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The Pact

Narrated by: Dave Hoffman
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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A UFC champion and a boy with leukemia in the fight of their lives.

Cody Garbrandt dreamed of being a UFC champion. In his darkest moments, when those dreams were dashed, he dug deep with the help of an unlikely friend - five-year-old Maddux Maple, a local hometown fan with leukemia. They made a pact: Cody would be in the UFC and win the championship, and Maddux would beat cancer.

Hear their moving story in Cody's new book, The Pact, and go behind the scenes into Cody's training and how he made his dreams come true.

Cody Garbrandt grew up in a rough town in the Central Appalachian region of Ohio, surrounded by a longstanding culture of fighting - and drugs. Raised in this environment by a single mom (his dad left him at the young age of three to reside in the Ohio State Penitentiary), Cody grew up fighting, and he grew up wild. His future seemed predestined to end in the coal mines or in prison.

Thankfully, Cody had visions of something more. His American dream? Mixed martial arts. But a path to success wasn't clear. He spent as much time fighting in the streets as he did in the gym - one bad decision away from losing everything. Then, at age 20, Cody's brother introduced him to five-year-old Maddux Maple. Maddux was deathly ill with leukemia, his survival by no means assured. A unique friendship developed, and they made a promise to each other: Maddux would beat cancer, and Cody would make it to the UFC and become world champion.

Through five long years of pain and hardship, they both persevered; Cody through the agony and sacrifices of fighting his way to the top and Maddux through the horrors of chemotherapy. They loved and supported each other. They served as each other's inspiration. And in December 2016, they made good on their pact: Cody won his UFC championship belt, which he promptly presented to Maddux - the boy who had beaten cancer into remission.

©2018 Cody Garbrandt (P)2018 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Should be a movie!

Oh wow! What an incredible story of perseverance & a beautiful friendship. We need more angels like Cody Garbrandt walking the earth.
I loved this book & would love if they would make it into a movie! A+++

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Best book I’ve ever listened to

This book is awesome it is such a great story and motivational I started listening to it and got hooked and I actually learned a lot of stuff from this book

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Educational and moving

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Most people can hardly imagine growing up as Cody did, myself included until listening. There were so many ups and downs, but the pace was real fast. My wanting Cody to reach his goal provided me with plenty of suspense.

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This was both entertainment and education. I learned enough to make me happy even not counting the entertainment value.

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My favorite book<br />

Love to read about the hidden side of his UFC and MMA career. My favorite book

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A good book from start to finish

My original plan was to purchase a copy at my local Books a Million but when I found the audio book I immediately purchased it. I didn’t go wrong. I enjoyed it from start to finish because it not only told the story of Cody’s life but it also brought to life how he got to meet Maddux and how they became family. I definitely recommend this book, if it were a physical book it would be a page turner.

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Best book I've ever read/listened to!

Truly inspirational and the fact that it's true only makes it better. This book has inspired me to start chasing my dream and give it all I've got. Cody Garbrandt is definitely a truly great role model for anyone out there with a dream.

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Good story. Cody is a very driven young man.

This is a cool story about a young man chasing his dream and not letting anything get in his way. Glad I read it.

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Amazing book!

This book had such an amazing story and I couldn’t stop listening. It really shows how one person can change your life forever.

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Inspirational

This is such a wonder story of how no matter how hard life gets, there's is someone going through more. There were a few parts when I had to take a break because I started to tear up. Never stop fighting Cody and Maddox!

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Yikes.

I don't know how to give a negative review without sounding like a horrible person. I hated the way it was written. Couldn't get past the second chapter. To be honest, it was almost painful to get that far... I'm sorry. I absolutly have details as to why, but don't want to be any meaner than I already have and I hate saying that much. Saying anything that's not positive in regard to another persons hard work and time spent doing something so incredibly difficult, intensive and - most often - emotionally exhausting as writing their own memoir...? It's simply an extremely crappy thing to do and in terrible taste.

I think the storyline/topic/subject is amazing... honest, I do. I really wanted to love it.

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  • stuart tarbox
  • 02-16-19

the pact

great book with an inspirational story, I was never a massive fan of Cody but am now. I see a different side to the cocky guy that fights in a cage.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-18

Dissapointed

Very boring, no insight, no behind the scene juice exclusive to the book i wasn't even a hard core Cody fan by any means and I still didn't learn anything about him I didn't already know, ultimate fighter? TJ? how much you were being paid? Bonuses? Exclusive arguments or negotiating? Nothing

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  • Sonay
  • 10-16-18

Inspiring

Not being at all religious I was wary of listening to this book due to the have faith in God statements, however as I got further into the book I was so engulfed in the story and what a great guy Cody is and what inspiration he is it was easy to listen to. It shows its good to have a belief and faith in something what ever it maybe . I highly recommend this book

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  • craig towle
  • 09-05-18

Amazing

Such an inspirational book with highs and lows really got attached to both people and wish them all the best. Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story or ufc

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  • Mr Harries
  • 07-13-18

More questions than answers

I wanted to know a few things: why is Cody so angry, What was his belief on TJ (trater or not), what did the title loss feel like (how he lost it), what was it like being on the ultimate fighter. Didn't get that. Somethings felt like they were avoided. Maddux is the reason it was worth listening to

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  • MRS P SYKES
  • 06-13-18

great book really enjoyable and great to listen to

great book really enjoyable and great to listen to get this book stating away great

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  • Asmodeous
  • 06-09-18

An interesting, heartfelt and often moving life story with a difference

An enjoyable read by a narrator who does indeed sound like a slightly elderly version of the real person. The book does appear to be genuinely heartfelt and the story of how a champ was inspired by a young cancer victim and vice versa makes this different to your everyday MMA story. A powerful account of faith, never giving up and a belief in God and family. Sentimental and romantic in places and violent in others. Something for everyone . Even the girlfriend might like this one.

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  • Bradley
  • 05-12-18

Great story, fantastic narration

A really easy listen, a great story of Cody Garbrant and Maddox. The narrator sounds like he could be an older Cody Garbrant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

Shockingly poor

This is without doubt the worst audio book I have ever had the misfortune to buy. It is so poorly written, the story is at best just mildly interesting, and the narrator kept pausing when clearly no pause was necessary. I am a big MMA fan and was looking forward to hear what Cody had to tell. Unfortunately his story isn’t that interesting and is spoilt by his inability to give any of his opponents credit. Cody seems to have an excuse for defeat. Do not waste your money people.

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