One of the best experiences I had while working with FIGHT! was to travel to Brazil and meet some of the pioneers of MMA in that country. I should thank my good friend Ricardo Murgel who traveled with me and acted as my interpreter and guide.
I always felt that the best story in MMA was what was happening in the gyms and dojos around the world because it is in the gyms that the sport is being created. It’s here that the athletes are getting honed and developed and a new uber martial art is being created right in front of anyone’s eyes that knows how to look. The gyms were also where to get the closest and most accurate look at the athletes as individuals, to see who they really are and not who they are selling themselves as being in order to sell tickets or push TV ratings. I have collected the articles that I wrote about my experiences visiting these gyms as a reporter in one PDF which I have attached. One that is missing is the first article that I wrote about Greg Jackson’s gym because I understand that the files were somehow lost or corrupted.
MMA was and is a truly global phenomenon. Here are the articles I wrote while traveling the world to cover the sport.
While spending so much time in the gyms covering the sport I began to wonder if I could do it myself. In this series of articles I found out the answers and made some friendships that I’ll value for the rest of my life.