Rene Martinez

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    September 23, 2010

    Rene Martinez Continues Leveling 'Em Out

    C. Stiles​A year ago we chronicled the life of Rene Martinez, a Miami Cuban American who went from gang-banging hell-raiser to a humble God-fearing MMA warrior. Since that cover story, Martinez, known by his street name "Level," has won his first three matches as a professional and starred in a fi ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    New Times Finalist For 10 Press Club Awards

    ​Miami New Times was shortlisted for ten awards for Excellence in Journalism from the Florida Press Club, with staff writer Tim Elfrink a finalist for four awards. Gus Garcia-Roberts is finalist for two awards, while Francisco Alvarado, Kyle Muzenreider, and Pam Shavalier are also nominated.

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of Septerber 10, 2009

    "Together we stood our ground as gangsters and young teens yearning to be accepted as men in a very harsh reality."

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    September 8, 2009

    The Hialeah Champ and the Cuban Assassin Get It Done

    Alex Izaguirre​ A steady downpour did not dampen the mood of the bloodthirsty crowd that came out to Dhafir Harris's back yard in Perrine this past Saturday. About 100 spectators saw ten bare-knuckles brawlers put on a gruesome show -- which even featured a main event cage rematch between Whi ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    On the Level

    Part thug, part street fighter, Rene Martinez flattens his opponents. Can his punch save him from himself?

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    A Reformed Brawler Shoots for MMA Glory

    Alex Izaguirre​ More than two decades ago, Rene Martinez satisfied his lust for violence by engaging in some serious gangbanging. Throughout his teenage and young adult years, the former leader of the Latin Syndicate racked up more than 21 arrests for, among other things, rumbling on the str ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    South Dade Gangsters Thump All Day, Every Day

    Alex Izaguirre Cigarette and Black-N-Mild smoke wafted throughout the already stifling hot warehouse at 19100 SW 106 Ave. in unincorporated Miami-Dade. It was shortly after 9 p.m. this past June 20 when more than 100 relatives, friends, and members of the street gang Latin Syndicate filed into Bad D ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 1998

    Holy Wars, Inc.

    A vicious fight is raging among the high priests of newly fashionable Santeria, where Websites beckon and the gods are far from crazy