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Ultimate Fighting
The Brains and Brawn of Mixed Martial Arts
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Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! What if a boxer and a wrestler fought? Who would win? What if a fighter skilled in...
Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! What if a boxer and a wrestler fought? Who would win? What if a fighter skilled in...
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  • Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! What if a boxer and a wrestler fought? Who would win? What if a fighter skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tangled with a foe trained in traditional judo? These were questions that fans of combat sports asked for years, but how to settle it? The answer: mixed martial arts. In this action-packed book, you'll meet the superstars and record holders of mixed martial arts, get behind-the-scenes details about some of its most dramatic moments, and find out what the future holds for this radical hybrid sport.

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  • Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.

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  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2013
    An overview of the sport known as mixed martial arts and some of its players, from fight-fan Jones. Mixed martial arts is a furious style of fighting that combines a variety of traditions--sambo, jiujitsu, muay thai and taekwondo, as well as catch wrestling and boxing--into an acrobatic display of violence. One reason for the sport's appeal is that it is real, as opposed to the sham antics of professional wrestling: The blows are true, and the blood is, too. Jones surveys the origins of the sport in sometimes-breathless prose, with all its infighting and rough-and-tumble antics. He profiles many of the fighters and gives highlights of their great matchups. Details are likely to appall readers who are not already enthusiasts: "Sonnen struck Silva's body and face nearly 300 times," in a match that was merely minutes long. And can Jones really be serious when he writes, "It is well known that many boxers have suffered long-term effects due to repeated punches to the head, but the sport of MMA is still too young to know what a career of taking strikes to the head will do"? Duh. These fighters wear minimal gloves, and one look at their faces in the many photos that accompany his book will let readers know just what is going on. As a sports historian, Jones has done a thorough job, but it's for MMA fans only. (Nonfiction. 10-18)

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    September 1, 2013
    Grades 5-8 As the author puts it, Combat sports are nothing new. And to prove it, he takes readers on a tour through history, beginning in 684 BCE at the thirty-third Olympics. He moves on to discuss wrestling, martial arts, and eventually the evolution of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A sidebar gives readers UFC basics (rounds, attire, judging criteria, etc.), while the informative text follows the history and evolution of UFC fights and those who participated in them. The many color photographs match the text in tone: there's little sensationalism, especially considering how much there could be. Nevertheless, the images don't shy away from showing the vigorous brawling that's a part of this sport. The final chapters discuss the future of the sport, which seems on an upward trajectory as it becomes popular worldwide. Back matter includes a useful list of books and websites.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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