The Original: Royce Gracie’s Legacy Endures

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In 1993, a skinny Brazilian named Royce Gracie not only won the very first UFC tournament, but he also changed the way we forever perceived fighting. Twenty years later, there’s still nothing particularly remarkable about Royce Gracie when you look at him. He’s the same slim, unaffecting figure at 46 years old that he was [...]

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Oatmeal With Brian Stann

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Brian Stann was a picture of inward dedication. It immediately stood out. There was a quiet dignity to him that showed over a stovetop on a cold morning in January 2008. It wasn’t that he was just an All-American (because he wasn’t in the lesser way we’ve defined it), it was that he was a true All-American when nobody was looking.

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Eve of Destruction: The night before Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title, Ray Longo saw things unfolding before his eyes.

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Heavyweight great Floyd Patterson wouldn’t have sex during his training camps before fights, because he believed it weakened the knees. This is a proud fight game deprivation that has been passed down through the centuries. It’s more scientific than a rabbit’s foot, but “Jersey” Joe Walcott carried around a miniature horseshoe just in case. Fighters [...]

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UFC 102: Deception

UFC 102 proved what Socrates was getting at some 2,500 years ago: If you think you know what’s going on, you’re a f***ing fool.

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