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The Laws of the Ring

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  15 reviews
What's your passion?

For Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, fighting is not just a thrill but an act of self-expression. From his first fight in the outlaw MMA days of 2003, Urijah recognized his passion for the sport—and since then the former WEC World Featherweight Champion, now fighting as a top bantamweight in the UFC, has been living his dream. As one of the most excit
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Published May 22nd 2012 by William Morrow
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Jul 08, 2012 Justin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wisdom seekers, incoming college freshman, and fans
The Laws of the Ring is full of wisdom and understanding that every reader will appreciate. Urijah tells his stories enjoyably and genuinely has the reader's best interests at heart. As a high school student I have found that The Laws of the Ring has helped me work to identify my passion by putting myself first before money, power, or security. I feel that I can now pick a major and career that would be self fulfilling without worrying about unimportant factors. I figured I would be solely readi ...more
Matt Fontanesi
Clever and thoughtful, Faber speaks honestly about his life philosophies. He walks a delicate tightrope of dispensing advice without coming off as arrogant. This book offers some stories of fighting, but they serve a larger narrative of finding satisfaction in life through self-improvement, self-reliance and ambition.
It is astonishing (and crazy) what this guy puts his body through. Interesting read and shows you can be a lot tougher than most people think possible.
I'm a huge fan of the "California Kid", Urijah Faber, and I learned a lot about him through this book. It's a series, a chronology, of his ideas that make up a positive spirit as well as a happy and successful life, all comprised under the ideas of "laws", to which he relates stories from his life throughout the entire read and applies them to what he's actively writing about. I'm not even going to classify this as an MMA book read so much as a positive thoughts, vibes and life lesson-esque type ...more
Much like Urijah Faber, this book is supremely positive and motivational, while also serving as a detailed autobiography. I could not help be struck by how similar "Laws of the Ring" is to Drew Brees' book, "Coming Back Strong: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity", also an excellent read. As with Brees' book, Faber takes you from his childhood to present day, and if there is any doubt about whether there is enough content from a man in his young thirties to serve as an autobiography, those ...more
I read this book after Faber's stint on The Ultimate Fighter and I have to say he expresses himself far better on the page than he seems to in real life! This book genuinely changed my opinion of him. Although the book is more self-help than biography the fact that he has achieved so much is reason enough to at least listen to what the guy has to say, even if it is cliched in parts. His success certainly means he's doing something right!

What surprised me most about this book is that it is not ju
Mostly your run-of-the-mill self-help book, but...

It's worth tracking down just to read the Indonesia chapter (29), where Urijah narrowly escapes with his life from a Balinese gang.
Robert Risher
Excellent effort from Urijah Faber, and I would expect no less. The book serves as both a fascinating autobiography and a detailed guide to improving quality of life from someone who is widely well-liked with proven career success. Though a long-time fan of Faber, my interest is further cemented by his educated rhetoric and logical responses to overcoming the negativity that life can place before you. Chapters are well-paced, and ideas flow seamlessly to make for a very easy and interesting read ...more
Found myself really dissapointed w/ this book. I've read several of Sam Sheridan's books that combine both a historical and philosophical look at the fight game and was hoping this would be in a similar vein. It wasn't. This is basically a begginers self-help book. It's not terrible, but it's not that great and Urijah is certainly no Jim Rohn or Tony Robbins.
Mike Heller
I don't give very many books 5 stars. This one is deserving of it. This is not just a book about fighting and Urijah, it is a book about life and how to be successful by staying positive and making those around you successful. I got this book from the library, but am planning on adding it to my personal collection. A great read for everyone, not just fight fans.
Miranda Diaz
It reads like a book written by Urijah Faber. Full of positive anectodes on life, learned through his journey into MMA and the founding of his Alpha Male and other business ventures. Light hearted and laid back like the California Kid.
Favorite Quote:

There are two things that you have to do in life: You have to die, and you have to live until you die. The rest is up to you.
Michael Richards
very good book--- good lessons to learn from
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