Inside The Cage: the Rise of Female Fighters

Annie Price meets the women fighting to the top in Mixed Martial Arts or MMA - one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Molly McCann is the first English woman to win in the top tier, the UFC or Ultimate Fight Championship. She invites Price to train and hang out with her as she prepares for her biggest fight yet, in the USA.

18 year old Shanelle Dyer fights at amateur level and sees MMA as the ticket to big earnings and a way to escape the street violence around her west London family home.  Cory McKenna is 19, a straight A student turned full time fighter, now hotly tipped for the top of the sport.

Training and traveling with Britain’s brightest MMA stars, Price finds out what drives them and whether the risks of injury and even death are really worth the rewards.

Bloody battles for cash and glory.. definitely not for the squeamish.

The Observer