January 2009

Victorville

Vigorous Creatures – Lost – An important Call Twilight on the edge of the Mojave Desert. A jackrabbit the size of a terrier lopes into the middle of the road, where I’m standing outside my parked car. I make eye contact with the animal and it stares back brazenly before darting off. I hadn’t realized [...]

Misaki Bombs

It’s said that you never get a second chance to make a fi rst impression, but Kazuo Misaki might be an exception to that rule. A veteran of nearly every Japanese MMA promotion including, DEEP, Pancrase, PRIDE, and World Victory Road, Misaki was six years into his career before competing on U.S. soil. The “Grabaka [...]

Blackbelt Gaming

Some might say Marc Laimon leads a double life. He’s an acclaimed Jiu- Jitsu trainer at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas by day, trading competitive moves with some of MMA’s top up-and-coming stars, and an avid gaming enthusiast by night. When the lights of the gym go out at the end of the day, [...]

Jacquelyn Payne

So, uh, pretty much single? Ya, I mean. I’m single but dating. I have men in my life, but I seem to pick the wrong ones. How does one become the right one? Someone that is confi dent, but not cocky. There’s a fi ne line there. I like someone who is motivated but not [...]

Uncurbed Enthusiasm

Imagine a hyperactive, eight-year-old who’s just been let loose in an amusement park after downing a case of Red Bull. Then imagine that the kid is in fact a 46-year-old, 200-lb., 6’1,” bald, wisecracking Dutch fi ghting prodigy with as much natural athletic talent as Anderson Silva or Georges St. Pierre. And imagine that he’s [...]

Wanderlei Silva Has Got Your Back

You met him ten seconds ago, just shook his hand for the fi rst time, but somehow you know it in your gut. If ever things go terribly wrong, if today turns out to be a disaster; a Def Con 4 crisis, a complete and total bitch — one of those days — Wanderlei Silva [...]

Out Of Shadows Into New Light

Salt and pepper. Black and white. Coffee and cream. Day and night. Obviously, some things are just meant to be together. Rarely can you mention one without it overshadowing and smoothly fl owing to the other. And in mixed martial arts, this phenomenon sometimes holds true, too. For seldom can the name “Forrest Griffi n” [...]

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 fi ghters on the verge of making it to the next level. MMAWeekly.com takes you deep inside the [...]

Unmasked

There’s a difference between dreamers and visionaries. All of us dream of the way we want the world to look, but visionaries have the courage to change it. The man who would reinvent himself as a pseudo-comic book hero called “Mask” started out as a dreamer in Rancho Cucamonga, California when he was still Charles [...]

My Balls Got Their Asses Kicked

I participated in traditional martial arts for several years. I started with Aikido and stuck with it for quite a while. This, my friends, was Aikido at its namby-pambiest, replete with swirling skirts, unbending arms, and cries of “Grab my wrist!” When, after 13 months of training, I realized I’d never dare to use any [...]

Planning The Punch

The news of Randy Couture’s return to the UFC came quickly and without much warning. While rumors spread throughout the fi ght world, within a few days UFC organizers had an opponent ready for Couture in Brock Lesnar, a major venue ready to host the fi ght, and the marketing/PR machine in place to push [...]

Prepare For All Scenarios

With their globalization, expansion in marketing, higher profi le ad sales, and publicity, the UFC has hit the scene as hard as an Anderson Silva knee to the face. But while the sport and its most successful promotion learn to adapt as they grow, so are the fi ghters who are pushing the sport to [...]

Food 2 Fight On

There are many diets out there in the world that say they can do this or that. The diet industry is a multi billion dollar a year business. For fi ghters also there is a lot of disinformation in the ring around how, when, and what to eat for training and a fi ght week. [...]

“Train Smart, Train Less”

Developing badass, combat endurance requires a unique approach to conditioning. Unfortunately, many forms of aerobic training that have no business in an octagon or cage have infi ltrated MMA conditioning. One of the biggest culprits is long, drawn-out cardio sessions. Let me explain. Your body relies on three systems to produce energy and each system [...]

Battling MMA Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, whether it’s transient or chronic, is one of the most common conditions we see at our clinic among the athletes who train and compete in mixed martial arts and other combat sports. The most common shoulder disorders we come across are rotator cuff impingement syndromes, tendinitis, and rotator cuff tears. If you have [...]

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