Chuck Liddell proves him self to be a fun paced guy giving an entertaining mix og wacky stories from his own life along with the history of UFC. It’s a great look into the development of a tournament as well as the way sports may evolve. Not only does the sport evolve, but it gives the fighters opportunities to constantly learn tricks and alter their fighting styles through their careers.
“That’s the beauty of mixed martial arts. Multiple disciplines mean multiple ways for fighters to evolve during their career”.
Liddell is a guy who loves his training. There are no cheat codes. He pushes the work out to the edge and he does extra training drills for fun. He just loves to fight. And this makes this book a great kick in the butt to remind you to work hard and give it your all, it doesn’t matter what stage you’re at; the win is in the improvement.
Each chapter is built around a general life lession like “listen to your mother”, “if you don’t fight, you don’t truly know if you can win” and “to leave no doubt you’ve got to knock a guy out”…okay well maybe the last one isn’t all that general…but still.
You should enjoy descriptions of fights and it probably helps if you’ve seen some of the fights he’s refering to. I haven’t but I still enjoyed them; first of all the outcomes were a surprise, second of all they were well written and not overly long. The focus is as much on describing the community and the interpersonal relationships between the fighters as it is about the fights.
Furthermore you should enjoy reading about condoms scattered from lamps and Liddell having sex during phone interviews. You get to meet a fighter who paints his toenails pink, has multiple orgies on the regular and mentors a guy who practices yoga in the rain to harness the power of electricity. It’s a good time.