April 2012

Batten down the hatches!

Louisiana is known for its spicy dishes, and Shreveport native Laura Moro is as hot as they come. In between her modeling gigs and ring girl work, the green-eyed beauty set sail to try and cool off, but the high sea is where things heated up. Where are you calling home these days? Shreveport, Louisiana. [...]

Editor’s Letter

Casual observers of MMA are often surprised when fighters are able to shake hands only moments after smashing one another in the face. Combat sports inherently demand respect, at least from a competition standpoint, and when it’s displayed in context, it’s a testament to the character and mental fortitude of those who choose to compete [...]

Barefoot In Japan

One MMA journalist’s adventure into The Land of the Rising Sun for UFC 144. Exiting the American Airlines jumbo jet that had been my home for the past 10 hours and walking into the main concourse of Tokyo’s Narita airport, I couldn’t help but laugh. After all, right there in front of me was a [...]

Sunshine State

Breakups, injuries, and a yearlong quarrel with Jon Jones have lead Rashad Evans to change training partners, managers, and zip codes. For the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, it may be the perfect solution for an imperfect attitude. It’s a warm night in Boca Raton, the daytime high was a single digit below 80 degrees, [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. SUPER DUPER Super Fight League—India’s first MMA organization—is headed to Chandigarh, India, on April 7 for SFL 2. Headlining the card will be a motley crew of talent, including Todd Duffee vs. Neil Grove, Paul Kelly vs. Gabe Ruediger, and Alexander Schlemenko vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Check out [...]

5 Minutes With Mark Hunt

Was your fight at UFC 144 in Japan reminiscent of the glory days of PRIDE and K-1? It was good, ya it was similar. Did it bring back fond memories? Well, a lot of good and bad memories, you know? I’ve had a career that’s been up and down in Japan, so I’ve had some [...]

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. Roots of Fight Bravo vs. Gracie Tee This bamboo-blend V-neck commemorates Eddie Bravo’s victory over Royler Gracie at the 2003 ADCC Championships. It’s so soft that your girlfriend (if you have one) will steal it… so get two. $39.00 Rootsoffight.com 2. MRI RED Repair Before the [...]

Runner’s High

Our favorite curly headed surfer girl is back— or maybe she never really left. This month, we check in with former UFC ring girl Natasha Wicks to find out about her return to cage side, her Olympic running aspirations, and her obsession with Shark Week. Hi Natasha, it’s been awhile, what are you up to? [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA CONSPIRACY THEORY “Americans have a rivalry with Brazilians, that is obvious. And why is that? It’s because the UFC has 300 fighters under contract, and from those 300 fighters, the Brazilians are 50, and we have more belts than they do. If you’re going to fight an American in the United States, you [...]

The Rise Of Wonderboy

Kicking off a fight card can be a lonely experience—even in the UFC, which usually reserves that spot for newbies and snoozers competing in quarter-filled arenas. To make fans take notice is a difficult feat, but Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson was up to the task at UFC 143. Stephen Thompson got his opportunity to open up [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA FUNKY FROLF In 2011, Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren finished 2nd at the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship, 9th at the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, and 14th at the Memorial Championship. SPLIT ENDS UFC welterweight Mike Pierce’s last three fights have ended in split decisions. [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck UFC on Fox 3: May 5, East Rutherford, NJ When mat men Johny Hendricks (12-1) and Josh Koscheck (17-5) face each other at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 5, they will represent the greatest set of collegiate wrestling credentials to ever compete against each other [...]

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 [...]

Straight Out Of Fightville

Over the last 15 months, Dustin Poirier has gone from being a relatively unknown, late replacement fighter at UFC 125 to a standout name on the short list of featherwieght contenders. While such a rapid climb up the ranks might compel some to label the Lafayette, Louisiana, native an “overnight success,” proof of how Poirier [...]

Spring Clean Your Diet

Clean up any lingering winter diet disasters by adding a few of the following spring delights to your daily diet. • ASPARAGUS Nicknamed “The Food of Kings,” this vegetable boasts a royal showing of folate, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties are abundant in these crisp stalks that can [...]

MMA 101

This month, five time World Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player, Marcelo Garcia, helps us fine tune the rear naked choke. The rear naked choke is the ideal submission from the back, but setting and finishing it is always a challenge. If I am able to jam my wrist into my opponent’s neck but he prevents me [...]

Short-Circuit Your Workout

A properly designed exercise circuit can recreate many of the physical demands of an actual fight, and it’s an excellent opportunity to burn fat and build muscle. This circuit mimics the specific time demands of an MMA fight. There are five exercises that should be performed for one minute each, with a 10-second transition from [...]

In The Blue Corner

Evans Blue is getting down with MMA. Evans Blue front man Dan Chandler has an MMA connection—the best kind—UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste. In 2007, 18 months before joining Evans Blue as their lead vocalist, the Missouri-based songwriter connected with Celeste by providing her with a few original songs to demo. “I was writing a [...]

Southern Hospitality

Visiting Atlanta for UFC 145? Welcome to FIGHT!’s home base. If you want to see where Coca-Cola is made, take in some art at the High Museum, or go fishing at the Aquarium, we’re pretty sure you won’t need our help, but we wouldn’t be proper hosts without showing you around, so here are some [...]

Dishing Out The Pain

Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain may have taken different paths to MMA, but meeting at that crossroads makes for some wild good times. On the night that Ronda Rousey became a star in women’s MMA, Ottavia Bourdain was blowing chunks. She was fever-riddled with stomach flu and in a state of delirium, yet she contentedly watched [...]

Ronda To The Rescue

Ronda Rousey could be the new face of MMA. As an old-school fighter who came up in Japan, I started fighting in an era when females weren’t allowed in the gym. That meant girlfriends, friends, and even wives were not allowed in the dojo or in the locker room during fights or training. That was [...]

Fight! Girl Search

Nicole Pietrontone Age: 22 Height: 5’2” Hometown: New Providence, NJ Favorite Fighter: Georges St-Pierre Facebook: Nicole Pietrontone Twitter: @ModelNicoleP How long have you been modeling? About three years. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and when I see myself in a magazine, it proves to me that I’m accomplishing my goals. There’s no better [...]

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