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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806535040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806535043
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Forget pay-per-view.  Forget championship belts or sanctioning bodies.  This is mixed martial arts combat in its purest, rawest form.  Follow Jim Genia into the illicit world of vale tudo (anything goes).  Locations are always changing and known only to a few, from run-down, shuttered gyms to speakeasy combat cages.  The ruthless damage exacted on the human body leaves a trail of hard-won scars.  The fighters battle for everything but a payday, risking it all for honor and pride.  In a world of conformity, these are men of action who struggle against rules, selling out, and their own demons.  Jim Genia offers on-the-mat access to a brutal arena and the men who spill their blood there.

More About the Author

Jim Genia is the author of the forthcoming nonfiction book "Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts", due out in October, 2011, from Citadel/Kensington.

He's also an assistant editor at MMAConvert.com. His MMA resume includes:

*A ten-year stint at Full Contact Fighter magazine as writer, cageside reporter, editor and eager slave.

*"A Fistful of Dollars: The Uncertain, But Inevitable Return of Sanctioned MMA in New York," which was the cover story of the March 24, 2010 New York Press.

*"Bloodsport: Inside New York's Underground Fight Clubs," which was the cover story of the May 31st, 2006 New York Press.

*Print and online content for Newsday, a Long Island-based newspaper and the tenth largest newspaper in the country.

*Regular articles on such websites at CagePotato.com, MMAWeekly.com, and MMADiehards.com, among others. His work has also appeared in the UK-based magazine "Fighters Only" and the Japanese magazine "Gong".

*Color commentary for the Ring of Combat pay-per-view broadcast (working alongside NBC Sports' Bruce Beck).

*Advising on a variety of media projects and articles pertaining to New York City's underground fight scene, including a National Geographic documentary and features in the New York Times, Newsday, the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

*Consulting for promoters, matchmakers and other industry insiders.

Jim maintains a snarky and irreverent blog at http://www.mmajournalist.blogspot.com, although you can follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/jim_genia) at your peril.

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Run out and buy this.
Matthew Polly
The UCL has been home to many fighters who made it big, like Frankie Edgar and Bryan Vetell.
Matthew Kaplowitz
You feel like you have been let into a world that most wont or cant go to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Oravetz on February 6, 2012
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A really good read for anyone interested in MMA. Especially so if you're an old MMA guy like me.
Well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William C. Waggoner on January 27, 2012
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This book is the most in-depth view of NYC's MMA fight scene you can possibly get. I was a frequent attendee to these underground fight shows, and knew a lot of the fighters, promoters, and coaches involved. But even with this inside view, Jim's book revealed to me all kinds of hidden stories, background context, and insightful analysis that I'd never considered before. Jim traces the successes and failures of the extreme personalities out here on the combat sport fringe.
If you're interested in underground MMA as a grassroots movement, a legislative struggle, or the last stronghold of "real no holds barred", this book will show you the history, the highlights, and the humanity behind the (totally awesome) face punching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Polly on October 25, 2011
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This is a must-read book for every MMA fan. No journalist has more fully explored New York state's underground MMA scene or been a better advocate for the sport's legalization than Jim Genia. Everyone who covers MMA knows Jim. He is one of the deans of the sport. And finally someone in Manhattan publishing was smart enough to publish his reporting in a book.

This is a fast, cutting, funny, and insightful look into a part of the MMA world very few have had the chance to witness. Run out and buy this. Or better yet click a button. Seriously. If you love MMA, you will love this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sakuraba's ear on October 28, 2011
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If you're into MMA, if you like reading, if you like pictures, if you like the untold stories of underground fighting, heck if you like anything; this book is for you. I couldn't put down this book, a page-turner from start to finish, where you glean the insiders prospective on what it takes to make a name for yourself on the unsanctioned fight scene. This book takes you on an insiders journey of the who's who, and who's next with a raw, unbiased look at what it's like give it everything you have for the sake of competition, and finding out what you're made of.

From the unknown, to the present day light weight champion in the UFC, the author gives the reader a story, the true story, of everything you won't find out in the newspaper about the Mixed Martial Arts scene in New York, and New Jersey. Who was and is behind it, and why they did/do it.

I strongly reccomend this book to anyone, it is masterfully written by one of the best reporters involved in MMA today.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kaplowitz on October 25, 2011
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Jim Genia, editor of the bible of MMA "Full Contact Fighter", has been a fixture in the MMA scene since the beginning and has seen some of the most pivotal moments in MMA history happen right in front of his eyes from cageside. In 2003, Jim found himself pulled into a side of the sport he did not know even existed - underground fighting in New York City. Soon, Jim was hooked on Peter Storm's "Underground Combat League" shows, and has become the authority on this promotion.

"At a New York City underground show, words like motley crew, varied assortment and wretched hive of scum and villainy barely scratch the surface."

This is how the author describes the kind of people that frequent the "Underground Combat League", or UCL. The UCL has been home to many fighters who made it big, like Frankie Edgar and Bryan Vetell. It is also home to local stars like James Funaro, and more dubious competitors like Lamont Tereyton Williams, who after a nyquil binge took a power saw on a subway and attempted to carve up a poor bystander. This book documents the life and times of the many combatants who have fought in closed-doors gyms and random martial arts schools with the only purse the winner takes home being pride.

Combined with the tales of UCL promoter Peter Storm and his stable of mainstay fighters, Jim also tells us about local fighters from the tri-state area whose efforts mirror the stories from the underground. A tale about twin brothers James and Joe Funaro spins off into a story about Louis Gaudinot from TSMMA fighting in a sanctioned amateur show in New Jersey. To top this off, the history of MMA in the US is also spread purposefully through the book.

The story of the UCL itself is quite impressive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Animal on October 25, 2011
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Decades from now, long after MMA has been sanctioned and "legalized" in New York State, the tales and history of the mysterious and hidden world of Underground MMA would have long been forgotten ... but for this book right here. Having personally attended and photographed just about every NYUCL show since the beginning of the promotion (I was originally tipped off to its existance by the Author himself), I can say without hesitation that Jim Genia has masterfully illustrated the smokey and hard hitting nuances surrounding the gritty unforgiving world of Underground Mixed Martial Arts in New York City.

Genia takes you through the emotional and brain bruising journeys of some of the East Coast's most and least promising MMA athletes, including Frankie Edgar, current LW Champion of the UFC who had his first fight in Peter Storm's Underground Show. Quick witted and deadly accutate this quintessential story of northeast MMA is a must-read for any fan of MMA and/or Human Cockfighting.
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