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.