World-class boxers and mixed martial artists on the rise resurrect the state’s legacy of producing top-tier fighters.
Sports Charles Martin
With a rich boxing history paired and a legacy of stellar wrestling
programs, Oklahoma is fertile soil for combat sports, but larger markets
traditionally have plucked up skilled fighters.
Action Rod Lott
Can Steven Soderbergh do a martial arts-fueled action thriller? That was
rhetorical in a bear-crap way; the guy can do anything. Best known for Traffic and the Ocean's Eleven franchise, he's a director par excellence,
even when the story goes to snuff in his experimental larks, like
casting porn star Sasha Grey as the lead in 2009’s no-budget drama The Girlfriend Experience.
Drama Rod Lott
Strangely, the biggest shock surrounding Best Laid Plans isn't that someone thought to redo John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in the world of underground mixed martial arts, but that it works as well as it does — or hell, that it works at all.
An OKC petroleum engineer battles his way through the UFC.
Sports Shawn Lealos
James Head wears many hats. By day, the guy is a petroleum engineer for
Chesapeake Energy, managing a handful of drilling rigs in western
Oklahoma. It can be grueling work, but that’s not the half of it.
Documentary Rod Lott
I was incorrect in thinking the documentary I Am Bruce Lee
wouldn't reveal anything new about the screen's greatest martial
artist. While not exactly earth-shattering, the facts I learned numbered