August 2010

Calgary Flame

Mixed martial artist Leah Melnychuk is a competitor in the gym, at the dinner table, and on gaming consoles. Challenge her, and Canada’s finest export might just leave you burned.   Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get involved in MMA?   I watched my very first MMA fights on TV, and I [...]

Hollywood’s Full-Time Fighter

So you want to be a full-time fighter? Well, don’t go quitting your day job just yet. For every successful fighter who gave up everything to train, there are 100 average joes who have not been so successful. Now, the joes are broke, possibly missing teeth, and relegated to spinning those “Cash for Gold” signs [...]

Fantastic Four

4. SCOTT HOWARD  TEEN WOLF     The ability to “wolf out” made nerdy Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) a basketball star with increased strength, speed,and jumping abilities. Those skills would transition nicely to the Octagon. Teen Wolf might even be able to give Rampage’s howl a run for its money.   3. DARTH VADERSTAR [...]

5 Minutes With Tim Kennedy

So, I hear you can curve a bullet. That’s got to be cool.   I think every Special Forces sniper can do it. It’s not like the biggest trick in the world.Environmental forces affect how the bullet moves, whether it’s the temperature or the wind speed. The Coriolis force—the force of the Earth’s rotation—actually affects [...]

Fall of the Emperor

This, like many of Fedor Emelianenko’s aphorisms, could have just as easily come out of a fortune cookie as out of the mouth of the man who has for the last several years been considered the world’s top heavyweight.   The fact that the Russian MMA legend was uttering these cryptic words just moments after [...]

Command Performance

ZAYED’S DREAM   Highway E 11 cuts 79 miles through the great Rub’ al Khali desert between the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. FIGHT! Staff Photographer Paul Thatcher is piloting a tiny blue rental car as we speed down the busiest highway in the Arab world on the way to Dubai. We’re in the [...]

The Finisher

The Trident Bookstore and Café is just how it sounds – a sleepy, pseudo hippie hangout on the west side of Boston set in an old Brownstone with several floors of reading material and acoustic tunes to enhance your reading experience. Surprisingly Kenny Florian avoids the decadent Cape Codder sandwich and orders a mandarin orange [...]

Hall of Fame 2010

Major League Baseball has Cooperstown. The National Football League has Canton. MMA has FIGHT! Magazine. Ok, ok, so we’re not quite as prestigious as Cooperstown, but great mixed martial artists needed a place where they could be lauded with the recognition they deserve, appreciated by fans around the world, and honored for their accomplishments…and that’s [...]

In Your Corner

The second I step out of the cage and my fighter is on his own, I know it will be the longest five minutes of my life. All I can do now is yell instructions, and that’s an important job. At the bigger shows, the crowd drowns out my voice. Fans are going wild, the [...]

James Toney Won’t Go Quietly Into The Cage

If James Toney is insane, he is—as is usually the case with such accused—the last to know.   “Listen, just as soon as he raises a leg, you can cancel Christmas,” Toney says, dripping sweat after the first of three daily workouts at a gym in Chatsworth, California. He’s talking about Randy Couture, about connecting [...]

Dear Don

This is not just a man’s advice column—this is Don Frye’s advice column. The “Predator” won two UFC tournaments before fighter safety was a priority. He proudly represented America in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championship, where UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock ripped apart his ankles and still couldn’t stop Frye. Watch Frye fight Yoshihiro Takiyama—if [...]

Modern-Day Supermen

What does it take to be a mixed martial artist? The obvious answer is athletic ability, a good coach, training hard, and eating healthfully. My answer is a little different. Be prepared to separate yourself from the world, say goodbye to your friends, and say hello to pain.   The cost of being a fighter [...]

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. takes you deep inside the sport [...]

When Champions Collide

It was Igor Zinoviev’s time in early 1998. The highly touted former captain of the Russian judo team had amassed a record of 7-0-2 in mixed martial arts, defeated the legendary Mario Sperry and Enson Inoue, and was the only man ever to hold the Extreme Fighting Middleweight Title. A phenomenally gifted athlete with a [...]

The Iceman’s Greatest Hits

7. UFC 31, MAY 4, 2001Kevin “The Monster” RandlemanKO: Round 1, 1:18   Randleman was a two-time Division I NCAA Wrestling Champion and former UFC Heavyweight Champion who decided to drop down to light heavyweight to face Liddell. Bad idea. The Iceman staggered Randleman with a crisp left hook in the first round and followed [...]

Boston: A History of Violence

Something about Boston felt right—a brew of culture and history that had been absent in venues like Sacramento or Columbus. Now, the most important mixed martial arts promotion is finally ready to introduce its sport to a city rich with fighting heritage.   Like it or not, every city has popular reputation: New York is [...]

The Expendables is Blockbuster Bottled Lightning

Writer, director, and star Sylvester Stallone has fueled The Expendables with testosterone-loaded heroes Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Eric Roberts—a dream list of silver screen tough guys of the past, present, and future. With UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture and WWE Hall [...]

MMA Gets Disturbed

Before Disturbed achieved superstardom, Mike Wengren was an MMA fanatic who was hooked on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The drummer for the hard rock quartet (also comprised of vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, and bassist John Moyer) fell in love with Royce Gracie’s masterful ground game, and he would often imitate the black belt’s moves. In [...]

The Real Deal

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical when the UFC announced the addition of a WWE star to their roster. It seemed like a slap in the face to any real mixed martial artist. How could this one dimensional fighter expect to compete in the Octagon? So on February 2, 2008, I [...]

Fighting The Food Budget

Creating a strategy for your performance extends beyond the gym. Your ability to keep going during training and competition, recover fully and efficiently, prevent injury, and maintain optimal body composition defines the need for supplementation. Unfortunately, the cost of nutritional advice, energy bars, high-end drinks, and sports formulas can leave a sizeable hole in a [...]

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