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The Merciless Champ of Congo’s Mystical Wrestling League

Even as he approaches old age and his sport falls into decline, this intestines-eating, sorcery-conjuring “Man of Great Power” still dominates the ring.

The Violent, Lonely World of Myanmar’s Child Boxers

The brutal bloodsport Lethwei has caught fire – so much that parents are putting their kids in the ring.

This Breathtaking Greek Fireworks Battle Puts Your July 4th to Shame

Once a year, residents of this mountainous island gather at two churches on opposite ends of town and launch 100,000 handmade rockets — directly at each other.

The Secret Story of the Groundbreaking Boxing Champ Who Lost His Title — Because He Was Gay

This Latino immigrant moved to 1920s New York with nothing and took on the sports establishment. Then the establishment took him down.

How the Fiercest Warrior in “Wonder Woman” Kicked Her Way Into Hollywood

This Swedish kickboxing champion devoted her life to the sport. When a terrifying health scare knocked her out, she found a surprising second act on the big screen.

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...