UFC Fighter Books: The Top 10 Best MMA Books Written By Fighters In The UFC

There's a good number of former and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters who penned really interesting books about the sport of mixed martial arts. These books range from autobiographies (the most common), to MMA manuals, to comedic tomes (Forrest Griffin's forte). Below is a quick overview of the very best of these books. If you want to learn more about mixed martial arts through the perspective of the sport's biggest athletes, these are the books you should dig your fingers into.

1. The Way of the Fight by Georges St. Pierre
There's no denying the fact that Georges St. Pierre (GSP) is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. Since making his professional debut in 2002, St. Pierre tore through the competition and quickly established himself as a bonafide MMA star. He became a three-time welterweight champion in the UFC with wins over the likes of Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, Dan Hardy, and B.J. Penn. He only lost twice - to Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. He got over these losses by dominating Serra and Hughes in the rematch bouts.

In The Way of the Fight, St. Pierre chronicles his journey from an unknown to an internationally recognized athlete and champion. If anything, his ride to the top was never easy. He was bullied as a kid. He went through injuries that threatened to derail his career. He suffered painful losses both inside and outside of the UFC cage.

From the publisher: "In The Way of the Fight, Canadian championship fighter St. Pierre invites fans into the circle of his life, sharing his most closely guarded memories. A compelling memoir that offers an intimate, gritty look at a fighter’s journey, told through inspiring vignettes, GSP is a moving account of commitment and power, achievement and pain, dedication and conviction from one of the world's greatest champions." 2. Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory by B.J. Penn and Dave Weintraub
Back in July 2015, Penn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. It was a well-deserved recognition and the ceremony was presided over by no other than Matt Hughes, Penn's long-time cage rival. The two men shared the cage three times during their storied careers with Penn winning two of the encounters via submission and knockout.

Penn was one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts. He's faced a lineup of who's who in the sport (Frankie Edgar, Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Georges St. Pierre, Jens Pulver, and Takanori Gomi). One of the most amazing things about Penn was his unbelievable venture into multiple divisions. He's fought as a featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight. At one time, he jumped to light heavyweight and fought a bloated Lyoto Machida.

In Why I Fight, Penn provides fans an inside look on how he transformed from a scrawny kid in Hilo, Hawaii into a feared fighter in the biggest stage in all of mixed martial arts. He is never one to back down from a fight. In this book, Penn goes into detail about his most well-known ring encounters.

From the publisher: "Why I Fight is the answer that everyone—critics, fans, commentators, pundits, and perhaps even Dana White, current president of the UFC—has been waiting for. In his own words, Penn tells the story of his life spent fighting, explaining what led a scrappy teenager from the rough streets of Hilo, Hawaii, onto the biggest stage in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). From his earliest days, becoming one of the preeminent practitioners of Brazilian jujitsu in the world, to his first MMA fights and his battles with UFC champions like Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre, Penn shows that in life, just like in the Octagon, he is never one to back down from a fight. " Anderson Silva
Fighters Only

BJ Penn, Erich Krauss, and Glen Cordoza
Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman
Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival

Chael Sonnen
The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment

Forrest Griffin and Erich Krauss
Be Ready When The Shit Goes Down: Forrest Griffin's Survival Guide To The Apocalypse
Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat

Brian Stann and John R. Bruning
Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero's Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Chuck Liddell and Chad Millman
Iceman: My Fighting Life

Ken Shamrock, Richard Hanner, and Clixtro Romias
Inside the Lion's den

Matt Lindland
Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts: From Wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts

Pat Miletich
Blood in the Cage

Ronda Rousey
My Fight, Your Fight

Sean O'Connell
Hellbound/Heavensent (The Angel War Book 1)

Tito Ortiz and Marc Shapiro
This Is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Randy Couture
Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage

Matt Hughes and Michael Malice
Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History

Jens Pulver and Erich Krauss
Little Evil: One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top

Urijah Faber
The Laws of the Ring

Taiwan Visa-Free Philippines: Do Filipinos Need A Visa To Enter And Visit Taiwan?

Filipino citizens who want to enter and visit Taiwan have always been required to apply for and present a valid visa before they are allowed entrance in the country. However, it was announced in October of 2017 that this requirement was waived on a trial basis. In a statement, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) said that Filipinos can now enter Taiwan visa-free starting on November 1, 2017 until July 31, 2018.

In the statement, TECO said that "Philippine nationals who intend to visit the ROC (Taiwan) for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, ROC, for a duration of stay up to 14 days."

In short, the visa-free option will only be available to Filipino nationals whose stay in Taiwan will not exceed fourteen (14) days. Needless to say, if you are going to visit for more than 14 days, you still have to go through the process of applying for and obtaining a valid visa for Taiwan.

Here's a full copy of the statement released to the press by the TECO:

"The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has the pleasure to announce hereby that starting from November 1, 2017, Philippine nationals who intend to visit the ROC (Taiwan) for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, ROC, for a duration of stay up to 14 days. This visa-free initiative shall undergo a 9-month trial period until July 31, 2018 as part of Taiwan’s goodwill and efforts of the “New Southbound Policy” to build closer people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between Taiwan and the Philippines.

A Filipino visa-free visitor must meet the following requirements:

1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (Diplomatic & official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment) ;
2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveller's next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required;
3. No criminal record in Taiwan;
4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information /or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc. 

However, those who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days or for the purpose of study, work, missionary, employment and other gainful activities are still required to obtain appropriate visas before entering Taiwan.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines, emphasizes that as the Philippines is not only Taiwan’s closest neighbor but also Taiwan’s important partner of “New southbound policy”, the granting of visa-free privilege to all Filipinos is one of his longtime visions to build strong bilateral relations and a closer living economic community between the Philippines and Taiwan. It also aims to enhance the mutually beneficial bilateral tourism, trade, investment, technology, agriculture, economic, cultural, educational and people-to-people cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and the Philippines. Representative Lin is hoping that this historical visa-free initiative will attract more Filipino visitors to visit Taiwan, and lay solid foundation for a genuine friendly bonding between our two nations.

To reciprocate Taiwan’s goodwill and friendship, Dr. Lin would also like to urge the Philippine Government and Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) to grant visa-free treatment to Taiwan nationals as the Philippines has already given visa-free treatment to many other countries. “Through these significant efforts, we will surely enhance our bilateral tourism, economic, cultural, educational and other areas of cooperation and exchanges which will eventually bring mutual benefits to the peoples of Taiwan and the Philippines” emphasized Dr. Lin.

Since 2016, the Taiwan Government has endeavoured to liberalize and simplify visa regulations for Philippine nationals, including the free “Travel Authorization Certificate” (TAC) for qualified visa-free travellers and the payable e-visa (online visa). These two relaxed visa application systems will be suspended for Filipinos upon the implementation of the visa-free treatment as from Nov. 1, 2017. Passengers who enter Taiwan before Nov. 1 with valid TACs may continue to stay for up to 30 days. But for passengers who do not enter Taiwan before Nov. 1, their TACs will be no longer valid even within its validity. All approved e-visas before Nov. 1 (including the date) will still be valid to enter Taiwan with duration of stay up to 30 days. Those who have already obtained long-term & multiple Taiwan visas which have been stamped on their passports can still use their visas to enter the ROC (Taiwan)."

How To Start An Online Dropshipping Business In The Philippines

Dropshipping is one of the most practical and most profitable strategies when it comes to building a small or even a medium-sized business online. Here in the Philippines, hundreds of independent online entrepreneurs are raking in healthy amounts of monthly income using the method. The great thing about starting an online dropshipping business in the Philippines is that most people can do it.

You don’t need to be a computer programmer or a software developer or a marketing expert to get started. All you need is a basic understanding of how the internet works (search engines, email, advertising, online shopping, etc.)

How Dropshipping Works
In the simplest of terms, dropshipping involves creating an ecommerce store where you display and promote products. But you don’t own these products. In short, your online store only serves as a display window for your prospective customers. When a customer decides to buy from your store and sends in an order, that’s when you get to work. You go to your supplier, make the order in the name of the customer, and your supplier ships the product to your customer. So basically, you are some kind of a retailer but you don’t keep any inventory.

It’s like setting up a physical store wherein you only display items on your shelves. When a customer walks in and says he wants to buy something, you take his order, run out the door, go to another store, buy a similar item, then run back to your own store, and give the item to your customer. Of course, you need to sell the item at a higher price if you want to make some profit. This is exactly how dropshipping works, only this time, it’s done on the internet.

To summarize, you need to partner with a supplier which will provide you with the products that you're going to sell in your ecommerce store. You market and promote the products, the customers make orders through your store, you purchase the ordered items from your supplier, and the supplier ships the products to your customers. Everybody wins.

If that's not clear enough, here's a simplified illustration of the dropshipping setup courtesy of Shopify:
Step 1: Customer places order with your shop.
Step 2: Shop places order with third-party supplier.
Step 3: Supplier ships order to customer (invisibly).
Step 4: Shop alerts customer that the item has been successfully shipped.

Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty of things. How exactly do you start selling online through dropshipping in the Philippines? To make things a lot easier to understand, I am going to focus on two online companies for this guide. And these companies would be Shopify Philippines and AliExpress. Of course, there are other companies that you can use like Amazon and Shopee but so far the easiest to use are Shopify Philippines and AliExpress.

Shopify Philippines: This is the ecommerce platform where you are going to create your online shop. This is the platform that will host your store. It's where you display and create listings for the products that you are going to promote and sell. You have to pay a monthly fee for the platform's services. You can choose from any of the following three types of accounts:
1) Basic Shopify - $13 a month
2) Shopify - $54 a month
3) Advanced Shopify - $107 a month

You can learn more about the various features of each account type here. Shopify offers a 30-day free trial for dropshippers in the Philippines. You should take advantage of this opportunity while you can. You can use the platform without any strings attached for 30 days. Once the 30-day period expires, it's up to you whether you want to continue with the service or not. This is a good way to try the platform and see if it's the right fit for your planned online store.

AliExpress: This is the ecommerce platform where you can find suppliers for your Shopify store. It's highly recommended that you study the platform from top to bottom before you start dealing with suppliers. There are tons of resources online that can show you everything you need to know about AliExpress and how it works. Once you've digested all the information you need, go to the AliExpress website and create an account there.

Creating An Online Store On Shopify
1. Go to to official website of Shopify Philippines.
2. Click on the "Get Started" button.
3. Fill all the requested information like your email address, your store name, and contact details.
4. Add products to your store. This is where your AliExpress account comes into play. You will be adding products from AliExpress suppliers. You should go to Shopify's Help section to find guides on how you can add products to your store.
5. Customize the overall look of your store. This allows you to tinker with logos, text, colors, and themes. Don't worry, there are hundreds of Shopify themes that you can choose from.
6. Set up your domain name. Go to your "Dashboard" and find the "Add Domain" option. Follow the steps as required.
7. Set up and activate your payment processor. Shopify supports over 100 payment gateways. The payment gateways supported in the Philippines include 2Checkout, Coinbase, Mastercard Payment Gateway Services, PayDollar, and PayPal Express Checkout.
8. Set up your shipping rates and details.
9. Make your store live.

Where to Promote Your Dropshipping Ecommerce Store in the Philippines
1. Google AdWords:
2. Facebook Ads:
3. Instagram:
4. Pinterest:

How To Confirm Your UnionBank EON Card On PayPal

For you to be able to convert your PayPal funds into cold cash in the Philippines, you need to link it with a bank account and debit card. Once you have linked your PayPal account with your bank and debit card, you can easily withdraw your PayPal funds and convert it into real money.

One of the best banks in the Philippines when it comes to encashing PayPal funds is UnionBank. All you need is their EON card to get the ball rolling. Adding a bank account or card in your PayPal account is very easy. Just log in to your account and find the tab on the left side of the page that says "Add a bank account or card". Just hit that button and you are good to go. Fill all the necessary details about your account or card.

After successfully adding your EON card, you will be asked to "confirm" your card. This is a security measure to ensure that you really own the card. Confirming your card also removes your withdrawal limit.

Here are the steps you need to follow on how to confirm your UnionBank EON card on PayPal:
1. Log in to your PayPal account.
2. Go to the banks and cards section and hit the "Confirm card" button.
3. The prompt window will tell you that a confirmation code has been sent to your card statement. This confirmation code arrives in your card statement within 2 to 5 days.
4. Log in to your EON Cyber Account.
5. Go to "Accounts".
6. Hover your mouse pointer over the "customer ID" under the Deposit Accounts List".
7. Click on "View Last 10 Transactions" or "View Transaction History".
8. Find the transaction with the following format: "VISA-PP*1575CODE".
9. Copy the four-digit number that precedes "CODE". In the above example, the confirmation code would be 1575.
10. Log in to your PayPal account.
11. Go to your cards section and hit the "Confirm card" button.
12. Enter the confirmation code.
13. That's it.

A very important note: Make sure that you have at least 300 pesos in your card before you have it confirmed. This is because PayPal will make a charge of around 200 pesos from your card for verification and security purposes. Needless to say, if PayPal can't make a charge on your card, then you won't receive a confirmation code. So put at least 300 pesos on your EON card before you proceed with the confirmation process.
What if you don't receive a confirmation code?
Well, you can always request for a new code. Just do the same steps pointed above. Below is the prompt window that appears when you ask for a new confirmation code.

"You can remove limits on your account by confirming that you own this card. Select OK below to get a new confirmation code. You should receive it in 1-2 days. After you receive the new code, follow these steps:
1. We'll make a small charge to your card.
2. Check your card statement in a day or two for the 4-digit code associated with the charge.
3. Log in to PayPal, go to your Wallet and confirm the card by entering the 4-digits code. The charges will be refunded to your card.

If you can't check your statement online, look for the charge when it arrives in the mail and follow the same steps. Thank you!"

How To Sign Up And Register With The Lazada Affiliate Program In The Philippines

If you ever tried online shopping in the Philippines, there's a big chance that you have come across Lazada. After all, the shopping site is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Aside from the Philippines, Lazada also operates shopping sites in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Lazada enables you to either purchase or sell products through its platform. But these aren't the only ways on how you can use the site. You can also earn money from it by registering as an affiliate through the Lazada Affiliate Program.

If you are not familiar with the concept of affiliate marketing, you can read a comprehensive overview of it here. But in the simplest of terms, affiliate marketing involves promoting the products/services of another person or company. Every time you make a sale, you earn a commission. In the context of Lazada, here's how it works:

1. You sign up and register with the Lazada Affiliate Program.
2. You start promoting products in the Lazada marketplace to people through your blog or website.
3. You get paid a commission every time someone buys a product through your affiliate link.
4. It's that simple!

There are obvious benefits to these amazing opportunity. One, you can make money even if you don't have your own products. Remember that you will be selling and promoting products that are developed and created by other people/companies. Two, you don't have to keep inventory because everything will be handled by Lazada. And last but not the least, starting your affiliate marketing business is very easy and very cheap. All you need is a decent blog or website which will serve as your main vehicle in promoting the affiliate products from Lazada.

So are you ready to join the thousands of Filipinos who are earning decent amounts of income from Lazada's affiliate marketing program? Yes? Then follow the following steps:

1. Go to the homepage of the Lazada Philippines website. Make sure that you are on the right website. It should be lazada.com.ph. Keep in mind that the company operates separate websites for their markets in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for the "Affiliate Program" tab.
3. In the new window, you should take the time to read the information provided and all the linked resources (Overview, How It Works, Commission, Advertising Media, Support and Learning, Terms and Conditions).
4. After reading the resources, look for the "Sign Up" button and hit it.
5. Create your login details (email address and password).
6. Complete your profile information (name, company name, mobile number, address, birthday).
7. Add the information about the website or app that you are going to use to drive traffic to Lazada (website URL, type of website, source of traffic, traffic level).
8. Submit the completed information. Keep in mind that at this point, you are applying to be accepted as an affiliate. Lazada will review your application if you are a good fit for the company.
9. Lazada will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours. In the confirmation email, you will be informed if you've been accepted or not.
A few important things about the Lazada Affiliate Program in the Philippines:
1. Registration is free. You don't have to pay anything to apply. So if you come across people telling you that you can get a Lazada account from them for a fee, don't believe them.
2. Commission rates for the products can reach up to 10%.
3. You are eligible to earn commissions from your referred customer within 30 days. For example, if a customer clicks on your affiliate link, you will be recorded as the referrer. You earn commissions from the products that the customer buys from Lazada in a period of 30 days.
4. You will be paid in Philippine pesos.
5. You will be paid through PayPal or directly on your bank account. Your earnings will be transferred within 30 days from the day your invoice was generated.
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