The Blood in the Cage book: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (paperback) is based on unique access to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its rival organizations. The book peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which has exploded in popularity despite resistance. Wertheim focuses on Pat Miletich, who runs the most famous MMA training school in the world. Single-handedly Miletich has transformed a gritty town on the Mississippi into an unlikely hotbed for his sport. The Blood in the Cage mixed martial arts book shows how he has also changed many average men into walking weapons of destruction. Wertheim intertwines Miletich's own life story, by turns tragic and triumphant, with the larger story of the unholy rise of the UFC, from its controversial, back alley roots to the fastest-growing sports enterprise in America. Blood in the Cage takes readers behind the scenes, right down to the mat, from a punch in the kidney to the ping of the cash register, as Wertheim brilliantly exposes the no-holds-barred reality of the blood sport for a new generation.
Buy a Blood in the Cage book for a brutal, inside look at how the UFC and MMA have transformed regular men into walking weapons.