Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Q&A with MMA Author Michael Toney from Dominance Fight Gear
D Wizzle is back again with an interview with Michael Toney of Dominance Fight Gear. This time it is to talk about his upcoming MMA book "Tales from the Cage" that he co-authored along with Logan Novatnack from The Fight Card Radio Show. This book looks to be very controversial and innovative at the same time.
Here is the link for a previous interview I had with Dominance Fight Gear.
Can you tell me how this book came about?
Actually,a buddy of mine in Dallas came up with the idea. I was telling him an entertaining fighter story, and he suggested I write a book. Given the contacts that DFG (Dominance Fight Gear) had through sponsoring fighters, it seemed like a pretty simple concept. The challenge was time. We were spending every waking moment getting Dominance off the ground, and we didn’t have the time to line up the interviews for the book, not to mention transcribing them, etc. Months later, we revisited the idea, and tossed around the idea of a co-author. I wasn’t real excited by the idea at first, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. If I could find the right person, with solid MMA contacts, and MMA knowledge, it could be a win-win. That’s when I called Logan Novatnack from The Fight Card Radio Show. We had been friends for a while, and I always liked his show. I pitched the idea to him, and within three months, the content was done, and “Tales from the Cage #1” was headed to the printers!
There are a lot of MMA books out there these days along with MMA biographies such as Chuck Liddell's and Matt Hughes's. What is the difference between all those books and this one?
Great question! There are a lot of books surfacing right now, and we knew this prior to starting the Tales from the Cage. The fan base of MMA is growing by tens of thousand of people each month. We wanted to create a book that was very easy to read. Realizing that there are many people who would read a book of 200+ pages on their favorite fighter, we thought that there would be even a bigger market for an easy reading book of 18 MMA insiders. The interviews vary in length from four to six pages per person, but the real difference is the questions we asked. We really got some good content from the insiders. We asked most of them about their "most interesting groupie experience", and “your last street fight." Both ended up being great questions based on the answers we got. We also asked them who has hit them the hardest, what was it like to be booed for the first time, and who they like least in MMA. Also, we don’t just interview fighters. We talked with trainers (Greg Jackson), managers (Monte Cox), referees (Steve Mazzagotti), and a cut man (Stitch). We also interviewed UFC Ring Girl Arianny Celeste who ended up giving us a great interview.
What kind of stories are in the book and what fighters are in it?
Some of the stories were amazing. They should make a movie about Marcus Davis. This guy’s past will shock people. Shonie Carter and Frank Shamrock are worth the price of the book alone. Phil Baroni, Kendall Grove, Bas Rutten, Kenny Florian, Matt Lindland, Rashad Evans, and Tyson Griffin all gave us some great stuff. Another interesting question we asked the fighters is “Do they listen to, and apply the advice being yelled to them by their corner during a fight?” The answers were all over the board and very entertaining.
Where can MMA fans purchase this book and how much is it?
Currently, you can purchase the book at www.talesfromthecage.com or www.dominancefightgear.com . We are pre-selling the book for $14.95. Even with the shipping charges, when you dissect it, it comes down to about one dollar a story.The price will go up to $16.95 when we get the book in stock. We're hoping to start shipping the books the first week of April.
This book sounds very interesting. It sounds like a must read for all MMA fans. Thanks for your time.
We’ve already started Volume 2, but this first one might become the most discussed book in MMA history. Thanks for having us on.