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Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC Hardcover – January 15, 2009
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Author and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim fills that void with a vivid, fascinating and entertaining "Blood in the Cage." "Blood' tracks the parallel emergence and transformation of Pat Miletich with the burgeoning sport of mixed martial arts. The fact that a writer for SI was paid to write an entire book about MMA is another sign that the sport has arrived.
Wertheim offers a flattering but not fawning portrayal of Miletich, a hardscrabble kid who went from tough guy punk to brawler to MMA champ to a trainer of the elite. Miletich and his stable of fighters mirror their Midwest location: hard working, conservative, methodical. The Croation Sensation reached his peak before the UFC hit the big time, but now Miletich trains some of the top competitors in MMA. He is the Yoda or Mr. Miyagi of MMA.
Until someone better comes along, Wertheim has written perhaps the best book yet on MMA and the rise of the UFC. Nor does he idolize the latter, noting the issue of performance enhancing drugs, the closed financial deals and the heavy-handedness of it bald F-bomb dictator, Dana White. Still, reading Wertheim you can almost feel yourself in the octagon, as the book brims with authenticity. (The only blooper I spotted was a point where Wertheim said the Miletich fighters trained with Russian kettle drums.Read more ›
Now I fully intended on buying the book, and did so about an hour later, after I had actually read the first 30+ pages while standing there in front of the shelf where I first found it. This book is simply that good.
From the very first line in the introduction, "LEMME BREAK YOUR NOSE" to the very last page, I was captivated by not only the story the author was telling, but also the way in which he told it. The writing style is quite gripping and compelling as I literally hung on every word and couldn't seem to be able to read it fast enough, to which my girlfriend can attest as she had been wandering around the store wondering where I had disappeared to for almost an hour. I had no idea that I had been standing there reading it for that long.
The author takes you on a dual journey of sorts as he details the life of Pat Miletich and the rise of the UFC, which although they started their respective lives at different times, they were destined to come together with the results being not only favorable for each, but also inevitable. Can one truly say that either one would be what they are today without the other? I don't think so.
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Anyone currently a fan of Pat Miletich and his bloody yet thrilling escapades would do well to read "Blood", but the real winners are sports fans like myself who, until now, had turned up their noses at MMA. After reading the book and watching some highlights on YouTube, I am thoroughly impressed with the athleticism, dedication, and sportsmanship of the competitors.
Though it appears that UFC CEO Dana White is now in over his head in terms of controlling a billion dollar business, I see nothing but good things for the sport. Best to Miletich, the competitors of MMA, and, certainly, author L Jon Wertheim for their fine work.
Highly recommended to all sports fans!
An easy read. This book covered so well how Pat Miletich had an effect on MMA. Also, a great book to find out the early rise of the UFC, which I knew very little about.
It was a much better book than I expected.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in MMA, wrestling, jiu jitsu, high level athletes or the machine that is the UFC... Even if you have no intention of stepping into a ring and getting punched in the face, this is a well written biography and will not disappoint.
I place this book next to Sam Sheriden's A Fighter's Heart... Buy it, read it and pass it on...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great! Pat Miletich is the original MMA fighter!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book mainly about Pat Milletech. I pretty much read this in one sitting. It's really well written and gives a bit of the history of MMA.Published 5 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
This was an insightful view into the world of MMA and the rise of the UFC. Pat Miletich is one of the main reasons the UFC took off. Would have loved to see him fight. Great book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Batina
Excellent book about the rise of the UFC, from the early days where there were "no rules" to Zuffa's purchase and attempt at mainstream.Published 21 months ago by JG
As someone who is very into MMA I found this book extremely interesting. It contains a lot of the history behind the UFC. If you are a UFC fan you are going to like this book.Published on February 22, 2013 by Matthew D Wolf
This book has some great stories from the life of living legend Pat Miletich. I would highly recommend this book to any ufc of mma fansPublished on June 18, 2012 by Matt
I thorougly enjoyed this book. It is well written. It is difficult not to like Pat Militech's story. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Sharps
Wertheim clearly doesn't have a clue about MMA. His writing is atrocious and makes wild generalities. If you know what a "spinning backthrust" is, you might enjoy this travesty. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Brad White