Backwoodsmen and unlearned folk call him the Walking Thesaurus. His contemporaries have bestowed upon him the title Sir Sonnen. And those dwelling in the forgotten, forlorn jungles south of the equator reverently refer to him as filho da puta, a term Sonnen personally deciphered using his mastery of linguistics. It means, simply, "the Great and Humble Bearer of Knowledge. Allow him to carry you like a frail damsel through the world of professional mixed martial arts as he cuts weight, deals with moronic cornermen, expresses his disdain for focus mitts and punching in general, gets his face rearranged, and finds support and encouragement from fans. Like all men of myth and legend, Sonnen strives for the betterment of the human race.

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Pass to Enlightenment Write a review Shelves: ha-ha-s , face-to-fist-sports In a recent review I rambled off some names of fighters who if they happened to write a book I would read immediately. With the embarrassment I always feel when I take a detour from the escalator to the sports section to grab the rare book that feels worth the ensuing feeling of being In a recent review I rambled off some names of fighters who if they happened to write a book I would read immediately.

Even if the book is written by one of the more entertaining trash-talkers in the fight game. I can imagine that, but I imagine that like I imagine ghosts, God and unicorns, as mere figments of the imagination. All that preamble out of the way, you are probably asking yourself, who is Chael Sonnen? Chael Sonnen is the only hope I see in making the Middleweight division really interesting again. Oh, and his book is pretty entertaining.

He covers topics that I somewhat disagree with him on. What I do see eye to eye with him on well sort of are topics such as boring fighters, ridiculous personas fighters adopt, the nonsense they spout off, and the truly awful musical tastes of most fighters along with their choice of walkout songs. People should heed his words on music. He also gives mad props to Klaus Kinski! Seriously, a book pretty much about the fight game that finds time to praise the insane genius that is Kinksi!

Those last two small sections of the book were enough to push my rating up from three to four stars I secretly not so secretly now hate myself whenever I give a fighting book more than three stars.

Oh right, and the number one walk-out song recommendation he has? But this is one of the more entertaining books out there written by an MMA fighter, and there are no sob stories about growing up abused to be found in it.

These people are to be pitied but not feared. Seriously, do you think someone who spends their days trying to learn how to punch someone while sitting on their fat ass in a bookstore is ever going to be a real threat?

But, what about the guns? Or maybe the Anderson Silva striking book. It involves pretty much just taking down the opponent, and then controlling the fight by keeping them pinned down and punching them a bit, but mostly just keeping them pinned to the ground.

Most fighters know that they need to put on exciting fights if they want to see their careers move upwards. To me they make no sense. How do you even judge who the best pound for pound fighter would be? What would Jon Jones fight like if he weighed as much as Jose Aldo? Would he be a good fighter without his size? What kind of strength would GSP have if he were a heavy-weight? Is knowing how to almost totally minimize any risks make a great fighter?

Dan Henderson - I feel like the over year old fighter is unstoppable right now. I believe if given the chance and it were physically possible he would get to any weight needed and mop the floor with the the other pound for pound hopefuls. Anderson Silva - So fucking boring but basically unbeatable up until now. GSP - A borderline boring fighter who used to put on great fights.

His game plans are works of art though and I look forward to seeing him fight just to see what he comes up with to nullify his opponents. The last time I remember that happening Matt Serra defeated him.


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