February 2010

Catch As Catch Can

Anywhere you find bored blue-collar men, you’ll find competition. It’s in our blood. Some whittle away their disinterest with camel racing, some with soccer, but the more combative types box or wrestle. In 19th century Lancashire, England, the lads who worked the local mines oftentimes found themselves with enough energy to wrestle for bets after [...]

Memoirs of a Fight Fan In Japan

In Japan, MMA is still a viable art of fighting and pageantry, even in the years since PRIDE’s demise. However, does Japanese MMA have the muscle to continue to endure? Journalist Ben Folwkes found out firsthand as he flew across the globe to experience the Dynamite! New Year’s Eve event in Tokyo. I was tired [...]

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 [...]

5 Fighting Femme Fatales

While women’s mixed martial arts is still a novelty to some fans, thanks to recent national exposure, including coverage by ESPN and televised bouts under the Strikeforce banner, female fighters are making their mark in MMA. Here are five of the feistiest females in the sport. 5. GINA CARANO Known as the face of women’s [...]

Monumental Moments In MMA

Things were mighty different in the early UFCs. Fighters threw elbows to the back of their opponents’ heads, struck the groin, and grabbed hair, all with impunity. None of this mayhem, however, was the point of the show. On one side of the Octagon at UFC 1 stood “the shark,” that skinny, chosen representative of [...]

And The Hemmy Goes To

I’d like to thank the Academy and welcome you to the 29th Annual (May)Hemmy Awards. These MMA awards are totally unbiased and look past the “big three” letters that dominate MMA in America, and take a serious and stern look at the sport that we all love. Ok, that’s a bunch of crap. This is [...]

MaMMA’s Boyz

“Don’t ever get in between a mother bear and her cubs.” So goes the wisely-worded, backcountry warning that illustrates the sheer power of the bond that exists between mother and child in nature. When it comes to an encounter with a perceived threat against its offspring, mother bears are notorious for viciously mauling whatever happens [...]

Acting Out

Thousands of actors portray “tough guy” characters, but only a few possess the discipline and technique to actually stand toe-to-toe with a legit mixed martial artist. At FIGHT!, we’ve watched enough films to know which thespians could step into the cage without being maimed. They might not necessarily become champions, but here are 10 actors [...]

Difficult Dilemma

Every February I hit a professional crossroads of sorts. I’m faced with a dilemma, a choice that at first was extremely difficult to make but as time has passed that little ache in my stomach has quieted a bit. Which does one possibly choose? Super Bowl Sunday or UFC Saturday. I get most of my [...]

All Aboard the Grain Train

The key to getting the most out of your diet is variety. Many healthy eaters have a diverse intake of fruits and vegetables but get stuck eating the same three whole grains: wheat, brown rice, and oats. These grains are excellent additions to anyone’s diet, but it’s important to branch out and explore the wide [...]

In This Corner Blueberries

Blueberries possess a diverse arsenal of disease-fighting nutrients. To top off their impressive nutritional benefits, blueberries are low in calories and offer a natural sweet flavor. Since frozen berries are just as healthy as their fresh counterparts, you can save a few bucks in the winter months by purchasing your berries in the frozen food [...]

Analyze This

From the outside looking in, I believe the game plan for Jamie Varner was to use his striking to land power shots, thus setting up his takedowns so he could score with ground-n-pound. I think Henderson’s game plan was to fight at long range and make Varner take bad shots, extending the fight to rounds [...]

Burpee Basics

Your body must be ready for action. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready to practice Muay Thai, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, or if you’re about to hit the weights, your muscles and joints must be prepared. Many injuries occur when you force your muscles to work before they’re ready. For years, athletes would warm-up by stretching, [...]

Hard To The Core

The core row is one of the best exercises to build strength and size in the upper back. Strong lats and rhomboids are important for fighters because they help boost punching power and improve shoulder health. Fighters also need a super strong core. The hardest strikers have the strongest cores. A floor crunch, however, won’t [...]

5 Minutes With Brian Bowles

You’ve finished all eight of your fights. Are you at least curious to see what a decision is like? No, not really. I like to finish them off. When you beat Miguel Torres to become the WEC Bantamweight Champion, did you ever consider growing a mullet? I thought about growing a mullet beforehand and coming [...]

Inside Answers to The Fighter’s Mind

Sam Sheridan’s 2007 book, A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting, is required reading for all MMA fans. His 2010 follow-up, The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game, is another mustread as the Harvard graduate unearths the various mindsets of the world’s best combat athletes. Sheridan never gets bogged down in [...]

MMA Going Mainstream

The legacy TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr. left behind after his tragic death in a car crash in March 2009 is witnessed in the growing acceptance of MMA among mainstream sponsors. In November, sports apparel company Under Armour announced a deal making UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St.- Pierre its underwear model and spokesman, joining [...]

Vision Quest

Growing up in blue-collar West Linn, Oregon, Chael Sonnen may not have had the red and yellow flare or colorful slogans, but he sees a parallel between himself and his childhood hero Hulk Hogan. “I see myself as the good guy of the sport,” says the 32-year-old former U.S. Olympic wrestling alternate. “You’ll find 20 [...]

2009 FIGHT! Magazine Awards

Sit next to a warm fire with a glass of cognac in hand, as FIGHT! takes you on a stroll down memory lane for 2009 and offers up its 3rd Annual FIGHT! Awards. Our picks may not be the most mainstream choices (GSP can’t win ‘em all), but we make a compelling case for each. [...]

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