I have had this book since it first came out and to be honest I don't know why I have not reviewed it yet. I was looking around at all my book s and thought man I want to read this again. So after completing this wonderful book again I thought what better to review than this, it has been a while since he has fought so why not. If you don't know who this man is he is a mixed martial artist who held the Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title for three to four years straight. Even if you don't like this guy from what you have seen I have a feeling that you will change your mind after reading this.
This book is very much for every one from people who just like to read to MMA fans to fans of Tito to fans of autobiographies this book will please all. In fact for people who have short attention spans this is one you can even get into. At a short 207 pages in which the last couple of pages are just credits this one is a quick sit and read. Tito must have known that most people are wanting to get straight to certain things so he kept everything kinda short. Still don't think that this hurts the book because I feel it is much like his style of fighting, quick and to the point. Everything is covered in this book from his childhood to his last fight with the UFC up until the point this book came out.
Tito comes across after reading this the same way he did after his coaching job on the third season of the Ultimate Fighter, as a genuinely good guy that is over all misunderstood. This dude had a hard time growing up as you learn about some not so great things that involve his mother and his past involving gangs. It seamed to me that he was getting a lot of his chest in telling his story. It is also kinda cool to learn that he was really kinda brought into this game by the original Huntington Beach Bad Boy David "Tank" Abbot. Apparently Abbot needed people to train with and Tito was known since high school and in college for his wrestling. So it turns out that Tito was talked into fighting for the first time in the UFC to represent Tank, so his early days were always coming out of Tank's camp. Of course when I was watching those fights years ago I always knew he fought out of that camp but now it is cool to learn about the behind the scenes.
Also discussed in here are his relationships with women his ex wife in particular and the hardships they went threw. I still remember that whole Tito/Dana White thing on Spike TV were Dana was talking about Tito's wife calling him all the time about Tito. That incident is discussed in here as well from that supposed fight they were going to have to Tito's car accident that almost killed him. And for those who want to know more about Tito's feud with UFC President Dana White this book is for you. Tito does not hold back at all and lets all know how he feels about Dana and how things came to be. You will learn how they meet and how Dana was at one point really his best friend and best manager. Turns out that once Dana became the UFC president their relationship slowly turned sour. Whose side you believe is up to you but Tito's take is an interesting one.
Also discussed in here is his fall out with Tank and his first manager that eventually put out that DVD on Tito and Ken Shamrock. Both of those situations are interesting especially when you find out that Tank was keeping Tito out of the UFC for a while when he had pull there. But for the hardcore fans yes the feud with Ken Shamrock and the Lion's Den is discussed in here at length. From the Guy Mezger fights to the Jerry Bohlander fight and even into the Frank and Ken Shamrock fights, Tito won all but two of those seven fights. His Mezger fights in which he lost the first and destroyed Guy in the second which is the fight that started it all really with the shirt he put on [you need to read that if you have not seen it]. I still don't like thinking of his fights with Ken, I was rooting for Ken every time. I am glad to read that their thing was squashed after the last fight but it is reading about Frank that was interesting. For those who don't know the fight with Frank Shamrock is still to this day considered one of the best fights in UFC history. Frank did like he said and just wore Tito out and made him fatigue. Then Frank just popped up after three rounds not tired at all an exploded on him, it was great. What was cool to learn about was that Tito actually went out after that fight to Frank's place and trained with him. After that Tito became what he is known as today as one of the best conditioned athletes out there.
Of course every fight he as had is talked about in here from the wins to the few losses and yes that includes Randy and Chuck. Still this is a wonderful book from front to back that I think every one would enjoy. I recommend this to all MMA fans and book fans for that matter. Love or hate Tito I think if you give this book a chance it just might change you mind about him. He is humble but proud and come on man he is dating Jenna Jameson.
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