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Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory

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Street fighting. Brazilian jujitsu. Grappling.

Welcome to BJ Penn's island.

Don't worry, he won't hurt you (much).

For the last decade, BJ Penn has been one of the most successful and feared fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), rising through the ranks to become, pound for pound, one of the best in the world. Along the way, people have been quick to judge, praise, criticize, and hype him. They have torn him down only to build him back up. They have spilled ink and blood trying to understand what makes him the provocative and controversial fighter that he is.

Why I Fight is the answer that everyone—critics, fans, commentators, pundits, and perhaps even Dana White, current president of the UFC—has been waiting for. In his own words, Penn tells the story of his life spent fighting, explaining what led a scrappy teenager from the rough streets of Hilo, Hawaii, onto the biggest stage in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). From his earliest days, becoming one of the preeminent practitioners of Brazilian jujitsu in the world, to his first MMA fights and his battles with UFC champions like Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre, Penn shows that in life, just like in the Octagon, he is never one to back down from a fight.

A blunt and brutal look at his hardest-fought victories and his most frustrating defeats, Why I Fight is the story of how BJ Penn became one of only two fighters in UFC history to hold belts in two different weight classes. It is the story of a kid from Hawaii who loved to fight. It is the story of a true prodigy.

Synopsis:

A mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship winner takes readers on a breathtaking journey through the grueling mental and physical preparations for a big UFC fight and also lets them into his personal life, from his troubled youth to his rise to champion status. 50,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061960079
Subtitle:
The Belt Is Just an Accessory
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Penn, Jay Dee "B J. ".
Author:
Penn, Bj
Author:
Weintraub, Dave
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Martial Arts-General
Subject:
Martial Arts-Mixed Martial Arts
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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