The island has already been subject to military build-up with small operational bases, but the deployment of surface-to-air missiles is considered a major new provocation. There's little doubt it's in relation to the US Navy's "freedom of navigation" operations in the area, which Russia says are intent on violating its maritime rights.
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Russia still butthurt about the Battles of Port Arthur and Tsushima ^_^
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Excellent content. One nitpick, however about this:
Inoki—who lived for most of his childhood in Brazil...
According to Wikipedia, Inoki and his family didn't move to Brazil until he was 14, and he returned only 3 years later at the age of 17 to train with Rikidozan. Hmm. I think it would be more accurate to say that he spent most of his childhood in Japan and went abroad to Brazil as a teenager before returning home? "Most of his childhood" would be like if he left Japan before starting elementary school, in my opinion.
Also, if this match would've gone by Vale Tudo style no holds barred rules, Inoki would've immediately taken Ali down and submitted him in less than a minute. That's probably why the rules weren't made clear until the last minute since it was such a mismatch of styles and they wanted to make a good "show" of these two world superstars while not making a laughingstock of boxing which was at its peak in terms of popularity and financial prosperity at that time.
Would love to see a series of articles on judo master and Gracie Killer Masahiko Kimura who dabbled in the pro wrestling world that Inoki ran in. You guys could make a whole series of articles out of the Japanese origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu alone! I think it would be fascinating for any English-speaking Japanese culture buff who didn't already know about this stuff.
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