Jonathan Snowden is a former lawyer, a radio DJ, and a television producer. He is the author of "Total MMA," has worked for the U.S. Army and the White House Communications Agency, is trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the Army Combatives Program, and currently works for the Department of Defense. He lives in Vienna, Virginia. Kendall Shields teaches English at Saint Mary's University and judo at the Dalhousie University Judo Club. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"Hundreds of pages jam-packed with so much mixed martial arts history, facts, interviews, detail, and dramatic photography, can leave you with multiple headaches if you read it too fast . . . Take time to enjoy this read, it is a book you will want to read over and over again." --"Ringside Report" "The latest offering from Jonathan Snowden, author of "Total MMA", [this is] one of the best and most complete accounts of where this sport came from ever written. Inked in tandem with Canadian Kendall Shields, "The MMA Encyclopedia" is exactly that: an A-through-Z of mixed martial art, covering fighters, promotions, industry figures and the Just Bleed Guy . . . This is the kind of book that you'll go back to time-and-again." --"Province" ""The MMA Encyclopedia" is one of the more exhaustive references you'll find on the sport of mixed martial arts I highly recommend the book. Snowden's first book, "Total MMA", was one of the better MMA books I've ever read, and this one may be even better." --"Houston Chronicle" "I highly recommend it for yourself or for the MMA fan in your life." --InsideFire.com "Snowden is undeniably a talented writer who has done his research, and the work here is impressive." --Tommy Hackett, www.Total-MMA.com "If the history of MMA was taught as a college course, Total MMA would be the official textbook used for the class." --Sam Caplan, www.FiveOuncesofPain.com, on Total MMA "The most comprehensive reference now available on the fights, fighters, managers, and executives defining contemporary mixed martial arts (MMA) and its related commercial industry." --"Library Journal" "An incredible resource for any fan . . . the book is a treasure trove of MMA stories, people and history. From A (David 'Tank' Abbott) to Z (Zuffa), all the major players are included with records and recaps of past UFC, Pride and other major events." "--Chicago Sun-Times" "An exhaustive look at the arts, athletes, promotions and techniques that make up mixed martial arts." --"USA Today" (June 13, 2011)