Since the initial publication of A Fighter’s Heart,
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has exploded in popularity, landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated
and The New York Times
and prominently featured in other major media. A best seller in hardcover, Sam Sheridan’s thrilling, eye-opening first-person report on the world of MMA is set to reach an even larger audience in paperback.
In 1999, after a series of adventurous jobsworking construction at the South Pole, ranching in Montana
, fighting wildfires in New Mexico
, and sailing private yachts around the worldSam Sheridan found himself in Australia
loaded with cash and intent on not working until he’d spent it all. He quit smoking and began working out at a local gym, where it slowly occurred to him that now, without distractions, he could finally indulge a long-dormant obsession: fighting.
Within a year, Sheridan
moved to Bangkok
to train at the legendary Fairtex gym with the greatest fighter in muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) history. Driven by a desire to know what only a fighter canabout fear and violence, about the dark side of masculinity, and most of all about himselfhe stepped through the ropes for a professional bout.
That single fight wasn’t enough. Sheridan
set out to test himself on an epic journey into how and why we fight. From small-town Iowa
to the beaches of Rio, from the streets of Oakland
to the arenas of Tokyo
, he trained, traveled, and fought with Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and Ultimate Fighting champions. This is the chronicle of Sheridan
’s quest, part insightful look at violence as a career and spectator sport, and part dizzying account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggressionto hit and be hit.