As a much younger man, I traveled to the Shaolin Temple in China and spent two years training with the monks who had invented the ancient art of kung fu. Fifteen years later, my weakness for Chinese takeout and Coors beer had taken its toll. Firmly into middle age and far removed from my past athletic triumphs, I decided to risk it all one last time. Out of shape and over the hill, I jumped headlong into the world of MMA.
In Tapped Out, I chronicle my grueling yet redeeming two-year journey through an often-misunderstood sport. From Thailand to Russia, Manhattan to Las Vegas, I studied with the best trainers across the globe, concluding with a six-month fight camp at Randy Couture’s legendary gym.
Through the process, I discovered from coaches, top MMA fighters, and hardcore fans how a spectacle that was once derided as “human cockfighting” has evolved into the most exciting and fastest growing sport in the world. In the book I explore MMA’s history and detail my journey joining a fascinating subculture of men and women who live for the purity of contained combat.
At the end of my adventure and the book, I strapped on the gloves and stepped into the cage to square off with a fighter 15 years younger than me.
An honest and humorous look at a hardcore sport, Tapped Out is the story of what it takes to be a MMA fighter.