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Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee Kindle Edition
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I have heard quotes form people saving that the reason John was so good at his job is because you did not notice him in the Octagon till the time he was needed. He writes the book the same way he puts emphasis on the fact that the fighter are the one doing the hard work as a referee he is in there to protect the fighters when they cannot protect themselves. Another great thing is the way he manages to humanize the fighters themselves. He talks about the emotions of different fighters before, during and after a fight. There ecstasy in victory and the crushing raw emotion of disappointment when they lose.
The book starts with John giving his family history. He starts with his grandfather, then his father and his career and innovations in the police force in terms of training and most prominently S.W.A.T. Then we get John's early family and school life, his early sporting career. For those that you don't know you might be surprised by his choice of high school sport. I know I was. Then following in his father's footsteps, to stepping out of his father shadow and carving out his own legacy on the force. During this period he vents his frustrations of the internal politics inside the police department. The difference between an office wanting to arrest the bad guys but protect and serve the public, compared to someone drunk on their own power or hungry for a promotion.Read more ›
The book covers John's early life as he follows in his dad's footsteps and joins the LAPD; we are given a great insight into the Los Angeles riots that happened in 1992 after four Police officers were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King. It really was open season and anything goes and McCarthy tells us the stories of being a cop on the streets during this time that included being shot at regularly. Also the worries he had for his wife Elaine who was also on the force. It was in the aftermath of these riots that McCarthy would first meet Rorion Gracie and how the original idea for the first ever UFC event came about.
McCarthy covers the first few UFC's in great detail and includes some of the original ideas such as alligators circling the Octagon! He would eventually go on to referee the second event after been turned down in his attempts to compete.Read more ›
Brilliant book, which is interesting from start to finish, even when talking about non MMA aspects of Big John's life, his early life growing up, his work on the police force etc.
This book has lots of great background info and reveals plenty of stuff I never knew about the UFC, from the guy who has been there since UFC 1 - including his thoughts on some fights he believes have been fixed,
Highly recommended to any MMA or UFC fan!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant insight into John's life and the evolution of MMA and the UFC, great read for real fans !Published 9 months ago by Angela Morgan
Its good to read about the guy who helped forge the UFC to what it is today.Published 15 months ago by Benji
Huge mma fan , this is one of the best I've read , bangin, would read again, super duper banginPublished 23 months ago by louis emery
This is an excellent read that goes beyond what I expected. Not only does it cover the evolution of the Unified Rules, it covers the struggles of the UFC both in the pre-Zuffa and... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by Colin B
If you are big UFC fan and have been for a long time then buy this book as you will not regret it. You get to learn about the early days of the UFC and what went on behind the... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Mr Essez
Very good book for anyone interested in the ufc.john was there from the start and saw the 'no rules' begining,through the 'dark period' and is still reffing mma today. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by steve
I've read quite a few MMA autobiographies, but it suprised me somewhat to find this the most enjoyable and revealing one so far. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by Owlman
If you like MMA and you are in to history and what goes behind the fights, you must buy this book...Published on 25 July 2012 by Nuno Gonçalves
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