REVIEW: BJ Penn's Why I Fight

Michael ComeauCorrespondent IApril 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) Lightweight champion BJ Penn battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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As huge fan of UFC fighter and MMA legend BJ Penn, I couldn’t wait to review his brand-new autobiography entitled Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory.

Why I Fight is an important milestone in the MMA book world for several reasons.

Penn is widely considered to be one of the sport’s all-time pound-for-pound greats, along with luminaries like Fedor Emelianenko, Georges St. Pierre, and Anderson Silva. He’s also the only member of that esteemed crowd to tell his life story in book form.

Secondly, Penn is the first member of the newer generation of elite fighters to tell his tale. We’ve seen autobiographies from Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, and Tito Ortiz, but not from a legend still in his prime.

And finally, Why I Fight is proof that a UFC fighter can build a brand without the support of the organization. Just take a look at the book’s cover – Penn’s gloves don’t carry the UFC logo.

Continue reading my review of BJ Penn's Why I Fight.