• Russian MMA Hero Fedor Emelianenko and the Sochi Olympics

    The winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are approaching under a cloud. The $51 billion production has been plagued by accusations of graft and corruption. And then there’s the threat of terrorism. Well, don't fret; it's not all bad, at least not for MMA fans.

  • How Marijuana Can Save the NFL

    Marijuana could help prevent the early-onset dementia that affects many former pro football players who have taken a lot of blows to the head. It's also a remarkably safe, effective pain reliever. Why does the league ban it again?

  • MMA in the Slums of Japan

    In the slums of Osaka, fighters and promoters are pushing a brand of MMA that's as close to street fighting as you can get without the cops busting in.

  • Meet the Nieratkos

    Sean Hayes: Skate Coach to the Stars

    For many in the industry, the idea of skateboarding as a competitive or team sport has long been a point of contention. And because the word “coach” automatically conjures up images of sweaty old jocks with whistles and exercise drills, it’s sometimes not a very respected profess…

  • Epicly Later'd

    Theotis Beasley - Part 1

    In part one of Theotis Beasley's Epicly Later'd episode, we check out Theo's old stomping grounds in Inglewood, CA and recap his early skating days, from feeling like he had to hide his skills as a kid to a chance meeting with Andrew Reynolds.

  • Bigger Women, Smaller Shot

    The opportunities for women to compete in MMA on a professional level have never been more plentiful. Yet for many women, the newfound popularity of WMMA has only reaffirmed their own exclusion.

  • The Czech Kickboxing Champion Who Trains in a Pub Basement

    Lubos Lesak's neighbors are very appreciative for two reasons: they feel that having a martial arts champion nearby is a guarantee of a safe neighborhood, and after a long time one of their own got famous.

  • Qatar's Frantic Effort to Build a World Cup-Ready City in a Decade

    Sportswriter David Roth recently went to the tiny, insanely wealthy Middle Eastern monarchy and wrote a long piece about his experiences there for SB Nation. I emailed with him to find out how it felt to walk around the half-finished sidewalks of Doha.

  • The Time Rowdy Roddy Piper Threw Muhammad Ali on His Ass

    "Muhammad Ali came straight at me and he locked up with me. And, I swear to God, I heard him say, 'Hip toss.' And I hip-tossed him. Womp! And his shoe fell off."

  • Fightland Meets Josh Barnett

    The longtime MMA heavyweight fights this weekend at UFC 168, but we wondered what he gets up to when he's not pummeling people. He happens to be a big Magic: The Gathering fan, so he taught us how to play the classic card game.

  • Screening Room: Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva

    Before their big rematch this weekend, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva sit down in our screening room and chat about their first fight.

  • This Guy Thinks All Pro Sports Are Rigged

    What do Super Bowl III, the 2012 Olympic badminton tournament, the 2011 Cricket World Cup semifinals, and the 2012 Manny Pacquiao–Timothy Bradley fight have in common? According to Brian Tuohy, they were all fixed.

  • Boxing in a Strip Club Parking Lot

    The crowd was a mixture of families with babies and kids, strippers in bikini tops and leather chaps selling beer, and drunk guys trying to feel on the strippers.

  • Fringes

    Underground Fighters of Japan

    A Japanese movie producer wasn't satisfied with the professional fighting tournaments out there, so he made his own—one that has as few rules as possible in an attempt to replicate street fighting.