A very interesting journey into the world of British cage fighting and possibly its most famous club. What is very interesting about this book is the characters and their journey. Pride, fame and glory are all a common denominator. Very interesting.
Before reading this book i had no idea at all about MMA, all i thought was that it was two guys in a cage, beating on each other.!! How WRONG was i, and i am now happy to set the record straight. I found the book both informative and educational, and i have the up most respect for the Warriors who take to the cage/ring..
I found that this book was very good for both novices and pros alike, it has got a bit of everything for everyone.
This book takes you on a journey, with interviews and photographs so that you can picture and imagine what it really is like to be a warrior in the MMA world..
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend this to anyone who would like to get into MMA, or is like me a spectator who enjoys watching MMA, and would like to know a little more about it.
Warriors of the Cage (WOTC) from Jonathan Buffong & Brenda Downes sets itself apart from the rest by doing what nobody else has done; Provide an essential guide not only into the World of MMA but also the UK scene, a scene that's fast picking up momentum and gradually moving in to the mainstream.
Many fans of the sport will recognise the fighters, the camps & much of the content however, the passion, the understanding & the direct experience of Buffong has been effectively captured & conveyed by Downes. It's easy to pick up & hard to put down. WOTC covers a wide range of topics; from Cage Rage to the UFC, from Elite MMA to the Wolfslair, from Alex Reid to Wanderlei Silva - It's all here. There's quotes and interesting anecdotes with some key players, past & future stars not only within the UK but globally.
WOTC covers aspects that have driven the development of the sport; a sport that still continues to fight against the `human cock fighting' bandwagon in the UK (a similar battle that haunted the American scene in the late 90's). While the book perfectly captures both the grit & darkness that surrounds the UK scene; what appealed to me most was how WOTC highlights the fact that MMA fighters have not fallen from barstools. These are athletes of the highest order, they are human, they are fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who face many of life's challenges like us all. Whatever the context though - They are fighters.
WOTC also underlines the respect these athletes have for their sport, their training partners, their opponents and their fans; Without this respect MMA would simply struggle to retain its credibility as a sport. The book is equally compelling & informative. Not only should this be a `must buy' for newcomers to the sport, this book is essential to all UK MMA enthusiasts and their collections. Buy it, you wont be disappointed!
I met Jonathan at SENI 2010 and was drawn to his Unit by the picture(which is the front cover of the book.I spoke with him for a while and it was soon relevent that he knew his MMA,Not only household names but local and smaller names only known to those with an interest.I asked Jonathan about the book and how it came about,The answer did not disapoint.The book was at a good price and the passion Jonathan was showing,I bought a copy(Kindly signed by Jonathan).
As at SENI you do bring a lot of MMA bits back with you,But it was the book Warriors Of The Cage that I first looked at that evening.From the start it is frank and to the point.You are seeing real MMA from both Author and Fighter alike and this makes this book very captivating.What goes into their training and commitment to a sport they love.All aspects from the fighters themselves to promoters and all that is MMA.
I have read many MMA books and none hit home as Warriors Of The Cage do, Like the honesty and commitment shown to put this together and also the names of big stars to lower level MMA fighters wanting and some will make their name in the game.If you are into MMA and go to the smaller shows then read this book.It has the best insight to all the fighters you watch.I promise once read you will want more.5*****
WOTC gives readers a deep dive experience of where MMA started in the UK, with an insight into the people involved in the evolution of the sport. It also shows fighters as people with jobs, families and issues just like anyone else - mostly though, they are not bullies or trouble makers, but top athletes with respect and dedication for their opponents and themselves. Since reading the book I've been lucky to meet a lot of these people, and I'm very lucky to have been accepted into the world of MMA
I work in the UK MMA industry and have read a lot of books on the subject and Warriors of the Cage is definitely one of the great ones! Jonathon has done a fantastic job chronicling the rise of UK MMA from the inside. The interviews in this book are colourful and insightful and the characters are some of the biggest names in the business. This is the real story from their point of view. The style is gritty and moves at a good pace. Once you start reading it, this one is hard to put down!
As a fan of the sport and always wanting to learn more of the inner workings of the sport, I found this book insightful and learnt a lot from reading it.
As I've only been to a handful of live shows, I have the privledge of sitting ringside and knowing of the great staff and Mixed Martial Artists, so reading about their passions and hard work is so interesting. I especially liked reading about the promotors.
I also like how the book is written as it is said, so you feel like you are being told by the person. All the aspects of the shows are in this book. Promotors, fighters and even where the events are held. I feel I know that much more about the sport now, which I find was totally worth reading this book.
If you're after an informative book into one of the newest sports to come into professional being in the UK, then this book is a MUST! For anyone interested in MMA(Cage-fighting) in the UK, it is very easy to read and deeply informative, explaining the history of how the MMA scene came into being in the UK. One can relate to the completely honest accounts of how most of the major players, past and present came to the sport, both to get to their destination and their future goals.
Jonathan has written a book which is a first class read and as stated before, I highly recommend this to all.
As female who enjoys following Mixed Martial Arts, this is the first book that I have read on Cage Fighting which really hits the mark.
This sport once perceived as brutal and violent has now moved into the mainstream arena and Warriors of the Cage perfectly details the origins of the sport and provides interviews the fighters giving the reader an true insight into the preparation involved in becoming a successful Cage Fighter.
I've been lucky to see some MMA fights but by reading this book, it will definitely encourage you to go see what all the fuss is about in this thrilling sport. A must buy!!
This is the first book I have read that is based on the UK mixed martial arts (mma) scene mainly around the CageRage competitions and its later evolution. It charts the early days of how the CageRage event began and evolved mainly through interviews with the people who were involved in and around that time. The book is easy to read and for fans who have seen CageRage it gives insight into the minds of the fighters and key people behind the UK mma scene. Some of the language is colourful as are the characters of the people interviewed and there are some honest interviews in this book.