January 2011

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 [...]

Turning The Corner

Almost unanimously, fighters who double as cornermen are far more nervous by the concept of vicariism—watching a friend or training partner fight—than they are of actually fighting. This phenomenon is not new. As Pete Sell says, it’s akin to a maniac driver whose knuckles turn white whenever he’s in the passenger seat. That’s because a [...]

MMA’s 43 Best Submission Artists

The submission hold is the unique facet of mixed martial arts that separates it from nearly all others. The drama that an attempted hold renders on a crowd is gripping in ways the cheap thrill of a flash knock out is not. Here are 42 fighters who we owe the pleasure of thanking for making [...]

A Cut Above The Rest

With all the punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, and slamming in MMA, it’s just a matter of time before you get cut. For mixed martial artists, it is very important to close all wounds properly and align all tissues correctly due to the formation of scar tissue, which is not as strong or elastic as healthy [...]

Amateur Hour

A decade ago, mixed martial arts was so new that it lacked one name. It was called submission fighting, ultimate fighting, cage fighting, mixed martial arts, and Vale Tudo. The most common names were Pancrase (for open-hand bouts) and No Holds Barred (for closed-fist bouts). Sen. John Mc-Cain infamously called it “human cockfighting.”   Today, [...]

7 Foods For Feasting

Serious fighters and other competitive athletes understand the benefits of making smart food choices. However, sometimes a bowl of oats and a grilled chicken salad can get a little boring. No worries. Here are 7 “fresh” ideas to give your diet a little boost in 2011.   Chokeberry   Low in calories and fat but [...]

Demolition Time

Alistair Overeem slinks down treacherously steep steps and goes straight to the fridge for a yogurt. He’s kept the living room dark, perhaps not to wake his brain too much before he returns upstairs, where his girlfriend Zelina is sleeping. His pad is an hour outside of Amsterdam and a 10-minute drive from his primary [...]

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merciless”

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into MMA training, so don’t overlook something as painless as proper nutrition planning to keep you performing at optimal levels. Just as you regularly wash your mouthpiece every night (you do wash your mouthpiece, right?), you need to pack your MMA training fuel, including: pre-training snack, in [...]

The Company Man

If I had it my way,” Rich Franklin mumbles under his breath, “I’d just do the red carpet thing, get the pictures over with, then turn around and go home.”   With just about each day becoming a completely new adventure for the former UFC champ, tonight Franklin finds himself at a red carpet charity [...]

5 Minutes With Anthony Pettis

You’re a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. Do you still work those techniques?   I teach taekwondo, so I still review the basics and stuff. I’m working on getting my fourth degree. Eventually, I want to run a taekwondo school. That’s my goal—taekwondo mixed with an MMA gym.   Outside of your camp, what fighters [...]

Monumental Moments In MMA

Hanging prominently—but curiously—in the front office of the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York is an enlarged photograph of one of the most seminal victories of Kazushi “The Gracie Hunter” Sakuraba. The photo is from the closing moments of the fight between Sakuraba and Renzo Gracie at Pride 10, won by Sakuraba from a standing [...]

Fight For Your Life

When Bryan “The Beast” Baker stepped into the cage on June 24, 2010, to fight Alexander Shlemenko in the Bellator Fighting Championship Middleweight Tournament Finals, very few people had a clue that the biggest fight of his life was being fought outside of the cage.   Baker, a 24-year-old with a13-1 record, entered the cage [...]

In Rio Part 2

“Porra! Porra! Porra!” I’m screaming, partially because I just learned the Brazilian multipurpose cussword, but mostly because I’m being jumped by José Aldo and Nova Uniao’s gang of lightweights.   After teaching Nova Uniao some of our wrestling techniques, we were being welcomed with a light hearted beating, and at this point in the face-slapping, [...]

Sic ‘Em!

If there’s one thing we love about living in the South, it’s sweet Southern belles like Athens’ own Charlie Brooke. Don’t let the puppy dog eyes fool you, this is one Georgia girl that isn’t afraid to bite.   You’re an Athens girl huh?Is it safe to assume you’re a ‘Dawgs’ fan too?   Oh [...]

Inside America’s Gyms

A common theme that I have gleaned while visiting MMA training centers across the country the past few months is that the majority of gyms are against air conditioning. A close second is that most successful gyms and fight teams are like a family.   Although MMA is considered an individual sport, fighters depend on [...]

The 4 Hour Body

In just 10 short years, Long Island native, Timothy Ferriss, has gone from Princeton grad to author, entrepreneur and angel investor. Ferriss is the bestselling author of The Four-Hour Workweek, which reached the No. 1 status in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Even though Ferriss has amassed experience in collegiate [...]

Grappling For Success

I know that knockouts are the most exciting part of MMA and KO artists quickly rise up the ladder of popularity. But, for my money, submissions are the real thing of beauty. One look at the top fighters in the UFC and Strikeforce and you’ll see that many of the champions and contenders are highly [...]

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