Believe it or not, there are MMA fans out there who can read – so much so, in fact, that they might even pick up a book on the topic and peruse it. Crazy, right? Well, what’s even crazier is that there’s a burgeoning facet of the publishing industry that caters to these types of fans and books. Remember Forrest Griffin’s “Got Fight?” or BJ Penn’s biography “Why I Fight”, both of which were so successful they appeared on the New York Times bestseller list? Publishers do, so over the course of the rest of the year we can expect a number of new MMA books to appear on shelves in bookstores throughout the country. Confused? Excited? Eager for something to upload to your Kindle or read while you’re sitting on the toilet? MMA Convert has got you covered with this literary itinerary.
“Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination and Survival”, by Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman – It’s doubtful we’ll find any answers as to why this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” lacks “umph”, but what we will get is insight into the WWE star-turned-UFC champ’s life. Apparently, Lesnar even discusses the illness that nearly claimed his life, and if Amazon.com descriptions are to be believed, he pulls no punches throughout this biographical tome.
“Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews with the Biggest Names in Mixed Martial Arts”, by Mike Straka – Straka’s TV show on HDNet is called “Fighting Words with Mike Straka” and it features interviews with the sport’s stars and athletes. It is highly unlikely that his upcoming book of the same name is going to be a collection of apple pie recipes. Highly unlikely.
“The Mammoth Book of Mixed Martial Arts”, by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly’s UK correspondent has put together this book of photos, and it promises… well, lots of photos. According to Amazon.com there will be over 300,000 of them, which means if you flick the pages real fast, you should be able to watch about two hours worth of animated UFC action.
“Let’s Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee”, by John McCarthy and Loretta Hunt – With a title like “Let’s Get It On!” this biography could really only be about one person. So, yeah.
“Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martial Arts”, by Matt Polly – In his debut book “American Shaolin”, Polly lived, trained and fought at a Shaolin kung fu temple in China. Can you guess what he did for “Tapped Out”? If you said “trained at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and fought in an MMA bout”, you guessed correctly.
“Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts”, by Jim Genia – Yes, yours truly has a book coming out as well. The topic is the underground fight scene in New York City plus some of the sanctioned MMA scene in New Jersey. And no, no one was killed during the writing of this book.