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CHICAGO, September 1, 2011: Called "One of the best books ever written about the sport," by SBNation.com, "Big" John McCarthy's new memoir, Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee (Medallion Press), officially hits bookstores today. 

With his signature phrase, "Let's Get It On!," "Big" John McCarthy has officiated the biggest and bloodiest fights in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts. A sport that's grown into a multinational, multibillion dollar business, very few have been a part of it from its very first match. But with McCarthy's impressive 17-year history as the sport's top official, he became an integral voice in its regulation and as a firsthand witness to MMA's ongoing struggles to gain widespread public acceptance.

In his new memoir, Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee (Medallion Press, September 1, 2011) by "Big" John McCarthy with MMA journalist Loretta Hunt and a foreword by former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten, McCarthy gives fans a rare view from inside the Octagon as he recounts the sport's initial tribulations and confronts his own legacy as its longstanding, legendary referee.

The son of a police officer, McCarthy inherited authoritative instincts that would prove invaluable both in his 22-year career in the LAPD and inside the fast-paced, intense arena of the cage. The first, full-length autobiography of the pop culture icon, Let's Get It On! traces McCarthy's childhood, his impressive police career and his initial forays into martial arts under the direction of UFC creator Rorion Gracie, who originally appointed McCarthy to referee. A fixture of the sport, McCarthy began refereeing in 1994 at UFC 2 and went on to officiate every major UFC event except two until 2007.

Let's Get It On! gives a no-holds-barred account of the UFC and the sport's early struggles and "Dark Ages," including McCarthy's involvement in naming the sport and creation of its original 17 rules; the stalwart efforts to legitimize the sport; and the purchase of the business by the sport's current owners—brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, co-owners of Zuffa LLC—just before UFC 30 which led to the sport's public revitalization.

An action-packed and riveting read, Let's Get It On! also includes a fight-by-fight account of the sport's greatest matches and rivalries: the feud of Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock; the trilogy of fights between Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell; the return of UFC great Royce Gracie at UFC 60; and the record-breaking UFC 68 which featured Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia. McCarthy also addresses his decision to retire from MMA refereeing in 2007, his highly anticipated return to the UFC in 2010 and his ongoing involvement in the expansion of MMA worldwide.

Let's Get It On! is available now. Buy it at IPG, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and nationwide wherever books are sold.


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The trend of fans stealing UFC fighters' hats as they make their way to the Octagon seems to be a worldwide phenomenon.  Both Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira both got their hats stolen at UFC 134.  In their cases it may have been a lucky charm since they both looked great in stopping their opponents.  You steal their hats, they steal their opponents' souls.  Still it may be time to move the crowd back a couple of feet if this trend continues.

Here are GIF's of UFC 134's hat thievery.

Evolution Fighting Championship's Summer Bash has turned into a Hurricane Bash and as a result had to be postponed 1 week.  The show will take place on September 3, at the same venue, the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  The 3 titles fights will take place next week, and most of the card will remain the same.  Saftey is the issue here, and postponing the show was the right thing to do.  See you all in Rahway next Saturday!

Gavin O’Connor’s movie, Warrior, tells the timeless story of the underdog who struggles to defeat the odds.  The heart of the movie is the relationship between two brothers and their recovering alcoholic father and mixed martial arts serves as the backdrop as this drama unfolds.  People studying film production via online college classes will find this one to be an inspiration.

Although, the plot is somewhat predictable, the powerful performances by its stars make Warrior a success. Tom Hardy plays Tommy, a young troubled war hero. He returns home angry and bitter after being away for almost fifteen years.  Hardy is excellent in this role, and the torment he feels from his past tangible. You can see the pain and anger in his eyes but most importantly in the way he fights. On the other hand, his brother Brendan, played by Joel Edgerton, has a boyish quality about him. He is a former UFC fighter who left fighting to raise a family and teach high school physics. With the bank threatening foreclosure on his house, Brendan returns to the cage and enters Sparta, a winner takes all MMA tournament. It is here that Tommy and Brendan are forced to face one another and battle the demons from their past. Nick Nolte is brilliantly cast as the tough but loving father, who has found God and put the bottle down. He wants to repair the relationships with his sons that were ruined by his drinking. Fighting gives him this opportunity.

(Photo by Ray Kasprowicz, Courtesy of Muay Thaimes)

The Association of Boxing Commissions has released it's Unified Rules and Guidelines for Muay Thai report.  The report was submitted by Committee Chair Nick Lembo of the State of New Jersey for ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff.

The committe is a veritable who's who of Muay Thai, and the report is an interesting read.  You can check it out here:

Association of Boxing Commissions Unified Rules and Guidelines for Muay Thai

Also, check out this amazing highlight video of committee expert Coban "The Crusher" Lookchaomaesaitong.  Coban is a 5-time Muay Thai world champion and 2-time Lupini champion with over 270 fights in a 23 year career.  He is also a respected trainer and licensed Muay Thai referee and judge for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.   Muay Thai techniques are often utilized in MMA matches, but this is the real deal.

Markham, ON (August 23, 2011) –  Round 5 President Damon Lau announces an all-new line of collectible figures, UFC Titans, the latest brand extension of Round 5’s incredibly popular UFC license.

“For the last 3 years, we have had a great time working on our Ultimate Collector Series and the complementary UFC Live and UFC Versus collections. We are incredibly excited to announce our latest project: UFC Titans, says Lau. “As the UFC has grown into a  mainstream sport, we wanted to produce a new line that appeals to our current fans as well as the new audiences who are finally recognizing mixed martial arts as the greatest sport on earth.”

Fans will be fans, and Jon Jones has a ton of them.  Including this guy.  His name is Jordan Gearhart and he went so far as to get the same tattoo as Jones.  Gearhart was all a twitter on Twitter showing off his new ink.

Jones was impressed and made Jordan's day by responding:

 

That's real man, I love it.  Rock it proud.

 

If you too want a personal response from Bones, the next time you are in a tattoo parlor, ask yourself: What would Jon Jones do?

Art Jimmerson, the former boxing contender who fought in UFC 1, has called out Kimbo Slice.  Kimbo recently entered the boxing world, and destroyed his first opponent, James Wade.  Jimmerson is willing to come out of retirement to fight Kimbo.  He told FullMount.co.uk

 

Since Royce won't fight me I wanna call out Kimbo Slice! There's NO WAY HE CAN BEAT ME IN MY SPORT!!!

 

Jimmerson gained a measure of fame from his one and only fight in the UFC, a submission loss to Royce Gracie, who had him mounted.  Art didn't know how to escape and tapped out to Royce's top pressure.  What made people remember him was the fact that he wore one boxing glove in the fight, on his left hand.

Jimmerson has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the hopes of a rematch with Royce, a fight which seems destined to never happen.  So now he's setting his sights on Kimbo.  I suspect that Art's request to fight Kimbo is going to met with the same kind of deafening silence that greeted his call out of Royce, but it is nice to see the UFC 1 vet still training and still keeping up with both MMA and boxing.

If Kimbo responds to Jimmerson's call out, we'll let you know.

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