Saturday, September 3, 2011

First Review of RAW COMBAT

A big thanks to Sambo Steve, who read an advance copy and posted a review on his blog ( Some choice quotes:

  • "What Genia offers readers is far from a simple gritty look at underground fighting. RAW COMBAT is a rare, often humorous, and intimate glimpse into the world of New York mixed martial arts. It is a love letter to the sport and community he has covered since the beginning."

  • "RAW COMBAT reminds us UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and many other now known athletes got their start in unregulated events."

  • "Contrary to the book's title, Genia spends plenty of time sharing his observations and experiences from the world of regulated MMA. We learn the history of noted New York fighter and former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good. We follow the rise and fall of underground boxer turned pro MMA fighter Kimbo Slice. Genia shares the heartbreaking story of my friend and former student Kaream Ellington, the local would-be champion that could not escape the demons of his past. We are treated to behind the scenes stories from the UFC and Pride Fighting Championship as well as many East Coast MMA shows that launched the careers of several fighters, including Sportfighting, the Mixed Fighting Championships, Reality Fighting, Caged Fury Fighting Championships and Ring of Combat. Likewise, we ride the rollercoaster of such failed leagues as the International Fight League and EliteXC."

  • "RAW COMBAT has something for both fans and MMA newcomers alike."