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Made in America (Ultimate Fighting Championship) [Mass Market Paperback]

Matt Hughes
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7 Jan 2008 Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate fighting -- mixed martial arts competition between professional fighters which includes ju-jitsu, judo, boxing, kick0boxing and wrestling techniques -- is among the fastest-growing sports in the world today, outselling and outperforming boxing and indeed any other ring or combat sport. Coming live to the UK in April 2007 UFC sold out the Manchester MEN Arena, followed by further sell-out perfomances in Belfast in June and London in September at the 20,000-plus capacity O2. Matt Hughes, nine times UFC World Welterweight Champion, with a record of 42 wins from 48 fights to date, is the most dynamic figure in this hottest and most happening of sports. Here he recounts his sensational rise to stardom, from growing up on the family farm in Illinois to breaking records in the octagon in front of 20,000 live fans and 4 million television viewers.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (7 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392015
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bullys make good fighters 18 Mar 2008
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I have been a Matt Hughes fan since the Brawl at the (Royal Albert) Hall, I saw him fight, reverse and finally ground and pound Carlos Newton into submission.

I found some of this book interesting, all the parts about fighting were really well done, the part that did not come across as all well was Matt Hughes the person. He does come across as a bully at best at worst an ego manic that he has been accused of recently. Then again the UFC does not stand for the Ultimate Friends Championship; Matt is in his prime when he is talking about fighting, and his many victories. Unquestionably Matt is going to be remembered as one of the greatest welterweight fighter of all time, not for his sense of humour. I got a really mean spirited vibe from his sense of humour. All credit to Matt he did not lie or try and make himself look like something he is not.

It was interesting to get into Matt's head especially the second BJ Penn fight, from the books version Matt started the fight with a healthy respect for Penn's abilities, but the way he describes the fight it's self matt seemed to think he was dominating the fight from start to finish, if you actually watch the fight, it looked the other way around, which Matt admitted in the post fight interview "I knew I lost the first 2 rounds so I knew I have to win the next 3".

The one thing about this book is Matt's honestly, his attitude is this is what I think and this is what I am going to do I really don't care how that sounds like to anybody else and as you will find that gets him into trouble and on the bad side of more then one person, he wrote the book the same way. This allows the reader to make their own judgement of Matt Hughes good or bad guy. All in all top fighter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get Chuck Liddell's book instead 7 Feb 2008
By hobbes
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Have to agree with Steve Roach's review of this book. Hughes gives us a history of his life which leaves the reader feeling that he is just a nasty piece of work. He comes across as an arrogant bully, and not at all a likeable person. I would also agree that large chunks appear to be missing and he does not explain a lot of things that leave the reader wondering.
He may have told the truth about his life in the book, but i doubt it will make him any fans. Before reading this i respected him as a great fighter and champion, but now i'll be cheering for the other guy (whoever it may be).
The book's an easy read, nothing too complicated, and i read it in a few hours, but there were no great revelations.
I would recommend Chuck Liddell's book over this, as it is a better read and also includes more details on the UFC in general, and other fighters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Matt Hughes - Made in America 22 April 2010
This book was written before Matt Hughes decline in the sport and gives a bit of a rose tinted look into his career, the man himself is not really a likeable character and the book does little to quash that view, but its well worth a read for and MMA fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE MMA LEGEND 11 Feb 2010
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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It would see that most reviewers of Made in America are not too found of Matt Hughes and the way he comes across, Which is a bit unfair as all he is being is honest, which is rare enough these days and if you are only reading a book to like someone then you would be better off with a fiction novel or something! One thing that everyone will have to do is respect Matt Hughes as he's been one of the top fighters in the world of mma for a long time and dominated the welterweight division for a long period.

The book starts off covering Hughes childhood and what its like growing up on a farm and the struggles that brings. He tells us what it was like to grow up with his dad who was very hard to please and had no respect for their mother. One of the interesting things throughout the book is Hughes relationship with his twin brother Mark and how they both joined the wrestling team. In fact wrestling was the only reason Hughes went and stayed in college, it turned out too be the right decision!

Of course Hughes big break came when he teamed up with UFC legend Pat Miletich and the book covers how Miletich helped guide his career in the right direction. His big fueds are covered in detail especially his two fights with Frank Trigg of which the second fight is UFC president Dana White's favourite fight. He's also honest enough too admit that in his first fight with BJ Penn that he underestimated him and that before the second fight he was even scared!

As the book progress Hughes finds God and tries to become a better person for himself and wife. But the one thing that remains is that Hughes is still the same farm country boy today that he was when he was growing up and has not been affected by fame.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I ALSO AGREE.. 3 Jun 2009
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I agree that Hughes does not come off very well in this book, and I disagree that he was 'totally honest' through out. He blatantly tries to make himself out as a matcho-man the whole way through the book, especially when explaining how he beat guys up for the most insignificant of reasons.

Also, I'm from a totally different world so its not right for me to judge, but for me he really comes across as a 'weirdo' when explaining certain situations. I'm sure those who have read will agree that the 'Auggy-Doggy' references are a little strange. Definately pick Chucks book before this one. Then pick up Tito's after that. I'm just about to start on The Natural so I'll get back to you as to where that ranks.
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