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image descYou’ve been through some madness this past year, but now you’re back in action. How is life for Eddie Alvarez?
My life very much consists of family and training. Being here in Florida makes everything organized and simple. Honestly man, I miss Philadelphia. I miss my friends, family, and the people in Philadelphia, but I couldn’t be happier with the lifestyle change. I get to wake up every day, take the kids to school, and head off to training. We get done around 1 p.m., pick the kids up, do homework, hang out at the pool or the beach, and go back to training again at night.

I bet you don’t miss those Philly winters.
Oh man, those are fun. When it snows, my kids and I used to go out and play in it. We’d go out and have a snowball fight or build an igloo, but when it’s just cold, it’s awful. It’s hard to get to get up for training and get excited.

You’re a member of the Blackzilians. Being that you are neither black nor Brazilian, did you have to go through some initiation process?
No [laughing], it’s more of an expression that everyone from everywhere is welcome. At the beginning, there were black and Brazilian fighters, and it was their way of coming together and saying we are all one. For me, that’s what it says. Everyone that is in there is one unit, and we all work together.

You fight at lightweight, but the past two places you’ve lived are known for some decadent cuisines. How do you dodge those bullets?
Honestly, a lot of it is just tunnel vision. I get in the zone, and I’m only thinking about getting lean, fast, and ready for the fight. When you have that frame of mind, it’s really simple to stay away from the bad stuff. You can see the difference in just one training session when you eat like shit versus when you eat like a lean, bad fighting machine.

You’re back in the cage on November 2. Does it feel good to have a challenge to set your sights on?
It’s funny because I’m at a point in my life where there are no ends to the means. I used to set goals, push, and then I’d achieve them. After that, I’d be like “What’s next?” I’ve begun to realize it’s a never-ending game. I have my goals. I know what I want to achieve, but for me, it’s really just about the next day. I’m really beginning to enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m in a very good place with the right people and right team behind me. I’m enjoying what I do every day.

Your upcoming bout with Michael Chandler is a rematch from your epic battle back in November 2011. In the only other rematch of your career you wrecked Shinya Aoki to avenge the loss. Does your motivation change at all in those situations?
I don’t know if the motivation changes. I’m always motivated to win and dominate my opponent. I never let my losses define me as a fighter. I never let any of my wins define me as a fighter. I think it’s important to not look too far into it. I know what I’m capable of. Unfortunately in this sport, some times you take a loss. The important thing to do is correct the mistakes you’ve made, come back stronger, and show that you are a champion. That’s what I’m going to do on November 2.

A good friend of yours, Frankie Edgar, is the “King of Rematches.” Did he give you any advice for your upcoming rematch?
Since I’ve moved to Florida, I’ve only spoken to Frankie once. He called me to tell me congratulations that I got my rematch with Chandler and talked to me a little bit. But we haven’t really gotten to talk too much. I will call him, though, and might be able to train with those guys a little bit before I go into this next fight.

I once saw Frankie wearing boat shoes in the airport. He defended them because they were Polo, but would those shoes fly in Philly?
Boat shoes. They’re like loafers. [Laughing] To each his own, man. We’ve got our own style. I don’t know how they do it in Jersey, but if that is what he’s rolling with these days, then I’m sure he’s doing it right.

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If good things come in small packages, consider Xyience spokesmodel Amanda Corey the best package in the world. When the former Playboy Playmate isn’t hitting the beach for some fun in the sun, she’s raking in the chips at the blackjack table.

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Where are you calling home these days?
I’m 50 percent in Vegas and 50 percent in Huntington Beach, California.

Which do you like better?
The O.C. I’m a beach girl. I need the ocean and sand for my daily relaxing. But Vegas has its perks too. It’s beautiful, just too hot in the summer.

I hear you like to play a lot of blackjack?
I do. I tend to get crazy. I love it. It’s the competitor in me. I hate to lose. I’ll keep playing if I’m losing. But when I win, I stop.

What’s the most you’ve ever won in a single night of playing?
$7,000. I was in a casino down in the Bahamas for a bikini contest I used to do every year. They had a tournament—like 50 bikini models. I got to the final table, and they gave us $500 in real chips. I played on that until I got up to $7,000.

Do you split 7s when the dealer is showing a 6?
That’s a tough one. Yes, but I’m a huge believer in intuition. I definitely go the way I feel, so I don’t always follow the rules. I go with my gut.

image descI hear you have a good bar trick.
Yeah, I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order. I’ve got a lot of truckers in my family, so I always studied maps when I was young. I memorized all 50 of them.

Has it ever come in handy?
Yes. I used to do Hawaiian Tropics bikini contests, and they always ask you a question. They would give you the question beforehand so you wouldn’t clam up, and naming the states was always one of my talents. It got me first place.

So it had nothing to do with how you looked in a bikini?
Well [laughing], I’m sure the bikini part didn’t hurt.

Any other secret talents?
I used to be a cheerleader, so I’m very flexible. I’m doing a lot of yoga these days. I can do the scorpion pose.

Every guy reading this is now Googling “scorpion pose.”
Yeah [laughing], it’s harder than it looks.

It looks impossible. Honestly, how tall are you? No lies.
I’m 5’0” but I like to say 5’1” because I like to squeeze in that extra inch. But good things come in small packages.

What’s the hardest thing about being vertically challenged?
It’s hard to explain, but I’m so used to seeing things at a certain level. However, if I wear really tall heals, I can see so much more. When I take them off, I don’t get to see what everyone else sees. And moving through crowds is tough, but other than that, I love it.

You’ve been a spokesmodel for Xyience since 2010. What part of the job do you enjoy the most?
There is so much I love about Xyience. I didn’t know anything about the UFC before I started. The two best things are getting to know the fighters and traveling to all the cool places. Meeting new people, fighters, fans, and people in the industry opened a lot of doors for me. They are great people, and they have great products.

What’s your favorite Xyience product?
Their cherry lime Xenergy drink. It’s a little sweet and a little tart. I drink half a can every morning to get my day started.

What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
I’m still brainstorming. Last year, I was a loofah.

Come again?
[Laughing] Me and my friends were all different color loofahs. You know, the bathroom scrubs. We made the costumes ourselves.

Did anyone know what you were?
I had a bar of soap in my hands, so about 90 percent could figure it out, especially when we were in a group.

image descHow are you staying in shape for this year’s costume choice?
I like to do group classes at the gym. It helps keep me motivated. I like to do yoga on the sand, and I bike when I can. I’m pretty active. I’ll even run and play with my dogs. The best part is, I usually eat what I want, so I don’t pay attention to my diet that much.

What’s your food weakness?
Desserts. Actually, Oreo cookies. I’ll have two, then go back and get two more, and then two more. It’s hard to stop.

You appeared in Playboy a few years ago. Is it liberating or scary to be naked in print?
It was liberating. I had been to the Playboy Mansion and met Hef prior, so I knew what to expect. Everyone was so nice. I’m really proud of it.

I think we all are. Are you ready for the Speed Round?
Go for it.

What’s your favorite hobby?
Bowling.

Do you have a high score?
I haven’t been lately. Right now, probably something like 110.

That’s awful.
[Laughing] I didn’t say I was the best.

Favorite fighter?
Dan Hardy. We do a lot of work together for Xyience. He’s great.

What food makes you gag just by thinking about it?
I hate the spice chipotle. Anything with that sauce or flavor—barf.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without a shower?
Three days when I was camping. But I need my daily shower.

What movie can you watch no matter how many times you’ve seen it?
Due Date.

Favorite vacation spot?
It was the Bahamas. But I just went to Turkey for a wedding. It was incredible.

What Pandora station are you on?
I rotate between Biggie Smalls, Kanye West, and Rihanna.

Ever been in a fist fight?
Once, when I was in ninth grade. It was over a boy.

Did you win?
It was more about pulling hair back then. It was a draw.

If you could punch someone right now, who would it be?
[Laughing] I’m a lover, not a fighter.

Keep on loving. We’ll take care of the fighting.
Deal.

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Keep up with Amanda online at:
facebook.com/xyienceamanda
twitter.com/AmandaCorey25

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A Cut Above
UFC president Dana White ranked #83 in GQ’s “100 Most Powerful Bald Men in the World.” Other prominent chrome domes included Hulk Hogan (#92), Jason Statham (#57), and Michael Jordan (#1). Bellator president Bjorn Rebney didn’t make the cut.

What the Funk?
In his successful Bellator Welterweight Title defense against Andrey Koreshkov, Ben Askren landed 248 strikes. Koreshkov landed 3. That is not a typo.

Brazilian Beauty
Sao Paulo native Jhenny Andrade is the newest addition to the UFC’s roster of Octagon girls. The 25-year-old model made her debut at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Last Man Standing
With more than 4,300 days on the roster, Frank Mir is the longest tenured fighter in the UFC.

Seconds Matter
Anthony Perosh’s two most recent fights lasted a total of 21 seconds. Perosh was knocked out by Ryan Jimmo in 7 seconds at UFC 149, but the Aussie bounced back with a 14-second KO of Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 163.

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Punchy Pres
“Brian Stann is an outstanding human being. And I mean this literally, he could go on to be the President of the United States.”
—Chael Sonnen to the Mark Levin Radio Show.

Oh It Looks Like Daniel
“I hate answering questions about him [Daniel Cormier]. He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division…He has short reach, bad cardio, and he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.” —Jon Jones to mmajunkie.com.

Jaw Breaker
“Punch me in the face, I’ll punch you twice as hard. When I’m in there, my goal is to break somebody’s jaw. Let them forget who they are that night. Let them wake up the next morning and go, ‘What the hell happened?’ That’s my goal every fight. So, if he [Georges St-Pierre] is going to sit there and try to do that jab, watch—I’ll bite on my mouthpiece, I’ll eat one to throw my left or right hand, all day long.” —Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 media day.

Mixed Martial Doppelganger
“So far I have been mistaken for TJ Grant, Jim Miller, and Ed Herman today. Least they are all good fighters.” —Pat Healy on Twitter.

Testy View
“When you’re punching and kicking people in the head as hard as you can, you shouldn’t be allowed to have TRT. That’s my view on it.” —Michael Bisping to bloodyelbow.com.

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TRAP DOOR
Building strong neck muscles can help reduce your chance of suffering a jarring headshot that can cause a concussion. To strengthen your trapezius muscles à la Glover Teixeira, incorporate dumbbell shrugs into your fitness regimen.

How To Do Them:
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart while holding two dumbbells at your side.
2. Raise your shoulders as high as possible without rolling them.
3. Lower your shoulders to the starting position.

BERRY BERRY GOOD
There’s a new “superfruit” on the block, and it goes by the name camu camu. Its “super” status comes from its strong punch of vitamin C (60 times more per serving than an orange), as well as a nice base of amino acids and antioxidant flavonoids. If you want to give this Amazonian rainforest berry a try, you’ll find it in supplement powders and raw snacks.

KEEN ON PROTEIN
Athletes need plenty of protein, but it’s also important to be strategic about spreading your protein intake throughout the day. Depending on specific goals, you may need to get as much as 30 percent of your calories from protein, but many people get that in one large meal. Spreading protein consumption throughout the day is a better strategy because it allows your body to constantly pull from protein supplies to preserve muscle mass. For more info on reaching your protein potential, flip to page 84.

Finding the Way
What have Buddhist monks and Zen masters known for centuries? Meditation reduces anxiety—and it only takes a few minutes each day. Find a peaceful place and channel your inner fighter, just like Nick Gonzalez of Jackson’s MMA.

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image descYou are on one of the hottest streaks in the middleweight division. How is your confidence level these days after winning five in a row in the UFC.
Pretty good actually. I recently changed gyms and switched everything around. Things are going really good.

You recently had an interesting Twitter post regarding a potential matchup with Vitor Belfort saying that you would gladly fight him, just not in Brazil. It got a lot of support. Were you surprised?
You know what? I get it. He’s a big name, and he gets to choose where he gets to fight, but that doesn’t mean people are going to want to fight him there. When Chael Sonnen was recently talking about fighting him, he said he would take the fight, but not in Brazil. Chael said he wanted the fight to be in Las Vegas. I don’t see why we should always have to go to Brazil if we want to fight him.

Let’s talk about knockouts. You have racked up some impressive highlights during your time in the cage. What does it feel like to land that homerun punch?
It feels great, although it is very hard to land it now at the level I’m fighting at. I’ve reached the top 10, but all the guys in the UFC are at a high level, and it’s very hard to finish someone in the UFC. You just have to be really prepared, and when you do get it, the feeling is incredible.

What’s your favorite KO?
It would be my last fight against Tim Boetsch. I took the fight, and nobody gave me a chance. I think I proved a lot of people wrong with my last victory. When I finished Boetsch, I couldn’t describe the feeling. It was something amazing.

Is there anyone in particular that you’d love to plant that haymaker on?
I would like to face Michael Bisping one day. I’m hoping after my fight against Francis Carmont that everything lines up where we can fight. If Bisping gets past Munoz, I would love to meet him in the cage next.

You have one of the most commonly misspelled and mispronounced names in MMA. Is it something that gets under your skin or have you gotten used to it by now?
You know what [laughing], you get used to it, and I’m used to it by now.

If you weren’t throwing hands for a living, what would you be doing for a career?
I would probably be in law enforcement or maybe a firefighter. The Army would also be a possibility.

With the string of recent success, your profile in the sport is certainly growing. How do you unwind outside of the cage?
When I’m not in the gym, I’m normally home on the couch and watching television. I walk my dog and lead a pretty boring life. I don’t go out partying. I don’t drink and do what a lot of other fighters do. I don’t even go out after my fights [laughing].

What’s on your DVR?
I normally watch movies. I like comedies and funny shows on—nothing in particular though.

A win over Carmont would make it six in a row. Do you believe a victory at UFC 165 puts you in line for a title shot?
I think a victory against Carmont will line me up for a fight with Bisping. That’s what I think.

You really seem to want this Bisping fight, eh?
That’s what I want. I want to fight Bisping. I don’t have anything against the guy, I just think we match up very well. It will be an exciting fight, and I’m going to beat him. I really want that fight, and I really want to prove myself. Bisping has been around forever, and he’s fought everybody. He manages to win and puts on really exciting fights. I want to be part of that. I want him to give me a shot.

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Former Miss TransWorld Motocross Chrissy Blair parlayed her guest appearance as a UFC 133 ring girl into a permanent job alongside Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer, and Vanessa Hanson. Now, the blonde bombshell heats things up every time she circles the Octagon.

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Where are you calling home these days?
That’s a good question. I’m homeless. I’m going back and forth between L.A. and Miami. I don’t stay in one place for more than two or three months because I’m trying to figure out where my market is. I have to be available in certain times in different areas. I’m a nomad. 

Is living out of a suitcase the lifestyle for you?
It’s both good and bad. I definitely wish I had a home base, whether I was home there or not because it’s kind of stressful knowing I don’t have a place to go to 24/7. I send everything to my parents’ house.

image descWeren’t your parents rock stars?
My dad was in a band since he was 13 years old. He met my mom—she was a singer—while he was touring with a couple of bands. They were in the same band at one point, that’s how they met.

Did you inherit any musical talents?
I used to sing a lot when I was younger, but then I started cheerleading, and I couldn’t do that and music at the same time, so I kind of stopped singing. I really love music. I’m starting to learn how to play the guitar and I’m going to start singing again.

I heard your favorite TV shows are Family Guy and Duck Dynasty.
Yeah, I love humor. My favorite movie is Anchorman. I grew up with a goofy dad, and I’m goofy. I love witty humor.

What was it like to win Miss TransWorld Surf?
It was almost like it was meant to be…or I hit the lottery. I was in the right place at the right time. I was in Orlando. I always dated surfers because I’m into the surfer world. I wasn’t really modeling. I was kinda doing it as a hobby on the side. It was just for fun. They had this TransWorld “Girl of the Month,” and I submitted for it a couple of times. The second time I submitted, they picked me.

And then you won the 2011 Miss TransWorld Motocross modeling search?
At the same time as the surf search, they had one for motocross, and the winner got to be a UFC guest ring girl. I was only in the surf thing. I didn’t know the motocross one was going on. I got a phone call from them, and they asked me if I wanted to be a motocross “Girl of the Month” and guest ring girl for the UFC. I was like, “What are you talking about?”

So, you didn’t you know anything about the UFC?
That’s funny. When they asked me, I was like, ‘What is that? That fighting thing?’ They told me all about it. I was like, ‘It sounds pretty cool,’ because I didn’t want to offend them. I told them I needed to think about it. I called my really good guy friend and asked him if it was like WWE? He was like, ‘No, not at all. You have to do this. It’s not a choice. You have to call them back and go all in.’ I was super excited after he gave me the whole rundown. Now I’m a huge fan. Before, I didn’t even know what it was.

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What was working your first UFC event like?
I was really nervous about tripping and falling. That’s what everyone says. ‘Don’t trip. Don’t fall.’ I was so excited to be in front of that many people. I’ve always loved to be in front of that many people doing any type of performing. It was the first time I ever had someone tell me, ‘Here’s your information, get on your flight, you’re going to go here.’ I just felt so special and important.

Did that make you feel like you made it?
I felt like I was getting a taste of what it was like to make it. After my guest spot at UFC 133, Reed Harris from Strikeforce called. Strikeforce was bought out by the UFC and didn’t need the RockStar girls anymore. They needed two new girls. They brought Vanessa Hanson in and then me. When UFC and Strikeforce became one, they made us UFC Octagon girls that did Fuel and FX cards.

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Where is your favorite place that your UFC duties have taken you?
That’s such a good question. The cool thing about the UFC is they send us to places I probably wouldn’t pick to go to. They all end up being really different and super cool—really cool towns. I can’t say which is my favorite. Everywhere I go is pretty awesome.

Is there a place you want the UFC to send you?
There are a ton of places I’d love to see a UFC. I actually wish they would come to Florida because my friends and family could come. There are a lot of MMA fans that could come. New York, I’d love to go to New York. I’ve never been to New York. 

Neither has the UFC. Thank you, good night!

Follow Chrissy on Twitter @chrissy_blaire

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Say It! Say It! Say Matté!
UFC on Fuel TV 10 set the record for submission finishes for a single UFC event. Eight submissions occurred on the card, topping the previous total of six that was held by three events.

Bigfoot Facts
In two fights against Cain Velasquez, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva landed a total of five strikes. He ate 71 punches from Velasquez.

MMA Club for Men
Not only is Ray Sefo the World Series of Fighting president, but he’s also a client. Sefo fights Dave Huckaba at WSOF 4 on August 10.

Bye Bye Babalu
After his loss at Bellator 96, Renato “Babalu” Sobral retired from MMA, making a symbolic gesture by leaving his gloves in the middle of the cage. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion finished his 13-year career with a 37-11 record.

Photo Finished
In his spare time, Rashad Evans likes to torment his Blackzilian teammates by using his iPhone to superimpose unflattering pics of them. We expect Blackzilians Michael Johnson, Anthony Johnson, and Tyrone Spong to seek revenge.

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