The New Yorker talks with “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the worlds best female fighter, about why she loves to be hated
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Ronda Rousey - the first American woman to medal in judo
at the Summer Olympics - is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. She has won all six of her professional fights - all but one of them in less than a minute - using a trademark armbar that is usually described as "devastating"
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Sam the Banana Man
- Samuel Zemurray
- saw opportunity in a pile of discarded bananas. As his empire grew he moved up the supply chain
and eventually installed friendly governments
to protect his interests. His former home at 2 Audubon Place, New Orleans
, is now the residence for the President of Tulane University.
The Judo Chops
series at MMA website Bloody Elbow
will help you discover the "art" in mixed martial arts. Each entry uses photos, GIFs and expert explanation to break down just what goes on in a high level mixed martial arts fight. [more inside]
Fedor Emelianenko is the best fighter in the world. A "thinking man's fighter", he has defeated many larger opponents
and even one giant
. But Fedor is leaving the Ultimate Fighting Championship
star Evan Tanner
has a new vision; one that still involves fighting, but on a completely different level
Last week, Pride Fighting Championships
had their American debut in Las Vegas. Pride FC is a Mixed Martial Arts organization from Japan that boasts a lineup of fighters arguably superior to those of other MMA groups. Their heavyweight champion for example, Fedor Emelianenko
, is considered the best MMA fighter ever by most fight commentators. They are famous for their operatic production values
, regularly filling out 30-60,000 seat arenas in Japan.
However, many in MMA circles assert that their product is "too foreign"
for the US, and that they need to "Americanize"
their product for the mass market. Is this true? Given the popularity of video games
in the US, they might not have to change all that much.
You Asked For It.
So you want to learn
it. And here
you do not
. (Some video footage may be NSFW due violent fight footage. No fatalities.)