**Winner of the Canada Book Award**
Enter the minds of some of the martial arts world's most respected fighters and trainers.
The Fighter Within is an inspirational book for Mixed Martial Arts fans which brings insider stories, heartfelt moments and the human element to what's perceived as a savage sport. It reveals thoughtful, encouraging and even lighthearted insights into the minds and souls of true champions. It describes the attributes that lead to success in a sport that demands dedication, forethought and intellect—traits which are applicable to all of life's challenges.
A foreword by Bas Rutten—UFC Heavyweight Champion and three-time King of Pancrase World Champion—sets the tone for this book, which features an impressive array of interviews with a veritable who's-who of elite MMA fighters and martial artists:
Fedor Emelianenko (Former MMA Heavyweight Champion and FIAS World Combat Sambo Heavyweight Champion)
Rashad Evans (Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2/Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)
Rich Franklin (Former UFC Middleweight Champion)
Rory MacDonald (Former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion)
Sean Sherk (Former UFC Lightweight Champion)
Tomasz Adamek (Boxing Champion)
Firas Zahabi (Tri-Star Elite Coach)
Bruno Fernandes (Founder of Gracie Barra Montreal BJJ school/President of GB Wear)
John Danaher (BJJ Black Belt Elite Coach)
Ajarn Phil Nurse (Muay Thai Champion/Elite Coach)
Alain Moussi (Actor/Stuntman)
Rafal Chwalek (Polish Kickboxing and Savate Champion)
Scott Ramsdell (API Head Instructor)
Matthew Olson (API Head Instructor)
About the Author:
Born in Toronto, Canada to immigrant parents, Christopher Olech's immersion into the world of martial arts began after the UFC Welterweight Champion, Matt Hughes, came to town for a seminar. Christopher began training in the Mixed Martial Arts, eventually putting his skills to the test in the ring, where he won a Grapplers Quest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Gold Finish, and was the IBBA Hall of Fame Competitor of the Year in 2010. He helped organize one of the biggest MMA seminars to come to Toronto Canada, The Paradise Warrior Retreat, which featured eight internationally-known competitors. Olech is a certified Athletic Performance Inc. Caveman Training Instructor. As a freelance journalist, he covers fighting events in all fields of martial arts and boxing, and he's contributed to various MMA and boxing websites as well as print media.