Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News did a bang-up interview with Art… http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140724/on-the-media-ufc-1-and-how-art-davie-created-it-among-all-the-challenges
Read THE FIGHT NERD review of Is This Legal? http://www.thefightnerd.com/art-davie-explains-ufc-history-in-is-this-legal-book-review/
Michael Stets on his #DarceSideRadio with ArtDavie talking about his new book “Is This Legal? and sharing many of his stories sbnation.com/e/5676344
Las Vegas TV – Channel 8 NewsNOW CBS- TV Chris Maathuis interviews Art Davie about the book, Is This Legal? http://bit.ly/1rkbaPE
The MMA Corner @TheMMACorner…The MMA Corner Book Review: Art Davie’s ‘Is This Legal?’ http://themmacorner.com/2014/07/14/the-mma-corner-book-review-art-davies-is-this-legal/
Marc Raimondi @marc_raimondi weighs in with UFC co-founder @ArtDavie with some real discussion about promoting and how it isn’t just about fighting skills on FOX SPORTS. http://msn.foxsports.com/ufc/story/how-do-you-properly-market-fighters-ufc-co-founder-art-davie-weighs-in-071314
Great review of original UFC book on Cage Potato: http://www.cagepotato.com/bookpotato-art-davies-is-this-legal-and-the-ufcs-old-school-age-of-insanity
Damon Martin’s ‘The Great MMA Debate’ podcast: msn.foxsports.com/ufc/story/the-great-mma-debate-podcast-is-here-100313 …
Interview of original UFC book author Davie on Heidi Fang & Phil Devine’s radio show, MMA Fight Corner: http://t.co/gC0GZGrJEt
Las Vegas Review Journal by Ron Kantowski about IS THIS LEGAL? and Art Davie http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/ron-kantowski/founder-s-first-step-blazed-trail-ufc
John LaRocca’s great review of the book IS THIS LEGAL?: http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/97-ufc/37840-book-review-on-qis-this-legalq-the-story-of-how-the-first-ufc-came-to-be …
Great interview about the original UFC book at ESPN radio ESPN KWWN-AM 1100 radio in Las Vegas: http://podcast.espn1100.com/kwwn2/4469257.mp3 …
Mike Strata’s review of IS THIS LEGAL?: http://www.mikestraka.com/look-wop-do-it-my-way/
On November 12, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, with virtually no warning or fanfare, and instantly redefined action sports for a new generation.
The creation of ad man and serial entrepreneur Art Davie, the UFC entered nearly 90,000 US households through pay per view television with an explosion–an explosion of blood—as 6’5 Dutch Savate champion Gerard Gordeau kicked 420 lbs. Sumo wrestler Teila Tuli flush in the face, less than one minute into the night’s opening fight.
The blow not only sent Tuli’s tooth flying into the crowd, it knocked the martial arts and combat sports worlds on their asses. With the very first UFC, the new sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) was launched–although it wasn’t even called that yet–and fighting would never again be the same.
Now, for the first time, the true story of how the Ultimate Fighting Championship came into existence will be told by the man who started it all. In this vivid and fast-moving, first-person account, Davie explains how his idea to crown the World’s Best Fighter, painstakingly evolved into the UFC, which now stands as a billion-dollar sports franchise.
Art Davie is the Dr. James Naismith and Abner Doubleday of MMA (with a touch of PT Barnum), yet his name is largely unknown. That is, until now. Davie’s tale is one of perseverance and against-all-odds determination, as he worked tirelessly for four years to see his dream come to brutal fruition, while meeting resistance at every single turn.
It’s also a mash-up of martial arts, celebrity, sports, and business, involving a highly improbable cast of characters, that includes Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, Brazilian jiu-jitsu godfather Rorion Gracie and pay per view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz. This no-holds-barred account of how he started the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and launched MMA, is not just fight fans, but for fans of mavericks in business and life, who stop at nothing to fulfill their dreams.
Whether you’re a hardcore supporter of mixed martial arts, or have never watched a single bout, you’ll be enthralled by Davie’s story of triumph, tempered by constantly lurking disaster. Art Davie created the sport of the 21st Century, which arrived two decades early. He started a revolution, and his revolution was televised. Davie’s book, IS THIS LEGAL? about the creation of the first UFC, is now available at www.amazon.com and www.ascendbooks.com