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Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History Hardcover – Jan 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141694883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948834
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #853,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though his name may not ring any bells for most, Hughes is a star among the growing audience for ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts competitions; in this workmanlike memoir, the nine-time Ultimate Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion recounts his journey to the top. His endearing tales of growing up in the small town of Hillsboro, Ill. do much to humanize the fighter, featuring vivid accounts of teenage mischief. Unfortunately, the attention to detail given to his adolescent pranks doesn't carry throughout the book. Hughes's impressions of Austria, United Arab Emirates and Japan, where he traveled to compete, are mentioned only in passing, an odd omission in the story of a young man from small town America; that space appears to have been reserved for intimate accounts of fights, but even these resist dwelling on gore or violence. Devotees will undoubtedly delight in Hughes' behind-the-scenes accounts of UFC goings-on, as well as a blow-by-blow account of his victory over the legendary Royce Gracie, but the more bloody-minded may find his restraint disappointing.
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About the Author

MATT HUGHES is the nine-time UFC welterweight world champion. He resides in Hillsboro, Illinois, with his wife, Audra, his son, Joey, and his daughter, Hanna. This is his first book.

MICHAEL MALICE is the subject of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I am a huge MMA and Matt Hughes fan.
This book, however, falls short on expectations. I didn't find book flowed well - Matt seems to be babbling a lot about different aspects of his life with no real coherent structure on flow.
What was most disappointing for me though is how little Matt talks about the MMA side. He does cover a lot of his major fights (i.e. Carlos Newton, GSP, BJ Penn, etc...) - what seems to be lacking though is that there is not a lot of depth on what he was thinking going into the fights. The thinking on the strategies, the mindset of fighting as a champion, etc.. and the lack of insight on how the fight went from his side. Matt also talks very little about the people who help make him the champion he is such as Pat Militech and Jeremy Horn. I was hoping he'd discuss more of the Militech training philosophy and methodology and how he got the mindset to become a UFC Champion.
A lot of the book is self absorbed into random details about his personal life which would probably serve very little interest to the average hardcore MMA fan.
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Format: Hardcover
Maybe I shouldn't have read this book. I used to be a fan of Matt Hughes the fighter. Matt Hughes the man, however, comes off as a pious, self-absorbed jerk. There's really not much in here, just a lot of babble about the apparent greatness of Matt Hughes. He doesn't come off as the slightest bit bright or interesting, just an arrogant, self-righteous clown.

What a letdown...
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Being quite a loyal MMA fan there are very few books on the subject which fail to appeal to me on one level or another. "Made In America" is however one such book.

This book appears to be a hastily put together autobiography which fails to provide any insight into the man, the sport, the technique or the business of MMA. There really seems little here for anyone but the most dedicated of Matt Hughes fans, but they too will be disappointed by the lack of insight offered into the man in this book. One would learn more about Matt Hughes reading any interview that he has ever given than by reading this full length text.

A book which really fails to shine a light on its subject or the sport he participates in.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a9a41e0) out of 5 stars 56 reviews
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HASH(0x9a9e5e94) out of 5 stars Country simple. But not in a wholesome way. March 21 2008
By Andrea James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wow. I thought I was stunned by level of drivel in this book but I'm even more stunned to find that 17 people gave this book 5 stars. I would love for them to tell me which parts made them laugh out loud.

Over and over in the reviews, the book is praised for its brutal honesty. Sure, it would be great if Jeffery Dahmer were candid about the tickles and delights of dismembering people and shagging them after he had killed them, but I'm not sure it makes his actions any more palatable. In fact, if 'ol Jeffrey, who also became a born again christian, were to tell us how he had learned and changed as result of his new found christian ways (or just with a little introspection), we may even be able to find *him* acceptable.

Matt, on the hand, tells us about how he's nasty to people and then leaves it at that. Throughout the book, his little anecdotes have no connection to each other and almost never lead up a realisation or a bigger point. It's almost like sitting next to someone on the bus who incessantly gives you a commentary like "That shop is open. That tree is green. That man looks angry."

And often he almost brags about some of the occasions when he was less than kind to others and feels fully justified and content with his actions.

Saying that, I don't have to like the protagonist of a book to enjoy reading it. But I think if I were to tap Matt, and I don't mean with an armbar or choke but rather like you'd tap a tree for sap, I'd probably discover the essence of boring. Though sadly, boring is not in great demand and so my discovery wouldn't help me recover the cost of this book.

Anyway, I don't doubt this guy's work ethic (and it's paid off too as he is a pretty damn good fighter) but it's possible that he did little besides train and fight because nothing much else seems to have happened in his life. Though he's happy to include loads of conversations of the "could you pass the salt?" ilk so that he could at least rob us of whatever more exciting time we could have had if we weren't reading the book.

Ah, the simple life.

It's sweet that everyone sees him as a simple country boy and family man. I mean just when the guy is about to get jiggy with a hot girl, this is what he writes:

I sat down on the bed, and she sat on top of me.
"So what's your favourite colour?" I asked her.
"Green," She said.
"Mine too."

Uhm. What is he...five? I haven't heard that kind of chat since I was in kindergarten. Well, at least he's being nice and lovely there. Imagine most of the book with that level of excitement but smeared with a good dollop of nastiness and arrogance.

If you are a fan of Matt Hughes, you'd be better off spending a couple of hours re-watching all his fights than you would the few hours you'd never get back if you read this book.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9e5ee8) out of 5 stars Interesting Fighter, Horrible Book Jan. 30 2008
By Tyler M. Hennessey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Matt Hughes is an asset to the UFC, whether you're rooting for him or against him....but his book is just terrible. I wish it was more interesting, because he is very interesting to watch fight, in my opinion. The book has no heart though. It's flat all the way though, and the way events are described are uninspired. Besides his fights, Matt's life is pretty boring. There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't make for a good book. Usually when somebody writes a book about themself, it is best if that person has come to some sort of knowledge, or realization about something. Some wisdom that they have lived their life to discover. An understanding. There is none of that in this book. There is one chapter about finding God and becoming a Christian, but the whole book is rittled with back handed compliments and insults to fighters he's faced, or that have said things about him. Seems like a lot of the book is a tool to settle scores publicly with people he dislikes (which is a lot of people). He is unfriendly and really rude to a lot of people. It's quite at odds with his devotion to religion. Unsettling even. I don't need him to be a good guy to watch his fights or even root for him. He is an interesting fighter. This book however was a waste of time. If youre not a complete fanboy, and if you read books often, this is one to pick up at the library. I wish it had been more.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9e933c) out of 5 stars Ego, hypocrisy and fake Christianity run amok Jan. 24 2010
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish the worst thing I could say about this book is that it reads like it was written by a high school student. Not that I expect Hughes to be John Irving (another wrestler turned writer), but it's almost a stream of consciousness with little background or timeline for the situations involved.

Hughes spends most of the book badmouthing other MMA fighters, some of whom are now his friends and training partners. He also badmouths the mother of his son and other family members. Then he gleefully goes into detail on some bad things he's done in the past, like bullying people, getting in bar fights and killing animals. Then the revelation.....he becomes a Christian on a trip to Mexico and is therefore forgiven for all of his sins, so now he can continue badmouthing others because his belief in God is evidently stronger than theirs and he knows more bible verses than they do.

Hughes really comes off as a big phony here. I can admire his fighting style while realizing he has a long way to go towards being a man outside the ring.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9e9708) out of 5 stars What I expected March 18 2008
By Bonnie Caker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After TUF Season 2 I had summed up Matt Hughes as a bully who whas his own biggest fan. A read through this book confirmed my belief. I was surprised that an editor didn't have him expand on many references to UFC events that many readers wouldn't understand. I consider myself and my husband avid MMA fans and there were even comments we needed to research to understand the context. Knowing that he had become a Christian, I was surprised how he presented previous questionable acts. He still seemed to be proud of some of the things he had done that aren't necessarily "Christ-like" actions. I absolutely understand he was a different person pre-conversion but a little contrition on his part would have made this all a little easier to swallow. Revelation -- whether about self or others -- that moves the story or shows some kind of emotional development is acceptable in my book. However, telling stories (i.e. his great uncle's incontinence)that may be embarassing to others just to tell them screams of immaturity and insensitivity. Matt Hughes still isn't high on my list but I don't regret the read. I just wish I had waited until the library had a copy of it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9e97ec) out of 5 stars Now I know why this was on the bargin table. June 24 2009
By Mark Ruzomberka - Published on Amazon.com
I was shocked to find this book on the bargain table. But after reading it I know why it found its way there. Immediately the book reads like a journal of Matt's life written by someone struggling to be a first time author. I never really found myself caring about the characters in this book. I do appreciate the authenticity attempted here and the picture of a bespeckled Matt at the typewriter is exactly how I see him struggling each night to put his country boy to UFC Champion life down on paper.

In Jens Pulver's book I was rooting for the little guy to finally get the credit he deserved after living a tough life. In Chuck Liddell's book, I just wanted to hear all his cool stories about knocking people out and partying like rock star. I just couldn't find anything to latch on to about Matt that I really cared about. Hard work day in and day out obviously have lead to success for Matt, but 200 pages detailing work outs wouldn't be all that exciting.

No doubt this is a great history of the events of Matt's life. When you pick this book up realize you will be reading essentially a long winded version of his Wikipedia page listing all his fights. Matt is certainly a hall of famer and this is a great history of his career, early mma scene, rise of the UFC, and The Ultimate Fighter. Matt's simple, humble, and respectful, and in many ways a great role model. However, this book reads like a text book. I was hoping for that Rocky Balboa style story when you love the character at the end win or lose.