Matt Beardmore's MMA Articles

August 2009 // MMA Life
Under Pressure

At the conclusion of his 2004 welterweight bout with Mexican fighter Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz, Jon Fitch wasn’t grappling with the racing thoughts of possibly losing a three-round battle. In those awkward few moments before the decision was announced, Fitch wrestled with something any fighter reading this would deem unthinkable. “I really was more [...]

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March 2009 // Names in the Game

Towering above his competition on the three-tiered podium, he proudly celebrates with this priceless golden prize and a steady stream of tears. The countless hours of training and sacrifi ces are paid in full as Old Glory rises with the crescendo of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Like every other young wrestler, Strikeforce World Lightweight Champ Josh [...]

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October 2008 // Quick Hits
Giant Killer

As he swings open the front door of Hackney’s Combat Academy on a late July evening in Roselle, Illinois, you’d swear Keith Hackney could still ground-and-pound with the best of them inside the Octagon. Noticeably absent from his UFC days of the mid-1990s is the Billy Ray Cyrus mullet. However, he still has the pronounced [...]

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