By Doug Merlino
Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience track in to UFC suits. even supposing a few brush off it as brutal strive against, its combatants are one of the so much committed athletes in any area. yet MMA additionally takes a heavy toll at the physique, and it's an extraordinary fighter who can make money within the sport's best ranks.
Beast follows 4 high-level combatants at one of many sport's elite gyms, Florida's American most sensible workforce. Doug Merlino had unparalleled entry, education along the boys for 2 years, touring to their fits, and consuming of their houses. Mirsad Bektic, a tender Bosnian refugee who began in karate as a boy in Nebraska, desires of stardom. Jeff Monson, a battered veteran at 41, is an outspoken, tattooed anarchist having fun with a strange burst of star in Russia. Steve Mocco is a newcomer-a former Olympic wrestler from a close-knit, highbrow kinfolk. eventually, there's Daniel Straus, who, from a existence brief on chance, fights his approach as much as identify rivalry. All will adventure electrifying highs and occupation lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of how whereas additionally interpreting the background, tradition, company, and that means cage scuffling with. A booklet for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast deals a desirable trip into a frequently misunderstood international.
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Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts by Doug Merlino