Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison inched closer to what may become the most lucrative free agency in mixed martial arts history with yet another ho-hum first round stoppage defeating Genah Fabian in the main event of PFL 8 Thursday night from Hollywood, Fla. Harrison quickly got a clinch against the taller striking specialist and, after throwing a few knees to the leg, took Fabian down with a trip landing in side control. She soon mounted and began raining punches down on Fabian who had no answer for the two-time Olympic judo gold medalist's ground game. As her opponent turned to her stomach, Harrison continued to pound her until the referee finally stopped the contest.

Harrison moves on to the finals of the women's lightweight tournament where she'll meet Taylor Guardado, who defeated Mariana Morais earlier in the night. The match-up will be the last of her PFL contract and, if she wins, Harrison will likely be a hot property sought after by both the UFC and Bellator. She recently indicated if the PFL wants to keep her they'll have to step up either financially or by bringing in a much better level of competition for her.

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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Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title by unanimous decision over Brian Ortega in a wild and bloody brawl Saturday night at UFC 266 in Las Vegas. After the two fighters exchanged hard leg kicks early on, the action heated up in a third round that saw a battered and bloodied Ortega suddenly drop an off-balance Volkanovski with a punch then sink in a guillotine choke from mount. Volkanovski escaped but Ortega eventually snagged a tight triangle choke. Volkanovski again escaped and landed brutal punches that looked like they might stop Ortega.
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