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The Laws of the Ring Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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“An absolute tour de force . . . it won’t just change the way you think about Faber. It will change the way you think about how you’re living your own life.” (Bleacher Report)
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What's your passion?
For Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, fighting is not just a thrill but an act of self-expression. From his first fight in the outlaw MMA days of 2003, Urijah recognized his passion for the sport—and since then the former WEC World Featherweight Champion, now fighting as a top bantamweight in the UFC, has been living his dream. As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters today, with a loyal following in the MMA community, Urijah is well known for his inventive fight style, cutting-edge approach to fitness, and California swag.
In The Laws of the Ring, Urijah relates the full story of how he has made a career out of a highly demanding sport. Even outside the ring, his passion for fighting has motivated him to do so much more—to open his own fitness center, create a sports clothing line, lead a fight team, and recently to coach up-and-coming fighters in the television show The Ultimate Fighter. But even the California Kid couldn't do it all without constant hard work, healthy habits, and a whole lot of positive thinking. With his thirty-six "Laws of Power," Urijah shares the life lessons he's learned along his unconventional path, drawing from personal experience to give readers a sense of life inside the ring—and show how to take those lessons into their own worlds.
Part manifesto for success, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, The Laws of the Ring is filled with funny, provocative, and inspirational stories for a colorful glimpse into the rise of a young superstar, and the philosophy behind his accomplishments. With clear-eyed perspective and down-to-earth advice, Urijah zeroes in on getting the life you want—and living it to the fullest.
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Add to that list "The Laws of the Ring" by Urijah Faber, a/k/a "The California Kid." Having read most all of the MMA autobiographies available, I can say that Faber's book stands out. Faber offers more than the conventional "I fought this guy, then I fought that guy" type of narrative. He does mention some of the fights in his career, particularly the two fights against Mike Brown and against Dominick Cruz. Those hoping for a blow-by-blow chronicle of Urijah Faber's rise through the ranks of mixed martial arts will be disappointed. For example, you will learn very little about his bout with Jose Aldo, other than the fact that his leg took a beating from Aldo's repeated kicks.
Instead, Faber positions this as both an MMA sports chronicle and a self-help motivational book. Each chapter offers an exposition on 36 different "laws of power." Faber is a charismatic character whose career rise within the sport models the mainstream evolution of the UFC and mixed martial arts. He is blessed with good looks. Men want to be like him. Women want to be with him, or perhaps even take him home as a pet. The pretty boy moniker has been both a blessing and a curse for Faber, tempting some to interpret or misinterpret his persona as soft. Here he is, a college educated kid, intelligent, from a middle-class family who is fighting some rather hardened characters. Although he may have an angelic mien, Faber has the heart of a warrior and makes it clear that he can kick ass.
Recently, however, Faber's charisma has exceeded his success in the ring. He is a steady draw and his style of fighting is exciting. He's also extremely tough, since in some of his bouts he has broken both of his hands and has continued gamely fighting on against very tough odds. For those looking for a book on MMA, "The Laws of the Ring" will not disappoint. However, you do not need to be an MMA fan, a sports fan or Urijah Faber fan in order to enjoy this book. It has success lessons within it that Faber has learned through his blood, sweat and tears experiences in the WEC and later the UFC. His approach is positive and upbeat.
So, "The Laws of the Ring" is packed with considerably more substance than one finds in the typical MMA memoir. Faber is no meathead. Early in his career, he was looking beyond his limited tenure in mixed martial arts and taking steps to secure himself financially. This came through apparel deals, endorsements, real estate investments, opening up gyms, etc. His Team Alpha Male has been fabulously successful and has spawned many top ranked mixed martial artists.
One can easily see Faber transitioning successfully from the Octagon to the broadcast booth. He is telegenic, with a Kirk Douglas-like chin dimple. He is articulate, intelligent and burns with a passion to excel in whatever endeavor he chooses. (True confession: My wife and I met Faber during an appearance he made in the Washington DC area in the spring of 2011 and found him to be a very friendly and gracious person.) It is difficult not to like and admire Uriah Faber.
So, I heartily recommend "The Laws of the Ring" both for MMA fans and for fans of life success!
There is enough fighter talk to keep the MMA fan interested but is not so much a part of the book to be off putting to a non-MMA fan. I loaned this book to my daughter and she loved it. And believe me, she is no MMA fan.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It's uplifting, inspiring, and helpful to anyone. Get it!
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Whole different outlook on him once I finished the book. .now I want to meet him !!