Desolate Warrior (2011)

Written by James Ryan

[Non-Fiction, Investigative Journalism, Mixed Martial Arts]

Soon after WEC mixed martial arts fighter Will Ribeiro (Brazil) was badly injured in a motorcycle accident, he was subsequently abandoned by many of his famous friends and colleagues from the fight “Entertainment” industry. But as their behaviour would soon reveal, these liars and cowards had no real sense of honour – no real sense of what it is to be a martial artist. Written by karate black belt and MMA journalist, James Ryan, who used his Bleacher Report press credentials to land a multitude of controversial interviews with some of the biggest names in the WEC and UFC. This heart-wrenching and unbelievable story exposes the real truth behind the money-hungry fight industry. Prepare to be shocked.

Written by James Ryan

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Reader Testimonials

“James, your writing has been a great gift, or incredible thorn in the side, for all who have had the chance to read it. I can’t imagine the amount of time, and the stress that this last project has put on you personally. Keep forging forward, my friend, and making your mark on the world.”
- Chris Grant (USA)

“I finished it late last night and I have to say—it is awesome! I love how it’s laid out. It has love, hate, betrayal, courage, and everything in a great book. It hits every human emotion, which is what a good book does.”
- Kevin Cabezas, co-founder of Carried Out Fight Gear (USA)

“I just finished the book earlier today, and I must say I am truly disgusted. Perhaps I am naive and expect too much from people, but it has really shocked me with how many lies they were willing to give the author. This book is an eye opener to any MMA fan, and once you’re done reading it, take the time to think about just how many things in it you had not seen coming. Truly eye opening.”
- John Peterson (Ireland)

“Well, I finally got my copy and I’ve been at it as hard as I could for the last week. I’m nearly finished. Only two more chapters to go, and I must say that this is one amazing story. The character of Will and his friends is simply put — OUTSTANDING!”
- Blake A. (USA)

“I’m really enjoying this book, and I can’t put it down. I really have Will Ribeiro in my heart now. Excellent job Mr. Ryan.”
- Debbie S. (Canada)

“Will Ribeiro is the definition of a real fighter. Watching him walk again, really almost brought tears to my eyes. Ok, ok, I teared up, but that just means I’m human. Now that’s some inspiration! Keep it up, Will. You are one of my heroes, right up there with Jesus, Bruce Lee, Michael Jordan, and Mike Tyson.”
- Matt Betzold, amputee and professional MMA fighter (USA)

“I wish there were more MMA journalists and bloggers who had the balls to question the upper echelon of the MMA industry without fear of retaliation. It sickens me that not every MMA fan and fighter knows of the plight of Will Ribeiro.”
- Dave Ellinger, co-owner of Metahuman Fitness (USA)

“It will open your eyes to the fight world. Will is a true warrior in every sense of the word. All the best to Will Ribeiro for bringing the plight of all handicapped people to light. My hero!!!”
- Mary Lou R. (Canada)

“You’ll never see the UFC the same way again.”
- Paul Dalton (Canada)

“This book is a masterpiece. I recommend it to everyone!”
- Oliver Fernandez (Brazil)

“This crazy Canadian guy I know wrote this book in an effort to help Will Ribeiro and his family after this MMA fighter was paralyzed in Brazil. I ask you to take a peek, and share it. Thank you. And thank you James Ryan for what you have done.”
- Mark Powell (USA)

“I just finished the book and I am very impressed with what James Ryan was able to accomplish. James heard of this story and didn’t just sit on it. He went out and told the story, and as a result, was able to help effect several positive changes. I can’t imagine the time and effort that it took to write this book. James should be proud of what he has accomplished. I guess only one question remains: What’s next?”
- Marcus Stake (Canada)

“Wow, the only dickhead that lives in Canada…”
- Dana White, UFC President

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