Waylon Jennings, “Waymore’s Blues”

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Muhammad Ali: “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see”

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Curtis Mayfield, “Kung Fu”

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“My defense is impregnable”

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Steven Jesse Bernstein, “More Noise Please”

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New Story: “The Good Fight”

On helping troubled youth via MMA:

On a hot, weekday morning, Howard Scott Puig—universally known as Padrino—was at work.

“Hard! Hard! Hard!” he bellowed as a group of 10 people hopped back and forth over heavy bags laid out on the mats of his gym. They ranged in age from 11 to around 40 and included several amateur fighters in their late teens and early twenties. Techno music thrummed. It was 90 degrees outside and about as hot in the gym, the few fans failing to do much besides circulate muggy air.

“If you want to be treated as a man, work as a man,” Padrino said as his exhausted students ran in circles around the mats.

Padrino wore gray camouflage pants and a matching gray tank top. His hair was high and tight, military style. His handlebar moustache was black over his upper lip before tapering off to white at each end. At age 50, with his booming voice, no-nonsense demeanor, and the tattoo of a skull on his right shoulder, he resembled Robert DeNiro playing the role of hard-ass MMA coach.

Full story here.

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Burning Spear, “Slavery Days”

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New Story: Jorge Masvidal’s Miami

Jorge Masvidal guided his black Cadillac CTS through the one-story sprawl of West Miami, pointing out landmarks. A drive-through grocery store that stayed open late into the night. A Family Dollar. The Disco Fish Market & Restaurant. A Cuban bakery that serves the best pastelitos around, oozing melted cheese.

It was Saturday afternoon. A pair of mini-boxing gloves decorated with a Cuban flag motif dangled from the rearview mirror, a tiny American flag on a stick protruding from one. Masvidal’s friend, Isaac Kesington, rode shotgun. The backseat was strewn with workout clothes piled next to the pink car seat of Masvidal’s 4-year-old daughter, now occupied by a Barbie doll. The digital temperature gauge on the dashboard ticked between 91 and 92 degrees. Masvidal bounced to a Buju Banton beat.

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New Story: A Different Take on the Prince of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

An interview with Rian Gittman, pastor, brown belt in jiu jitsu, and MMA coach:

“The Bible says that the gates of hell shall not prevail, the righteous taketh by violence. Prayer is violent. Christianity is violent. There’s nothing wrong with subduing your enemy. … Christ himself had to commit violence.”

Full story here.

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The Stranglers, “No More Heroes”

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