Author Doug Merlino speaks to Google about his latest book "Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts" Mixed martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the country, new gyms open their doors as enthusiastic viewers tune in to UFC matches. Although some dismiss it as brutal combat, its fighters are among the most dedicated athletes in any arena. But MMA also takes a heavy toll on the body, and it's a rare fighter who can earn a living in the sport's top ranks. In this talk Doug Merlino discusses his unprecedented access to four athletes training to fight their way up to title contention while also examining the history, culture, business, and meaning of professional cage fighting..
Doug is an American writer and journalist. Merlino has worked for publications including Slate, Wired, Men's Journal, the Budapest Business Journal, and the Seattle Times. He reported on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda for the PBS show Frontline/World
Beast follows four high-level fighters at one of the sport's elite gyms, Florida's American Top Team. Doug Merlino had unprecedented access, training alongside the men for two years, traveling to their matches, and eating in their homes.Find out more