Rattling the Cage Book Review: “Got Fight?” by Forrest Griffin

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 by Tony Reid

Forrest Griffin’s book “Got Fight? The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to- Face Combat” is by far one of the funniest and most entertaining reads I’ve had in a long time. It turns out Forrest was not crazy about the title of the book and one of his suggestions was “Who Moved My Nose?” which is absolutely hilarious and would have been a great choice. But I digress, the book had me laughing out loud and by that I actually mean laughing out loud, not just LOL-ing, because that would be unmanly. It’s perfect Forrest in the sense that he gets to play his “Aw shucks, I’m just a regular, average hillbilly from Georgia” character but everyone that has followed his career knows him better than that. He has a perfect blend of self deprecation, intelligence, wit, sarcasm and he’s a real man, a badass that is crazy as fuck to boot.

Before being allowed to read the book you must take “The Man Test” which is one of the funniest parts of the book. Luckily I scored high enough to continue or this would be the end of my review. There are a number of stories (Dick in a Box Segments) shared by close friends that really delve into how fucking crazy Forrest really is. A few worth noting would be

1. An instance where he was in close quarters with a friend and someone who, well, was not a friend. Forrest proceeds to hold a lighter under his arm for a long enough period of time to scare the hell out of everyone in the place and give himself a burn so bad he might as well walked into a house fire.

2. A friend shares a great story about how a basketball game never ends up being a basketball game when Forrest is involved.

I don’t want to ruin the book, so I won’t get into detail. Trust me when I tell you this…you want to go out, buy this book and read it cover to cover. It will be more entertaining than anything else you could possibly do today.

The random stories he shares are priceless. From the time when he was being worked on post fight by a cutman with Tourettes, to finding one of the competitors outside by the dumpster after their fight, to his long subway ride with a number of potential gay suitors who were interested in his reading material.

Aside from all the comedy in this book he does actually touch on a few serious topics in giving a number of solid techniques, a few (read few) serious stories that actually inspire such as the story about the nerd that wouldn’t die. Again, it’s a must read, seriously go out right now and get it. I highly recommend it to every fan of MMA, fan of Forrest Griffin and anyone with a sense of humor.