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By David Tees on 7/6/2010 9:35 PM
When you look at the cover of Cage Talk, it advertises mixed martial arts as the “worlds toughest sport”, but when you open the book, it becomes the “worlds toughest read.” This book features seventeen separate chapters and only eight of them actually discuss the sport of MMA, while the remaining chapters are dedicated to giving examples of MMA holds, moves and fights.

The book begins with a discussion of the morality of MMA, which is the first time I’ve seen this subject brought up in a book like this. Is a sport about kicking people in the head, twisting limbs, sportsmanship, long hours of training, bloody faces and everything else under the sun under the right side or wrong side of morality, read this book to find out.

This author also gives us a chapter discussing females in MMA, mainly the chapter focuses on British fighter Rosi Sexton (who was recently knocked out by Zoila Frausto at a Bellator Fighting Championships event).

There is also a chapter that discusses the various rules in MMA fights, which is good if you’re a new MMA fan reading the book, but not if you’re a hardcore MMA fan who already knows the rules. Essentially, if you’ve ever seen the beginning of a UFC, Strikeforce, WEC or Bellator Fighting Championships event where the rules are explained, then skip this chapter.

Possibly the best chapter in the book is the one who focuses on the third person inside the cage or ring during an MMA fight, the referee. This chapter takes a look at the success’s and failures of the referees inside the cage, including the controversial calls they all make. If a reader were to pick up this book and read through it, they must definitely check out the chapter on MMA officials.

The reason I get so negative on this book is from page eighty seven and up, which is simply a text recap of various knockouts, submission and fights. Essentially, there are three sections of the remainder of the book and they are describe various ways to knockout an opponent, tap out and opponent and fights the author deems grudge matches.

To simplify the submission and knockout portions of the book, the author just lists many forms of submission holds and strikes, then lists what fights they could be seen in. For example, its like have a subsection on left head kick and then saying check out Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 or saying triangle choke and saying check out Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116.

It would be a safe assumption for me to make that the majority of folks who would pick up this book are fans of mixed martial arts and have seen a plethora of MMA fights. Now, if my assumption is true, then they already have a very good idea of the strikes and submissions used in an average fight. Which, again if true, means that the majority of this books would be a waste of reading time for an MMA fan to read.

Overall, this book does hold a few glimpses of worthy reading, but overall, there are a ton of better books on MMA in the market today.

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