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"Brian J. D'Souza's new book, Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators, is a fantastic read... It's outstanding reading and will keep you entertained the whole way through."
--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."
--CagePotato.com

"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

About the Author

Brian J. D'Souza is a Canadian writer who has traveled from the gyms of Montreal to the academias of Curitiba, Brazil to the MMA training grounds of Los Angeles and many locales in-between to capture the spirit and heart of the modern gladiators of MMA. He has written for ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, Sportsnet Magazine and CagePotato.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Thracian Publishing (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988149303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988149304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugely enjoyable read; encylopedic research and sourcing and tightly written account of the rise of the greatest fighters ever in Mixed Martial Arts. And fighters are what the sport is about!!!

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!
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I am a huge fan of GSP, who is pretty big in Canada, he's one of the best fighters in the world. The first 70-80 pages of the book are all about Georges, which is good.

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.
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Pound for Pound is the best written and most comprehensive history of MMA that I have ever read. It is written in an engaging style that will keep the reader eager to continue to learn more about this modern gladiatorial sport. The reader will be captivated from the first to the last page. Within this dynamic book, the reader will gain insights into the mind of the MMA fighter gained from years of research and interviews with the greats of mixed martial arts. The author, Brian Souza, demonstates his vast knowledge of the sport and makes the fight game of MMA intelligible for the lay reader. He provides even the knowledgeable MMA fan insights and expositions that will enhance their overall knowledge of this dynamic, exciting and growing sport. Pound for Pound is a must read for every MMA fan and time will show it to be a masterpiece in the art of mixed martial arts.
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Great stories about some of the greatest fighters MMA's history, the Feodor one's were my favorite. Very well-written, fun to read and very hard to put down!
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all i can say a fine book to read.
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Quite a research job done on this book, maybe not as exciting as some of the other mma books but just more intelligently presented. Very scholarly!
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I found this book to be very interesting considering most people don't know what goes on in the background of the fight world. Only reason I didn't rate it a five was due to not really knowing how true all this stuff is. I don't see why it wouldn't be, but I'm that gotta see it to believe it type of guy. Regardless, this will give me more to talk about when referencing the history of mma. Good read, I'd recommend it.
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