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Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Have you heard of Andrei Arlovski? Arguably the baddest-ass of all mixed martial artists with the nickname “Pitbull,” Arlovski won the UFC heavyweight title right around the time I was getting into sport. A former World Youth Combat Sambo champion and World Cup silver medalist — combat sambo, for the uninitiated or apathetic, is kind […]

The Scope of Our Lives

The Scope of Our Lives

Whether we realize it or not, we tend to measure the scope of our lives in events. Sometimes, these events are seemingly disconnected, held together by the common thread of their sheer historical gravity: my grandfather fought in World War II, was around when the Stock Market crashed, experienced the cultural gut-punch of integration in […]

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Truly, these combat sport-related columns can get to the point where they resemble a Russian nesting doll. By the time I’m done writing this — never mind by the time it gets posted and printed — there will have been two more fights with serious intellectual- and industry-related implications. In boxing, 42-year-old Tony Thompson (whose […]