By Doug Merlino
Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience music in to UFC fits. even though a few brush aside it as brutal wrestle, its combatants are one of the so much devoted athletes in any area. yet MMA additionally takes a heavy toll at the physique, and it's a unprecedented fighter who can make money within the sport's best ranks.
Beast follows 4 high-level warring parties at one of many sport's elite gyms, Florida's American most sensible workforce. Doug Merlino had extraordinary entry, education along the lads for 2 years, touring to their fits, and consuming of their houses. Mirsad Bektic, a tender Bosnian refugee who begun 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 megastar 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 lifestyles brief on chance, fights his manner as much as identify competition. All will event electrifying highs and occupation lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of ways whereas additionally analyzing the heritage, tradition, enterprise, and that means cage struggling with. A e-book for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast bargains a desirable trip into a frequently misunderstood international.
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