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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – 29 Oct 2009


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“Ace” Rich Franklin is a three-time UFC Middle Weight champion and one of the top mixed martial artists in the world. He has a record of 21 wins (including 2 title defenses) with 1 loss and is widely regarded as one of the sport’s most well-rounded fighters. He’s featured frequently in UFC events aired on Spike TV and Pay-Per-View, and he was one of two coaches on the second season of Spike TV’s weekly reality show, The Ultimate Fighter—the network’s most watched program ever. Well-spoken, humble, and with all-American good looks, Rich is one of the top ambassadors of the sport. Making use of his master’s degree in education (he used to teach high school math), he appears frequently on news programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, educating the public on the history and rules of mixed martial arts. His American Fighter clothing line is carried by Wal-Mart and frequently sported by Kevin James’ character in King of Queens.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x89b1ee40) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c5fbf4) out of 5 stars Complete Idiot reviews this 8 Sept. 2007
By Timothy J. Cullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm brand new to this sport (just started watching the UFC and IFL
shows on TV) and really didn't know what I was watching since I've
never really done martial arts. My wife picked this up for me the
other day and I read it cover to cover. Its great! This is the kind
of book thats perfect for a new viewer and it explains what is going on
during the stand up part of the fight, when they clinch, and then when
they go to the ground. Lets face it, its tough seeing the action on
the ground and I had no idea what they were trying to do. This book
explained it all and really helped me become a better fan. Highly
recommended, especially for people who want to understand all the
tactics that fighters are trying to apply. Great book!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c9f3a8) out of 5 stars Excellent Book For UFC Fans 12 Sept. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to the world of ultimate fighting. The book starts with a nice history of the sport, and adds other nice bits of history throughout the book. This is followed by an in depth look at the rules of ultimate fighting. Finally we get in to the real meat of the book. Discussion and examples of all the different fighting styles. It starts with a discussion about stand up and clinch fighting. Then it takes it to the ground with chapters on the guard, half guard, side mount, and full mount. There are lots of pictures to explain all the different techniques. Then it's on to suggestions for training. The book closes with a nice bio of Rich Franklin. I also liked the fighter profiles throughout the book, the used a very good mix of hall of fame fighters, and new talents. Another added bonus was little sections on classic fights. This is great for the new ultimate fighting fan because it can help them track down must see classic matches. In closing I think this book is exactly what it claims to be, if you are new ultimate fighting fan it will get you up to speed quickly.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a7e0f6c) out of 5 stars You'll never learn anything 28 Jan. 2015
By ANDREW BORDEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is insulting.
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HASH(0x89cc7378) out of 5 stars big dissapointment 4 Sept. 2007
By Ferdie Nonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
hoping its pure info with xdetailed training programs like the idiot guide kickboxing.

its more of a history and profile of mma athletes

its better to read profile in websites lije ufc.tv and not in a book
5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c9f4d4) out of 5 stars Its Mixed Martial Arts, not "Ultimate Fighting" 7 Oct. 2007
By P. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Calling MMA ultimate fighting is like calling football NFL. The book isn't only for idiots; it was made BY idiots too.
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