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These Liberals are Pumping Iron So They Can Be Strong Enough to Fight Fascists

Some leftists got sad after the election. Others got angry. These guys got jacked.

The Lurid Legend of Panama’s Wife-Swapping Streetfighters

When I heard about the Darwinian slap-boxing brawls where the winner gets to take home the loser’s wife, I simply had to find out if this was real.

Secret Life of a Medieval Fight Club Warrior

Meet a Wall Street consultant who dons a suit of armor for the most badass battles this side of Westeros.

I Was a Child Soldier—and I Never Stopped Fighting

When my father joined our country’s fight for freedom from Mother Russia, I ran away from home to join him. Two decades later, I’m back on the front lines, wondering if my own children will ever know a world without war.

Please Punch Me

A fear-ridden father corners his midlife crisis by enticing an ex-con boxing champ into the ring for the bout of a lifetime.

The Gladiators of Calcio Storico

For three epic days each year, Florence’s central square hosts an ancient sport where teams of men kick, punch and pummel their way to glory.

The Contender

A boxing prodigy from Burkina Faso climbs his way to the top while dishwashing and couch surfing in the Bronx.

The Brutal Honesty of a Bloodsport Baron

Back when the Bowery Boys and Dead Rabbits ruled Manhattan, dog-fighting, rat-killing and bare-knuckle brawling were the sports of choice—and Kit Burns was king of them all.