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Tito Ortiz at one time was one of the biggest stars in MMA, a former UFC champion known for his 'ground and pound' and rivalry with MMA legend, Chuck Liddell. In his autobiography Ortiz gives and account of his life as a fighter.
Through reading this book you will learn about Ortiz's career as a fighter, from his high school wrestling career through to becoming an MMA fighter and eventual champion. Ortiz was one the most controversial fighters in the early days of the UFC and often involved in rivalries with the likes of Ken Shamrock and his Lions Den fighters.
Ortiz gives his perspective on one of MMA's greatest rivalries, the rivalry between himself and Chuck Liddell. His views on the war between these two greats are very different from the views given by Liddell in his autobiography. Unfortunately, when comparing the two accounts, Ortiz's does not appear to be entirely honest/accuarate and throughout the book Ortiz appears to constantly make excuses for his failures both in and out of his MMA career, placing the blame on other people or external factors.
The book is not all about his fighting career. Ortiz gives details of his family life, growing up with parents who were drug users, being involved with street gangs and crime, his relationships (including his realtionship with Jenna Jameson) and business ventures.
Would I recommend the book to a friend? Yes, and he agreed it is definitely worth a read. The book is a good read and I will certainly revisit it at some point. If you are a fan of Tito Ortiz or would like to know more about him then you will enjoy this book.
There are better MMA autobiographies out there (I have also read autobiographies by Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and BJ Penn). However I thought this book was excellent when read alongside Chuck Liddell's book. I found it interesting to read varying perspectives on the same subjects, such as their great rivalry and UFC contracts and MMA as a soprt etc.
A Good read. Recommended.
I read this book while in America and thought it was really good. Im a big fan of MMA so this was an obvious choice for a read. It depicts the the rise of, arguably one of the sports biggest and well known stars, The Huntington Beach Bad Boy, Tito Ortiz.
Throughout the book he give an indepth description of his life personal and professional, the highs and lows of his childhood. The trials and tribulations of his first marriage, dealing with infidelity and the joyous birth of his first son. And ultimatley becoming the world champion of his sport in his weight class, again which is arguably one of the most talent rich divisions, not only of that certain promotions, but in the world.
He goes onto describe his battles with drugs as teenager and the people that helped him turn his life around and to focus his energies on college and ameture wrestling which led to his participation in the sport which made him famous.
This book shows a different side to the huge man that you see in the cage, beating his oppents into submission. It shows, the husband, boyfirend, father, brother and businessman.
When I look in the mirror, I know that I came from dirt. I came from the streets. Both of my parents are drug addicts. I lived in cars, motels, in the back of people's houses. But now I look in the mirror and realize that I'm somebody. Everybody in this world can have goals and dreams, and they can achieve those goals and dreams if they work hard enough. I came from nothing and I've done it. I smile every time I talk about it. So begins the inspirational tale of Jacob 'Tito' Ortiz, aka the 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy'. Ortiz made his mixed martial arts debut as an amateur at UFC 13. He wasn't interested in being paid or getting a contract -- he just wanted 'to kick somebody's ass'. Berfore long he was fighting for the UFC Middleweight (200 pound) title, and battled it out in an historic contest with prodigy Frank Shamrock. Ortiz lost, but the fight shaped the future of the division for the next several years to come. The Middleweight title was renamed the Light Heavyweight title and Ortiz again took the belt, successfully defending it five times in the next three years.A controversial opponent, Ortiz remains one of the most exciting Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters to watch.