The Aging Fighter Who May Be Russia’s Favorite American

The Russian, 29-year-old Levan Persaev, apologized for winning and told Mr. Monson that the fight — not a full mixed martial arts bout but a slightly more subdued “grappling” match — should have been declared a draw. “Jeff, I just want to say how much I respect you Read more [...]

Money, Lust and Kung Fu: Shaolin’s ‘C.E.O. Monk’ Is Under Fire

Photo Students practicing kung fu at the Shaolin Tagou School, one of the private academies near the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China, in November 2014. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times DENGFENG, China — Incense drifting through ancient cedars. Saffron-robed monks, limbs a blur of movement, making quick work of imagined enemies. Read more [...]