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Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top


Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top

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    Available in PDF Format | Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top.pdf | English
    Erich Krauss(Author) Jens Pulver(Author)
At ten years of age, lined up alongside his two brothers in the living room of their Seattle home, Jens Pulver stared down the length of a shotgun into his father's haggard face. Because Jens was the oldest, the one constantly running upstairs to protect his mother in the middle of the night, his father placed the barrel into his mouth first. Fear taught Jens how to attack with his fists. Fear taught him how to get what he wanted, by any means necessary. Fear put him on the path toward becoming a world champion fighter, to prove wrong all those who claimed he wouldn't amount to any more than his drunk old man. It was this path -- the one that would make him the most intimidating pound-for-pound fighter in the ring -- that eventually let him put his childhood demons to rest and find an inner peace. But it was a long and painful battle. Little Evil is a gripping and true tale of father and son, of what betrayal does to the young and drives them to do, and of how one determined man shattered the chains of his childhood and rose to the top, becoming the lightweight champion of the UFC.

"A superb effort . . . this is not a tale of UFC glory--it is the account of one individual who has been to hell and back. . . . Unlike most of the pablum we see in this genre, here is one athlete who REALLY has a story to tell."

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  • By K. G. A. Alavi on 22 April 2014

    Jens Pulver is a fighter in every definition of the word. Honestly if you are fan of Jens read this book, if you are not a fan of Jens read this book and you will be. Despite the first and long-time UFC lightweight champion Jens is probably best known for his rivalry with BJ Penn. A rivalry that I personally think proves the old adage hard work over ability. During the book Jens talk about the whole build up and the fight itself with BJ. If you want a first-hand honest account of the fight you cannot get a better version then Jens own.Jens is open and honest about his family life and the abusive environment he grew up in. Like many he found an escape and a release in the form of sport in his case wrestling, unlike many Jens determination and ability to overcome any obstacle, in some cases owing up and making a mends for his own mistakes allowed him to have a successful life, career, make new friends and adopting a new family. He managed to build bridges and in some cases banish the demons of his past, towards setting down with a new family of his own. This book finishes before Jens' attempted returns to the UFC, and his fights in the WEC.This is also a great book for MMA historians, as most MMA books he give a brief history of MMA and Royce Gracie, and the early days of the UFC. At the time when MMA was still style vs. style. Jens talks about his own evaluation in fighting. Starting out as a wrestler, then discovering, "the damage I could do with my hands"; using boxing, then discovering the importance of learning submission defence after getting submitted in a toe hold.I great look and insight from a true legend in the sport of MMA. Jens best fighting day are behind him not, this book is a great look at where he came from to what he achieved. A truly inspirational book. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • By Jennifer Lally on 16 August 2009

    This book really shows the battle that Jens Pulver had to just become the man that he is today. This is a compelling read that focuses a lot of Pulvers childhood and the impact that this has had on him today.This was one of the first fighter autobiographies that I read and for me it is still one of the best

  • By J. D. Derbyshire on 24 December 2007

    Having watched Jens Pulvers career in mixed marshal arts for (at the time) 8 years i purchased this book. Back then i had to import it from the US as no English retailers sold it and amazon, play and waterstones had told me it would be a further 3 month wait.Im so glad i did. Depite growing up in a volitile family (his father, brother and a sister i think are in jail), with the everyday threat of mental and physical abuse Jens has grown up to be the polar opposite of his father. Dispite his love of the violent competition he has grown into a great person.This story will move you and give you a new found respect for people who overcome in life.

  • By Barmy Ray on 6 October 2008

    jens pulver pulls no punches in this gritty, believable and thoroughly interesting account of his life. jens was one of the best mixed martial arts fighters of his generation and is still competing at the highest level (well not quite the highest level now). his book tells the tale of what made him into a fighter, the ultimate fighter. not the longest book, but difficult to put down. i read it in one night. highly recommended :-)

  • By Alistair Rhys Nicholls on 3 January 2016

    Very different to the formulaic writing of many sporting biographies, this book focuses largely on Jens's life before entering the world of MMA and the UFC. If you want a deep insight into training methods, fighting advice or the early years of MMA and the UFC then this is probably not going to give you as much information as you might want. However, I've given this five stars because it captures the nature of his upbringing in ways that many biographies do not. The horrendous start to life that Jens, his siblings and his mother endured in Seattle is vividly depicted, and his near-death and other distracting experiences makes his success all the more remarkable.Jens came across as a really likeable guy in the fifth series of the Ultimate Fighter, which is when I really started to take an interest in him. This book is not a long read; I completed it within two days quite comfortably, but it kept me hooked throughout. I definitely recommend this. It is highly different to other MMA biographies, and should be celebrated for that reason. Dark, gritty and, at times, brutal, this is one MMA biography amidst the sea of sporting biographies that you will not forget. I guarantee you of that! I'm sure you will remember not to take your own family for granted after reading this, too.

  • By Ce Duty on 19 February 2009

    ive now read a few ufc biogs, and this has to be the best. dont expect to learn how to become the next cage fighting champ, but do expect a good, well written story.

  • By J. A. Webster on 16 June 2010

    After watching Jens on the TUF reality show, he came across as a really nice guy, so I bought this book to find out more about his background, and it really shocked me. It is written in the first person, which makes it even more moving and touching. If ever anyone deserves the title of an Ultimate fighter, it is him, to go through so much, and still come out on top, is amazing. Great book, again with Erich Krauss.

  • By Guest on 22 April 2010

    Excellent book, what a story, this guy was basically unknown to me before I read the book, but I really enjoyed it.Gripping tale, really draws you in, my only concern was that it was too short for me.Come on Jens, write another one!

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