Scythian warriors and today’s MMA tattoos

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*Editor’s NOTE: Clicking Images in the article will give you a larger version of the thumbnail.* The sight of galloping Scythian armies 2,600 years ago must have been terrifying. Reigning over the steppes of present-day Ukraine, these ancient warriors drank the blood of their foes and used their scalps for napkins; Herodotus describes how they lined their […] READ MORE


Beyond the Hype of Cyborg vs Rousey

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The age of “Dinocroc vs Supergator” and “Sharktopus vs Pteracuda” is upon us. But if you thought the UFC 190 Rousey-Correia fight was a mismatch and that a Cyborg vs Rousey fight will really settle things one way or another for the “Rowdy” one, think again. First off, a disclaimer:  this article is not for those who are […] READ MORE


The Brutal Realities behind the Seductive Fantasy of MMA

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The appalling photos of the injured Rory MacDonald and Robby Lawler from UFC 189 jolted viewers and once again highlighted the wide gulf between the fantasy of MMA and the harsh reality behind it. Many fans had been anesthetized by the quick finishes of Ronda Rousey and mesmerized by the undeniable virtuosity of a Conor McGregor, but now – […] READ MORE


“GOATS”, Trash Talk and Betting in MMA

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A quick glance at comment threads for MMA articles reveals numerous spitball fights concerning which fighter deserves to be labeled GOAT (the Greatest Of All Time). Some fans fire off  salvos of statistics to canonize their favorites, others fall back on more emotional, wishful ‘reasoning.’ Finally the bottom feeders, disdaining Musgrave’s Rules of Debate, aim for the verbal jugular […] READ MORE