The Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs will present Final Destiny, a cage fight featuring mixed martial artists (MMA), on Saturday, November 8th. This up and coming sport draws increasingly large crowds and is gaining respect in the world of athletics. The popularity of organizations such as The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is such that the publishing world has taken notice. RSL has both MMA biographies and DVDs of the more prestigious fighters in the sport. Those of you who would rather read about the cage than fight in it might find these titles appealing.
‘Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History‘ – Hughes, Matt
Though his name may not ring any bells for most, Hughes is a star among the growing audience for ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts competitions; in this workmanlike memoir, the nine-time Ultimate Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion recounts his journey to the top. His endearing tales of growing up in the small town of Hillsboro, Ill. do much to humanize the fighter, featuring vivid accounts of teenage mischief. Unfortunately, the attention to detail given to his adolescent pranks doesn’t carry throughout the book. Hughes’s impressions of Austria, United Arab Emirates and Japan, where he traveled to compete, are mentioned only in passing, an odd omission in the story of a young man from small town America; that space appears to have been reserved for intimate accounts of fights, but even these resist dwelling on gore or violence.
‘Iceman: My Fighting Life‘ – Liddell, Chuck
What is it like to have no fear,to make people cower in their shoes to know the sweet satisfaction of knocking a guy out with a single, devastating punch? You have to read my book to find out. I’ve been called the baddest man on the planet. I’m the face of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the leader in mixed martial arts and the fastest growing sport inAmerica. In 1998 I won my first MMA fight. Not long after, the UFC came calling, and I eventually fought my way to become the #1 ranked light heavyweight contender in the world. Not bad for a bartender with a college degree in accounting – C. Liddell
‘Fighter‘ – Krakoff, Reed
In Fighter: The Fighters of the UFC, Reed Krakoff offers a unique look at these world-class athletes in a startling collection of black- and-white photographs. Krakoff, the president and executive creative director of Coach, a leading force in the fashion world, is also an accomplished photographer and a huge UFC fan. His pictures, shot with a medium-format Mamiya box camera, depict these fighters as they are rarely seen. Standing alone, without competitors or an audience, Krakoff’s subjects look gentle, warm, humble, and disarmed. But with their signature tattoos and resilient bodies, it’s also clear that they are built for the cage.
‘UFC: The Ultimate DVD Collection‘ – DVDs