December 2011 Quick Hits

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 [...]

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