August 2010 Names in the Game

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 [...]

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 [...]

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