Fairtex Combat Sports Center: Photos by Fred Verhoeven

The May 2003 issue of Ultimate Athlete Magazine included a cover story titled "Fighting at the Speed of Sound" that centered around Russ' visit to the Fairtex Combat Sports Camp in San Francisco.

Wicks worked out with kickboxing champion Alex Gong.  They had met through a mutual friend, and Alex suggested that Russ might enjoy a few workouts as an opportunity to add some variety to his training.  Alex then proceeded to Kick Russ' butt.