Steven Marrocco's MMA Articles

October 2013 // Names In the Game
Mike Pierce – Welcome to the Grind

UFC welterweight Mike Pierce is happy to take out the trash—bring him any 170-pounder. But one day soon, he’s coming for the UFC title. It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in notoriously rainy Portland, Oregon, when Phil Claud, a former U.S. cycling coach turned MMA trainer, attempts to answer the question of whether his most prized [...]

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September 2013 // MMA Life
Turn and Fight – Army Combatives in MMA

Army Combatives turns soldiers into fighters on the battlefield and in the cage. When Tim Kennedy found out he’d be making his Octagon debut against jiu-jitsu ace Roger Gracie, he asked himself who was best suited to help him get ready. Without question, his longtime coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn would train and corner [...]

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August 2013 // Quick Hits
Kenda Perez – Too Hot to Handle

It’s been exactly two years since Kenda Perez graced the pages of FIGHT!, and believe us when we tell you, she missed us. Sure, we’ve been celebrating Kenda Perez Day on our own, but we had to check in to see how the Maxim “Hot 100” was doing as the host of The Best of [...]

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July 2013 // Names in the Game
The 10 Baddest Girls in MMA

After bursting into the Octagon in February, the UFC women’s bantamweight division is showing no signs of cooling off. Anchored by the dominating presence of Ronda Rousey, this year’s fight calendar is packed with top-10 matchups, while a fresh crop of talent is set to emerge on the co-ed The Ultimate Fighter 18. Couple that [...]

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May 2013 // Names in the Game
Fight Master – Bellator’s Foray Into Reality TV

For many, the allure of MMA reality shows has long lost its luster, but where others may falter, Bellator’s innovative new entry into the genre hopes to shine. Bertrand Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the creative forces behind the smashingly successful reality game show The Amazing Race, had been briefed on the pitfalls of a [...]

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March 2013 // MMA Life
Playing the Money Game

Major MMA promotions have a bigger broadcast footprint than ever. So why is tough for fighters to cash in on sponsors? “Is this Mark Gingrich?” the voice on the line politely asks. “Yes,” says Gingrich, who’s conferenced in a call that interrupted an interview for this story. It’s dark outside his office in Dallas, where [...]

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January 2013 // Features
Great Expectations

Smaller than anticipated. That was my first thought walking into Alistair Overeem’s home in November 2010. Maybe it was the shrinking sensation the fog brought to everything in Leusden, Holland, the blackness of night, or the cramp to the first floor, but the place seemed too small, and the man entirely too large for his [...]

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December 2012 // MMA Life
TUF Talk From Chael Sonnen

When the UFC announced that Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones would coach opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter 17 and fi ght each other on April 27, the MMA world took a collective gasp. Did Dana White really believe that Sonnen deserved a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title? Well, as Clint Eastwood [...]

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November 2012 // Features
The Working Champ

Newly minted UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson worked his way to the top of the 125-pound heap—now, he’s working full-time to stay there. Demetrious Johnson’s first job was Parkland Putters, where he swept a miniature golf course all day, sometimes pulling double-duty by mowing the owner’s lawn and cleaning up dog poop. Then it was [...]

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October 2012 // Features
The Way of the Hand and Foot

Hiding in the point-fighting style of Taekwondo are some serious skills that talented mixed martial artists aren’t afraid to use. Brian Davidson says there are legions of Taekwondo fighters ready and able to chop the competition in MMA. “I believe in the Korean style,” says the bantamweight, who’s also a sixth-degree Taekwondo black belt. “It’s [...]

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September 2012 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Mike Swick

How many text messages did you get after your Knockout of the Night performance against DaMarques Johnson on UFC on Fox 4? That was the most feedback I’ve ever gotten for any fight in my career—Twitter, text messages, emails, phone calls. I think every person that I’ve ever met watched this fight. It was great [...]

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September 2012 // Names in the Game
Reality Check

You’re heavyweight Shane Carwin. You just had your third back surgery, and you haven’t fought in 13 months. Two months after you tell the UFC that you’re ready to get back to work, you get a call—out of the blue—asking if you’d like be on a reality show to coach opposite of a bearded guy [...]

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August 2012 // MMA Life
Sneak Attack

A handful of styles comprise the modern MMA fighter: boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. Most other combat forms have been left on the scrap heap during the molding of MMA, and for good reason. However, as the sport continues to evolve, capoeira—a storied Brazilian martial art—is kicking its way into the cage. On [...]

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August 2012 // MMA Life
The Expendables Expand

Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, and Chuck Norris walk into a Bulgarian bar … and leave early so they’re fresh for work the next morning. Not a single person kicked in the throat? No spray from a belt-fed M-60? No panties thrown? That doesn’t sound right, does it? Only if you believe Randy Couture. The UFC [...]

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July 2012 // MMA Life
Bringing the Fight Overseas

More than 20 years ago, a mix of comedians, musicians, and eye candy was standard entertainment for deployed troops. Celebrities still do large numbers, but there’s another big ticket these days—mixed martial artists. During a stint in the early 1990s as a military police officer in the Marines, jiu-jitsu coach Kurt Shrout remembers the impact [...]

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June 2012 // Names in the Game
Redemtion vs Reckoning

More than 13 years after their first encounter inside the Octagon, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort are ready to put it all on the line at UFC 147 on June 23 in their native Brazil. Forget title implications and paydays—this fight is personal. There was a time when Wanderlei Silva seethed at the thought of [...]

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May 2012 // Names In The Game
Welter Skelter

Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann will headline The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale on June 1 to determine the next contender for the UFC Welterweight Title. It’s not a big deal that Ellenberger and Kampmann disagree on how serious an opponent each other represents. That makes for great drama in the cage. One thing they may [...]

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March 2012 // Features
Dan Henderson Is Dangerous At Any Age

Finding the gate to Dan Henderson’s driveway in the darkness of the rolling hills around Murrieta, California, is harder than his chin. There are four cars and a white camper in the lot outside of a big house with a wooden stairway that leads up a separate entrance, but it’s dead quiet when a shadowy [...]

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January 2012 // Features
The Land Of The Fighting Sun

DUN…DUN…DUN-DUN. The tribal call of Nobuhiko Takada’s Taiko drums bang as the giant big screen flashes and fans roar. Spotlights trace Saitama Super Arena, flash-pots explode, and flamethrowers spit at the ceiling. DUN… DUN…DUN-DUN. The camera zooms around the cavernous hall as Bas Rutten mingles with Stephen Quadros. One by one, the fighters from around [...]

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December 2011 // Features
Purpose Driven Fight

UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is always just one fight away… one big finish away. Johnny Cash’s acoustic guitar gallops over the loudspeakers. Showtime. Gravel-voiced UFC coordinator Burt Watson signals the charge from the dressing rooms to the Octagon in Syndey’s Acer Arena. The UFC’s production crew keeps a tight pace around Jon Fitch as he [...]

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December 2011 // Names in the Game
Insurance, Anyone?

The X-ray brings bad news: broken hand. The bones will have to be held in place by a titanium plate. Then a cast. Then a brace and months of physical therapy. It’s 2006 and MMA is starting to boom. However, he can kiss those contract offers goodbye for now. “Mr. Swanson, how would you like [...]

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November 2011 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Josh Barnett

Sounds like you’re driving a Formula 1 car? No, it’s a 2007 Mustang GT with only 12,000 miles on it. But it’s supercharged, 500 horsepower, got a full suspension underneath it. It’s lowered an inch-and-a-half. It’s very fast. Is that one of the whips in your garage? Actually, it’s in my mom’s garage. I bought [...]

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February 2011 // Quick Hits
WEC Exit Stage Left

Olaf Alfonso’s crooked nose pointed farther east, and it was still leaking blood. Minutes before, the Mexican lightweight had gone three frenetic rounds with John Polakowski in front of HDNet cameras and several thousand locals on a 15-fight MMA card in remote Lemoore, Calif.   Dana White flew commercial and rented a car to get [...]

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January 2011
Demolition Time

Alistair Overeem slinks down treacherously steep steps and goes straight to the fridge for a yogurt. He’s kept the living room dark, perhaps not to wake his brain too much before he returns upstairs, where his girlfriend Zelina is sleeping. His pad is an hour outside of Amsterdam and a 10-minute drive from his primary [...]

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March 2010 // Names in the Game
New Blood

KYLE PIMENTEL RECORD: 7–0 KEY VICTORIES: Olaf Alfonso, Jason Von Flue Kyle Pimentel is another fighter that was on the radar for Bellator Fighting Championships as the promotion loads up for its second season, which will air on a trifecta of television networks in the United States, including NBC, Fox Sports, and Telemundo. On the [...]

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