What does it takes to compete in the most brutal and competitive sport in the world?
I had this book pre ordered as soon as i saw it which much to my delight was on my birthday, 19th December 🙂 The book was released on 23rd March 2017 and i can only apologise to Dan Hardy that this has taken me so long to getting round to typing up my review. But better late than never!
I have always been a fan of Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy, from his fights to his more recent commentaries and fight analyses. But you don’t need to be one of his fans to read this book, after reading it you still might not be a fan but you will leave the book with a lot of respect for him as a fighter and as a person and for what he has done for the sport, especially in the UK.
This isn’t just an autobiography, this book takes you into the world of MMA and the UFC, he gives us a really insightful look into the sport, the MMA culture in the early days in the UK, the mind of a fighter and the physicality and the phycology that goes into making an ultimate fighter. The highs and the lows they all must face and overcome to survive in a very tough world.
The book takes us from his training in China with Shaolin monk’s, his dabbles with hallucinogenic plants eventually leading him to shamans in the Amazon forest that changed his life through to some of his biggest fights against some of the sports greats like his epic title fight with Georges St-Pierre and his KO loss to Carlos Conduit where he showed his class in defeat.
You can almost hear Dan Hardy speaking as you read the book as he gives us his personal and honest accounts of his humble beginnings, his low points before, during, and after, and to his rise to fame becoming one of the UFC’s most popular fighters. From his trade mark red mohawk to the heart condition that forced him to stop fighting. He gives a very honest assessment of both himself as a fighter and his attitude towards the sport.
The book shines through with his love for the sport and his natural reptilian analytical mind that has got him to where he is today.
He gives us his thoughts on some of the sports most well-known fighters such as Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz and Amanda Nunes as well as his philosophies and ideas about martial arts and fighting.
He also brings to life what it is like to work for one of the most popular sports organisations at the moment, the UFC, transitioning from fighter to in my opinion the best MMA analyst today.
There is a lot to be learnt from this book, self believe, dedication, hard work and never giving up.
If you are a MMA, UFC fan, this book is a must read and it will give you a better insight into the mind and life of what it is like to live and work in the ever-growing popular sport it has become today.
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