• Pakistan's Fight Club emerges from the shadows

    In a dingy gym tucked away in a basement in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, pumped up teens get to grips with jujitsu moves before unleashing volleys of ferocious punches.

    Some dream of following in the footsteps of Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali, but others idolise the gym's owner Bashir Ahmad, the first Pakistani mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on the world stage.

    With its exciting blend of wrestling and boxing, MMA is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Events attract thousands of spectators and millions more tune in to watch their muscled heroes battle it out on TV or over live Internet streams.


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