What began as a freelance assignment for Fight! magazine has manifested into a full-fledged book for popular UFC fighter Urijah Faber.
“I just started putting words on paper without any rhyme or reason or without any big plan for it,” the former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champ says of the fateful 2008 article.
The Laws of the Ring (William Morrow, $26), which will be released May 22, is part memoir and part manifesto. In it, the 33-year-old reveals personal journeys from his life, such as a legendary street fight while on vacation in Indonesia and how he was almost expelled from the University of California, Davis. Faber also explains his 36 “Laws of Power,” which have helped him find success both in and outside of his sport: In addition to being one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighters, Faber owns his own clothing line (Alpha Male Clothing and the now-defunct Form Athletics) and operates his own fight team out of Sacramento, Calif. (Team Alpha Male).
“The ‘Laws of Power’ are basically the guidelines I’ve lived by through a lot of self-introspection and advice from others,” says Faber, who now coaches on the UFC’s popular reality-TV show The Ultimate Fighter.
To polish his initial drafts, Faber leaned on ESPN contributor Tim Keown—who has co-written books with Dennis Rodman, Josh Hamilton and, most recently, Pawn Star Rick Harrison.
“What helped was having someone who really knew what they were doing. Tim helped me turn it into a book,” Faber says of the collaboration. “You don’t really realize how much goes into it. So many rewrites, people passing it on to one another. It’s a lengthy process. … I would say fighting is definitely more difficult, but writing is just as tedious.”
With his good looks and business savvy, “The California Kid” seems destined to enter showbiz. But for now, he’s concentrating entirely on a July 7 bout at the highly anticipated UFC 148 card in Las Vegas.
“I’m definitely interested in that sort of thing for sure,” Faber says of acting. “It’s just not my focus right now. I have my entire focus on this title shot.”
Either way, it looks like there will be more than enough content for a sequel.