April 2010

5 Minutes With Jake Shields

You’ve got the biggest fight of your career coming up, defending your Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against Dan Henderson. Is it more important to retain the belt or show you can compete with a legend like Henderson?   Yeah, definitely. For me, it’s not just about the title—I obviously want to keep the title—but it’s about [...]

“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 [...]

Aly Veneno

Born Alison Garcia, this poisonous triple threat of brains, beauty, and badass is dangerous in the best ways possible —careful, her charm will leave you snake bitten.   Where did you grow up and where are you now?   Kind of a long story, but I was born in Rome, Italy. I grew up in [...]

5 Fighting Southpaws

The Latin word for “left” is “sinister,” which evolved into the word “distrust,” because lefties are not the norm. Our calendars might claim it is 2010, but it’s still hard to trust that kid in kindergarten who can’t use the righty scissors to cut the construction paper. It’s no wonder lefties grow up with a [...]

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 [...]

The Quest For Perfection

At one of the entrances to Montreal’s Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, a sophisticated venue originally built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, light heavyweight Tom Murphy tells the story of meeting his current trainer. At UFC 58, Firas Zahabi was cornering Icho Larenas, whom Murphy stopped via TKO in the third round. Two years later at the [...]

The Top 20 MMA Gyms in America

Champions gravitate toward each other. Fortunately for MMA, the sport has grown to a point where ultra-talented fighters and trainers are no longer restricted to only a handful of facilities like they were five years ago. Before the 2005 explosion of MMA, there were less than ten gyms producing all the top-tier talent of the [...]

From California Kid to King of California

Urijah Faber is a natural born world-shaker.   The former World Extreme Cage fighting Featherweight Champion catches sun on a bushy downtown Sacramento street, sitting on a wood stool in front of the epicenter of his empire—Ultimate Fitness gym. His real-life Entourage passes by with friendly reminders as he hangs out before his next training [...]

New Blood

Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world. It garners more attention and new fans daily. The emergence of so many new athletes sometimes makes it hard for fans to notice some of the fighters on the verge of making it to the next level. MMAWeekly.com takes you deep inside the sport [...]

Chael Sonnen Unplugged

Chael Sonnen can talk some trash. In addition, he runs a full-time real estate business and a high-profile wrestling club, owns the Northwest’s largest amateur mixed martial arts promotion, and is running for a seat in the Oregon congress. He also happens to be the number-one contender for the UFC middleweight crown and will fight [...]

King Mo’s Big Fight Breakdown

Let’s break this long awaited rematch down “King Mo” style and see what happens. We got a reverse Street Fighter II thing, but here’s the twist: Machida (Ryu) is the final boss and Rua (Sagat) worked his way to becoming one of the bosses. I’m gonna pick out some categories that’ll help you decide a [...]

The Cage is The Rage

MMA is the only sport I can think of that takes place on two distinct areas of play: the cage and the ring. The iconic Octagon was made famous by the UFC and is synonymous with MMA. For most fans, what would “cage fighting” be without the cage? What many fans don’t realize is that [...]

Monumental Moments In MMA

Things were not going well for mixed martial arts in the United States in 1997. With politicians slandering the sport as “human cockfighting,” cable companies decided to censor the pay-per-views, which was hurting revenue. This led to major financial problems for the UFC and the death of Extreme Fighting. The sport was banned in New [...]

Women & Money

Marloes Coenen thought she had it made. She was a 19 year old college student, four fights into her pro career, and had just won the 2000 ReMix World Cup MMA tournament in Japan. Unbelievably, by some grand accident of accounting or maybe just incredibly good fortune, she took home $100,000 for the tournament victory. [...]

Behave Yourself

I realize that Miss Manners is never going to write a column clarifying the essential qualities of politeness in regard to MMA etiquette. She is too busy writing articles about the difference between a shrimp fork and a relish fork. But somebody needs to set the standards by which all MMA fans should abide. Every [...]

Music Invades the Sponsorship Game

Wigby Pearson has always been fascinated with extreme sports. The president and founder of Earache Records, an independent metal label based in Nottingham, England, has worked in the past with skateboarders and BMX riders, and even released a compilation for Extreme Championship Wrestling. So when he heard that hometown boy Dan Hardy was fighting for [...]

The Circus Is Back In Town

It seems like I’ve traveled this road before. Yet, here I am again,espousing logic that appears to be falling upon deaf ears of those who need to listen. Actually, this time I’m not asking that decision-makers listen, I’m moved to … dare I say it … okay, I’m begging ya.   A year or two [...]

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