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Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat by [Griffin, Forrest, Krauss, Erich]
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From the Back Cover

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's a political science graduate from the University of Georgia and a former police officer, and can grow an awfully full set of muttonchops. But down, ladies; Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5423 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (28 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BD2V3I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
'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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Format: Hardcover
This book really wasnt what I expected, instead of being your bog standard autobiography, forrests main topic is how to be a man and examples of how manly he is. Im not lying when I say that at times I was literally crying with laughter.

Of course though many of his jokes are fight related so if you know nothing about mixed martial arts you may find that you have no clue what he is talking about.

On the whole I highly recommend this book even if you arent a fan of Forrests, or indeed MMA!
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Pretty infantile. Buy Urijah Faber's book instead. One funny bit in the whole book, the rest is just like hanging out with a 14 year old. Buy yourself a South park dvd instead, as it will be the same humour, only funny.
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Forrest Griffin isnt the best fighter in the world, hes not the most intellegent, hes not even the best looking - all things that Forrest would and even does admit in this book. Griffin however may just be the funniest and perhaps the craziest fighter in the world.

First of all this book is not really a biography or a training manual. In fairness it is kind of difficult to catagorise exactly what it is youre holding in your hands here, but what is beyond a doubt is that its a very entertaining, funny and frequently baffling read.

From the acknowledgements on the back of the book (such as UFC legend Chuck Liddells testament that Forrest must have eaten lead paint as a kid and that reading this book will only make you dumber),to the 'manliness' quiz that all readers must pass before even being given permission by forrest to read the book (where you will find out exactly what Forrest whispered into the ear of Dan Severn during his professional MMA debut!), to the instructional section of the book (which includes such dubious gems as the 'Asian dart'), to the insight into Forrests philosophies on life and fighting (for example pre-fight abstainence is simply denying yourself sex that you could be having), to the life of the man himself and all the crazy stuff hes got up to (such as training MMA drunk to simulate defending himself if he got jumped on the way home from the bar), the whole thing is just funny...and kind of worrying...
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Format: Hardcover
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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