "That shop is open. That tree is green. That man looks angry."

And often he almost brags about some of the occasions when he was less than kind to others and feels fully justified and content with his actions.

Saying that, I don't have to like the protagonist of a book to enjoy reading it. But I think if I were to tap Matt, and I don't mean with an armbar or choke but rather like you'd tap a tree for sap, I'd probably discover the essence of boring. Though sadly, boring is not in great demand and so my discovery wouldn't help me recover the cost of this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tyler M. Hennessey on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Matt Hughes is an asset to the UFC, whether you're rooting for him or against him....but his book is just terrible. I wish it was more interesting, because he is very interesting to watch fight, in my opinion. The book has no heart though. It's flat all the way though, and the way events are described are uninspired. Besides his fights, Matt's life is pretty boring. There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't make for a good book. Usually when somebody writes a book about themself, it is best if that person has come to some sort of knowledge, or realization about something. Some wisdom that they have lived their life to discover. An understanding. There is none of that in this book. There is one chapter about finding God and becoming a Christian, but the whole book is rittled with back handed compliments and insults to fighters he's faced, or that have said things about him. Seems like a lot of the book is a tool to settle scores publicly with people he dislikes (which is a lot of people). He is unfriendly and really rude to a lot of people. It's quite at odds with his devotion to religion. Unsettling even. I don't need him to be a good guy to watch his fights or even root for him. He is an interesting fighter. This book however was a waste of time. If youre not a complete fanboy, and if you read books often, this is one to pick up at the library. I wish it had been more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fred on January 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wish the worst thing I could say about this book is that it reads like it was written by a high school student. Not that I expect Hughes to be John Irving (another wrestler turned writer), but it's almost a stream of consciousness with little background or timeline for the situations involved.

Hughes spends most of the book badmouthing other MMA fighters, some of whom are now his friends and training partners. He also badmouths the mother of his son and other family members. Then he gleefully goes into detail on some bad things he's done in the past, like bullying people, getting in bar fights and killing animals. Then the revelation.....he becomes a Christian on a trip to Mexico and is therefore forgiven for all of his sins, so now he can continue badmouthing others because his belief in God is evidently stronger than theirs and he knows more bible verses than they do.

Hughes really comes off as a big phony here. I can admire his fighting style while realizing he has a long way to go towards being a man outside the ring.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allen N. Levitas on October 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book lacked any depth and was written at a very low level. The book continually drifted on different tangents and didn't reveal a lot of the MMA and grappling world, from Hughes perspective, that I was looking for. In addition, Matt came across as a cocky bully. He fits exactly the kind of jerk that we all try to stay away from in life. On TUF, I was surprised at how much Serra went after Hughes, but now I see his reasons.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By SWAT182 on January 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a behind the scences look into the UFC or even you want to understand the life of a fighter then do not buy this book. I was a Matt Hughes fan until I read this book. Everyone points out his arrogance as a major flaw, but I never really cared the least bit. After reading this I see just how full of himself he is. Fighting is mentioned more of a side note in this book. It is mainly filled with pointless conversations between he and his brother, tales of his family, and farm, jesus and a little more farm. This book is a complete boring let down.
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