Rousey and Zingano – Feminist Warriors?

Posted in fighting, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

The weigh-in for the recent Ronda Rousey / Cat Zingano fight on UFC 184 was not only exciting, but also instructive on the subject of sexual politics. Continue reading

Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel

Posted in Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses on March 21, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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Alan drew closer, grinning, jutting his chin forward. The whiteness of his teeth and the blackness of his pupils held all the light in his face. Pat looked down at the man. Alan had become an earth for all of the dark things that swirled inside him. Continue reading

Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel

Posted in Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses on March 15, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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Johnny turned back to Pat and gave him a disapproving look.

“What?” asked Pat. “Don’t you wish you were twenty-three again?” Johnny muttered and looked away. Pat moved his face, but the smile was still-born. He didn’t remember much of twenty-three the first time, and most of what he could recall, he could do without.   Continue reading

Why Everybody Loves Mark Hunt

Posted in Kickboxing, Martial Arts, Real Men with tags , , on March 13, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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“Shucks, if I throw Stipe Miocic into any harbour, he probably drowns,” Aussie headliner Mark Hunt laughs. “And how do we fight each other if he’s dead?

“Other fighters might like to talk trash but I’m fairly civil. Especially at this level.

“Plus Stipe seems a nice guy. So no, I won’t be throwing him into any water. But when the bell goes, man, I’m still going to put a hole in his face.”

- Hunt giving an intro to his performance against Stipe Miocic at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide on May 10, 2015

Brad Riddell: House on Fire

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015

Brad Riddell’s first fight took place under unusual circumstances.

“I was supposed to fight a guy from Nelson [New Zealand’s southern island] but got a call from the guys from the gym the day of the weigh-in, saying he had been arrested and sent to gaol for trying to light his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire.” Continue reading

Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel

Posted in Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses on March 8, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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Any venue where the punters go specifically for the music, whether it’s dance, rock, or whatever, are always the best places. People in mainstream clubs tend to behave like herd animals; most of the behaviour tends towards rutting and fighting, generally intensified by alcohol. Continue reading

Ghot Seurnoi: Rare Breed

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015

The first point of contact for the elusive Ghot Seurnoi is his trainer, Soren Mongkontong. When we spoke, I explained that I had made an appointment to interview Ghot at ten thirty the following morning.

“Don’t be silly, mate. There’s no way he’ll be awake. He’ll have been up all night on his PlayStation.” Continue reading

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