February 2012

Editor’s Letter

Handing out awards to combatants of a sport that has as many variables as MMA is always a difficult task. What aspect of a particular KO, for example, constitutes KO of the Year? Is it the technical execution? The gravity of the contest at hand? Or is it a KO at the last possible moment [...]

FIGHT! Magazine Awards 2011

The month of February can only mean one thing: It’s time to give out the 2011 awards. I know what you’re thinking, “Are the 5th Annual FIGHT! Magazine Awards going to detract from the 84th Academy Awards that are scheduled for February 26?” Yes, but hopefully Billy Crystal will dull your pain by punching himself [...]

2011 Year In Review

Good, bad, ugly, sad—MMA fans got a taste of everything in 2011. It was a big year for the fastest growing sport in the world, and FIGHT! was along for the entire ride. Sit back in your favorite chair, pour yourself a glass of your best sipping whiskey, and take a stroll down memory lane [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA HUNT TO SURVIVE UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt’s path to professional fighting began when a bouncer at a nightclub in Auckland, New Zealand, invited Hunt to train at his gym after witnessing “The Super Samoan” in a scrap with four other guys. Hunt is back in action against Cheick [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA CALLIN’ IT QUITS “I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease. I’m going to say that tonight is the last night you will see me in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar is officially retired.” —Brock Lesnar, addressing the UFC 141 audience after his TKO-loss to Alistair Overeem. OLD MAN DAN “All [...]

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. HAYABUSA TOKUSHU™ SERIES GLOVES Sporting a sophisticated dual-closure system and patented wrist-splinting design, Hayabusa’s university research has confirmed that these gloves have superior support, power delivery, and injury prevention. Judging from our in-house testing, we agree. The carbonized bamboo lining delivers a comfort and quality that [...]

Eduardo Dantas Is At Home

Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament winner Eduardo Dantas survived the mean streets of his home with a passion for fighting… the right way. Look around the athletic department of a major college campus and you’re likely to see hundreds of teenagers worried about navigating the nightmare of calculus and the heartache of having to nuke [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME AS THE CRO FLIES Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will cap his combat career at K-1 Final Fight in Zagreb, Croatia, on March 10. The former PRIDE Grand Prix Openweight Champion will take on fellow fight legend Ray Sefo in a kickboxing match. CAGE WARRIORS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP Cage [...]

5 Minutes With Rory MacDonald

You’ve been fighting professionally since you were 16 years old. Did you have to get a permission slip from your parents for your first fight? The promoter asked for one just in case, so I did get my parents to sign a form, but I don’t think the commission needed it. You’re only 22 years [...]

Valentine Sweet Heart

This month’s eye candy has more surprises than a box of chocolates. At only 23, Sophia Roe packs quite a punch and has all the tips you’ll need to make this Valentine’s Day something special. Where are you calling home these days? Beautiful, sunny Orlando, Florida. How often do you go to Disney World? I [...]

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 [...]

The Kids Are Alright

MMA training isn’t just for adults. Let the kids have some fun. There is an uphill battle in building youth MMA programs. Traditional martial arts like karate and taekwondo have a head start because they don’t have the underlying stigma of violence that is associated with MMA. However, the development of discipline, character, and respect [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar UFC 144 – Feb. 25, 2012, Saitama, Japan On February 25, the UFC will make its long-awaited return to the Land of the Rising Sun. Headlining the main event will be UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, who will square off against former WEC Lightweight Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson. [...]

Zerch & Destroy

Get a new grip on leg training with these three variations on your old standards. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. This is a simple, yet profound rule of life. If you want more, you have to do more, and when you do more, you will become [...]

Heart Smart

Keep the beat going strong during February’s American Heart Month. To keep your heart happy, it’s important to follow exercise, diet, and health guidelines. As a dedicated athlete, the exercise aspect should be taken care of during regular sessions at the gym. Show your heart some additional love by keeping up with the diet and [...]

MMA 101

Hip-out escape from guard with options. This month, UFC veteren and Nova União jiu-jitsu black belt Diego Saraiva, and current UFC featherweight Raphael Assuncao, demonstrate an option escape from the bottom with corresponding counter-attacks for each. THE SET UP FROM GUARD 1. From guard, Raphael establishes an overhook on Diego, and he begins to shift [...]

Girl Next Door

Joanna Smith Age: 22 Height: 5’6” Hometown: Atlanta, GA Favorite Fighter: Forrest Griffin Relationship: Boyfriend On the Web: modelmayhem.com/2364079 How did you become an MMA fan? I do promo work for Bud Light and Absolut Vodka at Tilted Kilt, which is a sports pub that shows a lot of the UFC pay-per-views. I’ve also worked [...]

Rock & Rolling

Everlast’s BJJ training is his new house of pain. Erik Schrody—better known by his stage name Everlast—isn’t from the Gracie bloodline, but the two-striped white belt is learning the martial art discipline one roll at a time. The 42-year-old California resident sought out Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club after hearing great things about the academy’s owner [...]

Unleash The Beast

MMA Is Exploding in 2012. Dana White said that 2011 was the best year in the history of the UFC. Bjorn Rebney might agree when it comes to Bellator. ProElite is making a comeback, and Strikeforce has been re-upped on Showtime. The UFC’s milestone deal with FOX will bring millions of mainstream fans and millions [...]

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