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Butterbean Hasn’t Gone Anywhere. You Just Haven’t Been Looking Hard Enough

“Man, that’s the question they all want to know: What happened to Butterbean?” asks retired professional boxer and mixed martial artist Eric Esch, a 5-foot-11,…

An MMA Fighter Was Recently Beaten to a Pulp in the Octagon. So Why Didn’t the Fight Stop?

A few weeks ago, the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its first trip to Russia, holding a card at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. It was…

ICYMI: The Return of Fanny Packs, the World of Chechen MMA and Very Long Balls (And What to Do…

Before we dive into the good stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of one of the all-time greats—Aretha Franklin. I’m not…

The Only Escape for Chechen Men Is MMA Glory

In a small gym under a railway tunnel in Grozny, Chechnya, 18-year-old Muhammad Kualev has spent the past six months practicing assorted holds and striking…