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It’s a sport for Hemingways in a culture of Dr. Phils.”- L. Jon Wertheim

Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC” is L. Jon Wertheim’s inside account of the world’s fastest growing sport. The book is a primer on MMA, a biography of the great Pat Miletich and the story of how the UFC has risen to heights that boxing can now only dream about.

Wertheim is a Sports Illustrated author and writer, and the book reads like one long SI article. The storytelling is fabulous and would find the favor of new or casual fans, as well as the all-in junkies.

Wertheim sets out to reveal how the UFC and MMA became so popular, and exactly what type of person becomes a cage fighter. He succeeds in both. He notes that when he told friends and colleagues that he was falling hard for MMA, “It was as if I had announced some shameful affair.” I can relate. I still get some weird looks and/or comments when I tell people I am a devout follower–and supporter–of MMA. I’m such a fan that I am currently working on launching a new website geared solely to MMA. More on that later. For now, lets hear what the author himself has to say about his book. Video right after the jump.

I hope the anti-MMA faction will give this a read. Even if you are not a fan of the sport it is such an amazing story that I would have a hard time seeing how someone would not enjoy it. Especially that of Miletich. No doubt Wertheim has given maximum respect to the sport. And I can only imagine that people will be reading this book many years from now.

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