December 2008

Gegard Mousasi

2008 has been a defi ning year for Gegard Mousasi. The Armenian-Dutch fi ghter recently claimed the Dream middleweight grand prix championship, defeating American Top Team’s Denis Kang, Korean Judoka Dong Sik Yoon, fi erce striker Melvin Manhoef, and decorated grappler Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza along the way. In addition to winning the tournament, the 23-year-old [...]

Spotlight: Mike Winkeljohn

You know the name Greg Jackson of Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His training facility is widely regarded as one of the top MMA training camps in the United States. And right beside Jackson, is the gym’s premier standup coach, Mike Winkeljohn. And though the name may not be familiar now, it soon should [...]

Homegrown Hardcore

Athens, Georgia, is a college town if there ever was one. Home to the University of Georgia, Athens knows three things: good football, hot women, and fun bars. The HardCore Gym has been slowly adding a fourth: MMA. The gym itself is nothing spectacular—3000 square feet of mats, punching bags, and kettle bells in a [...]

The Abyss Stares Back

Frank Mir had an accident. Everyone knows about it; it’s old hat. When I ask Frank about it, I can see his eyes roll back in his head with boredom. “Another idiot with a pencil,” I can hear him think. He knows he has to talk about it. It’s an integral part of his story, [...]

Diamond In The Rough

For most working young models, a spokesmodel gig with RawVegas, MMAFix. com or Spike TV would be a dream come true, but for a seasoned pro like Andrea Tiede it’s just another day in the offi ce. This month we visit sin city to get a glimpse at this rare…Diamond In The Rough So Andrea, [...]

Psychology of Victory

Most mixed martial artists are already familiar with the concept of pragmatism, even though they might not be aware of it. When they start training, they assume that they’ll apply the formula that promises to yield the best results. Mixed martial arts techniques are perfect examples, not simply of pragmatism, but specifi cally of “American [...]

“Life, Love, And Faustball”

There are times when everything appears stable—yet one day, the bottom simply drops out. PRIDE FC was the largest and most dominant of MMA promotions, yet the loss of a television deal was all it took for the organization to crumble. All of the top stars were up for grabs, with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3) [...]

Into The Wild

September 3, 2008. Thirty-seven-yearold former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner loaded his camping gear onto his Kawasaki KLR 650 dirt bike outside his beachfront apartment in Oceanside, California, and embarked on his latest, greatest journey into the unknown. The destination of choice: the desert just north of Brawley, a cattle town about 150 miles inland. [...]

Evan Shoman

If you’ve ever seen one of his many MMA pencil portrait drawings, you’re likely to have had the same type of take-your-breathaway reaction countless others have had when viewing his artwork for the fi rst time. Evan Shoman’s art is timeless and brings forth both the essence and spirit of each fi ghter he draws. [...]

American Ninja

The most common question I get from interviewers and fans is, “How or why did I get into MMA?” I believe MMA got into me, for there is no disturbing reason as to why my job is to beat people up. I didn’t have a tough upbringing – I had quite the opposite, actually — [...]

Renzo Gracie: Legacy

Gethin Aldous’ documentary about legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and MMA fi ghter Renzo Gracie debuted October 25 at the inaugural United States Film Festival at the Crown Music Theater in Philadelphia. While mainstream productions such as Never Back Down and David Mamet’s Redbelt disappointed the sport’s loyal fanbase, Renzo Gracie: Legacy presented an enlightening and [...]

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 fi ghters on the verge of making it to the next level. takes you deep inside the [...]

Lessons Learned In The International Fight League

The IFL is gone now. It’s offi cial. It has fi led for bankruptcy, fi red its staff, released its fi ghters, and even sold its offi ce furniture. It’s sad to see, even for someone who knows as well as anyone that the organization brought it on itself. The IFL is gone now. It’s [...]

The Better Mousetrap

Anybody else getting sick of all these supposed up-and-coming, we’ll-builda- better-mousetrap organizations who throw a whole slew of hot air out there but fail over and over again? Elite XC, Affl iction and the many others who have promised investors they would be the ones to overthrow the mighty UFC. Seriously, I’m done with it. [...]

Joint Support For MMA Athletes

Every year, athletes in all sports are raising the bar when it comes to setting new records for athletic performance. We see this even more in the sport of mixed martial arts as both the athletes and techniques evolve to new levels. However, with increased performance and higher demands placed on the body, sometimes the [...]

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