Pat Miletich was one of the first figthers that was a true mixed martial artist. In fact, Rocky has nothing on this real-life account. In fact, Rocky h My major takeaway from this book: The philosophy of winning fights in The Octagon applies to real life. The last couple chapters also sort of felt like they meandered on, hitting various remaining points left uncovered. There are countless little errors just like those two that make me question this guys ability to research anything. The real tragedy of the sport and this book is that the only way for them to sell is to submit to a terribly flawed market system that ends up polluting the end product.
I enjoyed just about every part of this book, and I say that as someone who knows next to nothing about the sport. No, it's not human cock-fighting and it isn't a blood sport and it's actually safer than boxing and professional football, there just happens to be a copious amount of blood in some of the fights. A winning writer, Wertheim introduces a colorful, mostly likable cast of fighters, promoters, trainers and executives, brings an unflinching eye to fight scenes the opening beat-down will certainly grab readers' attention and defends the sport just as well as he questions its less-savory operating tactics. This book has so many small details wrong I feel like I can barely trust it. We each have our poison, and I guess martial arts happens to be mine.
Miletich entered the sport in the early 1990s, when it was a no-holds-barred free-for-all referred to by Sen. Fuck, what does any of this have to do with the book? This is when Wertheim said that this is the next level of fighting and it will be the new generation which is currently today in recent times. And third, fighters are much more dynamic, or well rounded these days. I look forward to more Wertheim books, because he's an excellent sportswriter. Only way to win is if you have if you have both elements.
His suit and tie were replaced by a sportcoat and an open collar. Or is it a barbaric blood-sport? Spoilers below Now retired from fighting, Miletich still coaches fighters and his system of fighting is known among the best that train champions. I understand that people want to make money. I read an advance copy, which had numerous errors. Why would anyone want to read a book about mixed martial arts? This style of fighting has become less prevalent lately for a number of reasons. Same deal with the book. I guess everything I just wrote in the second half of the last paragraph is a nice way of saying that as a fighter Miletich was something of a throw-back to the earlier era of the sport.
Published in New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 15th 2009. Station folks figured if it flops, no one would notice. Overall a good read, I would recommend it. Published in New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 15th 2009. Yes, it is a sport with world-class athletes. Just the way we have this sport that's wrapped in a bunch of nonsense, silly sponsors, horrible music, entering an arena through machine-provided smoke, we have a book that is also wrapped in nonsense and makes a person like me embarrassed to even be associated with it.
It's an interesting approach to the book. Beyond that, though, what I got most from this read was a sense of the personality of the American midwest, through the biography of Pat Miletich, a central character. We each have our poison, and I guess martial arts happens to be mine. But as a coach he did help create a Miletich 2. As a student of martial arts, I found this book exceptionally inspiring.
Especially someone who doesn't really have all that much interest in the sport? It gives the new fans some of the background needed to appreciate the sport while keeping things entertaining and thoughtful enough for those fans who have seen the transformations firsthand. To any of you who didn't know this about me you do now. Now, more about the book and less about me. The author treats the topic well, though he tends to be a bit squeamish about the reality of physical conflict throughout but like many, this tends to be overshadowed by respect for the skill, technique and determination of the fighters. The good parts of the book are mostly the sections that serve as a biography of Pat Miletich, a smalltown bar fighter who finds his Why would anyone want to read a book about mixed martial arts? Single-handedly Miletich has transformed a gritty town on the Mississippi into an unlikely hotbed for his sport.
Blood in the cage, is fairly the most interesting sports book that is about a guy discovering new things about a sport he hasn't known anything of after being a sports illustrator. In a weird way, delving into the world of cage fighting was the beginning of Miletich's calming down just a bit. Blood in the cage, by L. Or is it just merely a spectacle a la professional wrestling? It has room for energy drinks and some of the most egregious affronts to the world of fashion that t-shirts have ever made. The guy starts out fighting anyone and anything that gives him a hard time, including at one point fighting a jeep.
I liked learning about Miletich's background in martial arts in general an This book tries to be an introduction to mixed martial arts for the general audience. As a student of martial arts, I found this book exceptionally inspiring. Like many fighters, he comes from an ugly background. Fortunately, though, the hyperbole either settled down or just became easy to overlook once the book got going, because this really is a work that has a good chance of becoming a classic. My name is Ellis, and I am a Mixed Martial Arts addict.