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Fighting Is Political

Ali... political

Ali… political

There’s a segment of sports fans (generally middle class and higher, always white) that gets incredulous about the notion of athletes being “political.”

These, of course, are probably the same sort of people who’ve never had to experience any of the persecutions and injustices that have made these athletes speak to power.

Sarah explained why the combat arts are political in a story for Fightland.

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Amanda Nunes’ Classy Apology

Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes

After UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes beat Ronda Rousey in the ring she also did some verbal beating on the former champ as well, suggesting that Rousey retire.

Nunes now figures what she said was uncool and has formally apologized for it.

In an age where McGregor Mouth™ is the default for most pro fighters this marks a welcome dignified switch up.

Sarah wrote about it for Fightland.

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An Introductory Guide To Nazi Punching

Nazi punching

Nazi punching

Nazi punching, it seems, is a practice quite in vogue these days.

Thing is, throwing some knuckles at Hitler youth has a history far longer than the recent news cycle.

Sarah wrote about some high-profile Nazi punches for Fightland.

To read her story click here.

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Idris Elba: Fighter Doc Is Smart, Real

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

For fans of Stringer Bell, DCI John Luther or his real-life non-actor personification as Idris Elba, the idea of Elba embarking on a quest to become a pro kickboxer on the wrong side of 40 was… disconcerting.

Idris Elba: Fighter, the doc series that emerged from this journey, however, is entirely real and genuine.

Sarah watched and wrote about it for Fightland.

To read what she said click here.

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Kieran Tamondong’s Breakout Year

Kieran Tamondong

Kieran Tamondong

One of the athletes that Sarah’s benefactors at Asian World Of Martial Arts sponsors is teenage breakout star Kieran Tamondong.

Tamondong did a pile of high-profile things in 2016, but there’s probably no better indicator that he’s on his way than the fact that he was in a Beyonce video.

Sarah recapped his year for AWMA.

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Karate’s Big Comeback

Van Zant vs. Waterson

Van Zant vs. Waterson

After Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson’s victory over Paige VanZant in December, it became increasingly clear that karate is making a comeback as one of the go-to skills needed to compete in mixed martial arts.

Sarah wrote about this in a blog post for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.

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When Tito And Chael Fight Does Anyone Win?

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen

When Tito Ortiz beat Chael Sonnen recently in their match at Bellator 170 it was billed as the retirement fight for the MMA pioneer Ortiz.

Throughout their careers both were bigger-than-life personalities whose in-ring successes were matched by out-of-the-ring trash talk and razzle dazzle.

Now, though, as both of them age out of elite competition, the prospect of a fight between the two is more sad than it is intriguing.

Sarah wrote about this for Fightland.

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