DK Publishing on Tuesday announced that the company will publish the officially licensed encyclopedia to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The UFC Encyclopedia will detail the history of the organization from its beginnings in 1993, providing comprehensive coverage of over 300 fighters, champions, the UFC Hall of Fame, and over 170 event results.
The 400-page, full-color book is scheduled for publication in October 2011. It will include profile and action photos, detailed biographies, win/loss records, vital stats, and titles held in the organization.
“We began discussing a project of this scale with the UFC a few years ago and we are thrilled that we are finally able to bring a book like this to life for MMA fans,” says Mike Degler, Publisher of the UFC Encyclopedia. “The UFC has an incredibly rich eighteen-year history, and we have been given unprecedented access to all of it. The UFC Encyclopedia will be a must-have for any MMA fan, as well as an informative and comprehensive tribute to the world’s fastest growing sport.”
“Very few people keep their thumbs on the pulse of the UFC like Tom Gerbasi, the author for the UFC Encyclopedia,” says Christian Sumner, Project Lead for the UFC Encyclopedia.
“His event coverage will make readers feel like they were cageside, and his detailed fighter profiles are punctuated by quotes that he’s gathered through years of interviews,” Sumner continues, “which will give fans unparalleled insight into their favorite fighters’ psyches. This kind of in-depth and behind-the-scenes access is what every UFC follower is looking for, and we are proud to be playing a part in bringing it to the fans.”
DK Publishing has secured a world language deal and expects to publish the book in many territories, and in foreign languages.