Mike Straka's MMA Articles

November 2010 // Names in the Game
Twilight of The Gods

In the 1976 film Rocky, there’s a scene where Apollo Creed’s trainer Tony “Duke” Evers is watching Rocky Balboa on TV punching slabs of meat in Paulie’s meat locker.   “Hey Champ,” Evers says. “You oughta come look at this boy you’re gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.” Without even glancing [...]

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February 2011 // MMA Life
The Never-Ending Fight

For American soldiers, the fight continues from the battlefield to the hospital.   As professional fighters, Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez have seen some amazing things.   While training every day and getting punched in the face fora living is hard, the life definitely has its perks. From sponsorship deals, travel, and television appearances, to [...]

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October 2010 // Last Call
Hawaii Five-Oh

It wasn’t two minutes after Frankie Edgar’s shutout 50-45, 50-45, 50-45—or as I like to call it, The Hawaii Five-Oh—unanimous decision against BJ Penn, that my phone started buzzing with text messages from various friends and Twitter followers who know I’m close with the UFC Lightweight Champ.   “I’d like to see how he does [...]

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September 2010 // Last Call
A Man Of His Word

Several months ago, when the UFC announced Chael Sonnen would get a title shot against Anderson Silva, I called and asked if he would appear on my show, Fighting Words With Mike Straka on HDNet, the morning after the bout.   “Win or lose, in the hospital or in the hotel, I will do your [...]

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April 2010 // Quick Hits
“7 Questions For The “Answer”"

Since entering the Octagon, UFC lightweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has gone 11–1, with impressive wins over Sean Sherk, Tyson Griffin, and Matt Veach. He now faces the biggest fight of his career against UFC legend and Lightweight Champion BJ Penn. Before heading off to Abu Dhabi, Edgar gave FIGHT! magazine “The Answer” to [...]

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June 2010 // Features
All In The Family

Fresh off a 13-hour flight from UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a two hour wait at U.S. Customs, and another two-and-a-half-hour ride home, newly minted UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar was greeted by a phalanx of fans, police officers, and fire trucks for an impromptu parade down Route37 toward Seaside Heights. Edgar spent [...]

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February 2010 // Quick Hits
MMA Going Mainstream

The legacy TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr. left behind after his tragic death in a car crash in March 2009 is witnessed in the growing acceptance of MMA among mainstream sponsors. In November, sports apparel company Under Armour announced a deal making UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St.- Pierre its underwear model and spokesman, joining [...]

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November 2009 // MMA Life
My Friend The Witch Doctor

Behind every great fighter is a great trainer. Behind every legend there is a mystique. That mystique can be personified in the mere mortal form of Steve Friend, better known in the mixed martial arts community as “The Witch Doctor.” Friend, an acupuncturist by training and a holistic therapist by practice, lays hands regularly on [...]

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