December 2011

Editor’s Letter

Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann, Anthony Johnson, and the list goes on. There’s no question that vying for a position at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division is as safe as swimming in shark infested water. The talent in the 170lb division runs deep, with no less than half a dozen [...]

Purpose Driven Fight

UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is always just one fight away… one big finish away. Johnny Cash’s acoustic guitar gallops over the loudspeakers. Showtime. Gravel-voiced UFC coordinator Burt Watson signals the charge from the dressing rooms to the Octagon in Syndey’s Acer Arena. The UFC’s production crew keeps a tight pace around Jon Fitch as he [...]

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

JUDGOI SAN Those aren’t pajamas you’re getting beat down in. GAMENESS ELITE GI As The Dude in The Big Lebowski once said, “Yeah, I’ve got a rash, man.” If The Dude was wearing Gameness Elite’s new gi with a sewn in rashguard, he’d be enjoying a Caucasian in the tub…rash-free. $259.00 HAYABUSA PRO JIU [...]

12 In ’12

Some are booked, some are rumored, and some are just wishful thinking—but here are the 12 fights we want to see in 2012. 12. Vitor Belfort vs. Brian Stann Stann may still be limited when it comes to elite MMA grappling, but, on paper, Belfort poses no such threat, which means we could expect a [...]

5 Minutes With Mark Munoz

Your victory over Chris Leben at UFC 138 was your most brutal win yet. Do you save your best work for main events? Yeah man, I feel that I’ve improved my style, and I’ve been working extensively on finishing people and learning how to create more power with my punches—both on my feet and on [...]


Strikeforce, Bellator, and Jewels are going strong in the women’s MMA movement. Will the UFC eventually follow suit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the fiercest femme fatales in the fight game. Featheweight: 145 lbs Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) Although she hasn’t fought in more than a year, Cyborg is [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. SWEET HOME England’s largest MMA promotion—BAMMA—hosts its next event in Nottingham on Dec. 10 at The Capital FM Arena. Andre Winner takes on Diego Gonzalez in a lightweight title eliminator. In addition, MMA legend Randy Couture will be in attendance to sign copies of his new book [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA POLL Dancing Dana White was voted No. 38 in’s “Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011.” Only time will tell if White’s unflappable self-esteem will be damaged from being usurped by Ashton Kutcher (No. 23), Ryan Gosling (No. 9), or Kanye West (No. 5). Seriously, Ryan Gosling [...]

M-1 Global: From Russia With Punches

When I initially found out that M-1 was coming to New Jersey for their first show on American soil in February 2010, I scoffed at the notion. Any MMA fan worth his weight in Pride FC DVDs knows about the notorious M-1 Global: the Russian company that owned Fedor Emelianenko’s fight contract, which kept him [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA ONE LEG TO STAND ON “I’d have to lose muscle. That’s one thing people don’t pay attention to—I wouldn’t do a gastric bypass. I’d have to literally cut off my leg and I’d be a one-legged 205-er, but I’d still do pretty good.” —Roy Nelson to MMA Nation on the improbability of fighting [...]

Naughty and Nice

FIGHT! put Strikeforce guest ring girl Jordan Daniele on its Xmas wish list, and we’ve been so good that Santa delivered her to our doorstep exactly as we requested—scantly clad and full of Christmas cheer. What’s on your Christmas list this year? Shoes, bikinis, lingerie—sexy stuff. I’ve lived in the Northeast all my life, so [...]

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 [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 141, Dec. 30 You have to hand it to Brock Lesnar. For all the criticism he’s received for his quick—some would say unwarranted—push to championship level in the UFC, Lesnar has never hesitated to accept whatever challenge has been placed in front of him. Even upon returning from career-threatening [...]

Bellator’s Ben Askren is…The Computer That Wore Wrestling Shoes

An odd thing happened in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, this summer. Bellator’s Welterweight Champion Ben Askren challenged his younger brother Max to a wrestling match in the gym on the campus of Bucknell University. The brothers—both of whom were NCAA Champions at the University of Missouri—were in town to teach a wrestling clinic to local youth wrestlers. [...]

Slicing And Dicing

After Ovince St. Preux started his career with a 3-4 record, the Haitian- American went on a freakish run, going 6-0 in 2010 and transforming from meandering journeyman to full-blown contender who will face former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi on December 17. The difference between the 2009 version of OSP and the bigger, [...]

Insurance, Anyone?

The X-ray brings bad news: broken hand. The bones will have to be held in place by a titanium plate. Then a cast. Then a brace and months of physical therapy. It’s 2006 and MMA is starting to boom. However, he can kiss those contract offers goodbye for now. “Mr. Swanson, how would you like [...]

December 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265 RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH 1 Junior dos Santos 7.332 7.332 2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785 3 Cain Velasquez 6.662 7.662 4 Josh Barnett 6.438 6.438 5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205 6 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335 7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 5.763 6.875 8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919 9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291 10 Daniel [...]

Get Hip

Developing powerful hip abductors and hip flexors are critical for keeping an opponent from passing your guard. Incorporating a hip circuit into your daily warm-up is the perfect way to strengthen the often overlooked and under-trained muscles of the hip area. Former UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee demonstrates for FIGHT! readers how to “get hip on [...]


Three ways to boost your conditioning this winter. Getting in great shape might not be easy, but there’s more to conditioning than simply training as hard as you can. After all, if it were simply a matter of a little hard work, professional fighters would never gas out. The following three tips will help you [...]

MMA 101

Overhand Right to Double-Leg Trip. To be a successful college wrestler against quality opponents, you have to set up your single-leg and double-leg takedowns with head taps, hand fighting, and superior movement. MMA is no different, except that you get to punch and kick instead of head tap and hand fight. The name of the [...]

Holiday Helpings

Three recipes to help you enjoy the holiday goodness, guilt free. Training is all about making adjustments. The same is true when it comes to your diet. Don’t fall in the holiday food trap this season and stuff your face with a bunch of fat-loaded and calorie-laden dishes. By making a few simple adjustments to [...]

Brock Lesnar: Heel or Face?

Brock Lesnar is the UFC’s heavyweight cash machine— a pay-per-view superstar-among-stars, who has been noticeably absent from the Octagon since he lost the Heavyweight Title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on Oct. 23, 2010. Sure, we were teased with his appearance opposite Junior dos Santos on The Ultimate Fighter 13, only to experience a [...]

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