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Book Review: Got Fight? by Forrest Griffin:

Guest post by Spencer Throssell

Have you ever read a book written by a celebrity and thought “the only reason this book got published is because this guy is rich/famous?”  Though I love the UFC, and like watching Forrest Griffin fight, I am sad to report that that is PRECISELY what has happened with these Forrest Griffin books.  And the fact that this particular book was ever on any best-seller list is enough to make me want to cry myself to sleep.

Want a glimpse of what reading this book was like?  Picture what a bunch of sex-crazed teenage boys in a locker room at a remedial high school could come up with in about five minutes.  Now picture something ten times worse than that.  Yeah, the experience was something like that.

Basically, the book is just a disorganized hodge-podge of his experiences growing up and getting into the UFC.  School fights, bar fights, street fights, other growing pain shenanigans.  Some random advice and so-called “zen principles.”  He, very briefly and I don’t know how helpfully, includes some grappling techniques and fighting techniques.  And even this brief description is making it sound better than it is.  The whole thing is poorly written, stupid, crass, and at times using language so foul and crude that I was offended.  And that’s unusual.

I have heard Forrest talk.  I have seen him interview.  He went to college and was a police officer.  “Yes,” you say, “but he is a professional MMA fighter.  He has probably been punched and kicked in the head about 5 million times.”  I don’t care.  His editor isn’t an MMA fighter.  His publisher isn’t either.  Sure, they both deserve to be punched and kicked in the head for letting this book come out in the condition it did.  But they are not.  So what is their excuse?

Maybe you are surprised at my disappointment.  I don’t know why I let my expectations get so high.  Maybe I should have known better.  I think my overall take away sentiment is disappointment.  I feel let down.  Because I feel like the idea had merit, but the execution was sloppy, careless, and half-hearted.  If Forrest fought like he writes, I wouldn’t even watch his fights.  I guess I’m just upset he didn’t put even a fraction of that heart and drive into his book.

I still think he is a nice guy with a great personality.  And heart.  But come on, man.  I’ve said it of others, and I’ll say it again here.  Just because you can get a book published, doesn’t mean you should

I am in the middle of reading his next one (maybe I am just a glutton for punishment); hopefully there will be some improvement…

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  • Paul June 22, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Do you feel tougher after reading this book? I just read a this tidbit from the preview pages at Amazon, I quote “How do you develop this kind of toughness?-do things that make your body and mind scream at you to quit, but don’t…” I didn’t even make it to the end of the chapter. I also learned that I’m not a real man since I didn’t lose my virginity to a prostitute, -10 points for me.

    • Spencer June 22, 2011, 12:47 pm

      I absolutely DO NOT feel tougher, Paul. Dumber, most certainly. But I would have grown tougher had I spent the time I did reading on something truly manly, like learning how to knit. And I know the man-quiz section you reference was probably supposed to be funny, but like the entire rest of the book, it fell fall short. You’re tough in my book, Paul. And if Forrest retaliates over your comments, I’ve totally got your back.

      • Paul June 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

        Thanks for having my back Spencer, but I think I should be able to handle Forrest. All I have to do is wear a pocket protector, scream “I AM READY TO DIE!!!!”, then charge him and swing aimlessly….repeat until knocked out.

        • Spencer June 22, 2011, 1:37 pm

          How presumptuous of me to assume you would need my help. I apparently needed the toughness-generating qualities of the book much more than you did. Sounds like you have a perfect plan of attack. I’m just going to get out of your way.

  • Brad October 27, 2011, 3:13 am

    You guys are absolute dicks who are totally incapable of getting a joke. I thought this book was a good laugh. And really, you were offended??? If bad words and adult themes upset you Spencer, then why don’t you go read the Twilight saga with the rest of the teenage girls?

    • Josh Hanagarne October 27, 2011, 7:02 am

      Amen! Twilight for Spencer!

      • Spencer March 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

        Oh, hilarious! I am sorry I am just getting to this now. Brad, if you’re still around, it was my IQ and pesky interest in and respect for the human language, rules of grammar, and literary integrity that were offended, not some fear of naughty four-letter words.

        As for adult themes, if the “Asian dart” is YOUR idea of a good time, then I guess to each his own…

        And I get the joke. Forrest (or his equally illiterate ghostwriter) threw a bunch of stupid, inarticulate ideas together, and then used his celebrity to get it published and sold. And we all bought it. I get that it’s a joke, but I think the joke is on us.