Mike Chiappetta's MMA Articles

December 2011 // Names in the Game
Big Fight Breakdown

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 141, Dec. 30 You have to hand it to Brock Lesnar. For all the criticism he’s received for his quick—some would say unwarranted—push to championship level in the UFC, Lesnar has never hesitated to accept whatever challenge has been placed in front of him. Even upon returning from career-threatening [...]

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November 2011 // Names in the Game
Big Fight Breakdown

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos UFC on FOX, Nov. 12 Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship isn’t just a fight, it’s a declaration. The promotion’s broadcast television debut on Nov. 12 comes fittingly on the UFC’s 18th birthday—the age of maturity in American culture—and its television partner FOX has [...]

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October 2011 // Names in the Game
Big Fight Breakdown

Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit, UFC 137, Oct. 29 Less than 48 hours after Carlos Condit was given a surprise opportunity to replace Nick Diaz against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Title, I asked Condit point-blank how he planned to win. Condit thought about it for a second. The reality of fighting GSP was [...]

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September 2011 // Names In The Game
Big Fight Breakdown

Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson: UFC 135, Sept. 24 Nearly 18 years into its history, the UFC will host its first-ever championship match featuring two African-American fighters. The color of their skin and their profession are among the few things the UFC 135 main-event combatants have in common. Just 24 years old, Jon Jones is [...]

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July 2011 // Names in the Game
Emelianenko vs. Henderson: Big Fight Breakdown

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson: Strikeforce, July 30 Presented by MMAFIGHTING.COM When it comes to longevity and success in MMA, few active fighters can boast the dizzying scope and length of careers as Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson. Both Strikeforce stars have been competing at the highest levels of the sport for more than a [...]

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September 2010 // Quick Hits
Five For Fighting

  5. NATE MARQUARDT VS.ROUSIMAR PALHARES(UFC Ultimate Fight Night 22: Sept. 15)   Palhares comes into the bout on a UFC three-fight win streak, including victories over Jeremy Horn and Tomasz Drwal. Marquardt hopes to rebound from his February loss to Chael Sonnen. Both men have legit BJJ skills, and Marquardt looks to have the [...]

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April 2010 // Quick Hits
The New Kid Arrives

From the first time Rory MacDonald walked into an MMA class, it was love at first sight. In fact, when the then 14-year-old jumped in the family car for the ride home afterward, he informed his father that he had found his calling.   So quick and so complete was MacDonald’s fixation for his new [...]

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August 2009 // Quick Hits
The Science Of Submissions

Years ago, when Ricardo Almeida was a teenager just starting out in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under one of its originators, Carlos Gracie, he received a memorable lesson. The sage Gracie, who was already 90 years old, began speaking about past experiences in grappling with Japanese fighters. Then, he doled out his advice. “Always look for chokes [...]

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June 2009 // Last Call
HDNET Feeds The Fighting Fix For Millions

When billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban launched the high-defi nition channel HDNet in September 2001, mixed martial arts was a sport on life support. With critics calling it “barbaric,” many pay-per-view providers refusing to air events, and sponsors shying away, the future looked bleak. Cuban, however, was quite literally building a channel for the future. At [...]

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April 2009 // Quick Hits
Anatomy Of A Knockout

Although he has fought professionally for only about 3 years, UFC Welterweight Anthony Johnson has already authored a series of devastating knockout victories that have raised his profi le to that of major prospect. Johnson’s background is as a wrestler, but he has looked up to Brazilian strikers Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and [...]

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February 2009 // Names in the Game
Mike Brown Goes From Tiny To Terror

The kid was mad at himself. The fi rst punch had already landed, and he hadn’t seen it coming. Now, his heart was racing and the adrenaline was coursing through his body. The crowd was already gathering, the fi ght was on, and 93-pound Mike Brown–freshman at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine–was in [...]

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March 2008 // Names in the Game
The Strange Saga of Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch

He’d already been all over the globe, made a small fortune, and become a world-famous one-name wonder before the sport of mixed martial arts came calling. And he isn’t shy about admitting that he answered for one reason: money. But somewhere along the way, the man known by millions around the world as “Butterbean” gained [...]

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August 2008 // Features
Living The All-American Dream

His start should go down in MMA lore. First Lieutenant Brian Stann, US Marine Corps, was winding down his fi rst tour of duty in Iraq. Although he was in the midst of war, with the threat of death around every corner, he could not help but think about the spare time he would have [...]

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July 2008 // Features
Backstage At The IFL

The calm before the storm. An hour before showtime at The Izod Center, in a spartan backstage locker room just big enough for two warm-up mats and couple of tables, twenty people congregate. The mob includes the six men who will be fi ghting on the evening’s International Fight League (IFL) card, their trainers, a [...]

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Oct/Nov 2007 // Quick Hits
An Accidental Case of SUPERSTARDOM

The Cessna glided along the Indiana sky at over 10,000 feet, as Rich Franklin prepared to skydive for the first time. To most, it would have been troublesome that a 12-year-old “expert” had prepared his parachute, a bad omen that one skydiver had already broken an ankle, and downright scary that the only other first-time [...]

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Dec/Jan 2008 // Features
Frank Mir Rides Again

FULLY HEALED FROM A LIFE-THREATENING MOTORCYCLE CRASH, THE FORMER CHAMP FOCUSES ON RISING TO THE TOP – AGAIN Frank Mir remembers it all: the adrenaline that ran through him at the impending danger, every detail in the road, and every feeling that shot through his body as it crashed to the Las Vegas pavement just [...]

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Aug/Sep 2007
The Fight of His Life

He walked into his father’s place, looked him in the eye, and immediately knew his father was high on drugs. The fifteen-year-old told his dad he was leaving; he was going to Austin in hope of a better future. He waited for some reaction, anything. But none came. At his father’s apathy, Roger felt himself [...]

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