2013 Back Issues for Purchase
The Thinker | Hard-hitting, no-nonsense UFC welterweight Robbie Lawler is “Ruthless” inside the cage, but he’s more than just a brawler. What if we told you that Lawler has a brilliant tactical mind? That he’s highly strategic in his brawling? What if we told you his nickname should be “The Thinking Brawler?”
R-E-S-P-E-C-T | UFC welterweight Mike Pierce is happy to take out the trash – bring him any 170-pounder in the division. But one day soon, he’s coming for the UFC title.
Beat the Streak | The unbeaten MMA careers of four American wrestlers from the 2008 Olympic Games is as unlikely as it is unprecedented.
Pat Curran is Bellator Built | If the Bellator Tournament format is meant to draw out the best young talent in the country and reward them for toughness. Pat Curran is the organization’s archetype — he’s the only fighter on their roster to win tournaments at two weight classes. Now, the Bellator Featherweight Champion is ready to test his toughness against anyone Bellator puts in his path.
Turn and Fight | For soldiers-turned-fighters like Tim Kennedy and Colton Smith. Army combatives is paying dividends in the cage, but it’s doing more on the battlefields — it’s saving lives.
NHL Fit | Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang trains with MMA’s best so he can beat the NHL’s best.
Money Time | UFC featherweight Chad “Money” Mendes has climbed the proverbial mountain twice – reching the finals of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament in 2008 and challenging Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Title in 2012. Both times he came up short. Now, Mendes will stop at nothing to reach the top.
Eve of Destruction | The night before Chris Weidman knocked out Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title, Ray Longo saw things unfolding before his eyes. FIGHT!’s lead writer Chuck Mindenhall was along for the ride and brings us a unique glimpse at the calm before the storm.
Oil Wars | T.R. Foley slips and slides his way through the misunderstood world of Turkish oil wrestling.
It’s Showtime | In the WEC’s final fight before being absorbed by Zuffa in 2010, Anthony Pettis launched himself into stardom with the “Showtime” kick that helped secure his win over Benson Henderson for the WEC Lightweight Title. Now, he’s got UFC gold on his mind… and he doesn’t care who he has to go through to get it.
Power 20 | As He-Man once said “I have the power.” And that’s exactly how FIGHT! feels as we count down the 20 power players in MMA.
Into African Sands | Wayfaring writer T.R.Foley headed to the center of Africa and into the wrestling sand pits of Chad.
All In | Chris Wiedman is one fight away from becoming the UFC Middleweight Champion – there’s one problem, and his name is Anderson Silva. Unbeaten in 16 Octagon appearances, Silva is the pound-for-pound king, but that hasn’t deterred Weidman from pushing all his chips in for a chance at middleweight gold.
Talking Thai | On his latest international adventure FIGHT!’s roving journalist T.R. Foley visits Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, to watch the beer flow and blood spatter.
Sufferage City | More than 100 years ago, the streets of London were filled with a tough troupe of ass kicking ladies.
Growing Pains | Growing up, fighting was always part of Cub Swanson’s life, and it put a label square on his shoulders: punk kid and troublemaker. For the last 10 years, Swanson has worked tirelessly to change that perception. Now, he’s known as an elite mixed martial artist and community hero. And he’s ready to add one more label to his resume – UFC Featherweight Champion.
Evolve or Die | We sent roving journalist T.R. Foley to Singapore to get the inside scoop on one of the world’s most intriguing fight gyms — EvolveMMA. If owner Chatri Sityodtong has his way, the small island nation will soon become synonymous with liver kicks and championship belts.
Rachel Wray | The 23-year-old former NFL cheerleader recently traded in her pompoms for four-ounce gloves, proving she’s more at home in the cage than on the sidelines.
El Nino 2013 | The last-and-forever Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez has played second fiddle to the UFC’s bevy of lightweight champions over the years. No longer a Strikeforce outcast, Melendez will head to the Octagon to challengeUFC Champion Benson Henderson on April 20. Now,he has the chance to prove who’s numero uno on the world’s largest stage.
Eat Pray Wrestle | We sent roving journalist TR Foley to the dirt pits of India to press his luck against the Pahalwans – India’s best wrestlers. Foley discovered the rules may have been different, but the wrestling brotherhood was not.
Mercedes Terrell | This Bellator beauty is smoking hot – no ifs, ands, or buts… actually, one very nice butt.
California Dreaming | Surf. Golf. Fight. For the last-and-forever Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Like Rockhold, that’s just how he passes the time on the West Coast. Now that he’s in the UFC, the AKA product has his sights set on Octagon gold.
Crossover Appeal | Strikeforce was mercifully laid to rest in January. Although the promotion is dead, its fighters are still swinging., and we’ve got a rundown of all the able bodies headed to the UFC.
In the Belly of Bellator | Bjorn Rebney gave us stage-14 clearance access to Bellator 88 in Duluth, GA. Here are all the pics to prove it.
Kat Kelley | Meow! This World Series of Fighting ring girl is a saucy feline.
Fighter of the Year | With three wins in 2012, UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson solidified his place atop the 155-pound heap. But if you thought Henderson had a great 2012, you should read what he has planned for 2013.
FIGHT! Awards | 2012 is in the boooks, and we have all the big winners from the past year, including Edson Barboza, Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, Jamie Varner, Ronda Rousey, and “The Korean Zombie.” Speech! Speech!
2012 Year in Review | Remember when… yeah, we sure do. And we’ve got all the pics to prove it.
Jade Bryce | So hot, want to touch the hiney, arrroooooo
The Reem | No one doubts that Alistair Overeem has the skills to be the best heavyweight in the world. However, he has yet to prove it in the UFC. In 2013, it’s time for him to grow up or shut up on the sports biggest stage.
The Final Bell | Strikeforce will muster one last hurrah on January 12. Strike the gong ans send them into the night with our retrospective timeline.
Team Blackzillian | We sent lead writer TR Foley to Florida to infiltrate the newest MMA powerhouse. He received a beat-down and a nice tan.
Arianny | Nuff said.