Monday, March 2, 2009
Book Review: "Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich and the Furious Rise of the UFC"
Yeah, so I finally finished L. Jon Wertheim's book "Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich and the Furious Rise of the UFC". It's a decent read - and prose-wise, it's one of the better books written about MMA. As the title implies, Miletich is the lens through which the sport is seen and chronicled, and the timeline stretches from some bully kicking his ass in kindergarten to about four days ago. Did you know that Pat cut so much weight for his UFC 32 bout against Shonie Carter that he needed teammate Tom Sauer to hook him up with some IV fluids snagged from a local emergency room? I did because I was the dude who drove them to that emergency room, but it was interesting to read about these events from someone else's perspective. Which is what Blood in Cage provides. Want more insight from a Sports Illustrated writer's fresh perspective? Get the book. It's worth it.