Chikadze Stops Barboza at UFC Fight Night
Giga Chikadze continued his unbeaten run in the UFC stopping veteran Edson Barboza in the third round of their UFC on ESPN 30 featherweight main event Saturday night from Las Vegas. Two of the best kickers in the sport engaged in a kicking duel for much of the bout with Barboza landing some hard leg kicks while Chikadze scored several punishing body kicks. But it was the punches that finally won it in the third as Chikadze follow a knee to the body with a right hand to the head that staggered Barboza. After a scramble on the ground they returned to their feet where a final flurry of punches from Chikadze quickly ended matters.

The undercard featured the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter Season 29. Ricky Turcios earned a split decision in an action packed battle with Brady Hiestand to capture the bantamweight finals while Bryan Battle submitted Gilbert Urbina in the second round to win the middleweight finals.

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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