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Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts Paperback – December 17, 2012
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--Zach Arnold, FightOpinon.com
"It's a fascinating first-hand look behind the curtain, from a journalist who completely immersed himself in the sport in order to return with some never-before-told stories."
"Most MMA journalists would have been terrified to write this book--it's honest, raw, and unflinching in its portrayal of some of the sport's most powerful figures."
--Jonathan Snowden, author of Total MMA
"Even if you are well versed in MMA (like I am), you'll learn plenty when reading Pound for Pound...with my favourite sections definitely being on Shogun and Fedor and the nonsense that went on behind the scenes in the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championships (Pride never die)."
--Jeff Fox, MMA-Manifesto.com
"Loved reading Pound for Pound, great book! Recommend it for any MMA lover to buy off Amazon and read. Really well done mate.
--Legendary commentator and AXS TV personality Michael "The Voice" Schiavello
"Not sleeping great because I can't stop reading the best MMA book ever."
--Gregg Doyel, national writer for CBSSports.com
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Top Customer Reviews
I read this from cover to cover in 1 sitting
A rare and no holds barred look behind the scenes of what it takes to become a champion and the many hurdles that need to be overcome to fulfill your dreams - a must for all MMA fight fans and a fascinating read for those with only a passing interest in the sport. Both types of readers will be surprised, and sometimes shocked (or then again, maybe not), to read what goes on behind the scenes of this relatively new and sometimes barbaric sport. But barbaric or not, the book also shows the triumph of the human spirit and the will to succeed, whatever the odds
D'Souza certainly pulls no punches and this book will never receive the approval of the official and unofficial spin doctors of the world of MMA; especially the UFC, showing as it does, the warts and all descriptions of the true life of a fighter - not always a pretty or glamorous place once the adrenaline dies down and the cameras, lights and music are switched off and the fans go home to their lives.
With a personal interest in Japanese MMA; I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua and of course, Emelianenko Fedor; learning a lot of stuff Id never read before about these fighters; and what went on around them and their major fights on their way to the top
I was fascinated by the details of the back door machinations in Brazil and also the details of the scandals in Pride, drugs, matchfixing and involvement of the Japanese mafia, which finally brought down the once great, PRIDE FC. D'Souza was able to get access to many of the insiders during these days and has been able to piece together a complex story in an easy to understand way
Great holiday reading - thoroughly recommended - 5 stars!
I always saw him smiling in interviews, laughing and joking. I assumed that he was raking in millions, enjoying his reign as champion and that he had no problems whatsoever.
How wrong I was.
This book basically tells you about how Georges career was managed poorly. things that went on with bad management, and bad decisions on georges part with his contracts. Its pretty dumb what athletes will sign away, but when you read the rest of the book, you discover that a lot of other guys like Anderson and Fedor were also ripped off in similar or worse ways.
The author writes about sensitive issues throughout the book, like the greasing incident between GSP and B.J. Penn. He doesn't take sides, he just tells us what happened.
The other interesting thing about this book (and this book is really interesting) is how the author uses the chapters about GSP, BJ, or Fedor to segue into sections on other major fighters like Jon Jones, Forrest, Machida or Cro Cop. Then the story kind of comes back to the main fighters, and gives you the most important info about their lives and careers.
the book kind of concludes by telling us just how much of a risk fighting MMA is for the pros. They have no real security, there are a lot of people trying to take from them, and "glory is fleeting." No one realizes these thigns until its usually too late.
Again, for a lot of info that's written in a very interesting style, check "Pound for Pound" out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really excited to read the book but it was so poorly written it was distracting. The whole point seems to be that fighters are often taken advantage of by their managers. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Pete La Raus
Good comparison reading. For sure debatable no matter WHO you believe it top=o be and a great conversation book for those who know the sportPublished on July 21, 2013 by kenP
This is a decent book which profiles top former fighters. The style is very clean, not overly introspective. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Jonah
There are quite a few good tidbits in the book, but the writing is oriented towards an ADHD audience. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by brett t
D'Souza's information, research and backstories of all the fighters within his book are amazing. However, his writing style and literary voice could really use some work. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Hanny
This book gets five stars alone for the information about Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor has always dodged the press and finally through his former managers we get to learn a little bit... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer