In the late-1980s, a VHS tape circulated in the course of the martial arts underground. The grainy video, Gracies in Action, showed a slim Brazilian fighter in a traditional gi fighting a boxer, a wrestler, and in spite of everything a karate master. Art Davie saw the tape, and with Rorion Gracie, devised War of the Worlds, a combat tournament featuring fighters from each discipline. In 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship debuted in Denver, Colorado, and 86,000 home viewers paid to watch. Since then, under the leadership of UFC president Dana White, the popularity of MMA has skyrocketed.
In Into the Cage, UFC insider Nick “the Tooth” Gullo gives us an unprecedented tour in the course of the world of ultimate fighting. Here you’ll find the history of mixed martial arts; an in-depth appreciation of mixed martial arts styles; a at the back of-the-scenes have a look at The Ultimate Fighter; and a glimpse into life with a fight team and what it takes to face an opponent within the Octagon. Through 196 remarkable photographs and never-before-told anecdotes, Nick Gullo gives UFC fans unparalleled get admission to to the training, lives, and careers of a few of MMA’s most celebrated fighters, including Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Nick and Nate Diaz, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, and Chad Weidman; and also the people and personalities, from Joe Rogan to Arianny Celeste, who make the sport great.
Above all, Into the Cage chronicles the hero’s journey embarked upon by one of the toughest, most skilled fighters the world has ever seen. Fascinating, uncensored, and insightful, this remarkable first-hand account reveals the world’s most compelling and fastest growing sport as it has never been seen before.