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This Is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion Hardcover – May 6, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416955410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Love him or hate him...Tito Ortiz is one of the most recognizable figures in mixed martial arts." -- The Tennessean --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jacob "Tito" Ortiz a.k.a. the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is a Mexican-American mixed martial arts fighter from Huntington Beach, CA. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, Ortiz has become one of the sport's biggest stars, headlining several pay-per-views, and appearing on the covers of various magazines, including Black Belt Magazine. Ortiz has also had roles in several feature films, including Cradle 2 the Grave, and on network television in CBS's Numb3rs.  He is currently dating the world's most famous adult film actress and bestselling author Jenna Jameson.

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Although I'm a big MMA fan, when I picked up this book I can't say I was a big Tito fan.
Caelin Beaty
For those who don't know the fight with Frank Shamrock is still to this day considered one of the best fights in UFC history.
fmwaalex
He reveals a lot of himself in this book, but it didn't feel like there was much substance.
Jeffrey D. Howard

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Bosiljevac on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I shouldn't have expected much of a book written by a guy who's best known for smashing heads. Tito Ortiz was, for quite awhile, the light-heavyweight champion and poster boy for the UFC. I'm a big Tito Ortiz fan. He's brash, cocky, and hasn't been at the top of the heap for several years now, but I think he's a good guy at heart and he's done a lot of good things for the sport.

Unfortunately, I can't say many good things about this autobiography. Tito talks mostly about his troubled youth and how he got into the fight game. He details his early drug use, his romances (and his many infidelities), his feuds with other fighters and UFC president Dana White, and his charitable activities. I wish he'd given as much attention to his fights--the strategies, or breaking down how the fight went. Instead, he recaps most of his fights in a paragraph or two, giving the name and date of the event , a few sentences about how the fight unfolded, an excuse if he lost (nearly always an injury that kept him from training to his fullest potential), and what was on his t-shirt (he considers his t-shirts to be one of his trademarks--I never paid much attention to them myself). I wasn't expecting a book on fighting strategy, necessarily, but it would have been more interesting. What we get instead is a celebrity bio, with some entertaining takes on some other fighters and celebrities.

If there's any insight given in this book it comes early in some advice Tito got from fellow fighter Tank Abbott: "You talk the smack to make people either love you or hate you. Once they love you or hate you, then they'll talk about you. If they stop talking about you, then you've got problems." Above all else, Tito knows how to market himself.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book is fairly insufferable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Caelin Beaty on May 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although I'm a big MMA fan, when I picked up this book I can't say I was a big Tito fan. I've read Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Ken Shamrock, and Jens Pulver's books. I've read the autobiographies in the beginning of BJ Penn, Ken Shamrock (2nd book) and Randy Couture's books, not to mention various books on fighting like Sam Sheridan's "A Fighter's Heart." I have to say the only one I enjoyed as much as this was Jens Pulver's "Little Evil." Although there's plenty of fighting material to keep any MMA fan interested, what really stands out is Tito's honesty and willingness to write about his troubled childhood and the many mistakes he made on his way up though the world of fighting. This is the kind of painful and humble story that makes even the biggest hater not only have respect for the sport, but specifically for Tito. Along with fighter's stories, I've read many autobiographies from Augusten Burroughs to Drew Barrymore, and I have to say this ranks up there as the most endearing and entertaining of them all. I was already going to UFC 84 to see Ivan Salaverry fight (I belong to his gym), but now I'll be cheering for Tito as well, he's definitely won over a new fan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Viva la Tito!!!

"This is Gonna Hurt" is an autobiography of the short life of one Tito Ortiz. Among the revelations and themes of this book:

* Tito clearly has a vendetta with Dana White, who he excoriates as a two-faced wannabe' - no news there. I doubt these two will be exchanging Christmas cards.
* He paints an unflattering picture of Chuck Liddell as a lackey of the UFC, a "company man." At one point, he describes Liddell as a trailer park kind of guy who walks around in flip-flops and T-shirts
* When he wasn't in the ring, Tito had a hard time (no pun intended) keeping it in his pants, as he was flagrantly unfaithful to his wife (Kristin) and the mother of his child
* Growing up was not exactly an Ozzie and Harriett environment for little Tito, who writes that he was doing drugs and downing beers by age five. The guy deserves credit for rising above his upbringing.
* He describes his courtship of porn star Jenna Jameson. Hey -- who says romance is dead?! This pairing must make it interesting when they have friends over for "home movie" night!

Overall, Tito comes off refreshingly candid. He lays it all out there and does not try to portray himself as any kind of saint. I must say that seeing him during his season on The Ultimate Fighter and later on Celebrity Apprentice, he came off as being very personable. His following in the UFC seemed disproportionate to his ring success. I'm hard-pressed to recall when he last beat a top-level MMA fighter - no disrespect to Forest Griffith, who is superb and who fought valiantly in their bout. Tito never beat Liddell. Never beat Couture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While I can despise a villian, and even poor storytelling, it becomes painful when a villain tells a poor story.
The sad point of this story is that Tito tries to prove himself a successful martial artist- while he is a successful fighter, I have to say that this man is strictly without honor. He mistreats his pregnant wife and then goes on to brag about his constant affairs.
He may have lots of wins and money, but he proves himself to be of even lower character than his father and poor childhood. I think his main point of redemption was his winnings, yet he abandoned his son and seems proud of that.
Overall, this book is one long brag about using women like kleenex, poor descriptions of training, (I lifted weights. I ran. I won and beat him up!)
Poor Ortiz is barely even a character- it's like a stream of conciousness narrative.
I read it fifteen minutes and it was waay too much. I would not recommed this book to any martial artist. If you are a female martial artist it will be good to get mad on and then hit the bag, that's all.
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