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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HNL Publishing (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956258603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956258601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Brutally honest, insightful and comprehensive, Couture has written the first great mixed martial arts autobiography. --CBSSports.com


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By the time I finished reading this book I felt I could be on a first name basis with Randy Couture. Randy is open about all his family problems and his life in and out of the Octagon. From the time his father left to joining the army to "becoming the natural" in the UFC.

Randy is open about his opponents and friends in the UFC, he gives great insight into what people can expect from life as a fighter, and how the UFC has changed from an almost outlaw organisation to the leading brand in MMA.

It was funny I always assumed that Randy did not cut weight during the time in the UFC. He does talk about how difficult it is to cut weight (when he joined the Light Heavy Weight division). Randy talks about his Legendary trilogy with Chuck, his fight against Tito, stopping Victor, and his comeback fight against Tim Silvia, I will admit I was one of those people jumping out of my seat when Randy hit that first overhand right. The book finishes with Randy's fight against Gonzaga. A great autobiography with detailed insight into MMA. The only book I liked more was Iceman: My Fighting Life
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Recently a boxing friend of mine made a remark that he doesn't know why Randy Couture is considered such a legend in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), he made this remark not long after former Boxing champion James Toney was totally dominated by Randy at UFC 118, maybe it was sour grapes, he claimed instead his record of 19 wins against 10 losses was not that great and if he had that type of record in boxing he wouldn't be considered a legend! So rather than try to argue with him that Randy's record much like fellow fighter BJ Penn isn't papered and that Randy only wants to fight the best fighters rather than notching up victories. So rather than try and explain that I decided the best thing would be for Randy Couture to tell my friend the story himself so I packed him off that day with a copy of this book which I have already read twice.

What a book it is, with many ups and downs not just in his fighting life but in his personal life too. Growing up without his dad around is dealt with early on in the book and Randy gives us the crazy story of how his dad left and how even though it was such a tragic moment in was in total awe of what his dad was able to do! Randy's time in the US army is covered as is his amateur wrestling career and interestingly enough his achievement in going to the Olympic games as an alternate and really what a let-down it is to be an alternate!

Really if Mixed Martial Arts was made for one man it was Randy Couture and thankfully when he saw a video tape of Don Frye who was one of Randy's teammates at Oklahoma state fight on then upstart fight promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship it triggered an interest, even though first contact between the two parties ended up with Randy becoming an Alternate again!!
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its a fantastic book before i got it i didnt really know much about were randy couture came from and what his upbringing was like but after i had read the book i knew practically everything about him from when he was a boy to where he is now.
there is a lot of things in the book people didnt know about him and it makes you see what kind of person he is in and out of the ring.i couldnt put the book down and i had it read in 2 days, i really enjoyed it it was a great read.
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This book is a must have for all UFC and MMA fans! Couture is the most famous UFC fighter and a true legendary champion who probably has the widest appeal. I like Liddell too, but Couture is a step higher than the 'Iceman' in terms of popularity and brining the sport to a much wider audience. In the book he culminates on both his fighting career and personal life. He's also making a name in Hollywood by working with the likes of Stallone, which will no doubt elevate his profile profoundly, even none MMA fans are starting to recognise him. If you're a fan of MMA and UFC, then a book like this -which sets a benchmark for future similar tomes- is required reading and belongs on every UFC and MMA fans shelf!!
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I wasnt taken with this book, I absolutely admire Randy as a fighter,and his dogged determination to succeed at wrestling,but for me,there were to many facts ,figures,dates,times,years,places and not enough of Randys feelings and emotions. Maybe the book was too short and the author had to cram everything in. It seemed that Randy was living the life of Riley, to the detriment of his "wives"and children. and that it was just a document of Randys life, with no real imput from Randy himself.
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The book is inspiring and the more you read into it the more you will see how down to earth he is. I love how he came to the sport late and how he ironically hates confrontation. This guy has led an interesting life and is a understandable legend. If you love the sport or want to fight get this book.
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I love the way Randy presents his books.
He always so very honest, and doesn't usually hide what he thinks or feels.
This book charts his entire life, from childhood thru to the MMA. - I didnt know half of this.
Excellent insight into one MMA's true legends
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