December 2012

Editor’s Letter

“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill Summer, 1940. The German Blitzkrieg sweeps through [...]

Finding His Mark

When Michael Bisping steps into the Octagon against Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 on Jan. 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it will be more than a one-on-one fi ght. An arena packed with Brazilians will scream for their countryman to relieve Bisping of his senses, and, if they have their way, carry the [...]

British Invasion

And this time, they’re taking no prisoners Before fixing its global expansion plans on places like China, Australia, and going back to Brazil, the UFC invested heavily in England. During a three-year stretch between April 2007 and November 2009, the Octagon made its way across the Atlantic seven times, playing to packed houses in Birmingham, [...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Strike First VENUM Absolute These mitts are made from highquality buffalo leather with tripledensity foam, so they can take a beating and dish one out. $129.90 – HAYABUSA Tokushu The Dual-X™ closure system and Fusion Splinting™ are sophisticated designs that support hand/wrist alignment, maximizing striking power and injury prevention. $118.99 – EVERLAST Protex [...]

Did You Know? : December 2012

Call Us Immediately The new pair of legs in the Octagon at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macao, China, was Jessica Cambensy, a Chinese-Filipino-American lingerie model from Chicago. Evan Almighty Once I Was a Champion, a documentary on former UFC champion Evan Tanner, is available on iN Demand pay-per-view on December 28. With footage [...]

They Said That : December 2012

MATCH GAME “I don’t understand what Joe Silva is doing. You know what I’m saying? Joe Silva has a complex. Something’s wrong with him, the guy can’t match shoes. What kind of matchmaker is this guy? What is he thinking? Give me Forrest. Everybody wants that, that will sell. Everybody wants to see me and [...]

Health Radar : December 2012

BULLY GRIP 195: Gray Maynard’s grip strength in pounds per square inch. Poor: <96 Below Average: 97-104 Average: 105-112 Above Average: 113-122 Excellent: >123 * Grip Strength for Men Aged 30-39 MINTY MOJO The smell of peppermint around the holidays may evoke fond childhood memories, but treats aside, peppermint oil has quite the array of [...]

5 Minutes With John Hathaway

You played rugby before starting your MMA career. Did it help prepare you? I don’t think I learned any specific techniques, but I defi nitely learned from the rough and tumble aspect of it, being able to take hits and continue. I think that definitely helped lay some attributes down that helped me in my [...]

Behind the Fight : December 2012

In the world of mixed martial arts, there are few individuals who receive more love than Jacob “Stitch” Duran. From wrapping hands in the locker room to plugging cuts in between rounds, Stitch works his magic to ensure the action inside the cage continues. Over a 25-year career spent in the trenches of combat sports, [...]

Double Action

You know what they say: “Good things come in pairs,” and Cage Warriors FC ring girls Brooke Lynette and Natalie Lawrence are proof positive of that. This beautiful British duo leaves no doubt in the minds of fight fans that two is always better than one. How long have you girls been working for Cage [...]

New Blood : December 2012

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 [...]

Work Out the Kinks

Stop the pain train in its tracks. If you train hard, you’ve felt more than just sore muscles the next day—and some of those nagging injuries can take a toll. No worries. You can give your body a fighting chance with a few simple moves that will help you alleviate your minor aches and pains. [...]

Refine your triangle choke with the “Sassanlge”

Along with Ronda Rousey’s armbar and Rousimar Palhares’ heel hook, Paul Sass’ leg triangle is one of the most feared fight finishers in MMA. Of the UFC lightweight’s 12 wins, eight have come via leg triangle. With the help of Team Kaobon teammate Darren Till, Sass shows FIGHT! readers how to get the fight to [...]

Holiday Holdup

Steer clear of these five naughty noshes and give your body a fighting chance this holiday season. Between office parties, family dinners, and gift swaps, December is jam-packed with diet-busting possibilities. While one or two holiday dinners won’t erase all your hard work, the constant stream of festive social events running you ragged through this [...]

Getting Tired is for Losers

General George S. Patton famously warned that “fatigue makes cowards of us all.” It’s a powerful insight, and one that is absolutely relevant in sports. It’s pretty hard to impose your will on someone else when you’re exhausted, or worse, prevent them from imposing their will on you. Let’s take a closer look at conditioning [...]

Moving Ahead

As Cleveland Clinic enters its second year of an unprecedented brain injury study on professional fighters, FIGHT!’s Ron Kruck brings us Part II on a story he delved into one year ago. In person, it didn’t look like one of those jaw-dropping, brain-rattling, he-just-got-knocked-the-F-out KOs that makes highlight reels, but as former Olympic wrestler Matt [...]

TUF Talk From Chael Sonnen

When the UFC announced that Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones would coach opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter 17 and fi ght each other on April 27, the MMA world took a collective gasp. Did Dana White really believe that Sonnen deserved a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title? Well, as Clint Eastwood [...]

Ebony Page : FIGHT! Girl Search

Age: 23 Height: 5’8″ Hometown: Mandurah, Australia What do you like about modeling I enjoy the rush I get before and after a shoot. What’s your best female feature? I would have to say my bum. How do you stay in shape? I like to do all sorts of sports, including MMA, wake boarding, surfing, [...]

Blazing the Trail

“If you can win in adversity, you can win anywhere.” —Jeff Blatnick: 1957-2012 Olympic champion and MMA pioneer Jeff Blatnick died on October 24, 2012, as a result of complications from heart surgery. He was 55 years old. The unexpected news simultaneously rocked the worlds of amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts, as Jeff had [...]

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