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Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting Paperback – December 1, 2008
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"The best book on the real history of MMA that I've seen. . . . This book really is so great I couldn't put it down . . . it's a thorough history dating back to the turn of the 20th century, covering the heydays in Brazil, Japan, and major UFC opposition groups over the past 15 years in North America." Wrestling Observer
"If the history of MMA was taught as a college course, Total MMA would be the official textbook used for the class." Five Ounces of Pain
"A definitive history of the sport, and it tackles just about every major figure and event in the sport's history." CBSSports.com
"I highly recommend it for yourself or for the MMA fan in your life." Inside Fights
"[Total MMA] is amazingly detailed with hundreds of footnotes as Snowden focuses on the expansion of MMA from its early beginnings to late 2008. Snowden obviously loves the business but doesn't shy away from exposing its darker sides and presenting both sides of arguments." 411Mania.com
"By far the most definitive book on mixed martial arts I've ever read . . . I can't recommend this book more highly." The Angry Marks
"A go-to resource for the figures big and small in the history of MMA . . . It is hard to imagine any book in the future matching the detail and definition provided here . . . make it the cornerstone of your MMA library." mmapayout.com
"I just tore through . . . Jonathan Snowden's excellent history of MMA. . . . If you're looking for a one volume history of Mixed Martial Arts, it would be hard to do better than this." Bloody Elbow
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Total MMA is written in a way that is both engaging and informative; to not only appeal to a newer fan of the sport who might not know much of the storied history behind the sport, but to the avid fan who has heard many of the tall tales and third-hand accounts of stories recounted in this book. As opposed to a simply linear presenation, Total MMA moves back and forth, jumping between countries, promotions and personalities. One chapter will present what was happening in the United States with the Ultimate Fighting Championships, while the next chapter will tell of the events unfolding at the same time in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championship. No stone remains unturned in the major history of MMA, as everything from Antonio Inoki's appeal in Japan as a martial arts champion to the Fertitas and their links to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and organized crime.Read more ›
From the fierce competition inside and outside the arena or even the feeling of each chareacter. He doesn't just tell the story in a chronological time, but he goes a little bit back and forth without too much confusion involved. That way he makes us all think , memorize something or even looking for that particular reference in the earlier ares of hte book to double check the fact or the real zone for that particular event or character.
I have two thumbs up from my hands and if it counts, I give an extra two thumbs from my toes when I jump up and down getting excited reading this book ;p
I cannot say I knew much about mid 90's Japanese MMA/Shoot fighting or about the Gracie legacy pre-Royce, so this book got me up to speed and allowed me to seek out more detail elsewhere if I chose.
The book takes a fairly 3rd part perspective as to not choose sides, though at times, Snowden definitely nudges you in one direction. Nonetheless I was satisfied with everything overall.
So this is a great book if you want a general background on how MMA came to be the International success it is without having to feel like you're studying for a mid-term out of a text book.
Exhaustively researched, Total MMA covers the wide (and much longer than you may know) history of the sport, bringing us up to the present day. He presents a fair and not always pretty portrayal of the inner workings of the business, casting a sometimes unsettling but always illuminating portrayal of the athletes, promoters, and other bizarre hangers on of the mixed martial arts world.
In addition, this book will make you fall in love with Kazushi Sakuraba all over again. Whether you're a MMA diehard or a TUF noob, this book will educate you to facets of the sport you may never have even known existed. Buy it!
Snowden's book begins with a detailed history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He describes the "Gracie Challenge" and Helio Gracie's fight with Masahiko Kimura with great lucidity. All this, of course, leads to the rise of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the birth of MMA. The book continues on with stories of Ken Shamrock, the rise of the UFC, Pride, and TUF.
Sometimes critical but always insightful, Snowden gives the reader a front row seat to the story within the history of how MMA became the sport that it is today. The key word here is story - since the book reads like a story and not like a history text. Thoroughly researched and full of original interviews, Total MMA is a must read for any true MMA fan.
Also check out these other excellent books about MMA - The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game, Brawl: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition, and No Holds Barred: Ultimate Fighting and the Martial Arts Revolution
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Perfect gift that chronicles the short lifespan of MMA. There has been such massive changes in MMA, and this book helps shed light and gives a good history for those looking to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dietrich Bowar
4 1/2 stars but Amazon doesn't provide for 1/2 stars.
This is a very comprehensive text that covers the history of MMA with heavy focus on the UFC and the Japanese MMA... Read more
I've been a fan of MMA since about 2008, but wanted to learn more about the history of the sport and this book did a fantastic job enlightening me on the history of the sport. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew Buckley
This is the most complete History of MMA every written. Certain parts may be too detailed but the overall history of the UFC is very well done. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Benjamin D. Bennett
Simply put: If you like MMA, you need to read this book.
Snowden covers every aspect of modern MMA history you could think of, ranging from the USA, to Brazil, to Japan. Read more
A great read for any MMA enthusiast. Seemingly balanced and fair appraisals of all the personalities involved. Well worth the $$Published on September 25, 2013 by mark craig
I bought this for my husbands birthday and needless to say, he loved it. He found it to be very funny (which i find weird, but whatever), and gave it high reviews.Published on September 20, 2011 by Beth C
This is not a horrible book. It had good parts and lots of background and behind the scenes information. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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