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Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2007
Having watched Jens Pulvers career in mixed marshal arts for (at the time) 8 years i purchased this book. Back then i had to import it from the US as no English retailers sold it and amazon, play and waterstones had told me it would be a further 3 month wait.

Im so glad i did. Depite growing up in a volitile family (his father, brother and a sister i think are in jail), with the everyday threat of mental and physical abuse Jens has grown up to be the polar opposite of his father. Dispite his love of the violent competition he has grown into a great person.

This story will move you and give you a new found respect for people who overcome in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2014
Jens Pulver is a fighter in every definition of the word. Honestly if you are fan of Jens read this book, if you are not a fan of Jens read this book and you will be. Despite the first and long-time UFC lightweight champion Jens is probably best known for his rivalry with BJ Penn. A rivalry that I personally think proves the old adage hard work over ability. During the book Jens talk about the whole build up and the fight itself with BJ. If you want a first-hand honest account of the fight you cannot get a better version then Jens own.

Jens is open and honest about his family life and the abusive environment he grew up in. Like many he found an escape and a release in the form of sport in his case wrestling, unlike many Jens determination and ability to overcome any obstacle, in some cases owing up and making a mends for his own mistakes allowed him to have a successful life, career, make new friends and adopting a new family. He managed to build bridges and in some cases banish the demons of his past, towards setting down with a new family of his own. This book finishes before Jens' attempted returns to the UFC, and his fights in the WEC.

This is also a great book for MMA historians, as most MMA books he give a brief history of MMA and Royce Gracie, and the early days of the UFC. At the time when MMA was still style vs. style. Jens talks about his own evaluation in fighting. Starting out as a wrestler, then discovering, "the damage I could do with my hands"; using boxing, then discovering the importance of learning submission defence after getting submitted in a toe hold.

I great look and insight from a true legend in the sport of MMA. Jens best fighting day are behind him not, this book is a great look at where he came from to what he achieved. A truly inspirational book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2008
jens pulver pulls no punches in this gritty, believable and thoroughly interesting account of his life. jens was one of the best mixed martial arts fighters of his generation and is still competing at the highest level (well not quite the highest level now). his book tells the tale of what made him into a fighter, the ultimate fighter. not the longest book, but difficult to put down. i read it in one night. highly recommended :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2009
ive now read a few ufc biogs, and this has to be the best. dont expect to learn how to become the next cage fighting champ, but do expect a good, well written story.
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on 16 June 2010
After watching Jens on the TUF reality show, he came across as a really nice guy, so I bought this book to find out more about his background, and it really shocked me. It is written in the first person, which makes it even more moving and touching. If ever anyone deserves the title of an Ultimate fighter, it is him, to go through so much, and still come out on top, is amazing. Great book, again with Erich Krauss.
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on 16 August 2009
This book really shows the battle that Jens Pulver had to just become the man that he is today. This is a compelling read that focuses a lot of Pulvers childhood and the impact that this has had on him today.

This was one of the first fighter autobiographies that I read and for me it is still one of the best
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on 22 April 2010
Excellent book, what a story, this guy was basically unknown to me before I read the book, but I really enjoyed it.

Gripping tale, really draws you in, my only concern was that it was too short for me.

Come on Jens, write another one!
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on 20 July 2014
Terrible life story but the strength of the man and his resolve is beautiful. An instant fan.
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on 28 July 2014
great book, jens is a great guy - i don't have heroes but he would be in the top 5
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on 30 September 2014
Good book, couldn't put it down!!
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