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Forrest Griffin , Erich Krauss
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1 Jun 2010
A New York Times Bestseller, Got Fight? is an hysterical, entertaining, and in-your-face guide to fighting from the most enigmatic and unpredictable fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Forrest Griffin is the light-heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was the winner of the first season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter; in Got Fight?, he shows you how he did it. With Erich Krauss, Muay Thai fighter and co-author of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061721727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061721724
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wondering why you should purchase this book when there are other titles written by much higher-caliber fighters? Well, Forrest Griffin is not as good-looking as those guys. He's not as smart as them or as athletically endowed. And let's face it, neither are you.

If you get off on having your face rearranged, though, Got Fight? is for you. This is a manifesto more strategic than Sun Tzu's The Art of War, more philosophical than Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do. In these pages you will learn about true mental toughness—whether it's for scraping it out in the Octagon or picking up chicks. You will learn about the mental defects that made Forrest Griffin into the abomination he is today and how you can use your shortcomings to become equally horrible.

About the Author

Forrest Griffin is one of the top-ranked light-heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 and has been one of the most beloved UFC fighters ever since. He is the Day man, fighter of the Night man, and champion of the sun. He is also a master of karate and friendship for everyone. But calm down, ladies, Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter and the author of more than twenty-five books, including Anderson Silva's The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking. He has written for the New York Times, and is the founder and publisher of Victory Belt Publishing. He lives in Las Vegas.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dazed and confused. 29 Jun 2009
I read this book and felt a little dazed and confused afterwards. Is this what it feels like to be inside Forrest Griffin's head?I get the feeling that reading this book may be just like having a conversation with Forrest himself,rambling,at times interesting,other times confusing but always funny.If you want to get the most out of this book read between the lines.But if you don't want to go that deep then just enjoy spending some hours in the company of a modest,unassuming and friendly guy who also happens to be one of the best mma fighters around.I should also warn you he is mad.Honestly the guy is on another planet.If Forrest wants to psyche out any of his future opponents I suggest he just gives them a copy of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Got Fight?''s preferred original title was 'Who Moved My Nose?', but Forrest Griffin's editor prevailed: which I think is a shame, because that title conveys the author's attitude and sense of humour rather better than the final choice.

This book should be avoided by persons not interested in Mixed Martial Arts, Ultimate Fighting, cage fighting, street fighting, masochism, sadism, vulgar language, or extremely un-PC jokes about women, the cruder bodily functions, and man love. The author sets out his stall from the beginning: are you man enough to be allowed to read his book? - a test that even his female readers must take. There follows an uninhibited account of a fighter's life from the inside and sweatily close-up-and-personal.

I strongly suggest that you read a few sample pages to see whether Forrest's style of humour - as conveyed in no-holds-barred manner by his co-author, Erich Krauss - is for you. If it is, you may find this one of the funniest short books on a sporting subject you've read recently. In addition, you will pick up all sorts of useful information about manly behaviour, with illustrations gleaned from Forrest's own life, and even some tips on actual fighting techniques, most of which are best contemplated from the comfort of an armchair with beer in hand. Above all else, you will be equipped to decide whether you too have what it takes in dedication, technique, high pain threshold and sheer craziness to step into the Octagon.

The most frightening thing in the book is the information that before he dedicated his life to rearranging the limbs and facial features of others, Mr. Griffin used to be a cop. His life story so far is thus either inspirational, or a warning to the curious.

The interested reader should note that in spite of its subtitle the book does not offer fifty principles of anything and has nothing to do with zen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect! 5 Dec 2010
From the viewpoint of a long-time martial arts enthusiast, as well as a huge MMA fan, this is one of the most intriguing books I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. Forrest is simply hilarious. Recalling a variety of incidents from all throughout his life, many of these pages had me in stitches.

There's plenty here for the MMA lover, Forrest goes in depth about his methods of cutting weight before fights, his training regimen, and various other aspects of his life as a fighter. But for the individual who could care less about MMA, there's plenty of insights into the way Forrest leads his life, his philosophies on working hard, and never giving up. You can't help but learn to love him.

My only issue is that the book is a fairly quick read. At just 190 pages (the last 55 of which are filled with more diagrams than words) any mildly enthusiastic reader will fly through this. I would have loved to have heard more about Forrest's crazy life, how he worked his way up from the bottom, perhaps some more about his life as a cop.

Overall there's alot to love about Forrest, unfortunately there's only a medium amount of that in this -otherwise excellent- book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got fight? 29 Aug 2010
What a suprise i was expecting a book on a MMA fighter's life in and out of the cage instead i get a book on Forrest Griffin's thoughts on life and a few simple moves to use if the situation demands it, very funny and refreshing read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny and Entertaining Read 4 Jun 2010
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This book falls somewhere between and guide to life and tips for those wanting to take their fighting a little more seriously and move from sparring into proper ring or cage fights.
Peppered with hints, tips, advice, philosophies, life stories, insights and lesson learned the hard way (that can be applied to life inside and outside the ring) it makes for an entertaining, informative and at times down-right hysterical read. You can also add scary to the list - because it quickly becomes apparent that Forrest is one sandwich short of a pic-nic... but then I guess you knew that, and that's why we love him. In it you'll find his views on dating, getting into clubs, diet, how to approach training and all manor of random subjects which seems to work well to convey Forrest's bonkers personality and give a refreshing take on the usual biographies or fight manuals fighters usually churn out - as I said before, this falls somewhere in between the too.
This book would be a good read even if you didn't like fighting I think - although there are parts that focus solely on the subject (like how to choose the right gym and corner team for you, which might seem irrelevant to most), but it's still written in way that is witty and enjoyable. One thing i would say - the editor should have listened more to what Griffin had to say - time after time there were footnotes saying (I wanted to put this but the editor made me change it to this) and every time I thought - Yup Forrest you were right, that's much better, funnier etc. Take what he originally wanted to call the book for instance: "Who moved my nose?"... Much funnier in my opinion and much more in keeping with the rest of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forrest is funny, and it's an interesting insight into his life
Forrest is funny, and it's an interesting insight into his life. But this is far from Dostoevsky, I'll tell you that much.
Published 6 days ago by Mr. Laurence D Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars If I wanted to learn how to fight, I'd buy Anderson's book! A very...
An interesting look into the mind of a madman. Would rather read more of Forrest-wisdom than the fighting techniques.
Published 13 days ago by Al Tapone
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than steroids.
Upon completing this book I noticed some distinct physiological changes had occurred:

1- My voice was noticeably deeper. Read more
Published 14 days ago by craig
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and informative
This was a great book and had some really laugh out loud moments. It gives you an insight into the mind of a fighter and there are actually some good tips for aspiring fighters to... Read more
Published 27 days ago by R. J. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Forrest Griffin is so entertaining! The book is easy to read and interesting. If you're interested in MMA, I highly recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by PlumPetals
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny read and insight into a fighter
Really enjoyable read from a man who doesn't take himself too seriously. Parts in the book will actually make you laugh out loudly and get you retelling the story to others around... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars MMA Champion tells all
I bought this as an 18th birthday present for my son, who is absolutely a huge fan of Forrest Griffin. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Stoker
5.0 out of 5 stars Forrest Griffin is a nutter!
Great book. This book will have you in stitches reading it. If you like the ufc and are a fan of Forrest Griffin, then definitely buy this book
Published 3 months ago by Dafydd
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfunny
In comparison to BJ Penn and Randy Couture's books .. well this is what i would consider "Hot Garbage" the jokes are puerile and stupid . Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Hero
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring...opinionated...rubbish.....etc
What a terrible book, just a long brag about how tough he thinks he is and how pleased he is that he can do things like crushing beer cans on his head. Read more
Published 4 months ago by alex d
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