February 2010 Quick Hits

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 [...]

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 [...]

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