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Apologies in advance for the title if it gives impressions that this is going to be all that poetic. It's not this presentation that is all that literary, but something else. Haikus and pentameter aside, MMA has moments that are nothing less than poetic on a pretty astral level. Not long ago, irony at the nauseating level (unless you are a psychopath) happened when former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman broke his leg on Uriah Hall's leg in an eerily similar way as the other former champ Anderson Silva did on Chris's in their title rematch. If you know anything at all about MMA and did not know this story, you have to have been living under a rock. Save your energy and do not go look at pictures of either event as it is nightmare material.
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It is a confession of fight fans and fighters alike that there may not be amongst them a very high level of knowledge on sports outside of fighting. It can be downright humorous to hear fighters have to read ads on podcasts or try and comment on other sports – Chael Sonnen is a favorite of this writer when football is at bat (see what just happened there?). Remember that time Conor McGregor fearlessly took that near half-court basketball shot at MSG and made it? No, no one was fooled into thinking he had ever played an actual game before. He is just that guy.

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How about we start with a bit of levity? Any dad worth his salt has embarrassed his children by flexing those dad biceps – maybe even adding the eye-roll-inducing pointer finger – and asking, "Which way to the gun show?" The implication of course being that his guns (biceps) belong there. Okay, with that out of the way, how do we all feel about gun rights, firearms, mass shootings, and the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution? Now you see why the levity to begin with. Few things divide people in the U.S.A. and induce bristling like the subject of firearms and the political issues relating to them.
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Two Out of Three Ain't Bad — For Most People. For Stamp Fairtex, However, It's Not Enough!

This story begins with a scenario you've seen in a classic movie franchise and in the hit Netflix series it spawned: A mild-mannered youth gets bullied at school day after day. The kid comes under the guidance of a wise martial arts teacher, who imparts the ways of combat. When the kid decides that enough is enough on the schoolyard, you know the end is near. Using skills learned from the sensei, the kid vanquishes the bullies — and even wins a local tournament.

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