Based on unique get right of entry to to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its rival organizations, Blood within the Cage peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which has exploded in popularity in spite of resistance. Wertheim makes a speciality of Pat Miletich, who runs probably the most famous MMA training school on the earth. Single-handedly Miletich has transformed a gritty town at the Mississippi into an unlikely hotbed for his sport. He has also transformed many a standard Joe into a walking weapon 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 The united states. Blood within the Cage takes readers in the back of the scenes, right down to the mat, from a punch within 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.