Oct/Nov 2007 Features

MMA’s Ten Most Heated Feuds

In The Godfather , Don Vito Corleone asks Johnny Fontaine if he spends time with his family, proclaiming that a “man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Well, a sport can never be a real sport without a signature feud or rivalry. All the major sports have them. [...]

A Force of Nature

BJ Penn seems to exist apart from other fi ghters. He does things that should be impossible, like moving up in weight and taking the belt, or being the only American to win Mundials (the world series of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) ever. And he looks ordinary, nondescript, with a smooth, seal-like body. My editor said, “Tell [...]

Brotherhood of the Cage

“It’s called the Mongolian Attack…” I am watching Greg Jackson as he instructs Keith Jardine and Tait Fletcher on one of Jackson’s famously arcane mixed martial arts techniques before they begin a sparring session at Jackson’s New Mexico gym. “What the Mongolians would do is rush in with their cavalry,” says Jackson from outside the [...]

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