February 2013

Editor’s Letter : February 2013

Yes, it’s February, but FIGHT! still has unfinished business with 2012. That’s right, it’s time once again for our annual awards­. Gracing the cover for the second time is our newest Fighter of the Year, Benson Henderson. After dethroning previous lightweight champ Frankie Edgar to take the belt, Henderson proceeded to defend his newly acquired [...]

FIGHT! Magazine Awards 2012

2012 was full of breakout fighters, crazy knockouts, debilitating submissions, shocking upsets, and one special fighter who earned our Fighter of the Year moniker. In case you need any help figuring out who the best were, Maverick, our panel of judges has figured it out for you. Here are MMA’s Top Guns of 2012. No [...]

FIGHT! Magazine 2012 Year in Review

It was another busy year for the fastest growing sport in the world. MMA fans got a taste of just about everything in 2012. Former champions Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Hughes retired. New champions like Benson Henderson, Demetrious Johnson, and Pat Curran emerged. Women’s MMA got a push from Invicta FC and cover girl Ronda [...]

Did You Know?

Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA TUF Luck As a 20-year-old, Jon Jones tried out for The Ultimate Fighter reality show. He was cut from the tryouts for not being old enough. Masked Marauder In an homage to his Latino fighting brethren, Mexican-born Erik Perez donned a luchador mask pre- and post-fight at UFC [...]

They Said That

Verbal Jambalaya He’s Heavy, He’s My Brother “I wouldn’t fight him [Daniel Cormier]. This is my friend, my teammate, and my coach. If you want to see us fight, go to AKA three days a week.” —UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez to Fox Sports. Fun Size Downsize “Honestly shocked, but thank you for the opportunity [...]

Health Radar

We’re Not Doctors, We Just Play One On TV. Set the Trap Trap bar deadlifts are ideal for building strength and explosiveness in the muscle groups of both the posterior and anterior chain. Performed on a box, the deeper starting position places extra emphasis on the glutes, so there is a good chance you will [...]

New Gear

You Can’t Put A Price Tag on Happiness 1. HAYABUSA Jiu-Jitsu Gi Engineered with an ultra-light, triple-weave fabric, Hayabusa has designed a gi that gives you heavyweight performance and durability. Combined with triple-reinforced stitching and stretch inseams, here’s a gi that offers you an edge on the mat. You can buy the gi, but you [...]

5 Minutes With Jake Ellenberger

You post a lot of #GotGrit on your Twitter account. What that’s all about? It’s been motivating for me. It’s the extra. What are you doing extra? Everyone trains. Everyone is tough. For me, it’s that grit to do a lot of things a lot of people don’t want to do. In my opinion, there [...]

Gypsy Soul – Jade Bryce

Bellator beauty Jade Bryce is poised to have her biggest year to date. Between Bellator’s breakout move to Spike TV and her acting and writing aspirations, the charitable world traveler is taking her passions to the masses. Hey Jade, happy 2013. How did you ring in the New Year? Well, for more than a decade, [...]

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 [...]

Untappable – 11 Fighters Who Just Won’t Quit

Ever since Royce Gracie started tapping out one-gloved boxers at UFC 1, the submission has become one of the unique intricacies of MMA. It’s a breath-holding moment when a submission is nearly finished and you know the defenseless fighter is either seconds away from tapping or going unconscious. The 11 current fighters on this list [...]

The Professor is The Madman

To teach a champion, you have to understand his influences. For Georges St-Pierre, no mortal is more instructive than the brilliant mind of John Danaher. Inside a windowless, underground office at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, John Danaher is sitting behind a computer, pondering an article he’s just read on the Internet. [...]

Torture Circuit

// By Jonathan Chaimberg Time to Get Midieval Former Canadian national wrestler Jonathan Chaimberg is a renowned strength coach to many professional athletes in the NHL, MLB, and UFC. In addition, Chaimberg has developed strength programs for some of the UFC’s most elite fighters, including Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald, Rashad Evans, Mike Ricci, and Kenny [...]

MMA 101 – Mastering the Heel Hook

Submission wizard Mario Sperry is a reckoning force on the mat. The grappling legend is an ADCC World Champion and PRIDE veteran. Now, Sperry is the head coach of Team Blackzilian, which boasts a stable of top fighters, including Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, and Eddie Alvarez. With the help of assistant coach and [...]

The Gluten Solution

Gluten has been called all kinds of names, both good and bad. But what rap does it deserve? And, as an athlete, should it be a part of your daily diet? A combination of the proteins gliaden and glutenin, gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spelt, bulgur, and kamut, as well as all [...]

Live to Fight Another Day

Follow these six guidelines to keep training injuries at bay. Over the past year, the UFC has faced an increasing number of cancelled fights due to injury. For the first time in its history, injuries forced the UFC to cancel an entire show (UFC 151), and the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better. [...]

We Are Live!

When UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer gets on the microphone, you know IT’S TIME. With an unmatched passion and unmistakable voice, Buffer’s fighter introductions have become a staple of the UFC experience. We caught up with the maestro to get his thoughts on what the hectic world of the UFC looks like from his unique [...]

Ready To Rumble

Urijah Faber and Torque Sports & Performance kick the tires and light the fires for Operation Gratitude. UFC featherweight Urijah Faber leaned into it. His opponent resisted briefly, then yielded—a feeling the former WEC Champion was used to imposing on objects in his way. This time, however, the object in question wasn’t a vicious MMA [...]

MMA Magic

The NBA Orlando Magic’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis moves bodies in the cage when he’s not on the court. It was September 2009, and John Allan had just seen the future. Allan, the head trainer and owner of the Wai Kru Gym in Allston, MA (the home gym of John “Doomsday” Howard), had a newcomer [...]

Girl Next Door

Allira Cohrs Age: 26 Height: 5’6” Hometown: Northern New South Wales, Australia Twitter: @AlliraCohrs How long have you been modeling? Several years. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world with my work. I’m also a certified personal trainer. I love health and fitness. How do you stay in shape? As a personal trainer, [...]

Two Women Enter

UFC 157: Thunderdome I don’t remember watching a bad women’s MMA bout. I’ve seen some mismatches that resulted in one-sided beatdowns, but those beatdowns were always extremely entertaining. I will never forget the sight of Kim Couture fighting through a broken jaw in her professional debut at the Thomas and Mack Center against Kim Rose. [...]

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