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Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage by Randy Couture (2009-07-07) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1836
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A cringy part of biographies is the opportunity for the author to say their piece about a former spouse or colleague and the reported on, has no counter action. As a person, he seems to take little responsibility for his failed marriages or considers the selfishness of his own actions. That bothered me, because he seems so in tune with his workout regimen and where he was failing in training, and give every effort to fix it.
But over all, his journey was an interesting one, and I am impressed with those who are brave enough to face the criticism, vulnerability, and scrutiny that inevitably comes from opening your life up in written form. And to any honest biographer, I salute them for that.
I think his hilarious comments about his cauliflower ear were great.
In conclusion, if you are interested in Couture at all, I think you will like this read.
He shares both his good, and not so good, choices he's made in his life and the struggles he's gone through. Randy seems almost superhuman in the ring, but by opening himself up as he does in this book, he is even more amazing. I don't know many people, especially public figures as Randy's become, that are so willing to let you into their lives as Randy has done here.
This is a truly interesting look into Randy Couture and an entertaining book if you are at all curious what makes Randy, "The Natural."
Not a "wow look at me" book, Couture reveals his mistakes both as a youth and as an adult. His willingness to be open and honest is part of the reason Randy Couture is so loved by so many people. Definitely worth the price!
Couture has come to be known as the consummate champion - both inside the octagon and outside of it. In this book he details his failures and successes, with stark honesty and lucidity. "Becoming the Natural" is not only the story of a MMA fighter, it is the story of a boy becoming a man. A man who grew up without a father figure, who failed to make the Olympic wrestling team on four different occasions, who was divorced and remarried twice, who has fought and defeated many of the world's greatest fighters, and who continues to stand up for the integrity and honor of the sport everywhere he goes.
As a sports biography, this is one that will be rivaled by none. As a MMA biography, this is the absolute best! Couture shows us why, in life, doing what you love and being open to what God has for you can take you to places you have never even dreamed of.
Top international reviews
He always so very honest, and doesn't usually hide what he thinks or feels.
This book charts his entire life, from childhood thru to the MMA. - I didnt know half of this.
Excellent insight into one MMA's true legends
Randy is open about his opponents and friends in the UFC, he gives great insight into what people can expect from life as a fighter, and how the UFC has changed from an almost outlaw organisation to the leading brand in MMA.
It was funny I always assumed that Randy did not cut weight during the time in the UFC. He does talk about how difficult it is to cut weight (when he joined the Light Heavy Weight division). Randy talks about his Legendary trilogy with Chuck, his fight against Tito, stopping Victor, and his comeback fight against Tim Silvia, I will admit I was one of those people jumping out of my seat when Randy hit that first overhand right. The book finishes with Randy's fight against Gonzaga. A great autobiography with detailed insight into MMA. The only book I liked more was Iceman: My Fighting Life
He rang last night and asked if we had bought it second-hand from Amazon as he had got to approximately page 200 and encountered a large tea stain. Even worse, the next batch of pages were missing, and on checking through to see if they were out of order, he found that several batches of pages were out of order (page 250 is followed by page 241) but he failed to find the missing pages.
This book was NOT second-hand, and it is a bit late to return it now - plus he has nearly finished reading it, bar the missing chunk of pages, and a few words lost to the heavy tea stain that came with it.
Apparantly the content is very good, but the poor condition is a great shame.