Marika Taylor interviews kickboxing legend and mixed martial arts competitor Kathy Long above the showroom floor at the International Mixed Martial Arts Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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Believe it or not, there are some parallels between being a profession Mixed Martial Arts fighter and being a professional anything else.

Clearly, the consequences can be different, but there are things in common. One evident commonality comes from the mouths of fighters themselves. One example who is always pretty candid is Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. He has said on more than one occasion some version of, "I didn't want to be there." He can be colorful when he says it too. Such as when he says in that same context (upon losing to McGregor at UFC 246), "Donald showed up; Cowboy wasn't there." Everyone knows exactly what that means. And it is probably true that everyone relates to what that means.

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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, ranked the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by Ring Magazine, stopped Billy Joe Saunders Saturday night before a record crowd to add another championship to his collection. Despite the ongoing pandemic, 73,126 fans flocked to AT&T Stadium in Texas setting an American indoor boxing mark for attendance as they watched the Mexican icon stalk Saunders for eight rounds on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Holding his hands high, Alvarez hunted Saunders throughout much of the bout occasionally drilling strong punches to the body. Though Saunders appeared to be coming on a bit in the prior couple of rounds, Alvarez landed a thudding right to the body followed by a left uppercut to the head midway through the eighth which had the British fighter holding on. As Saunders right eye swelled, Alvarez continued landing hard shots to the head and body.

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