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Oliver Lee Bateman

Oliver Bateman is a contributing writer to MEL Magazine. He writes about the extreme sides of fitness, the weirder sides of MMA and pro wrestling, and the unorthodox lifestyles of professional athletes. His writing on these topics has appeared in publications such as the Paris Review, the Atlantic, and the New Republic. Ever since he was a little kid, he's been really good at exercising.

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    Try as You Might, There Is No Redemption for Chris Benoit

    A new Viceland doc has brought out a slew of Benoit Bros, who insist it’s more important to focus on his in-ring prowess than the fact he murdered his wife and child

    These Fans Created Fantasy Leagues That Don’t Need Actual Sports

    It’s sabermetrics meets gaming meets fanfiction — and it goes as far as their imagination can take them

    There’s Nothing Stopping Athletes From Doping Like Crazy Now

    No tests. No rules. No action. The coronavirus outbreak gives pro athletes a million excuses — and opportunities — to fuel their offseason with steroids.