Brunson and Till UFC
In a classic striker vs. wrestler match-up at UFC Fight Night 191 from Las Vegas, the wrestler prevailed as American Derek Brunson submitted England's Darren Till in the third round of their main event contest. Till started well scoring some hard punches in the first minute of the fight. But Brunson quickly shot in on a double leg takedown bringing Till to the mat where he controlled him landing punishing blows for much of the round.

Till spent the first half of the second round warding Brunson off in the clinch but mounting little offense until the American again took him down. The third saw Till again start strong as he caught Brunson with clean shots that appeared to have him hurt. Brunson desperately shot in on another double leg tackle once more managing to get Till to the mat. As Till wildly tried to get Brunson off him the wrestler ended up landing atop him in full mount. When Till turned to his stomach, Brunson sunk in the choke for the quick submission win, his fifth in a row since losing to current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya back in 2018.

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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