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The voice of experience,
This review is from: The Laws of the Ring (Paperback)
This book is part motivational manual, part inspirational and 100% gripping. A great book and a great story. Urijah Faber has a great way of seemingly talking to his audience straight through the book. Unlike someone who has just decided to write his own autobiography Faber had spent time coming up with a concept for his book, and written it as a motivational manual of how to reach the top of your profession using his life experiences as an examples. It is extremely well written. Faber is giving one message out in this book, Find out what you are passionate about! Then do everything in your power to make this to incorporate into your life as much as possible. He does come across as a mutational speaker and excludes confidence out of the pages.
I bought this book as I was interested in Faber's fighting style despite being a wrestler, he has great hand and throws punches in bunches, he has great body and head movement. Also once he gets a fight to the ground he is not content to "lay and pray", he is always looking for a finish and more often than not he finds it. After reading the book I became a fan of Urijah Faber the person as well.
Faber is unconventional and I think the best word to describe his would be as a pioneer. I said the book was engaging. Whilst reading the first chapter it was as if he had (not just) people like me in mind but me specifically! I could not have described my impression of Faber better then he himself said. To me he reminded me a bit of Ken Masters from Street Fighter II, he is the stereotypical all American jock, with all the usual perks and fighting seems like a side avenue for him rather then something he needs to do. If that is what you thought of Faber read this first chapter. He is the clean cut American college boy, facing a veteran, scared and tattooed, Mexican fighter. By perception alone Faber should get destroyed and run home never to think about fighting again. Read it and find out what happens.
The reason I called Faber a pioneer is because he got into MMA before there was MMA or more to the point MMA rules. This was before people realised they could make a living out of it, and inspired others to also take up the sport, with very little hope of return. His own story is not unlike the UFC's story to become the dominant brand in MMA (on a smaller scale of course). His formative year living in a commune, (even though he say he does not really remember these), definitely left an impression on him. This is evident on how his own fighting community was started and is now based.
Another example of Faber's pioneering ways is this book. Since this book others have tried to emulate the writing style. GSP's book The Way of the Fight, is similarly written as a motivational book, I have to say I did prefer Faber's book. Bruce Buffer's It's Time!: My 360-Degree View of the UFC, is written very closely to Faber's style, despite not being a fighter his message is very similar.
As I said before this gives a great insight into Faber the person, rather than just the fighter. The most appreciation I got from this book is Faber's intelligence he is a great fighter but he know he would not be able to do it forever so he is opening other avenues he is passionate about while he has the opportunity. In some cases the opportunities were needed to fund his early fighting career. This book is a great read and very inspirational & motivating. I would recommend it any one. You do not have to be a fight fan to enjoy this book, or to take something away from it.