For me to read a book with my own eyes is a daunting task. I usually borrow Haley Joel Osment’s eyes since they haven’t been exposed to the countless hours of ‘Captain Power‘ as a kid. Besides, it’s always nice to ‘see dead people’ when I’m taking a break from chapters. Traveling to Singapore, I knew that I would have an infinite amount of hours to kill which is exactly why I packed up Loretta Hunt’s ‘Let’s Get it On’, a new book released yesterday about everything you could possibly imagine in MMA told by Big John McCarthy. We even get a little backstory into Big John McCarthy’s life and learn things like when the LA riots happened in the early 90s, there was so much looting in Los Angeles that McCarthy and another police officer just stood outside of a supermarket, effectively knocking out anyone that emerged with a stolen good. We also learn that Big John’s father understands that what Muhammad Ali did to Joe Frazier was absolutely wrong and in reality Joe Frazier is the true people’s champ. That’s a smart man.
How many of you knew that Big John nearly competed in the second UFC event? What about when Rorion Gracie was forced out of the UFC (and organization that he created), he planned on creating an entirely new organization to showcase what the Gracies could do in MMA? Or what about the time when Big John and Ken Shamrock hunted Tank Abbot backstage because he made a death threat to Elaine, Big John’s wife. This book is filled to the brim with little gems of MMA knowledge that you can drop on your friends at a party and impress the hell out of everyone. Big John even admits to seeing worked fights — in the UFC.
I enjoyed the book, and I don’t even read books. Books read me, and they judge me by my cover. ‘Let’s Get it On’ thoroughly goes over a lot of MMA real estate and if any of you want an insight into what has been coined the ‘dark days’ of MMA, scoop up the book and get schooled by one of the few guys who’s been there since the beginning — before the beginning. As of now, it’s the #1 ranked book in MMA and #15 in sports. Now it’s time for us to get the book ranked #1 overall. Buy the book, support MMA and let’s show these other sports who’s boss.