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Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts

Jim Genia

ISBN 9780806535043
Publish Date 10/25/2011
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Martial Arts
Currently out of stock

“A unique look into a side of MMA that only a few know and only Genia can give.” —Chris Palmquist, partner,

Out Freakin’ Cold

Forget pay-per-view. Forget championship belts or sanctioning bodies. This is Mixed Martial Arts combat in its purest, rawest form. Follow Jim Genia into the illicit world of vale tudo (anything goes). Locations are always changing and known only to a few, from run-down, shuttered gyms to speakeasy combat cages. The ruthless damage exacted on the human body leaves a trail of hard-won scars. The fighters battle for everything but a payday, risking it all for honor and pride. In a world of conformity, these are men of action who struggle against rules, selling out, and their own demons. Jim Genia offers on-the-mat access to a brutal arena and the men who spill their blood there.

“Captures the good, the bad, and the ugly.” —Matthew Polly, author of American Shaolin

“It’s a raw, wild scene and Genia takes you in his pocket for the ride.” —Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart

16 Pages of No-Holds-Barred Photos

Jim Genia has been a fan of mixed martial arts since 1993 and has been covering the sport since 2001. He has sat ringside for thousands of bouts, at events big and small and sanctioned and unsanctioned. His work has appeared in Newsday, the New York Press, Full Contact Fighter magazine and on numerous mixed martial arts-related websites, and he maintains an irreverent blog at He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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