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John Schwabacher While not particularly well written or edited, this book does have a lot of information about the early days of the UFC and many other MMA promotions around the world. It goes over the first dozen or so UFC cards exhaustively, describing many of the bouts as well as behind-the-scenes maneuvering among the major players.
Another major theme is the impact "reality fighting" competitions had on the business and practice of traditional martial arts.
This edition was published in 2005: the book mentions the reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" as being about to go into production. TUF is generally considered to have been instrumental in the financial success of the UFC as well as propelling it into the mainstream.

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