Mark George shadowboxes as he warms up for a workout. At 44-years-old, George is attempting to reclaim the glory of his youth through mixed martial arts. According to his opponents, the former boxer and wrestler's power lies in his punches. But even according to him, his biggest obstacle is himself. George battled through alcoholism and drug addiction, and has worked as a bouncer and bail bondsman. After two wins in the competitive world of mixed martial arts, he lost his most recent fight in Valdosta, Ga. He has a fourth lined up in Savannah. Time is running out for George to make it big, but he acts confident of his abilities.
Photo by Jake Daniels .
published Saturday, August 13th, 2011
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