IS THIS LEGAL? in Official UFC Online Store

IS THIS LEGAL?Is this Legal? now on sale in Official UFC Online Store…

http://www.fanatics.com/UFC_Home_And_Office/UFC_Is_This_Legal

www.fanatics.com adds the inside story of the first UFC, IS THIS LEGAL? to it’s roster.

Here’s what some MMA insiders say about the book:

Ben Saunders, pro MMA fighter and UFC veteran
The first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship changed my life. When I was 10 years old me and my best friend saw an ad for UFC 1 in Black Belt magazine. We were able to convince his dad to order the Pay-Per-View. It started with a gruesome fight where Teila Tuli got kicked in the face, which knocked his tooth out, then he got punched in the eye. Blood was dripping out of his eye and mouth. I was traumatized! I really thought I was going to witness someone die–like a real live Blood Sport. But by the end of it, a skinny Brazilian dominated the whole thing. I was blown away. It was right then and there I looked at my friend and said “I’m going to do that, and I’m going to be the Champion!” I then dedicated my life to becoming the best martial artist I can be.

Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV
I thought I knew just about everything there was to know on the birth of MMA in this country. What I found out in Is This Legal is that I knew barely anything. Art and Sean have masterfully crafted a fascinating and compelling must-read for anyone who prides themselves on being a combat sports fan.

Jimmy Smith, television color commentator, Bellator MMA
This book shows even a hardcore fan just how little they know about the origins of the UFC. It’s amazing to think that the sport I love was created by a cast of characters straight out of Alice In Wonderland. This book is a truly illuminating read.

Michael Mazzulli, Director, Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation & contributing author, Unified Rules of MMA
Is This Legal? is a great history on the development of the world of mixed matial arts. It’s a remarkable account of taking a sport from a thought to a reality. Art and Sean explain all the trials and tribulations that had to be overcome to make it all happen.

Rob Hinds, MMA Referee, Judge & ABC Officials’ Trainer
“Is this legal?” is a fantastic read for anyone, regardless of MMA knowledge. Compelling. Funny. Honest. Art and Sean depict both notable and behind the scenes information that most people never get the opportunity to experience or hear about. As someone who’s been involved in the sport wholeheartedly since 1994, I really appreciated and enjoyed learning more about how this all came together from an insider’s view.

CY Interview with Art Davie

IS THIS LEGAL?CY Interview with Art Davie…

UFC Cofounder, the always insightful Art Davie, talks Shamrock vs. Gracie III, Ronda Rousey’s Loss & More…

Check out the interview here:

http://www.cyinterview.com/2015/11/ufc-cofounder-the-always-insightful-art-davie-talks-shamrock-vs-gracie-iii-ronda-rouseys-loss-more/

It is possible you would never have heard the names Randy Couture, Chuck Lidell, Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Dan Severn or Royce Gracie, along with so many others, if it were not for Art Davie. It can also be said that Mixed Martial Arts might not have reached the mainstream in America without him. For years, the entrepreneur imagined putting on a tournament of the best fighters in the world, bringing together men of all backgrounds from a variety of martial arts traditions including boxing and even sumo wrestling.

By becoming a student at the school of the legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu family, the Gracies, and befriending them, Art was able to convince them that his notion of a best of the best fighters tournament would put their fighting style on the map.

Everything came together on November 12th, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, when the first UFC was held. 21 years after it all began, Mr. Davie was inducted into the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame in Reno, Nevada.

Art’s journey and reflections on his dream to see the best fighters in the world battle each other is chronicled in his book Is This Legal? The Inside Story of The First UFC From The Man Who Created It.

Radio Interview – Art Davie – Creator of UFC

RADIO INTERVIEW – ART DAVIE – CREATOR OF UFC

IS THIS LEGAL?

RadioMMA

CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Vo5Ereza4&feature=share


Published on Jul 28, 2015

Art Davie, Creator of the UFC,  joins the program RADIO MMA and talks about creating the UFC, plus Dana White, Fixed Fights, the Gracie Challenge, and more!

 Since it’s release in July, 2014, Is This Legal? has ranked among Amazon’s top-five selling sports and martial arts biographies numerous times in both the paper and digital categories. Multiple sports and MMA writers and websites have published glowing book reviews, including Mike Straka, WrestlingObserver.com, TheMMACorner.com, CagePotato.com, and TheFightNerd.com.

Is This Legal? is Art Davie’s tell-all memoir about creating the inaugural UFC more than 20 years ago. Taking place on November 12, 1993 in Denver, CO, UFC 1 stands as a revolutionary moment in marital arts and combat sports, when ten men competed in a one-night, style-versus-style martial arts tournament that captured the imagination of 4,000 attending fans and almost 90,000 households across America via pay-per-view TV.

Described as equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith,  Davie, as creator of the UFC, tells a vivid and fast-moving first-person account of navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Is This Legal? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz.

 

Fightlete Report – Art Davie

FIGHTLETE REPORT

UFC founder and co-producer Art Davie talks about his book “Is This Legal?” about his creation and concept what became MMA originated from when it was bare knuckle. Bellator and co-author Sean Wheelock joins us as well.

On this week’s edition Fightlete Report UFC Founder and Creator Art Davie  talked about his book “Is This Legal?” written by him with Sean Wheelock and it’s upcoming film adaptation. We will go back in time to when MMA was no holds barred talk about…

FIRST UFC and how it came to be…

The Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipFIRST UFC and how it came to be…

Greg Strong of The Canadian Press authored a fine article on IS THIS LEGAL? See it here:

http://www.brandonsun.com/sports/other/ufc-creator-writes-inside-story-on-four-year-mission-to-get-ufc-1-off-the-ground-297046871.html?thx=y

Check out this latest interview… On March 15, Syndee and Poetrynmotion talked with Art Davie Creator & Co-Founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

http://thesnpshow.com/the-snp-show-episode-31-special-guest-ufc-co-founder-art-davie/

Great interview with Dan Cox about IS THIS LEGAL? The inside story of the first UFC from Art Davie.

http://lubmma.com/in-the-box-with-dan-cox-in-depth-with-art-davie-ufc-creator-legends-hall-of-famer-author-artdavie/

Art Davie is a name many MMA fans will know. Perhaps not as many in the newer generations but he is certainly someone who should be!

If a teenager in a gym anywhere in the world is training “MMA” and doesn’t know his name… They might want to take some time out and learn little, either read his book. Or simply watch this interview and gain some insight into the man who helped build the foundations to what is now the worlds fastest growing sport on the planet.

Art Davie is a business executive and entrepreneur and formerly active California’s advertising circles. In 1993, he created and co-produced the tournament which became the televised Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition, Davie served as vice-president to K-1 USA, and brought the successful K-1 kickboxing franchise from Japan to Las Vegas and North American pay-per-view television. He was an Executive Producer with Mandalay Sports Entertainment, became vice-president of television at Paradigm Entertainment Group, and helped develop from the ground up rules and strategy for the “XARM” competition….

He is also in the MMA Legends hall of fame, and author! And yes he even has his very own action figure! As if the picture of him sitting in a chair seems to reflect anything but the man’s life!

FIRST UFC

Dan Cox, got the opportunity to catch up with Art and go in-depth one on one with him, across a broad range of topics, from the creation of the initial UFC event to where it is today and stars like Ronda Rousey. Even covering topics such as Ken Shamrock’s upcoming bare knuckle bout to Jens Pulvers return to ONEFC and W2W (action) 

As an added bonus we also find out details about a potential movie in the works & the planned roles for some of the cast. This is a MUST for any UFC fan looking for MMA’s origins. Grab some popcorn for this one!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dDlKqqL43W0

Since it’s release in July, Is This Legal? has ranked among Amazon’s top-five selling sports and martial arts biographies numerous times in both the paper and digital categories. Multiple sports and MMA writers and websites have published glowing book reviews, including Mike Straka, WrestlingObserver.com, TheMMACorner.com, CagePotato.com, and TheFightNerd.com.

Is This Legal? is Mr. Davie’s tell-all memoir about creating the inaugural UFC over 20 years ago. Taking place on November 12, 1993 in Denver, CO, UFC 1 stands as a revolutionary moment in marital arts and combat sports, when ten men competed in a one-night, style-versus-style martial arts tournament that captured the imagination of 4,000 attending fans and almost 90,000 households across America via pay-per-view TV.

Described as equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith, Mr. Davie tells a vivid and fast-moving first-person account of navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Is This Legal? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz.

The First UFC with Art Davie

IS THIS LEGAL?The story of the first UFC….

HIYAA PODCAST interview with ART DAVIE about the first UFC

http://www.hiyaapodcast.com/

Check out the interview I did with David Jones on Monday, January 19, 2015 about IS THIS LEGAL? All about the first UFC and all the players from Rorion & Royce Gracie, Semaphore Entertainment Group, Ken Shamrock and all the heroes, villains and fools who made the first event a success.

IS THIS LEGAL? is available online at Amazon.com and AscendBooks.com, as well as Barnes and Noble.

John Milius, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter & Director of Conan the Barbarian
“This is the real inside story of how the UFC came together. Would make a great movie.”

Randy Couture, Hall-of-Fame MMA Champion & Film Star
“An honest, shocking, enthralling and nostalgic look back at the creation of the modern age of mixed martial arts in the United States. This is all the real stuff that no one gets to see or hear about when the newest combative sport of MMA was forged and Art Davie was one of its founding fathers! Thanks goes out to Art for persevering and giving all professional martial artists a place to ply our wares and test our skills.”

Frank Shamrock, Legendary MMA Champion
“The first UFC reset the martial arts culture in the US and created a brand-new American Sport that’s now become a global phenomenon. Art Davie’s vision of blending combat sports and entertainment inspired a Pay-Per-View and martial arts generation while creating new careers for combat sports athletes.”

Kevin Kay, President, SPIKE-TV
“I thought I knew just about everything there was to know on the birth of MMA in this country. What I found out in “Is This Legal?” is that I knew barely anything… Art and Sean have masterfully crafted a fascinating and compelling must-read for anyone who prides themselves on being a combat sports fan.”

Jimmy Smith, TV Color Commentator, Bellator MMA
“This book shows even a hardcore fan just how little they know about the origins of the UFC. It’s amazing to think that the sport I love was created by a cast of characters straight out of Alice in Wonderland. This book is a truly illuminating read.”

Ben Saunders, Pro MMA fighter & UFC Veteran
“The first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship changed my life. When I was 10 years old me and my best friend saw an ad for UFC 1 in Black Belt magazine. We were able to convince his dad to order the Pay-Per-View. It started with a gruesome fight where Teila Tuli got kicked in the face, which knocked his tooth out; then he got punched in the eye. Blood was dripping out of his eye and mouth. I was traumatized! I really thought I was going to witness someone die–like a real live Blood Sport. But, by the end of it, a skinny Brazilian dominated the whole thing. I was blown away. It was right then and there I looked at my friend and said, ‘I’m going to do that, and I’m going to be the Champion!’ I then dedicated my life to becoming the best martial artist I can be.”

Tedd Williams, Retired UFC Fighter/Owner – Gladiator Challenge, Inc.
“A must read for all UFC fans! The Man, the Myth and the Legend, Art Davie tells the true, inside story of how he created the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Laugh out loud when you discover the human side of how the toughest sport on the planet got its start.”

Ken Pavia, Founder, MMAgents & International MMA Promotional Consultant
“It’s about time we MMA addicts were told the “rest of the story” as to how our sport was birthed. Without Art Davie’s vision and perseverance there would never have been a Chuck Liddell, a Tito Ortiz, a Georges St-Pierre or an Anderson Silva. Thank you Art and Sean for letting us know all the hurdles that were overcome to create the sport of MMA. Is this Legal? is epic!”

Michael Mazzulli, Director, Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation & Contributing Author, Unified Rules of MMA
“Is This Legal? is a great history on the development of the world of mixed martial arts. It’s a remarkable account of taking a sport from a thought to a reality. Art and Sean explain all the trials and tribulations that had to be overcome to make it all happen.”

Rob Hinds, MMA Referee, Judge & ABC Officials’ Trainer
“Is this Legal? is a fantastic read for anyone, regardless of MMA knowledge. Compelling. Funny. Honest. Art and Sean depict both notable and behind the scenes information that most people never get the opportunity to experience or hear about. As someone who’s been involved in the sport wholeheartedly since 1994, I really appreciated and enjoyed learning more about how this all came together from an insider’s view.”

Darin Harvey, MMA Fight Manager
“I know a thing or two about the sport of MMA having managed some of the best fighters in the business. Art Davie single-handedly changed the world’s understanding of martial arts. Because of him, that age old question about who would win in a real fight has finally been answered. Art was a true genius and a pioneer. It’s been an honor to call him my friend.”

Jeff Meyer, CEO, Tuff ‘N’ Uff Promotions
“My brother Barry, my father and I used to go to watch the UFC in towns no one had ever heard of because at that time there was no sanctioning body to regulate MMA. We were hooked immediately! Barry said, “It was love at first fight.” And it was! Before long Barry started promoting MMA events on a part-time basis and I was right there with him. Eventually, we moved the company he founded, Tuff-N-Uff Productions, to Las Vegas and began promoting MMA events full-time. All of us in the MMA world owe a great debt of gratitude to Art Davie who was the visionary for what has become a worldwide recognized legitimate sport. Thank you Art!”

Charlie Anzalone, Deputy Inspector – Nevada Athletic Commission
“When Art Davie created the UFC, it changed the way the world looked at the martial arts. Misunderstood, misjudged and revolutionary, it led the way to the future of unarmed combat sports. I’m honored to have been there at the first UFC as a manager. Art’s the man!”

Earnest Hart, Jr., Former PKA World Kickboxing Champion
“Is This Legal? tells the whole story. I thought, “This Is crazy” when Art Davie first told me he was going to pit fighters from different fighting styles against one another. This was the birth of the UFC. Having been in the ring first hand as a kickboxer, “No Rules” was exhilarating; and America was soon salivating and wanting more. This book will entertain fans and newcomers, while at the same time reveal Art’s tenacity in attaining his dream, and making it a reality. I have the utmost respect for Art for taking his vision to great heights. I’m honored to call him a lifelong friend.”

Jason DeLucia, Retired MMA & Pancrase Fighter
“Is This Legal? tells the story of the genesis of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship. This UFC was a ship of fools, an ark that carried one of every type of martial artist. The champion who emerged, Royce Gracie, was a man whose art means gentleness. He showed that jiu-jitsu would inherit the earth, submitting every opponent with grace and dignity and not sheer violence. And the only man who can tell this story was the navigator, Art Davie. He was our Noah. Even though I was there, as one of the 10 fighters, this book blew me away.”

MMA reporter Susan Cingari interviews Art Davie

Art DavieMMA reporter Susan Cingari interviews Art Davie

Art discusses the first UFC in his book Is This Legal? The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created it. Art talks about the Gracies, SEG, Chuck Norris and the ten fighters who competed in UFC 1. Art always identifies his favorite fighters over the years.

Goes down as one of Art Davie’s most interesting interviews.

Here’s the link:
IS THIS LEGAL?
IS THIS LEGAL?
On November 12, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) unleashed an explosion of blood – both figuratively and literally – as 6’5” Dutch kickboxer Gerard Gordeau smashed 420 lb. sumo wrestler Teila Tuli flush in the face, less than 30 seconds into the night’s opening fight. The kick sent one of Tuli’s teeth flying into the crowd, instantly establishing that, as one of the commentators said that night, “fighting is not what we thought it was.”

The UFC’s launch came with virtually no warning or fanfare. Yet nearly 90,000 households ordered and watched the event on pay-per-view television. This style-versus-style martial arts tournament was the creation of Art Davie, an ad man and serial entrepreneur who first conjured the idea four years prior.

Now, for the first time, the true story about the creation of mixed martial arts and the inaugural UFC is told by the man who started it all. Equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith, Davie explains how he turned his vision, of a single-night tournament involving the greatest martial arts fighters, into the first UFC, which now stands as an international billion-dollar sports franchise.

This vivid and fast-moving first-person account explores Davie’s adventures navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Written with noted MMA television play-by-play commentator Sean Wheelock (with the foreword by legendary MMA referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy), Is This Legal? is not just for fight fans, but also for anybody who appreciates the tale of a maverick who’ll stop at nothing to fulfill his vision and achieve his dreams.

Is This Legal? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz.

With the creation of the UFC, Art Davie started a revolution in the world of martial arts. And this revolution was televised.

ART DAVIE SPEAKS OUT VIDEO SERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SIX-PART “ART DAVIE SPEAKS OUT” VIDEO SERIES First UFC Poster
DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22… RUNS THRU 11/26/14
Los Angeles, CA –
In conjunction with the 21st anniversary of ‘UFC 1: The Beginning,’ the UFC’s inaugural event from 1993, the University of MMA has produced a six-part video interview series featuring Art Davie, creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The first episode will launch this Wednesday, October 22, at 11:00am PST on the University of MMA’s YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/UofMMA).

Entitled ‘Art Davie Speaks Out,’ the series will spotlight Mr. Davie’s thoughts on several topics related to the creation and evolution of mixed martial arts in North America.

HERE ARE THE LINKS:

EPISODE 1…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMTDEJLtvM&list=PLaDolmsQ2vH9M0xdcXZberwoPUelxaKGc&index=2

EPISODE 2…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIPq_TYYALA&list=PLaDolmsQ2vH9M0xdcXZberwoPUelxaKGc&index=3

EPISODE 3…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOxNAcsPguc&index=4&list=PLaDolmsQ2vH9M0xdcXZberwoPUelxaKGc

EPISODE 4…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjwU-IkQq0o&list=PLaDolmsQ2vH9M0xdcXZberwoPUelxaKGc&index=5

EPISODE 5…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvLJUQdygbk&index=6&list=PLaDolmsQ2vH9M0xdcXZberwoPUelxaKGc

EPISODE 6…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufrRs5GcE-g

IS THIS LEGAL?Is This Legal?

On July 1, Mr. Davie’s tell-all memoir, Is This Legal? The Inside Story of the First UFC From the Man Who Created It, hit Amazon.com and bookstores across the country. Since it’s launch, Is This Legal? has ranked at the top of Amazon.com’s martial arts biographies numerous times in both the digital and hardcover categories.
The University of MMA interviewed the pioneering promoter to commemorate his appearance and book signing at the U’s previous show, Fight Night 8. Originally intended as a two-part interview, the discussion proved to be substantial enough to expand into a larger series.
“I’m a firm believer that knowing one’s history is an important part of evolution, whether you’re talking about people, sports, society at large, or whatever. It was an honor just to have Art at our show. Now, to have this interview series as part of the U’s library, is a company high water mark for us,” said University of MMA matchmaker Jay Tan.
“To say that Art Davie is a legend is an understatement. Whatever a legend is, he’s several notches above that,” added University of MMA founder Turi Altavilla. “Without his vision and the courage to pursue that vision, chances are we’d all be doing something a lot different than being involved in MMA.”
When informed of the plans to break the interview up into multiple installments, Mr. Davie noted “this was one of the most penetrating and incisive interviews that I’ve enjoyed since the book was released in July. I’m thrilled that the (University of MMA videographer/editor) Bob Skolnick was able to take what we recorded and expand it into something larger,” said Mr. Davie. Among the topics Mr. Davie discusses are his relationship with Rorion Gracie, why he wrote Is This Legal?, the fighters of UFC 1, how the ‘UFC’ name was conceived, the evolution of MMA, and his views on amateur MMA.
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CONTACT: Either Jay Tan at jaytan@UofMMA.com and (213) 618-0332 or Turi Altavilla at turi@UofMMA.com and (310) 701-8331.
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ABOUT THE University of MMA (www.UofMMA.com): The University of Mixed Martial Arts (aka “The U of MMA”) is a Los Angeles-based fight promotion specializing in exciting, high-octane, upscale amateur MMA events around the Southern California region. Its mandate is to provide a stage for young, aspiring fighters to hone their MMA skills and develop themselves as marketable personalities and respectable ambassadors of the sport. The U of MMA was founded in 2010, and ran its first show on September 19th of that year at the Irvine Mariott in Irvine, CA, as part of the inaugural California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO) State Tournament. The U of MMA serves as a scouting show for professional organizations such as King of the Cage and the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). Each event is sanctioned by the CAMO, which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur competition. The team behind the U of MMA collectively has over 20 years of professional promoting experience at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events which were broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television in the United States, Japan, and Great Britain. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions … IT STARTS HERE!

Art Davie enters Legends of MMA Hall of FAME

Art Davie - author of IS THIS LEGAL?ART DAVIE  ENTERS LEGENDS OF MMA HALL OF FAME. IS THIS LEGAL? BOOK SIGNING IN LAS VEGAS.

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jay Tan
213-618-0332
jtan@TanDynasty.com
September 26, 2014

As the UFC comes of age this November with it’s 21st birthday, Art Davie, UFC creator and author of the book Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created It, will make two important appearances in the near future.

On October 4 at 3:00-4:00pm, Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Rainbow Promenade in Las Vegas will host an Is This Legal? book signing, featuring Mr. Davie. The address is 2911 North Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89108. Is This Legal? is currently stocked in all Barnes & Noble bookstores as well as www.barnesandnoble.com.

Additionally, on November 16 in Reno, NV, Mr. Davie will be honored at the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame induction ceremony as a member of their 2014 class. Mr. Davie goes in alongside such luminaries as famed MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy, first UFC welterweight champion and celebrated coach Pat Miletich, former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie. Sean Wheelock, co-author for Is This Legal? and Bellator MMA play-by-play announcer, will present Mr. Davie with his induction.

“It’s an honor to be inducted with such luminaries as Pat Miletich, Fedor Emelianenko, Rickson Gracie and my friend, “Big” John McCarthy. I’m humbled and thrilled to be part of this class of worthies who made their bones the hard way,” said Mr. Davie on his nomination.

Founded in 2013, the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame looks to honor “people who have contributed an extreme amount of hard work, knowledge, support, dedication, and entertainment to the sport of mixed martial arts.” Already inducted in the Hall are MMA fighters and personalities such as Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Don Frye, Frank Shamrock, Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Javier Mendez, Stephen Quadros, and Erik Paulson, among others.

Since it’s release in July, Is This Legal? has ranked among Amazon’s top-five selling sports and martial arts biographies numerous times in both the paper and digital categories. Multiple sports and MMA writers and websites have published glowing book reviews, including Mike Straka, WrestlingObserver.com, TheMMACorner.com, CagePotato.com, and TheFightNerd.com.

Is This Legal? is Mr. Davie’s tell-all memoir about creating the inaugural UFC over 20 years ago. Taking place on November 12, 1993 in Denver, CO, UFC 1 stands as a revolutionary moment in marital arts and combat sports, when ten men competed in a one-night, style-versus-style martial arts tournament that captured the imagination of 4,000 attending fans and almost 90,000 households across America via pay-per-view TV.

Described as equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith, Mr. Davie tells a vivid and fast-moving first-person account of navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Is This Legal? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz.

Mr. Davie will be available for interviews at both events, as scheduled in advance through Jay Tan, reachable at (213) 618-0332 or jtan@TanDynasty.com.

For more information on “IS THIS LEGAL? The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created It,” visit www.isthislegalthebook.com. Visit www.ascendbooks.com for more great titles on your favorite teams, coaches, athletes, and celebrities.

 

Media coverage for Is This Legal? continues

IS THIS LEGAL?IS THIS LEGAL? MEDIA COVERAGE CONTINUES…

CY INTERVIEW with Chris Yandek and Jay Bildstein:

http://www.cyinterview.com/2014/11/entrepreneur-art-davie-author-of-is-this-legal-the-inside-story-of-the-first-ufc-from-the-man-who-created-it-talks-about-his-book-more/

Shoot The Defence @ShootTheDefence  interviewed @SeanWheelock & discussed “Is this Legal”, @ArtDavie , @BellatorMMA @MLS & #Wrestling. Enjoy! itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sho…

Johnny Quantum aka Johnny Q interviews the founder of the UFC, Art Davie…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gamechangerclothingradio/2014/10/03/gamechanger-clothing-radio-brandon-gaitoradam-townsendart-davietony-johnson

TSC’s Fred Richani interviews UFC founder Art Davie and Bellator MMA commentator Sean Wheelock about their new book “Is This Legal?”  @ArtDavie & @BellatorMMA’s @SeanWheelock! A must-listen for all MMA fans! ow.ly/B3hue @SpikeSports

podcast: A riveting and hilarious conversation  had with Art Davie, the man behind the birth of the UFC.  Watch it here: youtu.be/9JUZS9BruzQ

This podcast took place right before Art’s appearance on UFC Tonight on FOX TV on Wednesday 8-27-14.

IS THIS LEGAL? THE BOOK ABOUT THE CREATION OF THE FIRST UFC.

On November 12, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) unleashed an explosion of blood – both figuratively and literally – as 6’5” Dutch kickboxer Gerard Gordeau smashed 420 lb. sumo wrestler Teila Tuli flush in the face, less than 30 seconds into the night’s opening fight. The kick sent one of Tuli’s teeth flying into the crowd, instantly establishing that, as one of the commentators said that night, “fighting is not what we thought it was.”

The UFC’s launch came with virtually no warning or fanfare. Yet nearly 90,000 households ordered and watched the event on pay-per-view television. This style-versus-style martial arts tournament was the creation of Art Davie, an ad man and serial entrepreneur who first conjured the idea four years prior.

Now, for the first time, the true story about the creation of mixed martial arts and the inaugural UFC is told by the man who started it all. Equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith, Davie explains how he turned his vision, of a single-night tournament involving the greatest martial arts fighters, into the first UFC, which now stands as an international billion-dollar sports franchise.

This vivid and fast-moving first-person account explores Davie’s adventures navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Written with noted MMA television play-by-play commentator Sean Wheelock (with the foreword by legendary MMA referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy), IS THIS LEGAL? is not just for fight fans, but also for anybody who appreciates the tale of a maverick who’ll stop at nothing to fulfill his vision and achieve his dreams.

IS THIS LEGAL? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz. With the creation of the UFC, Art Davie started a revolution in the world of martial arts. And this revolution was televised. IS THIS  LEGAL? has continued to attract media attention all through the summer of 2014.