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message 1: by Sorenconard (new)

Sorenconard | 10 comments Mod
Having heard bits a pieces of people's background stories on other threads I think it is time for the group to have an intro thread.

So if you are new to the group(or even if you are not) feel free to post a little bit about why you are a fight fan, what kind of fight fan you are, what background if any you have in the fight game and other things like what's your favorite fight and what's the best fight book out there in your opinion.

message 2: by Sorenconard (last edited Oct 03, 2012 02:08PM) (new)

Sorenconard | 10 comments Mod
I'll start. I am thirty years old and have been a fight fan from when I was real little maybe 9 or 10 which is kinda weird since no one in my family was. I grew up on USA Tuesday Night Fights in it's later years and only in highschool 97-2000 did I start watching some higher profile boxing matches. I had showtime in the early 2000s right around those terrible Holyfield v Ruiz matches and in 2005 switched to HBO where I was until I could no longer afford cable in 2009. I still hit the bar or theater for some of the bigger PPV fights and my father has HBO and I watch FNF on the computer but if I could point to one major thing missing in my entertainment life it would be HBO or showtime or both.

UFC. WHile boxing will always be my "first love" MMA is by fair my biggest passion, being a fan since about 95 and being active online since about 1999. Though, as with boxing, not having cable cramps my style and currently the UFC is over exposed which makes it hard to get motivated to go to buffalo wild wings 3 times a month.

I don't compete and never trained. My father was a pastor and my mom a therapist so being active in combat sports was not forbidden but frowned upon so I never did.

I have two favorite books Irish Thunder and Hands of Stone.

I started this group was a way to vent the hatered in me that built from reading Chuck Liddel's piss poor excuse for a book. So, yeah, that would be my least favorite fight far.

I haven't been to too many live fights. There is some local boxing matches, some pro, some am, and I have been to a little over a half a dozen. I been to a few local MMA show. I've been to 2 UFCs, UFC 35 and UFC 89. I hate druken assholes in the stands so I tend to avoid going unless there is a fight that I really want to see or its been awhile since I'd been to a fight and I have forgotten how drunk and assholish the people in the crowd can be.

I am not much of a "Star struck" kinda guy so I avoid autograph tables and the likes when I can. But did have Matt Hughes sit next to me at a casino for a 4 hour or so poker game. I wasn't a fan before, and while I wasn't a fan after, I did respect the guy a little more after getting to know him in that short period.

You can sometimes catch me on Sherdog as I am a moderator there but after being a regular for about 8 years on the forum, the last 5 years I have been hard to find.

message 3: by Vee (new)

Vee I've been a fight fan since my father and older brother would shout and scream at the television during end of Ali's careers. Even though I didn't understand the nuance of the fight game, the hurt business, I love the Hagler-Hearns-Leonard-Duran era. I got to see Iron-Mike Tyson's career from beginning to end. I love Roy Jones Jr. & Pernell Whitaker's poetry when they performed the art of cat & mouse. I hit you, you never touch me. And one of my fondest memories of watching boxing was hanging in bodega's with some drunk Puerto Ricans who were pissed off every time the Mexican hero Julio Ceasar Chavez destroyed another prospect from PR.

"What the F*CK is that? Is that freaking legal? That sh*t is dangerous!" That was my first response watching old UFC videos in a barbershop. The match that blew my mind was Paul Herrera vs "Big Daddy" Gary Goodridge. Goodridge won via explosive, unanswered elbows to the head. I decided to stick to the more civilized sport of Boxing.

I would always catch glimpses of more MMA video footage. Tito Ortiz's name was always buzzing and there was always that guy with the mohawk, not to mention the epic fight between Rizzo and Couture. There are 4 events finally made me a huge MMA fan.
1. Mike Tyson's decline and boxing inability to produce exciting stars.
2. Yes, the non-technical brawl between Griffin and Bonnar.
3. I finally a saw a fight that reminded of why I love boxing. It happened on UFC Fight 5 (FREE) June 28, 2006 in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Badass Chris Leben promised to KO a skinny Brazilian fighter back to Japan where the competition is a little bit easier. Joe Rogan couldn't stop talking about this newcomer. I've seen Leben fight a couple of times, and I knew he could knock MF'ers out. The fight was pure "Roy Jones Jr." magic. I still watch that fight and many other Silva's fights from time to time.

Now I'm into all kinds of combat sports. I have a 2 year old son that I will share my passion for fitness and martial arts. I've only been to ONE live show, Take 2 at Madison Square Garden. The first muay thai event at MSG.

Books? I haven't read many fight books. Celebrities + ghost writers really don't produce great reads, let alone GoodReads. With that said, I plan on reading a couple of titles like Gary Goodridge's GateKeeper, the aforementioned terrible Iceman books, Hands of Stone, and Oscar De La Hoya's book.

Honestly I would prefer to see/read more books by guys like Lou Duva, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Angelo Dundee, Emmanuel Stewart, Naazim Richardson, Eddie Futch, etc. Bernard Hopkins really needs to put together a book.

message 4: by Jarrah (new)

Jarrah Loh | 2 comments Hey guys,

I'm a magazine editor from Australia.

I edit Inside MMA magazine and International Kickboxer.

Have been into martial arts for pretty much my entire life.

message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim Barclay | 2 comments I've been a boxing fan for as long as i can remember, i'm from the U.K. so i grew up watching Frank Bruno and Barry McGuigan and also loved watching Marvin Haggler and Mike Tyson fights.
I started watching MMA in 2006 when season 3 of the ultimate fighter aired in the U.K., with Michael Bisping and Ross Pointon being Brits it was advertised a lot.
From then on i've been hooked and watch every event and i've been reading plenty of fighters biographies.
Can't wait to hear about which books everyone's read and looking forward to your recommendations and discussions.

message 6: by Sorenconard (last edited Feb 06, 2013 07:46PM) (new)

Sorenconard | 10 comments Mod
Welcome Jim and others!!! I've been on a "weird fiction" binge these last few months and haven't read much in terms of the fight game so this group has continued in it's slow build form. When I get time I plan to read Stitch's book and a few others including getting my hands on your book Jarrah

message 7: by Vee (new)

Vee Stitch's book is a nice quick read with some insight into both boxing and MMA.

message 8: by Jim (new)

Jim Barclay | 2 comments Yeah i'd like to read that. Just finished Chael Sonnens and Big John McCarthy's. I would recommend Big Johns if anyone hasn't read it yet.

message 9: by Cimonnett (new)

Cimonnett (CynaminMMA) | 1 comments Hello,

I only recently (4 years) been introduced to the Mixed martial arts scene. I met a man who introduce me to it and after that I was hook. I just began to train this past year in MMA, BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, American Judo and Muay Thai. I also am beginning to learn the ways of management of fighters.
I've been an avid reader since I was young and only recently discovered books that had combined both of my active interests.

message 10: by Neil (last edited Dec 20, 2013 09:46PM) (new)

Neil Rooke | 1 comments Hey,

My name is Neil Rooke. I am a writer for I have been into MMA for a few years now and absolutely love the sport.

I mainly only read MMA related books as I spend more of my time actually writing.

Look forward to any recommendations though!

message 11: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Winfield Smith | 1 comments Hi,

I'm Shawn W. Smith and I'm a freelance writer and a combat sports enthusiast. I spend most of my time researching, writing and reading about the sport and I love the idea of this group.

I have written for many different prominent MMA websites and magazines including Cage Potato, Sportsnet, The Fight Network and Fighters Only magazine.

Feel free to add me as a friend and I'd love to chat about fight books sometime. I've read many and am working on my own book.

message 12: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Kucan | 1 comments Hey guys;

I love MMA, kickboxing, the whole bit. I was a competitive fighter for many years (Never turned pro, are you crazy? Those guys hit HARD!)and I still train and teach and all that stuff.

I write for Huffington Post as well as guest post for some blogs and stuff. And a few years back I was hired to write a semi autobiographical collection. But mostly I like to hit the bag, or watch a good match, or read a great fight that is well told.

So how much did everyone else hate A Fighter's Heart? Was it just me?

Here is my super boring wiki:

message 13: by D. (last edited Jul 02, 2014 12:04AM) (new)

D. (Forest_Of_Dragons) | 1 comments I'm a judoka and wrestler who has a healthy respect for MMA prior to studying said discipline. I have respect for boxing as an art but not a sport. I loved the first Bonnar-Griffin slugfest. I also wrote an MMA vs Boxing book as well.

The Welter War

message 14: by Ken (last edited Jul 30, 2014 03:11AM) (new)

Ken | 1 comments My name's Ken, I watch a LOT of MMA and some kickboxing (Glory, mostly). I started watching when I just randomly ordered a UFC event one night, it turned out to be one of the most uneventful fights in MMA history, Gracie vs. Shamrock's 30 minute "Superfight". I still followed the sport a little after that and then got big into it with the Ultimate Fighter. I read about as much as I can on anyone in the MMA business.

Also, you should all go vote on my listopia list "Best MMA/Combat Sports Non-Fiction". Feel free to add your own favorites, just stick to the criteria of the title.

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