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Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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This is a must-read for all UFC fans! The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Art Davie tells the true, inside story of how he created the Ultimate Fighting Championship. You will laugh out loud when you discover the human side of how the toughest sport on the planet got it's start! --Tedd Williams, Owner, Gladiator Challenge & UFC Veteran
Is This Legal? is an honest, shocking, enthralling and nostalgic look back at the creation of the modern age of mixed martial arts in the United States. This is all the real stuff that no one gets to see or hear about, when the newest combative sport of MMA was forged, and Art Davie was one of its founding fathers! Thanks goes out to Art for persevering, and giving all professional martial artists a place to ply our wares and test our skills. --Randy Couture, UFC Hall of Famer & Former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion
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Please don't make the same mistake I did.
Yes, Clyde Gentry did a great job with No Holds Barred. And, yes, I did my best to fill in some gaps with Total MMA. But Art was there. He knows where all of the bodies are buried and his account of the build up to UFC 1 is riveting throughout. I read the book in one sitting on a flight to Las Vegas and was amazed. My intent was to skim through it for a bit and then pop on a movie. The movie, however, had to wait.
It may seem like overkill at first, to write an entire book about a single event instead of an overview of the sport he helped create. But Art and Sean Wheelock make it work, filling in details never before revealed and giving readers a seat at the negotiating table as the UFC went from dream to reality. The two then place readers cageside as the very first UFC begins with a belch and ends with an iconic champion fulfilling his family's dream.
At first I thought it would be a hit piece from how Art Davie opened up about "telling the truth" about how the UFC was created. It ended not being a hit piece at all, but a in detail look on how it all started. I loved every page of this book. Starting my own pro wrestling promotion Premier back in January of 2013, it was overwhelming task. So going on Art Davie's journey of making his vision of various disciplines of combat sports coming together to see who in fact was truly the best, was an inspiration and motivated me even more to continue my company forward to the success I envision it.
My favorite chapters are the ones featuring the talent of the first ever tournament, from the chapter of trying to sign eight fighters to the chapter of going over the rules with the fighters the night before the event. Though Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock became MMA legends, most of the fighters in the first ever tournament have long been forgotten today, well other then maybe Art Jimmerson, the boxer who wore one boxing glove on his left hand into the cage. These forgotten fighters are remembered here and you get to know them.Read more ›
Thanks a lot to put it all together for us!
The first UFC were by a long margin the very best!
No rules, no weight classes, no time-limits, no B.S!
It was great until the sleazy politicians put their dirty nose into it!
I'm a nostalgic of this era and barely follow MMA today. Nonetheless I do admire the fantastic work that Dana White did to put it into mainstream.
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This is a high quality recollection of the behind the scenes and in the octagon goings on of the first UFC. Art Davie and Sean Wheelock's passion and expertise shine throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by matt breen
Art is the man! Can't wait for the movie coming to production soon.Published 2 months ago by James Brown
If you love MMA this is s must have book. Mr Art Davis is a pioneer of the sport. Look forward to meeting him and getting it autographedPublished 11 months ago by chad pizzino
This is a wonderful tale about a man with a vision and ambition that inspired him to create one of the most successful sports in modern history. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gena Vazquez
Pretty good account of how the UFC came to be. I'm sure there was more drama than what he was able to fit in this book.Published 15 months ago by Luis S.
I remember clear as day being a 16 year old kid in 1993 and staying up late to watch a first time ever event called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adam Geller
GREAT REALLY INSIGHTFUL DAVIE WAS A TOUGH SON OF A BIT-- PUTTING THIS TOGETHER BOUGHT A NON KINDLE BOOK FOR A GOOD FRIEND FELT SAME WAYPublished 17 months ago by JIMBO