Danny Acosta spent a day with WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and spoke with him about training, competition, his childhood, family life and and what it means to be a champion. Shot and edited by Rick Lee.
Danny Acosta caught up with Randy Couture at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The five-time UFC champ talks about welcoming James Toney to the UFC, fighting Rich Franklin, and what kind of movie roles he’d like to take. Produced by our friends at MMADiehards.com.
Strikeforce Middleweight Champ Jake Shields grew up in the mountains of Northern California, where he spent his time skiing, snowboarding, and getting into scraps with the local cowboy kids.
In Part 1 of this FIGHT! Life series, Shields talks about how his talent for a wrestling and a chance meeting with future champ Chuck Liddell led to him becoming a professional mixed martial artist.
Produced and directed by Matthew Ross. Camera: Marc Rizzo and Randy Ward. Edited by Ryan Jackson-Healy and Ashley Cahill. Music by Jacques Brautbar.
Watch the UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck Pre-Fight Press Conference Live at 1 p.m. EST, Thurs., Dec. 9 (VIDEO)
At 1 p.m. EST on Thurs., Dec. 9, the UFC will stream video of the pre-fight press conference for UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck live from Montreal, Que., Canada. FIGHT! presents the video stream courtesy of the UFC.
Top-ranked welterweight Georges St-Pierre will defend his title on Sat. versus #5-ranked Josh Koscheck, and former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves (#10) will face off will John “Doomsday” Howard (#41) who we recently profiled on video. Go here to check out the full fight card for UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck.
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On Nov. 12, 1993, Art Davie and Rorion Gracie introduced American audiences the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a strange contraption called the Octagon, and a sport that would go on to become known as mixed martial arts. The rest is history. “Big” John McCarthy didn’t referee any of the fights that night – that would wouldn’t happen until four months later, at UFC 2 – but he did play a key role in that groundbreaking event: he was the training partner for Royce Gracie, the first UFC champ. In part two of this FIGHT! Life series, “Big” John takes us behind the scenes of the night that changed sports history.
Produced and directed by Matthew Ross. Camera: Rick Lee. Assistant Camera: Diego Helguero and Anthony Williams. Edit: Ashley Cahill and Ryan Jackson-Healy. Music: Jacques Brautbar.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. EST on Fri., Dec. 17, FIGHT! Magazine will present live streaming video of the WEC 53: Henderson vs Pettis post-fight press conference live from Jobbing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The card features the final WEC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Benson Henderson (#7 Lightweight) and challenger Anthony Pettis (#25) and the final WEC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Dominic Cruz (#1 Bantamweight) and challenger Scott Jorgensen (#6). The winner of Henderson vs. Pettis will immediately challenge the winner of Edgar vs. Maynard for the UFC Lightweight Championship while the winner of Cruz vs. Jorgensen will be installed as the first-ever UFC Bantamweight Champion. Immediately following the weigh in, TUF winner, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and fan favorite Forrest Griffin will participate in a fan Q&A session. The main card of WEC 53 will air live on Versus at 9 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 16. Check back on Fri., Dec. 17 for full results and analysis of how WEC 53 affected FIGHT!’s rankings.
On Thurs., Jan. 13, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar (#1 Lightweight) will join UFC executives Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and and Scott O’Neil, the president of Madison Square Garden Sports, for a press conference at MSG’s Club Bar & Grill. The press conference – which will stream live on FIGHT! at 2 p.m. EST – is being held to announce a plan to bring the UFC to MSG as soon as the New York legislature approves the regulation of MMA.
The press conference will take place Thursday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. ET in the Club Bar & Grill at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will also run live on UFC.COM. The UFC will also release a new economic impact study during the press conference which details the economic benefits of regulating MMA in New York State. New York is one of only nine American states that do not regulate the sport. The UFC has promoted cards in all of the major urban areas surrounding New York City, including Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., and Newark, NJ. The promotion will return to New Jersey for UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans on March 19.
Strikeforce welterweight Jay Hieron talks to FIGHT! about Nick Diaz.
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Fan-favorite UFC Lightweight Clay Guida (#7 Lightweight) talks about his family, his blue collar work ethic, and living in an RV down by the river. Guida will face a resurgent Takanori Gomi (#15) at UFC 125: Resolution on New Year’s Day. The winner will likely put himself in line for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship, which will be on the line the same night when Frank Edgar (#1) defends the belt against Gray Maynard (#5), the only man to defeat him in MMA.