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 [...]

With Seconds to Spare, Katinka Hosszu Sets Medley Record

Photo Katinka Hosszu set a world record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday night. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times After repeated frustration on the sport’s biggest stage, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary crushed the world record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday night to capture gold for the first Olympic medal of her career. Hosszu, known as the Iron Lady for her grueling schedule, led all the way and touched in 4 minutes 26.36 seconds, eclipsing the record of 4:28.43 held by Ye Shiwen of China Read more [...]

New York to Require $1 Million Brain-Injury Coverage for Mixed Martial Artists

Photo Jose Aldo taking a shot from Frankie Edgar during a mixed martial arts bout at U.F.C. 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Credit John Locher/Associated Press ALBANY — New York will require $1 million coverage for life-threatening brain injuries and other new health insurance for both professional boxers and its first group of licensed mixed martial artists under state regulations expected to take effect in September. 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 [...]

The YouTube Brawler Kimbo Slice Tries an M.M.A. Comeback

Photo Kimbo Slice in an Elite XC fight league match in 2008. Credit Rich Schultz/Associated Press It seems like an eternity ago in the fast-maturing world of mixed martial arts , but there was a time when a man named Kimbo Slice was the most talked about fighter in the country. Slice made his reputation in the early 2000s, appearing in unsanctioned street fights that were taped and uploaded to the Internet in the days when seeing a video on your computer still seemed really neat Read more [...]

‘Pastor With a Punch’

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Bowe Is Returning to Ring, but Drive to Fight Never Left

BANGKOK — For years, Riddick Bowe dreamed of getting back into the ring — just not this ring and this sport, in this country. This week in Thailand, Bowe, a former world heavyweight boxing champion, will make his debut as a Muay Thai fighter — a brutal mixed martial art that makes boxing look gentlemanly Read more [...]

Leaving the Cage to Crash the Multiplex

In the fall of 2006 Ken Chamitoff was traveling around the United States for his company, which takes photographs at martial arts studios. In Bellingham, Wash., about halfway through a three-and-a-half-month stint on the road, the unending days of being away from his family and living in hotel rooms got to him. Read more [...]