Friday, October 05, 2007

Ultimate Fighting at the Library.

One way to tell when something new in the sporting world [or elsewhere in the world] is moving beyond being a temporary fad and is catching on in society, is when books begin to be published on the subject. Well, just as Ultimate Fighting has made its way into the sports section of the newspaper and has garnered coverage on ESPN, it is now poised to, shall we say, fight for shelf space at the library.

First up is the newly received book, The complete idiot's guide to Ultimate Fighting by Rich Franklin. "The definitive guide to todays fastest growing professional sport." Todays regulated and televised version of mixed martial arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing professional sports in the U.S. And Rich Franklin is arguably its biggest star. In this in-depth guide, the current UFC Middleweight Champ and star of Spike TVs reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter," Rich Franklin, along with co-author Jon Merz, introduces new fans to the world of mixed martial arts, giving them a primer on the basic techniques used in the sport. Coverage includes: History, rules, and scoring Training and nutrition Stand-up, clinch, and ground techniques with 300+ photographs."

And set to be published in December and on order at the library is Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History by Matt Hughes which "traces the story of a highly decorated ultimate fighting champion from his childhood on an Illinois family farm and youthful athletic escapades with his twin brother to his early records in the octagon and his defeat of world champion Carlos Newton."

If you have ever watched a match, you'd not want to bet against Ultimate Fighting to succeed!

1 comment:

Jon said...

I hope you all enjoy the Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting! I had a blast writing it with Rich. Check out our page over on - and thanks again for picking up a copy for your library!

Best Regards,
Jon F. Merz