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April 2011

Editor’s Letter May 2011

Despite wielding the title of “last Heavyweight Champion” of the now defunct IFL, Roy Nelson’s confidence that he would easily win the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter may have been off-putting to some. Coming off consecutive losses to…
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Aloha! Taylor Makakoa

Hawaiian beauty Taylor Makakoa is an island export that Sin City is happy to have. Where are you calling home these days? I live in Vegas, but Hawaii is my real home. Most of my family is there, and if you ever go there, you’ll know what…
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They Said That

CONCEDING DEFEAT “I would say that the sport is now officially the UFC, which has been their plan and strategy all along. Good for them for achieving it.” - Strikeforce commentator Frank Shamrock to Sherdog.com’s The Savage Dog Show. ONE…
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Reality Check

It’s time fighters parlayed their MMA fame into a $ide career in front of the camera. In addition to The Ultimate Fighter, mixed martial artists have already stepped into the foray of reality television. Chuck Liddell shook his ass on…
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5 Minutes with Frank Mir

You’re someone who intellectualizes martial arts. What does that do for your game? I think it helps explain it. It makes it easier to improve. When things are explained, it allows me to train for the different variables You are known as a…
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Roy Nelson: Go Your Own Way

For UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson, that’s the only way. I haven’t jumped rope in three years,” says a surprisingly agile, yet clearly struggling Roy Nelson as he fumbles with a jump rope that is a solid 12 inches shorter than it should be,…
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New Blood

EDSON BARBOZA, JR. RECORD: 8-0 KEY VICTORIES: Anthony Njokuani, Mike Lullo, Marcelo Guidici WEIGHT CLASS: 155 lbs. AGE: 25 COUNTRY: Brazil NICKNAME: Junior An MMA fight doesn’t often end as a direct result of leg kicks to the body.…
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Dead-On Power

Deadlift your way to knockout strength Your full-body explosive strength is fueled by a group of muscles that run down the back of your body from your neck to your ankles, collectively known as the posterior chain. When your hamstrings,…
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A Mighty Winded

What do you really know about gassing out? Anyone who has watched combat sports for any length of time has undoubtedly witnessed a fighter gas out in the middle of a fight. Sometimes, the fighter is saved by the bell or able to defend…
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Freek This!

Freekeh is the newest-oldest superfood. For the past year or two, quinoa has been considered the king of the grains (although it’s actually a seed) as a higher protein alternative to brown rice, couscous, and sweet potatoes. However, it…
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Reach Out and Touch Someone

The scientific realities of reach. In addition to weight and height, reach is one of the most basic anthropometric characteristics of fighters, deserving placement on any Tale of the Tape. It’s also one of the few aspects a fighter can’t…
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Aqua Importance

Not all water is created equal Even though vitamin and mineral-based sports drinks are important during longer bouts of training and competition for fuel and electrolytes, hydrating on a regular basis with pure, clean water is an integral…
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