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Andrea Roversi didn’t know much about mixed martial arts when he attended an event for the first time. The Italian photographer didn’t expect anything other than two guys beating each other up in a cage. But he found much more than that.

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Andrea Roversi • Echo Agency • Sports • World
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Photographer Aitor Lara shot within the ring of bullfighting games in Seville and Ronda, where some of the most important matches take place at spring and summer festivals. Bullfighting is an ancient part of the Spanish culture, and people of all classes and ideologies gather to watch.

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Aitor Lara • Black-and-white • Spain • Sports • World
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A great deal of media attention has been focused on the pacification efforts taking place in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. But photographer Frederik Buyckx didn’t want to focus his camera on that. He wanted to stay away from the conflict and take a closer look at the people who call the favelas home.

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Brazil • Frederik Buyckx • Photo Book • Sports • World
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Anthony Epes has traveled to Homeless World Cups - in Mexico City in 2012 and Poznan, Poland, in 2013 - to photograph players during those soccer tournaments. His images depict men and women, young and old, all shapes and sizes. But they have one thing in common: They are all homeless.

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Anthony Epes • Portraits • Sports • World
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Muay Thai, a martial art that has captivated Thailand’s culture for centuries, has evolved into an international sensation with professional fighters competing for championship belts and thousands of dollars. But as photographer Jean-Michel Clajot witnessed, even children and prisoners are among those who fight.

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Jean-Michele Clajot • Sports • World
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Photojournalist Rodrigo Cruz was touring in the Peruvian Andes in 2012 when he discovered the Cholitas, female pro wrestlers performing in nearby La Paz, Bolivia. The Cholitas are well known in Bolivia for wearing the attire of the Aymara people, their colonial ancestors in the Andes and Altipiano regions of South America.

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Bolivia • Rodrigo Cruz • Sports • World
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One form of track racing, called keirin, is a sprint event involving multiple cyclists at the same time. It became an Olympic sport in 2000, and people also compete professionally. And, as photographer Tim Bowditch found out, it’s a major draw for gamblers in Japan, where the sport originated.

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Gambling • Sports • Tim Bowditch • World
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Fifty years ago, the man we now know as Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston to become, at 22, one of the youngest heavyweight boxing champions of all time. Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Ali in 1970 and shares some of his best photos and what he remembers about the champ.

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Danny Lyon • Magnum Photos • Muhammad Ali • Photo Book • Portraits • Sports
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