"To the book's credit, each individual's professional record and list of championships, if any, are included--certainly a plus as far as statistic-crazed fans are concerned."
"A Tennessee-based writer and teacher on law and sports, Hudson focuses on boxing and mixed martial arts, the two most popular and widely practiced combat sports today, but also provides information on kickboxing, savate, sambo, sumo wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. He does not include professional wrestling, because it is not a competitive
sport. Most of the articles focus on people—boxers, mixed martial artists, promoters, and writers—but others describe organizations, great fights, and submission holds. In each case he provides brief information that could settle an argument or clarify a reference, and cites sources for readers who'd like more information."
"Although there are many excellent works on boxing and wrestling, as well as some on the history and techniques of fighting and mixed martial arts, Combat Sports is the first and only mainstream reference work to encompass all of these sports. . . . The author brings considerable knowledge to this project, having served as a licensed boxing judge, a contributing writer at Fightnews.com, and the author and coauthor of 20 books on legal and sports-related topics, including boxing. Considering the level of interest in these sports and the lack of professional reference material available at this time, Combat Sports would make a good addition to any reference collection serving the public or young adults."
"...fans of these sports will appreciate the complementary biographical information that Hudson provides. His guide will serve interested audiences from high school to adult."
"As a reference book, I believe this source would be most commonly used to find bibliographical information on individual fighters. For the aficionado of combat sports, it would no doubt make great reading from cover-to-cover. For libraries, it is recommended for reference collections that serve high school level and above, and general readers."
"Combat Sports is an excellent resource that provides a novice to the topic a starting point for learning. The introduction gives a brief account of the topic; the time line at the end of the book highlights several key events in the combat sports world. . . . this book is an excellent addition to high school and public libraries."
"Hudson's work on boxing and mixed martial arts provides a wealth of information and serves as a useful tool for researchers, historians and others interested in these captivating sports."
" 'A must read for Boxing and/or MMA fans - from casual observers to die-hards, you're guaranteed to learn a thing or a few while thumbing through the history of two sports jam-packed into a few hundred pages for your reading pleasure."
"As an International Boxing Consultant and a former professional boxing judge, who had the privilege of judging over 170 Championship fights, this Encyclopedia of Combat Sports is not only a Must-Read but a Must-Have for all fans of boxing and MMA. It's an unbelievable source of information! This book is truly a work of passion by author and boxing judge, David Hudson."