Tapped Out

Tapped Out

Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor, An Odyssey in Mixed Martial Arts

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
The author of American Shaolin tells a hilarious and fascinating insider's account of mixed martial arts, the fastest growing sport in the country.

Since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, mixed martial arts (MMA) has punched, kicked, and wrestled its way into the public's consciousness. MMA is an often brutal sport that combines any and every unarmed fighting technique with pure grit. Today, the gross yearly profits of Ultimate Fighting Championship-the sport's premier professional league-exceed that of professional wrestling, boxing, and even the Boston Red Sox. In Tapped Out, Matthew Polly gives readers his on-the ground take of training and fighting in MMA.

At the age of thirty-six, Polly was out of shape and totally unprepared for what was ahead: a grueling journey through leading MMA training facilities in Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Las Vegas. After being utterly beaten down and built back up, he fought his first match against a fighter nearly fifteen years younger-and not only won, but sent his opponent to the hospital. Polly intersperses his own narrative with the history and background of fighting and interviews with top UFC stars such as GSP, Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, and Gina Carano. Evocative of George Plimpton's classic Paper Lion, Polly's honest, funny, and eye-opening account of his experiences will appeal to the millions of devoted MMA fans who are as hardcore as the sport itself.

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the author's two-year journey through the world of mixed martial arts, learning from trainers and fans alike.

Blackwell Publishing
An Aging Amateur Takes His Shot At Glory In The World Of Mixed Martial Arts.

As a younger man, Matthew Polly traveled to the Shaolin Temple in China and spent two years training with the monks who had invented the ancient art of kung fu. Fifteen years later, his weakness for Chinese takeout and Jack Daniel's had taken its toll. Firmly into middle age and far removed from his past athletic triumphs, Polly decided to risk it all one last time. Out of shape and over the hill, he jumped headlong into the world of MMA.

In Tapped Out, Polly chronicles his grueling yet redeeming two-year journey through an often misunderstood sport. From Thailand to Russia, Manhattan to Las Vegas, Polly studied with the best trainers across the globe, concluding with a six-month fight camp at Randy Couture's legendary gym. Through the process, he discovers from coaches, top MMA fighters, and hard-core fans how a spectacle that was once derided as "human cockfighting" has evolved into the most exciting and fastest growing sport in the world. He explores the history of fighting sports and joins a fascinating subculture of men who roll around on sweaty mats with each other in appreciation of the purity of contained combat. And in the end, Polly straps on the gloves, gets into the cage, and squares off with a fighter fifteen years younger than himself.

An honest and humorous look at a hard-core sport, Tapped Out is the story of what it takes to be an MMA fighter.

& Taylor

The author of American Shaolin presents an insider's account of mixed martial arts that traces its meteoric rise since its 1993 inception, documenting key events through interviews with leading UFC stars while describing the author's own haphazard training experiences as an unprepared and out-of-shape contender.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781592405992
Branch Call Number: 796.815 POL
Characteristics: 280 p


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Mar 06, 2012

great book! I'm not much of a reader, but this book kept me intrigued. Very interesting for a karate student to read. following him on twitter, hoping he will write another! (although I'm not sure how he will top this)


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