DOUGLAS QUENQUA

writer and editor

The Fight Club Generation

Biggest surprise when reporting this article: There are still some people who have never heard of mixed martial arts. Seriously? By some measures, it is now more popular than boxing (which, granted, is not that popular anymore). Plus it’s the subject of a pretty lousy MTV reality show. But somehow it’s still a kind of “underground” phenomenon, probably because a lot of people still associate it with the  “no-holds-barred,” Thunderdome-style blood orgy it was in the early 90s. And because it’s still illegal in a few states, including New York. But as MMA has evolved into a sophisticated, somewhat domesticated combat sport, it’s also come to represent for a generation of men what boxing was to their fathers: the ultimate measure of manhood and guts.

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Filed under: 2012, Douglas Quenqua, New York Times

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ABOUT DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Currently Editor in Chief of Campaign US, former writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, Columbia Magazine, Redbook, The New York Observer, Wired, the New York Post and others. I write about media, science, culture, lifestyle and tech. Every so often, I post my writing here. It's pronounced Kwen'-kwah. Contact: Doug [dot] Quenqua [@] gmail.com

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