Gane vs Lewis
France's Ciryl Gane continued to show he's the most technically sound striker in the UFC's heavyweight division as he dominated and stopped long-time contender Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 265 Saturday night in Houston. While officially for the "interim heavyweight title" the bout was essentially an elimination fight to determine who will finally get to challenge reigning heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou for his title and Gane staked his claim in decisive manner.

Fighting intelligently and relying on his footwork, Gane started in cautious fashion darting in and out against the power-punching Lewis to throw single strikes. Lewis did little to hinder him offering barely any offense.

The end came in the third as Lewis weakened from the Frenchman's repeated leg kicks. When Gane nailed him with a hard uppercut 3 minutes into the round it left Lewis bent over and covering up near the cage. Though he tried to fight his way out of it, Gane kept the pressure on until Lewis finally crumbled to all fours where Gane continued to pound him until the bout was stopped.

That a director of my city's opera company would call me seemed a little odd. There are probably some monkeys who know more about opera than I do. But the director was inviting me to lunch, so of course I went.

It turned out the company was producing a performance of Madame Butterfly, the Puccini opera that tells the story of a doomed love between a French military officer and a geisha in early 19th-century Japan. The opera has come under fire for its stereotyped, utterly fanciful depictions of Japanese culture. The local company was trying to anticipate such criticism, and the director asked me, since I serve on the board of some organizations related to Japanese culture, what I thought.
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Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

Have you ever watched a film that was just so amazing that when the sequel came out, your mind started developing great expectations and that it would be a pip, which has nothing to do with a Charles Dicken's novel, yet a movie that could be a real humdinger?

In 2017, one of the most engaging and exciting elements of the Sammo Hung and Vincent Zhao starring God of War is that it was a remake of Jimmy Wang Yu's classic kung fu flick Beach of the War Gods (BWG; 1973). This gave me the perfect opportunity to see how a film on the same subject was handled by two Chinese filmmaking eras 44 years apart and how the fight choreography was used to tell the hero's story.

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