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Product Details

  • Paperback: 585 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229233
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The most comprehensive reference now available on the fights, fighters, managers, and executives defining contemporary mixed martial arts (MMA) and its related commercial industry."  —Library Journal



“If the history of MMA was taught as a college course, Total MMA would be the official textbook used for the class.”  —Sam Caplan, www.FiveOuncesofPain.com, on Total MMA


“Snowden is undeniably a talented writer who has done his research, and the work here is impressive.”  —Tommy Hackett, www.Total-MMA.com


"An exhaustive look at the arts, athletes, promotions and techniques that make up mixed martial arts." —USA Today (June 13, 2011)


"An incredible resource for any fan . . . the book is a treasure trove of MMA stories, people and history. From  A (David 'Tank' Abbott) to Z (Zuffa), all the major players are included with records and recaps of past UFC, Pride and other major events."  —Chicago Sun-Times


"The MMA Encyclopedia is one of the more exhaustive references you'll find on the sport of mixed martial arts I highly recommend the book. Snowden's first book, Total MMA, was one of the better MMA books I've ever read, and this one may be even better."  —Houston Chronicle



"The latest offering from Jonathan Snowden, author of Total MMA, [this is] one of the best and most complete accounts of where this sport came from ever written. Inked in tandem with Canadian Kendall Shields, The MMA Encyclopedia is exactly that: an A-through-Z of mixed martial art, covering fighters, promotions, industry figures and the Just Bleed Guy . . . This is the kind of book that you'll go back to time-and-again."  —Province



"Hundreds of pages jam-packed with so much mixed martial arts history, facts, interviews, detail, and dramatic photography, can leave you with multiple headaches if you read it too fast . . . Take time to enjoy this read, it is a book you will want to read over and over again."  —Ringside Report

About the Author

Jonathan Snowden is a former lawyer, a radio DJ, and a television producer. He is the author of Total MMA, has worked for the U.S. Army and the White House Communications Agency, is trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the Army Combatives Program, and currently works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Vienna, Virginia. Kendall Shields teaches English at Saint Mary’s University and judo at the Dalhousie University Judo Club. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Customer Reviews

Read his entry and a lot will be explained.
andrew
I highly recommend MMA Encyclopedia to new fans and the old school fans alike.
Misty Vaughn
The book also has complete UFC and Pride fight results from their events.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blanche Mueller Potter on October 17, 2013
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Husband loved this but he is an MMA encyclopedia too. hahahah....He did learn a lot of stuff still. He was hoping for more of the newer fighters but its hard to have that in this book because they are changing so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on January 10, 2013
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Just about everything you'd expect & more in here. A great read, & reference guide. You simply can't go wrong giving this as gift to any MMA fan, (unless they already have it:)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2010
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This book covers over 200 of the top fighters of all time, all the major mma organizations, the different disclipines in mma,the different positions, finishing holds, teams,etc. The best thing I liked about this book was the reference pages at the end with all the stats and event results of Pride and the Ufc. I would recommend this book along with Total mma as your starting point in collecting misc.mma books because in my personal opinon, they're the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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Very authoritative, easy to follow, and the author does a great job at presenting the subject in great detail for the novice learner.
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By Jack White on January 17, 2014
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This book contains every single thing you could possibly know (or want to know) about MMA. Really; I'm not exaggerating.

Not only does this book contain basically the complete history of MMA, it contains the guys that only the hardcore fans will know or care about--the lesser known guys who didn't really play a major role in MMA talent-wise but were part of the culture at one time (for one reason or another) and have since become part of MMA's mythos.

The MMA Encyclopedia lives up to its name. If you're just starting out in the MMA fandom, buy this book to become just as hardcore as the guys who spent the 90s on AOL usenet groups and exchanged VHS tapes they found in Japanese supermarkets. And if you're a hardcore fan, buy this book because you'll learn a thing or two and you'll be supporting *the* MMA historian.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By andrew on October 26, 2010
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I don't consider myself a particularly nascent MMA fan anymore, I've seen most of the big fights of the past 5 years and many of the insignificant ones as well. But who among us has a perfect knowledge of all things? Certainly not I and pardon my presumptuousness but not you either. That's where the MMA Encyclopedia comes in. Confused as to why Vitor Belfort is viewed so highly by Dana White? Read his entry and a lot will be explained. Curious who the best fighter is? (The authors never make such a bold claim but I will tell you it's Ikuhisa Minowa, whose entry is fascinating.) And so on.
The writing is fun, light, and informative, the book achieves tome status in its size and scope, and it is just a handsome looking book all told.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nick on May 9, 2011
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Book is definitely interesting the only problem is the author is incredibly biased, and rather than having an encyclopedia you have "MMA as I see it by Jonathan Snowden". It does have some in depth entries (there is even an article for the Just Bleed guy) but they are ruined by the author putting his own spin on MMA history, skip this book unless its cheap.
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