Sam Caplan's MMA Articles

March 2008 // Names in the Game
The Least Intimidating Fighters In MMA

The inspiration for this article came during a pre-UFC 74 cocktail reception that was hosted by FIGHT! in Las Vegas. I’ve been a fan of Marc Laimon since his instructional segments that used to air during UFC pay-per-view telecasts, and I did a double take when I saw him enter the room. Laimon’s reputation is [...]

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December 2008 // Names in the Game
Renzo Gracie: Legacy

Gethin Aldous’ documentary about legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and MMA fi ghter Renzo Gracie debuted October 25 at the inaugural United States Film Festival at the Crown Music Theater in Philadelphia. While mainstream productions such as Never Back Down and David Mamet’s Redbelt disappointed the sport’s loyal fanbase, Renzo Gracie: Legacy presented an enlightening and [...]

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November 2008 // MMA Life
MMA In The Olympics

The recently concluded Olympic Games in Beijing sparked debate in the MMA world about the fact that Taekwondo, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo – all elements of mixed martial arts – are found in the Olympics, while our beloved sport is not. It can be fun to dream, and MMA in the Olympics would be the [...]

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October 2008 // Fighting Fit
Into The Breach

In a previous article, we outlined the top things to look for when determining whether an MMA gym was right for you. Choosing a gym is a major step towards beginning your training, but a lot of hard work remains if you want to be successful. Regardless of whether you’ve trained traditional martial arts or [...]

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September 2008 // Fighting Fit
Is Your Local MMA Gym Legit or a Joke?

Back in the day, if you wanted to train MMA, often the only real option for an aspiring fi ghter was to drive 1-2 hours away and train in a neighborhood in which you needed a bulletproof vest. To say things have changed would be an understatement. These days, MMA gyms are popping up everywhere [...]

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Oct/Nov 2007 // Features
MMA’s Ten Most Heated Feuds

In The Godfather , Don Vito Corleone asks Johnny Fontaine if he spends time with his family, proclaiming that a “man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Well, a sport can never be a real sport without a signature feud or rivalry. All the major sports have them. [...]

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