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This Is Gonna Hurt

He's the ultimate showman in the world's greatest spectator sport -- a controversial, charismatic figure who has dominated Ultimate Fighting for more than ten years as one of its most exciting and skillful stars. But for Tito Ortiz, life very nearly took a different path. Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Ortiz spent part of his childhood living in motels and in the backs of other people's houses, as his heroin-addicted parents were forced to leave one apartment after another. By the time he was in sixth grade, he had dabbled in almost every drug available, and his early youth involved time in juvenile detention centers, a string of petty crimes, and a stint in a local gang. Then, in high school, Tito discovered wrestling -- the perfect match for this tough, streetwise, ambitious kid. Tito made his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 13 in 1997, winning his first fight in twenty-two seconds. In 2000, he was chosen as a light heavyweight contender in UFC 25 and took...
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Into the Cage

Into the Cage is a remarkable achievement by a trusted UFC insider. Lifelong friend of UFC president Dana White, author Nick Gullo has complete access to the fighters, to the fans, to the events, and to Dana White and UFC itself. Each page of this book offers fans an entertaining and informative perspective of the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. What is it like to be part of a team? How does it feel to step into the Octagon and face an opponent and what are the various styles and fighting techniques used? The hundreds of incredible, behind-the-scenes photographs are accompanied by anecdotes and personal stories of each fighter. In this incredible book, Gullo celebrates a sport, its athletes, and the organization through candid commentary and amazing photographs. Readers will enjoy its humour, its honesty, its raw nature, and its first-hand account of the world's most compelling and fastest growing sport.
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Rise

AN INSPIRING MEMOIR FOR ANYONE WHO'S BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AND CAME UP SWINGINGAs a young girl growing up in Newberg, Oregon, Paige Sletten was all energy and full of potential. A natural athlete, Paige excelled at dancing, made the cheerleading squad earlier than most, and even had aspirations of becoming a Disney child star. With a tight-knit family, Paige's life was on track for greatness. Then, one fateful fall night in high school, everything changed when Paige faced a life-threatening sexual assault. It was in the gym where she "pounded the life out of those ashen memories," becoming stronger with every punch, kick, and lunge. In this beautiful tale of survival, she writes: I inhale the power. I exhale the bullshit. One strike at a time.Fighting became Paige's safe haven; something to live for, and Rise is the inspiring story of how she ultimately transformed into a bone-breaking, head-smashing fighter known as Paige VanZant. It...
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