By Doug Merlino
Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience song in to UFC suits. even though a few brush aside it as brutal strive against, its opponents are one of the so much devoted 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 most sensible 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 remarkable 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, goals of stardom. Jeff Monson, a battered veteran at 41, is an outspoken, tattooed anarchist having fun with a weird and wonderful burst of famous person 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 method as much as identify rivalry. All will adventure electrifying highs and profession lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of how whereas additionally studying the historical past, tradition, company, and that means cage combating. A publication for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast deals a desirable trip into a frequently misunderstood global.
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