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      Mixed martial arts? What is it?

      By Fightland Staff Apr 10, 2014

      MMA Worldwide - Afghanistan

      Fightland travels to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet Rohullah Mohammadi, a five-time kickboxing gold medalist who's devoted his life to teaching the kids of his war-torn country the art of MMA.

      By Fightland Staff Apr 10, 2014
      By Peter Rugg Oct 16, 2013

      In East Harlem They Do MMA the Bruce Lee Way

      Dawadah has never had a gym—just a heavy bag and a wooden training dummy stored in an East Harlem community room closet. For ten dollars a class, he'll train anyone with an interest in Jeet Kune Do, the hybrid martial arts system developed by Bruce Lee…

      By Peter Rugg Oct 16, 2013
      By Ottavia Bourdain Jun 27, 2013

      Anthony Bourdain and Others Throw on Gis

      For two years now, Ottavia Bourdain's friends and family have been witnessing her descent down the jiu-jitsu rabbit hole. So, she figured, why not show them what it's all about and treat them to an introductory lesson?

      By Ottavia Bourdain Jun 27, 2013
      By Fightland Staff May 22, 2013

      Pakistan - Part 2

      Pakistani MMA got its start in an apartment above a real estate office. It's come a long way since. Fightland traveled to Lahore to meet Bashir Ahmad, a professional fighter and founder of the country's first-ever mixed martial arts team, PAK MMA. In part…

      By Fightland Staff May 22, 2013
      By Mike Bebernes Mar 9, 2013

      The Psychology of Submitting

      Mixed martial arts is unique in sports in having a major percentage of its outcomes decided by a choice: to endure pain and risk injury or to tap out. The science of how pain works within the body is widely understood. What is less clear is what happens i…

      By Mike Bebernes Mar 9, 2013
      By Ottavia Bourdain Feb 24, 2013

      MMA with the Bourdain Family

      My husband likes to say that when we first met I was a delicate flower. I think he's just trying to rationalize how he could find himself in a relationship with a woman who could kick his ass. Truth is, there was nothing delicate about me when we first me…

      By Ottavia Bourdain Feb 24, 2013
      By Ottavia Bourdain Feb 1, 2013

      Ottavia Bourdain: My Jiu-Jitsu Addiction

      When I first enrolled at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City I would hear people say how Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a way of life, how it made them better human beings, how they wouldn't ever stop or trade it for anything else. I thought these people we…

      By Ottavia Bourdain Feb 1, 2013
      By Eugene Robinson Jan 19, 2013

      The Tornado and the Beach

      The story is as crucial as crucial could have ever been. We're talking Grimm's fairy tale crucial. A family goes out one day, in this instance to a beach, and a boy, their boy, falls asleep, face down in the sand. Then the boy wakes up to the complete and…

      By Eugene Robinson Jan 19, 2013
      By Krishna Andavolu Dec 26, 2012

      The Ultimate Fighter's Passage to India

      The Elite Football League of India launched this summer to yawning indifference from audiences in the sub-continent and curious derision from observers in the US. Importing American football—shoulder pads, helmets, down markers, and all—to a country where…

      By Krishna Andavolu Dec 26, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 13, 2012

      I'm a Man of Letters Learning to Fight with an MMA Team

      In a rash moment, I took up with an MMA team. I wanted to learn how to spar. The other week, I was caught clean with a right cross that brought tears to my eyes. I would be lying if I said it upset me.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 13, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 10, 2012

      The Snowman Vs. the Cops

      Four years ago, heavyweight veteran Jeff Monson squared off with riot police at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here's the story behind one of MMA's best photographs.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 10, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 8, 2012

      MMA Enters Its Golden Age Just in Time for Fightland Launch

      Recently I decided the reason I'm such a huge fan of mixed martial arts—beyond my affection for blood-splattered knockouts and tactical submission battles—is because it gives me the only opportunity I know of to witness a sport becoming itself.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Dec 8, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 20, 2012

      No Hot Stove Here

      The perpetual nature of MMA's "fighting season" means fans can't luxuriate in their opinions about fights and fighters for too long. Events like Saturday's UFC come around with enough regularity to turn predictions into dust.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 20, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 17, 2012

      The Return of Georges St. Pierre

      Reigning welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre will be back in the ring for UFC 154 on Saturday, facing interim champion Carlos Condit. Will it be a dream fight?

      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 17, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 8, 2012

      UFC Fighters Want to Get in Bed with the Swoosh

      Junior dos Santos, the current UFC heavyweight champion, is reportedly in talks with Nike about an endorsement deal. The Nike deal would be great for dos Santos for any number of reasons, and not all of them monetary.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Nov 8, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 18, 2012

      Weightless History

      MMA is so new that it's unhaunted by the nightmare of history. There are no curses in the sport, no doomed fighters, nor tragic figures with hexes placed on them or their ancestors. And when the better fighter wins, the crowd moves on.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 18, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 4, 2012

      Bloody Detachment

      Moments like the Evan Dunham-TJ Grant fight, when an injured fighter leaks blood all over the cage but keeps fighting like nothing happened, are litmus tests for MMA interest. Casual fans will recoil, brutes will be delighted, but deep-down MMA fans see o…

      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 4, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 2, 2012

      Necessary Violence

      I hate real fighting as much as I love MMA. I believe it's no gladiatorial free-for-all, but a real sport with rules and a value system. But fighters are predisposed toward violence, and sometimes I just want to see good fighters fight.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Oct 2, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Sep 26, 2012

      Being Forgettable Is the Deadliest Sin of All

      There's no fate in this world worse for the enterprising and ambitious MMA fighter than allowing a fight to go to a decision. "Don't leave it in the hands of the judges" is basically a commandment. No one wants to lose, or to be ignored.

      By Josh Rosenblatt Sep 26, 2012
      By Josh Rosenblatt Sep 13, 2012

      A Bad Ass in Twilight

      Trumped-up anger and staged indignation can be found anytime by anyone with a remote control these days, but true self-awareness after years of self-delusion is rare on television, but that's exactly what Phil Baroni, washed-up MMA dude, displays on Fight…

      By Josh Rosenblatt Sep 13, 2012