August 2009 MMA Life

Charging The Wake with Gray Maynard

In the spirit of unwinding after long, unbroken stretches of fight preparation, numerous MMA fighters will take to the outdoors for some well-deserved R&R when time permits. But the UFC’s Gray Maynard prefers something a little more intense than your average bike ride or walk along the beach: He prefers wakeboarding. In fact, after wrangling [...]

Ballers To Brawlers

Despite a withering global economy, the sport of mixed martial arts continues to grow, spreading faster than crabs through a party school frat house. Lured by the scent of fame and fortune, not to mention the sentiment that it’s far more enjoyable to punch someone in the face rather than punch a clock, new competitors [...]

Crossing Over

Jake Shields stood across the cage from “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and it seemed like business as usual. But as the camera panned to the Jiu-Jitsu wizard when Strikeforce ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., introduced him to the masses, it became abundantly clear that something was [...]

Under Pressure

At the conclusion of his 2004 welterweight bout with Mexican fighter Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz, Jon Fitch wasn’t grappling with the racing thoughts of possibly losing a three-round battle. In those awkward few moments before the decision was announced, Fitch wrestled with something any fighter reading this would deem unthinkable. “I really was more [...]

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