2012 Back Issues for Purchase
Point of Contention | UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has been on the brink of a UFC title shot before but has come up short each time. Now, the career contender has set his sights on Vitor Belfort, knowing a win gets him one step closer to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
British Invasion | We’re not telling Poky Pies… those British geezers are invading the Octagon. Savvy?
Holiday Gift Guide | We came, we saw, we put it on our credit card.
Fight Girls | Two is better than one. It’s a fact. That’s why we’ve got Cage Warriors FC ring girls Brooke Lynette and Natalie Lawrence.
Going to Work | Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson won the inagural UFC Flyweight Championship by outworking Joseph Benavidez for five rounds. From a young age, Johnson learned the value of a hard day’s work… and now it’s paying dividends as he sits atop the UFC’s 125-pound heap.
Back in Black | Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Big Nog… Black House Gym members are no strangeres to UFC gold. Is Glover Teixeira the next fighter with Black House ties to hold a championship belt? We like his chances.
Fight Girl | UFC Ring card girl Brittney Palmer is a work of art.
The Unforgiven | From the outside looking in, Daniel Cormier has made a seamless transition from world-class wrestler to undefeated mixed martial artist. However, his journey has been anything but picture-perfect. Now, the redemption that he seeks is within sight.
The Way of the Hand and Foot | Taekwondo’s’ reputation as a useful cage art is steadily gaining steam in the world of MMA. With TKD practitioners like Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis, the kicks are bound to keep coming.
Sierra Rene | The perfect October treat.
Driven to the Finish | UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has been training in the shadow of his Tristar teammate Georges St-Pierre, but the 23-year-old is proving to MMA pundits that there is a lot to be said for fighting like Rory.
This. Is. Milwaukee. | FIGHT! contributor T.R. Foley hit the mats of Roufusport MMA Academy for a profile on one of the best gyms in the country. He came, he saw, he was conquered.
Adrenaline Junkie | Dani Nardi gets our blood pupmping
Fighting on the Edge | UFC welterweight Matt Brown has been in the fight game long enough to know the score—and he’s winning. The Ohio native has overcome his fair share of adversity, and now he’s found his way after taking the road less traveled.
Fedor’s Farewell | FIGHT! contributor Ron Kruck traveled more than 5,000 miles to Russia to cover Fedor Emelianenko’s farewell fight… and he has all the details.
Sneak Attack | A handful of styles comprise the modern MMA fighter: boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. Most other combat forms have been left on the scrap heap during the molding of MMA, and for good reason. However, as the sport continues to evolve, capoeira—a storied Brazilian martial art—is kicking its way into the cage.
Megan Olivi: Girl Next Door | You may know her from her time at Heavy.com, but Megan Olivi has since moved on to covering your favorite fighters for the UFC and FOX. From the Jersey Shore to the Las Vegas desert, this pint sized bundle of energy always delivers big.
Happiness and All the Other Things | On the wrestling mats of OSU, Johny Hendricks made a name for himself as a fierce competitor, winning two NCAA Championships…and a surly reputation along the way. He has parlayed his wrestling skills—and a mean left hand—into winning ways inside the Octagon. However, MMA has given Hendricks something that wrestling took from him—happiness.
Olympic Gold Rush| You won’t see MMA in the 2012 Olympics, but you can get your combat sports fix by watching some of America’s best wrestlers vie for gold. USA… USA… USA
Bringing the Fight Overseas | More than 20 years ago, a mix of comedians, musicians, and eye candy was standard entertainment for deployed troops. Celebrities still do large numbers, but there’s another big ticket thesedays—mixed martial artists.
Rachel Olsen: A+ Competitor | Minnesota native Rachel Olsen isn’t afraid of being in the spotlight. The 23-year-old aspiring pro bikini competitor and ring card girl spends her free time in the gym when she’s not keeping MMA fans entertained with her trips around the cage. FIGHT! shined its spotlight on her for the day, and we’re positive you’ll be pleased with the results.
Warrior Hector | Hector Lombard shares his name with one of Greek mythology’s greatest warriors—Prince Hector of Troy. Now that Lombard has moved from Bellator to the UFC, he has the world’s biggest stage to showcase his talents. Will he win over the MMA world or will Brian Stann be his Achilles?
Rubber Match | After 40 fights in the UFC, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are fading into the twilight of their careers. They’ve both got a score to settle with each other before their MMA bucket lists are complete, and it takes place aat UFC 148.
Barbarian Boetsch | Armed with one of the most well-respected coaches in the business and back in the UFC for his second stint, Tim Boetsch is on a three-fight winning streak and is ready to face his biggest challenge against Michael Bisping—and it all started in a basement.
Vanessa Hanson: Desert Fox | Orange County native Vanessa Hanson had no idea what was in store for her when she won the TransWorld Surf 2011 US Open/UFC Model Search and earned the chance to be a guest ring girl at UFC 136 last october. In less than one year, the former wild child has taken the UFC and Strikeforce cages by storm.
Lord of the Flys | Joseph Benavidez has big plans in the UFC’s smallest division—the newly minted flyweight class. The title that eluded him as a bantamweight is finally within striking distance… and no man is going to stand in his way.
Beat the Streak | With 29 consecutive fights without a loss, UFC bantamweight Renan Barao may be the most electrifying Brazilian who doesn’t own a title— but that could all change in 2012
Heavy Handed Heavies | The all-heavyweight main card at UFC 146 in Las Vegas on May 26 is the perfect storm for taking a look at some of the best strikeres in the division.
Laura Moro: Batten Down the Hatches | Louisiana is known for its spicy dishes, and Shreveport native Laura Moro is as hot as they come. In between her modeling gigs and ring girl work, the green-eyed beauty set sail to try and cool off, but the high sea is where things heated up.
‘Suga’ Rashad: Back from the Brink | The past year for the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has encompassed title contention, injuries and personal and professional chaos to boot. With changes in his entrusted circle and workout camp, Rashad is ready to return to the top of the heap with his plan to defeat Jon Jones at UFC 145.
Wonderboy Strikes Again | Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson had an incredible Octagon debut with a KO win at UFC 143. We get to know this South Carolina native and learn how a family business rooted in kickboxing set him on his path to MMA greatness.
Diamond Star | With one of the most intriguing backstory’s in MMA, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier stars in the documentary Fightville and climbs the UFC featherweight ladder with wins over such noted fighters as Pablo Garza and Josh Grispi. At just 23, this rising star is sure to inspire.
Natasha Wicks: Beach Body | Our favorite curly-haired beach body warms us up with a great layout and gets us up to speed on her newest ring card girl duties, training for the 2016 Olympics and what very lucky UFC light heavyweight she’s cuddling up with these days.
Dangerous Dan | Age ain’t nothin’ but a number—or so Dan Henderson seems to be proving to the MMA world. After a 2011 Fight of the Year win against Mauricio Shogun Rua and now back in the UFC for real, Hendo defies logic as he heads back up the light heavy ladder.
Randy Couture: Fit for Life | And speaking of age, even in retirement, Randy Couture is a pillar of health and fitness. Here he shares a wealth of knowledge including his personal fitness tips and philosophy to help any MMA practitioner—at any age—stay fit.
TUF 14: Faber vs Cruz | The real-life five-year feud between Urijah Faber and UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz gets real and live when the two serve as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Live kicking off on March 9th on FX. This season features live fights for the first time and culminates with the coaches settling a long-awaited rubber match sure to be a barn-burner.
March’s Ooh-Rah Moment | There is nothing quite as sizzling hot this blonde-haired, blue-eyed ex-Marine, 2011 Maxim Hometown Hottie finalist and ring card girl heating up our March pictorial. Minnesota’s Shannon Irhke is sure to please. Check her out!
5th Annual FIGHT! Awards | It’s not hard to guess that our cover fighter Jon Jones has been awarded our 2011 Fighter of the Year nod, but who takes home to prize for the categories of fight, KO, sub, upset and breakout fighter of the year? Pick up the issue to find out who!
2011 Year in Review | Once again, FIGHT! hands you our version of the yearly CliffsNotes from all the highlight reels, championship bouts, media shockers, retirements and more from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve 2011—and oh what a year it was!
Just a Little Love | Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sophia Roe steams up our pictorial pages with some serious advice on how to spice things up for the big day.
Benson’s Long-term Plans | Benson Henderson has some major plans for 2012. First stop: Japan. The plan: to take the UFC Lightweight belt from current champion Frank Edgar at UFC 144. Long term plan: to break Anderson Silva’s number of title defenses (11) and win streak (14). A tall order? Perhaps not for former WEC champion dubbed, “Smooth.”
Bellator’s Michael Chandler | At just 24, this former University of Missouri wrestler and Xtreme Couture protégé is Bellator’s poster child for “anything can happen MMA.” The newly crowned Bellator Lightweight Champion gave fans one of the best fights of 2011 in his upset win over Eddie Alvarez. Find out what’s next for this ever-evolving fighter.
Super Flys | With the UFC’s recent announcement of the addition of a flyweight weight class, we just ask, “does it get any better than this?” The flies are sure to bring a whole new level of excitement to the greatest sport in the world. Find out who tops the list of fighters to watch as this new class of fighters takes the Octagon.
Ring Girl in the New Year | Find out why nice guys finish first with gorgeous Tuf-N-Uff ring girl Kendra Schnell in this first-of-the year glimpse of what’s to come in 2012 in the pages of FIGHT! Magazine.