December 2009

5 Minutes With Miguel Torres

Hello Mr. Torres. The world wants to know, how did you get interested in this mixed martial arts thing? Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a ninja. Ever since I can remember, all I wanted was to be a ninja. I watched UFC 1 and saw that mixed martial [...]

Not Heard On TV

Ahhh what would it be like to be a fly on the cage and to be able to hear what’s going on in there? Nick and Nate Diaz are becoming famous for trash talking throughout their fights as a type of ‘psychological warfare’ against their opponents. Though there’s generally not a lot of talking going [...]

Ask Punkass

Dan “Punkass” Caldwell is one of the founding members of the MMA giant TapouT. He, along with Tim “Skyscrape” Katz and the late Charles “Mask” Lewis, went from selling t-shirts out of the trunk of their car to running a multi-million dollar mixed martial arts empire. As part of their expansion, they partnered with Champion [...]

Spotlight On Jonathan Burke

Too nervous to start training MMA? Well, snap out it. The “6 Levels” founder has made it even easier for you to get off your ass and start improving your life. If Shaquille O’Neal ever steps into a Japanese MMA ring to put a size-23 hurting on Hong Man Choi, we’ll have one man to [...]

Dan Hornbuckle Handles His Business

With a professional record standing strong at 19-2, including two straight finishes over UFC vets Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson, Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle is on his way to becoming a household name in both Japan and America. “When I first got into MMA with [trainer] Kyle Watson, I was 215 lbs. of pure muscle,” [...]

The Empty Hand

Judo can be directly attributed to Jigoro Kano. Sambo was the work of Vasili Oshchepkov and Viktor Spiridonov. Karate is not so lucky. It’s a nebulous maze of styles that lacks a clear path back to a single man or even to a group of men, its lineage traceable only as far back as the [...]

Great Expectations

You could drive for hours up and down Route 41 in upstate New York looking for the BombSquad gym. Unless you already know where it is, however, chances are you won’t find it. Google Maps directs you to an empty field. Signs along the two-lane highway warn you to watch out for tractors. The smell [...]

Smoking Gun

Spending the holidays as a soldier overseas is never easy, but it helps to know there are some sweethearts at home that have your back. Armed with looks that kill, the 24-year-old Kandiss Lewis is ready to take the acting and modeling world by force — if necessary. So Kandiss, rumor has it you just [...]

The Making of Rashad Evans

It’s rare in this sport that you have such a polarizing figure as Rashad Evans, considering he has never been in any public trouble, is a loving father and husband, tries his best, and is overall a really likeable guy — the one you’d want alongside you if you’re going to the bar or moving [...]

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

The Future Is Now

“I never think of the future — it comes soon enough.” These were the words of famed physicist Albert Einstein, a man who never knew the sport we all love. But maybe he was onto something after all. In the spirit of the future being now, FIGHT! takes a look at six of the most [...]

From The Mind of Mayhem

Jason! Jey-son! We have to train.” A thick Brazilian accent wakes me up, and I find myself in a groggy state on a mat at the HB Ultimate Training Center in Huntington Beach, California. It’s sometime in 2001. I look up at the clock, and I look around me at the faces of local businessmen [...]

51 Things Every MMA Fan Should Know

51 Things Every MMA Fan Should Know Fast facts to prevent you from ever being the noob again. 1. Contrary to what you might think, leg kicks fucking hurt. 2. Referee Big John McCarthy was a Gracie jiu-jitsu student who was originally planning to enter the first UFC, but was later told that he couldn’t [...]

In Defense of Titties

Now, I know what you’re saying: “Ryan, why do you have to defend titties? Who could hate titties? I love them!” I’m not talking about those wonderful delights that have caused men to spend crazy amounts of money on dinners at the Olive Garden. I’m talking about those wonderful MMA fighters who may not be [...]

Catching Up With Forrest

In the world of professional athletics, popularity is almost always a doubleedged sword. When the athlete in question wins, it’s party time—booze and strippers for everyone. But when that same competitor loses, cue the boobirds and finger-pointers. In most cases, even the most ardent supporters are quick to abandon ship. And then there’s mixed martial [...]

UFC 104 Thoughts

“Effective aggression” is in the rulebook and used as judgment criteria, but you have to go with your gut sometimes on the question of who’s making the fight. Which guy wants to be in there more? Right or Robbed? Lyoto Machida is a nightmare opponent— southpaw, elusive, and a patient counterstriker with impeccable timing and [...]

The Carb Advantage

It’s unfortunate that the “C” word has become nearly as infamous as “trans fat” among athletes. Carb-phobia is one of the chief concerns that I tackle most often when I meet with new clients. My elite and competitive MMA athletes are particularly carb conscious since they must struggle with keeping close to their desired weight [...]

3 Mistakes A Fighter Makes

Sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. MMA is a relatively new sport where its coaches have borrowed training strategies from many other areas: karate, boxing, jiujitsu, and wrestling, just to name a few. But MMA is not like any one sport. It requires a unique training [...]

Superfoods

Superfoods for an MMA fighter prolong endurance and work capacity, help with muscle recovery and growth, and help prevent injury, which ultimately helps in and out of the cage. Here are 10 essential foods you need to add to your diet to help with your fight preparation. 1. WHEY PROTEIN – Naturally found in milk, [...]

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