September 2009 Features

Nice Guys Finish Fights

You might expect the American Kickboxing Academy to be a sleek, state-of-the-art facility. With all the elite fighters it has produced, you probably wouldn’t expect to find it sitting between a Big Lots and a craft store, in a strip mall on the edge of San Jose, though that’s exactly where it is. The small [...]

Defending the Motherland

Its technical name is “Sambo.” While it’s not incorrect to translate it as “Sombo” or even “Sam,” it is actually an acronym that stands for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, meaning “self-defense without weapons” in Russian. Like a diversified mutual fund that draws its strength from investments in a multitude of strong stocks, Sambo was created and [...]

The History of The Ultimate Fighter

Nine Seasons, 108 Episodes, Nine Finales, 15 Winners, and even more careers made and improved by the experience of being on the most important and influential television show in mixed martial arts history: UFC and Spike-TV’s The Ultimate Fighter. In the last 5 years, each of the nine seasons have taken on a life of [...]

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