Jim Casey's MMA Articles

October 2013 // Quick Hits
Beach Bunny – Amanda Corey

Makeup & Hair by Lesley Thorton/ Wardrobe By Lydia Walters of TheStylist LA 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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July 2013 // Quick Hits
Leticia Cline – Ready For Takeoff

Photos by Paul Thatcher Makeup, Hair & Wardrobe by Maraz You don’t have to look any further than Leticia Cline to figure out July is the hottest month of the year. When the blonde firecracker isn’t heating up the pages of FIGHT!, you can find her rocketing through the air…seriously. What’s on the agenda for [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
Rachel Wray – Southern Stunner

Arkansas native Rachel Wray is a natural beauty from The Natural State, but don’t let her charming Southern demeanor fool you. 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. Fighting in the cage is a long way from [...]

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May 2013 // MMA Life
Movie Revenge – A Dish Best Served Hot in the 1980s

//Illustrations By Tadd Trueb Fighting. Never Back Down. Supreme Champion. If you can sit through these recent “MMA movies” without scissor-kicking yourself in the face, you have the patience of Job, the attention span of a goldfish, or narcolepsy. They just don’t make fighting films like they used to during the Golden Age of movies. [...]

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March 2013 // Quick Hits
KAT Out of the Bag

Photos by Paul Thatcher \\ Wardrobe by Chelsea Elisha \\ Makeup by Natasha Chamberlin The World Series of Fighting hit a homerun when they decided to make Kat Kelley a ring girl for their inaugural event in November 2012. The 25-year-old Las Vegan took the cage by storm, leaving viewers with more than just an [...]

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February 2013 // Quick Hits
Gypsy Soul – Jade Bryce

Bellator beauty Jade Bryce is poised to have her biggest year to date. Between Bellator’s breakout move to Spike TV and her acting and writing aspirations, the charitable world traveler is taking her passions to the masses. Hey Jade, happy 2013. How did you ring in the New Year? Well, for more than a decade, [...]

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January 2013 // Quick HIts
All Eyes on Her

In 2006, Arianny Celeste had no idea that a simple trot around the Octagon would change her life for- ever. Now, more than six years later, the dark-haired beauty has become the cover girl for the UFC and is popularly recognized as MMA’s top ring girl. The addition of 20-year-old Arianny was a block- buster [...]

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December 2012 // Quick Hits
Double Action

You know what they say: “Good things come in pairs,” and Cage Warriors FC ring girls Brooke Lynette and Natalie Lawrence are proof positive of that. This beautiful British duo leaves no doubt in the minds of fight fans that two is always better than one. How long have you girls been working for Cage [...]

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December 2012 // Last Call
Blazing the Trail

“If you can win in adversity, you can win anywhere.” —Jeff Blatnick: 1957-2012 Olympic champion and MMA pioneer Jeff Blatnick died on October 24, 2012, as a result of complications from heart surgery. He was 55 years old. The unexpected news simultaneously rocked the worlds of amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts, as Jeff had [...]

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November 2012 // Names in the Game
Wing and a Prayer

There are comebacks…and then there are third-round comebacks. Not the takea-beating-and-latch-ona-fight-ending-submission comeback like Big Nog is renowned for. I’m talking about the fights where it’s berserker time—throweverything-including-the-kitchensink mode. When submissions aren’t your bag, it’s time to throw the fists of fury, and hope that your can wing a punch and land a prayer like these [...]

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October 2012 // Quick Hits
Sweet Treat

Sierra Rene knows how to make Cleveland rock. The 22-year-old is gearing up for Halloween, but it’s all treats and no tricks with this black-haired beauty. Did you have fun on your photo shoot? It was great, but I didn’t get to go to the gym for a week beforehand, because I had all four [...]

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September 2012 // Quick Hits
Adrenaline Rush

Dani Nardi moves at her own speed—fast. When the 28-year-old, black-haired beauty isn’t throwing hands at Roufusport MMA Academy, she’s got her foot on the pedal, finger on the trigger, and eyes on the prize. Your Twitter profi le says: “Racecar driver, Ferrari technician, motorcyclist, gun enthusiast, and Roufusport MMA fighter in-training.” Is it safe [...]

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July 2012 // Features
A Villain Unmasked

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks isn’t in training camp at the moment, meaning he’s walking around at a comfortable 210 pounds and his beard is more cropped than his Rasputin-like whiskers on fight night. Actually, he’s not entirely comfortable—FIGHT! photog Paul Thatcher is spraying him down with a cold water bottle, trying to get him to [...]

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July 2012 // Quick Hits
A+ Competitor

Minnesota native Rachel Olson 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 [...]

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June 2012 // Quick Hits
Desert Fox

Orange County native Vanessa Hanson had no idea what was in store for her when she won the TransWorld Sur f 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 [...]

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April 2012 // Features
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. Where are you calling home these days? Shreveport, Louisiana. [...]

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April 2012 // Names In The Game
Big Fight Breakdown

Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck UFC on Fox 3: May 5, East Rutherford, NJ When mat men Johny Hendricks (12-1) and Josh Koscheck (17-5) face each other at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 5, they will represent the greatest set of collegiate wrestling credentials to ever compete against each other [...]

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March 2012 // Quick Hits
One Shot Knockout

Shannon Ihrke As if we needed another reason to love our military even more—Shannon Ihrke is Minnesota Nice and a former U.S. Marine to boot. This 23-year-old blonde bombshell is a straight shooter who would make Carlos Hathcock proud and has us shouting “OOH-RAH! Thank you MARINES!” What was it like growing up in Minnesota? [...]

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February 2012 // Features
FIGHT! Magazine Awards 2011

The month of February can only mean one thing: It’s time to give out the 2011 awards. I know what you’re thinking, “Are the 5th Annual FIGHT! Magazine Awards going to detract from the 84th Academy Awards that are scheduled for February 26?” Yes, but hopefully Billy Crystal will dull your pain by punching himself [...]

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February 2012 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Rory MacDonald

You’ve been fighting professionally since you were 16 years old. Did you have to get a permission slip from your parents for your first fight? The promoter asked for one just in case, so I did get my parents to sign a form, but I don’t think the commission needed it. You’re only 22 years [...]

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January 2012 // Quick Hits
Well…Rounded Fighters

Some mixed martial artists are well-rounded specimens and some are, well…rounded specimens. Before being fit was posh for heavyweights, these four groundbreakers made fight fans believe that big was beautiful. Maybe that’s a stretch. But mark my words, here’s 2000 pounds of man that broke the MMA mold. 4. ERIC “BUTTERBEAN” ESCH GIRTH: 420 LBS. [...]

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January 2012 // Quick Hits
Ring In The New Year

The New Year is here, and FIGHT!’s resolution is to bring you 12 beautiful girls in 2012. To get things kicked off, Tuf-N-Uff ring girl Kendra Schnell was kind enough to heat up our pages. Where are you calling home these days? Las Vegas. How much sinning have you been doing in Sin City? [Laughing] [...]

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December 2011 // Quick Hits
WO-MAN POWER

Strikeforce, Bellator, and Jewels are going strong in the women’s MMA movement. Will the UFC eventually follow suit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the fiercest femme fatales in the fight game. Featheweight: 145 lbs Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) Although she hasn’t fought in more than a year, Cyborg is [...]

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December 2011 // Quick Hits
Naughty and Nice

FIGHT! put Strikeforce guest ring girl Jordan Daniele on its Xmas wish list, and we’ve been so good that Santa delivered her to our doorstep exactly as we requested—scantly clad and full of Christmas cheer. What’s on your Christmas list this year? Shoes, bikinis, lingerie—sexy stuff. I’ve lived in the Northeast all my life, so [...]

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November 2011 // Quick Hits
Spontaneous Combustion

Autumn in the Southeast is a beautiful time of year and a complimentary backdrop to this month’s lovely guest. With winter fast approaching, Brynne Ridgewell is sure to warm your heart and give us all something to be thankful for. What’s going on in Atlanta these days? Well, the weather is finally perfect. Fall in [...]

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November 2011 // Names in the Game
Bang Bang!

K-1, Strikeforce, Sengoku, and a third stint in the UFC—Duane “Bang” Ludwig has been around the block. MMA legend Don Frye and UFC welterweight Duane Ludwig are signing autographs at the Mr. Olympia Expo in Las Vegas at the FIGHT! booth. Here’s the problem. Half the time, the muscled-up crowd is not exactly sure who [...]

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September 2011 // Features
The Man Comes Around

BRIAN BOWLES IS TAKING NAMES It’s brutally hot in Athens, GA, so sitting on a stool in the air conditioning of The HardCore Gym is a welcome reprieve, even if the track blaring over the sound system is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” You get the feeling that owners/coaches/brothers Adam and Rory Singer know every lyric. [...]

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July 2011 // Features
Brian Stann: All American Devil Dog

Brian Stann Is Poised To Attack! With an air of confidence, Brian Stann walks up to the deli of a suburban Atlanta restaurant and orders a turkey club—no mayo, no pickle on top. He’s back home in the sweltering South exactly seven days after his UFC 130 TKO-victory over Jorge Santiago, his face still a [...]

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May 2011 // Quick Hits
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 Dancing With the Stars, Tito Ortiz was canned on Celebrity Apprentice, and Ricco Rodriguez got [...]

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December 2010 // Quick Hits
8 Days of Giving

If you thought December was the month of giving, you thought right. Here are 16 fighters who would like to give out a very special ass beating this holiday season.   1. GEORGES ST-PIERRE VS. JOSH KOSCHECK 2UFC 124: Dec. 11   Canada vs. America. Civility vs. Surliness. Abs vs. Hair. However you want to [...]

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November 2010 // Quick Hits
Animation Domination

Remember when Saturday morning cartoons didn’t suck? The potent combination of sugary cereal and violent, seizure inducing cartoons was enough to have every kid bouncing off the walls at 7 a.m. Now, kids are stuck with Doodle bops Rockin’ Road Show and Aqua Kids. How are children supposed to learn violence and evil when cartoon [...]

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November 2010 // Quick Hits
Five For Fighting

November is the month to be thankful, and there is no shortage of reasons in 2010. Here are five upcoming fights that you should be thankful for.  5. BJ PENN VS. MATT HUGHES   UFC 123: Nov. 20   The former UFC Champions meet inside the Octagon for the third time, however, on this occasion [...]

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October 2010 // Quick Hits
Five For Fighting

Every month, MMA seems to be full of exhilarating, relevant matchups. Here’s a look at five of October’s battles for gold..   1. KJ NOONS VS.NICK DIAZ 2   Strikeforce—San Jose: Oct. 9   This baby has “bad blood” written all over it. Diaz, on a current seven-fight winning streak, looks to exact revenge on [...]

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August 2010 // Quick Hits
Hollywood’s Full-Time Fighter

So you want to be a full-time fighter? Well, don’t go quitting your day job just yet. For every successful fighter who gave up everything to train, there are 100 average joes who have not been so successful. Now, the joes are broke, possibly missing teeth, and relegated to spinning those “Cash for Gold” signs [...]

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August 2010 // MMA Life
The Iceman’s Greatest Hits

7. UFC 31, MAY 4, 2001Kevin “The Monster” RandlemanKO: Round 1, 1:18   Randleman was a two-time Division I NCAA Wrestling Champion and former UFC Heavyweight Champion who decided to drop down to light heavyweight to face Liddell. Bad idea. The Iceman staggered Randleman with a crisp left hook in the first round and followed [...]

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July 2010 // Quick Hits
MMA’s Festive

We’ve all got our favorite fighters. Some have awesome skills. Some have cool personalities. Some have great mustaches. And some you’d just like to have a Vodka Collins with. Need help figuring it out? No problem. Here are the top five fighters (and a beverage that complements them) that would make for an entertaining night [...]

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April 2010 // MMA Life
Behave Yourself

I realize that Miss Manners is never going to write a column clarifying the essential qualities of politeness in regard to MMA etiquette. She is too busy writing articles about the difference between a shrimp fork and a relish fork. But somebody needs to set the standards by which all MMA fans should abide. Every [...]

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March 2010 // Features
The Real March Madness

The goal of every amateur wrestler is to qualify for the NCAA Division I tournament. There’s a lot to that goal: wrestling for a Division I team, finding your way into the starting lineup, and qualifying from your conference tournament. Once the tournament begins, the goal turns to becoming a National Champion or All-American. The [...]

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January 2010 // MMA Life
FIGHT! Resolutions Solution for 2010

Instead of making our own magazine resolutions—which would have been insanely boring—we decided to offer resolution suggestions for 10 of our favorite fi ghters and MMA personalities. Some are funny, some are serious, and some are just plain stupid. If you can’t figure out which are which, we’ve got a resolution for you: Try to [...]

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December 2009 // Features
Smoking Gun

Spending the holidays as a soldier overseas is never easy, but it helps to know there are some sweethearts at home that have your back. Armed with looks that kill, the 24-year-old Kandiss Lewis is ready to take the acting and modeling world by force — if necessary. So Kandiss, rumor has it you just [...]

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September 2009 // MMA Life
Re-Nick the Name

Descriptive nicknames have been attached — for one reason or another —to peoples’ names throughout history. Many nicknames are considered desirable and complimentary, symbolizing admiration, strength, or physical attributes. The Vikings have Erik the Red. The Civil War has Stonewall Jackson (he actually had a lesser-known cousin named Mudwall). And jazz singers have The Velvet [...]

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July 2009 // Quick Hits
UFC 100 Preview

UFC 1 took place on November 12, 1993. If you don’t know who won the eight-man tournament, stop reading this and choke yourself. And don’t stop until I tell you to. More than 5,700 days later, here we are at UFC 100. We’ve lost some teeth, the gis and Jim Brown. We’ve added mouthpieces, board [...]

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April 2009 // MMA Life
Did You See That!?

T he Ultimate Fighter reality television show has been given a lot of credit for the meteoric rise (I used a Goldie-ism) of mixed martial arts into mainstream culture. TUF 1 debuted in January 2005 and was a big hit for Spike TV. Likewise, another cultural phenomenon came into existence around this time. YouTube—the video-sharing [...]

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February 2009 // MMA Life
Fubar

Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome: This is the unoffi cial mantra of the U.S. Marine Corps. Why? Because Marines are badasses who typically have to think on their feet and adjust their tactics accordingly. Marines do not make excuses. Likewise, mixed martial artists have to be able to think on their feet. Fortunately, no one is [...]

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March 2009 // Quick Hits
UFC 96 Preview Jackson Vs. Jardine

For the third time in as many years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed back to Columbus, Ohio. Live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, UFC 96 looks to borrow a little bit of the Columbus MMA magic that made UFC 68 and UFC 82 so successful. At UFC 68, Randy Couture stole [...]

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March 2009 // MMA Life
3 To Shine In ’09

The year 2008 was great, but 2009 will be fi ne … especially fi ne for three fi ghters who will have the opportunity to wrap some new bling around their waists. It wouldn’t surprise too many folks if Urijah Faber or Rampage Jackson reclaimed their title belts this year. That’s too easy to predict. [...]

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November 2008 // Quick Hits
No Reason To Get Upset >:(

One reason so many people love MMA is because of its pure unpredictability. When you take away that aspect of a sport, it ceases to be a sport. That’s why professional wrestling is now classifi ed as “sports entertainment.” Only a drunken hayseed would be impressed with professional wrestling’s unpredictability. But I digress. Upsets happen [...]

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