August 2012

Editor’s Letter

Champions, legends, and rising stars are the usual suspects when making a list of candidates for the cover of the magazine. After all, names like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre represent the pinnacle of the sport. They provide the fans an image of superhuman invincibility that every kid, at some point in their lives, has [...]

The Last Emperor’s Last Stand

AXS TV/Inside MMA correspondent Ron Kruck traveled more than 5,000 miles to be part of Fedor Emelianenko’s last fight in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fedor Emelianenko has always been an enigma. On fight night, he was an emotionless cyborg, possessing a cold stare that could rival any great Russian Czar…but outside of the ring, he was [...]

Never Say Die

There’s so much more to Matt “The Immortal” Brown than simply persevering—there’s a story of redemption that’s still being told. On a cool summer evening in August 2001, Matt Brown died. It’s not that Brown remembers dying in the blur of that dilated night in Xenia, Ohio, just one month before the September 11 attacks. [...]

Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV. SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF Suspension straps allow the use of your body weight to develop strength, power, endurance, balance, flexibility, and core stability. By suspending and shifting your bodyweight against gravity, you can create resistance that allows you to build muscle during multiple exercises, including pushups, pull-ups, [...]

5 Minutes With Chris Weidman

You’re coming off a big TKO of Mark Munoz. How’s life been since the fight? I went out to Long Island a few days after I got home to celebrate with friends, and it all kinda struck me just how crazy everything has gotten. I’ve been coming to these clubs my whole life and nobody [...]

Lights, Camera, Action !

You may know her from her time at, but Megan Olivi has since moved on to covering your favorite fighters for the UFC and FOX. From the Jersey Shore to the Las Vegas desert, this pintsized bundle of energy always delivers big. What’s up Megan? Most of our readers know you from your time [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA NO BONES ABOUT IT “It’s not that he [Anderson Silva] won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s that we both have a lot to lose, and we both respect each other a lot, and we both are striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crack on [...]

Behind The Fight

Being the third man the cage is a thankless job. To do well…is to go unnoticed. When fighters struggle for victory and survival, refs must objectively ensure the contest’s integrity while prioritizing participants’ safety. Ref Josh Rosenthal shares with FIGHT! what it takes to be a mediator in MMA’s artful mayhem and the joys of [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA EXCESS BAGGAGE Although he purchased three seats on the airplane, UFC 3 veteran Emmanuel Yarborough (6’7”, 700 lbs.) was banned from a Delta flight from Newark, NJ, to Italy. I RAN (SO FAR AWAY) In the UFC on FX 4 main event between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida, [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson UFC 151: September 1, 2012 The UFC 151 main event between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson could be dubbed New School versus Old School. Whatever the school, each fighter has built his career on being the baddest bully in class. In 2011, Jones had arguably [...]

The Over Under Dog

Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran is out of his cousin’s shadow and no longer flying under the MMA radar. On May 6, 2010, Pat Curran was supposed to be nothing more than cannon fodder for UFC veteran Roger “El Matador” Huerta, who entered the Bellator Lightweight Tournament on a theoretical crash course with then-lightweight champion [...]

Croation Devastation

UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic is making a big impact in MMA’s biggest division. It doesn’t take great powers of observation to see that Stipe Miocic is nervous. At a local restaurant just outside of his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio, his huge bear paws bounce and fidget on the table top. It comes across as endearing [...]

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 [...]

Hip To It

UFC Welterweight Matt Brown demonstrates a functional strength workout for increased core and lower body power. Utilizing the Westside Barbell System under the guidance of Louie Simmons, the goals of this strength and conditioning routine are to increase overall strength, paying particular attention to the lower back, hips, and glutes, while increasing dynamic muscular endurance. [...]

Fuel Your Fight

The timing and makeup of your pre-fight meals and snacks are key for optimal performance. It’s fight day, and you’re rolling with confidence, as your training and nutrition have been carefully calculated for months prior to the big event. Don’t let excitement or nerves steer you off path. Finish your preparation with the proper fuel [...]

MMA 101

This month, BJJ black belt Lloyd Irvin and UFC bantamweight Mike Easton show readers two slick armbar options. As head of Team Lloyd Irvin (U.S. Jiu-Jitsu Team) and owner of Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Academy, Irvin has a roster of some of the best young talent in MMA, including UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, Phil [...]

Small Fish In A Bigger Pond

The Little Secret of the WEC Merger In December 2010, Anthony Pettis leapt out of the WEC cage and landed a kick to Benson Henderson’s face. The spectacular “Showtime Kick” highlighted the waning moments of the final fight of the World Extreme Cage fighting organization. The folding of the bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight fighters into [...]

Modern-Day Knight

DragonForce’s Herman Li is mastering guitar, BJJ, and knife fighting. Herman Li isn’t slaying dragons, but the musician is learning the proper techniques to stab one. The co-founder and guitarist of power metal band DragonForce has trained in various martial arts for the past 15 years, including Wing Chun, judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Recently, the [...]

Sneak Attack

A handful of styles comprise the modern MMA fighter: boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. Most other combat forms have been left on the scrap heap during the molding of MMA, and for good reason. However, as the sport continues to evolve, capoeira—a storied Brazilian martial art—is kicking its way into the cage. On [...]

Viking Tough

The trend of NFL players training in MMA isn’t new, but Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is the one who started it all. Before the UFC was filling arenas and selling millions of pay-per-views, Jared Allen was an avid fan of the sport. He decided to dabble in MMA in 2006 to see what [...]

Miller’s Crossing

It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of Dan Miller’s life. Instead, March 19,2009, turned on a dime into the worst day for the affable UFC fighter. A month removed from Dan Miller’s third consecutive win in the UFC, his wife Kristin went into labor with the couple’s first child. Like the [...]

The Expendables Expand

Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, and Chuck Norris walk into a Bulgarian bar … and leave early so they’re fresh for work the next morning. Not a single person kicked in the throat? No spray from a belt-fed M-60? No panties thrown? That doesn’t sound right, does it? Only if you believe Randy Couture. The UFC [...]

Fight! Girl Search: Kristal Hammond

Kristal Hammond Age: 25 Height: 5’10” Hometown: Perth, Western Australia Facebook: How long have you been modeling? I’ve been modeling on a part-time basis for about six years for magazines such as Maxim and FHM, as well as competing in Miss Universe and Miss Bikini World. What’s your best female feature? My long legs. [...]

The Hidden Evolution

Watch out world, MMA is Darwinian. When we talk about the evolution of mixed martial arts, it’s easy to point to a lot of the obvious advancements in the sport, rules, and athletes. Legal MMA events take place in almost every state in the country and around the globe with rules and weight classes that [...]

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. Nexersys Nexersys looks different from any training equipment you’ve ever seen, and using High Intensity Interval Cross Training (HIIT), soon your body will look dramatically different, too. Nexersys provides a totally new personal training experience, transforming your body into a lean, mean, fighing maching. With an [...]

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