Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: Ultimate Fighting The Brains and Brawn of Mixed Martial Arts by Patrick Jones


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
What if…? In decades past, fans could only wonder what would happen if a boxer and a wrestler stepped into the ring together. Or a karate expert and a judo master. Then came ultimate fighting, and fans’ questions were answered. Author Patrick Jones takes the reader deep inside the world of mixed martial arts and shows how its beauty and brutality have turned it into a worldwide sensation. 
MY TAKE:
I normally only watch MMA when my husband watches it, and I thought that this would be an interesting way to learn more about MMA and its origins.

Ultimate Fighting has information on the origins of MMA, classic MMA fights and moments, MMA legends and the future MMA superstars.

As far as children's sports reference books, this one's pretty complete. It's kind of boring when books are all about the history of a sport and usually only mention the popular athletes. I liked that this book featured not only the legends and future superstars, but also made the distinction between classic fights and memorable moments. In sports, there are great games that are worth remembering and there are mediocre games that have amazing moments within them that are worth a place in history too.

Thanks to NetGalley and Millbrook Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of Ultimate Fighting The Brains and Brawn of Mixed Martial Arts is on November 1, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's chockful of information.
  2. MMA fans will have a fun time going over and agreeing or disagreeing with the books list of classic fights and moments.
  3. It's a good beginners' guide to MMA.

THE BAD:

  1. The amount of text and the vocabulary of the book may be more suited to older kids and teenagers.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Just because a fighter finds himself on his back, that doesn't mean a fight's over.
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to learn more about MMA.
  2. Your kid is an MMA fan.
  3. You are an MMA fan.

RATING:
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