Champions of the Octagon
One-on-One with MMA and UFC Greats
Fiaz Rafiq, Royce Gracie, Michael Bisping
- 312 Pages
- June 21, 2022
- ISBN: 9781683584421
- Imprint: Sports Publishing
- Trim Size: 6in x 9in x 0in
Learn the stories, history, and strategy of the sport's greatest champions—in their own words!
Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. With Dana White helping bring Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to prominence and respectability, some of the greatest fighters today are skipping the squared circle for the octagon.
In Champions of the Octagon, writer Fiaz Rafiq interviews many of the greatest MMA and UFC champions of all-time, including Georges St-Pierre, Holly Holm, Daniel Cormier, Cris Cyborg, Tito Ortiz, and many others. Readers will learn of their upbringings, their introductions to the sport, and how they worked their way to be the best ever.
Spending decades covering the sport and building relationships with those who have fought in the octagon, Rafiq shares never-before-seen interviews and intimate stories from these greats. Learn from Royce Gracie how his family helped bring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to America, Rashad Evans and his thoughts on the development of the sport, Forrest Griffin on his first professional fight, BJ Penn on how he got introduced to MMA, Brock Lesnar on using his skills from WWE and bringing them to UFC, Holly Holm on dethroning Ronda Rousey, and so much more.
For anyone interested in learning the beginnings of MMA and how its champions became household names, Champions of the Octagon pulls back the curtain on their lives and careers. With forewords from Royce Gracie and Michael Bisping, hear never-before-stories from the fighters who helped build the sport to what it is today.
Fiaz Rafiq is a professional sports and entertainment contributing writer for prominent newspapers, and author of acclaimed biographies of Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. For fifteen years, he was a columnist for a bestselling combat sports magazine MAI, and contributed to Fighters Only, MMA Uncaged, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and the movie magazine Impact. Fiaz contributed to the authorized documentary, How Bruce Lee Changed the World.