January 2012

Editor’s Letter

After soundly defeating BJ Penn—twice—and KO’ing Gray Maynard, Frankie Edgar finally finds himself in the clear as the undisputed lightweight king. With the top two 155 pound fighters not named Frankie out of the picture, the division has been a maelstrom of action, with each of the combatants scrambling to establish themselves as the next [...]

Let’s Get Real

Benson Henderson is on his way to Japan with a mission—fight the perfect fight, take Frankie Edgar’s belt, and make sure it doesn’t leave his waist until 2016. “Can you do a Matrix kick off the fence on this?” Henderson asks. He’s staring at his doppelganger on a flat-screen television, trying to figure out how [...]

The Land Of The Fighting Sun

DUN…DUN…DUN-DUN. The tribal call of Nobuhiko Takada’s Taiko drums bang as the giant big screen flashes and fans roar. Spotlights trace Saitama Super Arena, flash-pots explode, and flamethrowers spit at the ceiling. DUN… DUN…DUN-DUN. The camera zooms around the cavernous hall as Bas Rutten mingles with Stephen Quadros. One by one, the fighters from around [...]

5 Minutes With Frankie Edgar

After epic clashes with BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is finally getting the admiration that an elite fighter deserves. As he gets ready for his fourth title defense against Benson “Smooth” Henderson, we wanted some answers from “The Answer.” You recently visited Japan for the first time for a UFC [...]

Well…Rounded Fighters

Some mixed martial artists are well-rounded specimens and some are, well…rounded specimens. Before being fit was posh for heavyweights, these four groundbreakers made fight fans believe that big was beautiful. Maybe that’s a stretch. But mark my words, here’s 2000 pounds of man that broke the MMA mold. 4. ERIC “BUTTERBEAN” ESCH GIRTH: 420 LBS. [...]

Marked Man

Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler doesn’t walk in the counsel of his doubters—he knocks them down. Mike Chandler has two tattoos, which is a relatively small number for a championship fighter in mixed martial arts—a world stacked with bodies etched in green and black ink often swirling with conflicting emotions and ideas. Chandler is only [...]

City Supremacy: Music Vs. Windy

The UFC’s busy January schedule takes fight fans to two of the best cities in the country: Nashville and Chicago. To get the action started, FIGHT!’s managing editor and lifelong Tennessee resident Jim Casey takes on FIGHT!’s lead writer and Chicago resident T.R. Foley in a duel of city supremacy. UFC on FX 1 January [...]

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS HAND AND WRIST CONTROL Check out some of our favorite new options for keeping your hands protected and your striking sharp. 1. CENTURY BLACK LABEL BOXING GLOVES We all remember Century foam sparring equipment from our tae kwon do youths, but recently Century has stepped up their [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. WHAM BAM Fighting for the first time since his June dismissal from the UFC, middleweight Nate Marquardt will take on Yoshiyuki Yoshida at BAMMA 9 on Feb. 11 in Birmingham, England. The event will be shown live on HDNet, which recently secured a multi-year contract with the [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA BIKINI TALENT “Seems easy to wear a bikini and seems easy to walk in a circle, but try walking in a circle while wearing a bikini. Talented girl!” —Chael Sonnen on his Twitter battle with Arianny Celeste. RAMPAGE SAN “One thing I love about Japanese fans and why I love them the most [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA LET YOUR SOUL GLO UFC welterweight Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman’s Guide to Great Octagon Hair includes the following tips: 1. Trim your bangs before competition to prevent the annoying “hair flip.” 2. Wet your hair before putting on your walkout hat, or risk having a giant puff on [...]

Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV. BANG THE GUM Duane “Bang” Ludwig’s favorite guilty pleasure snack is the Gummy Bear. The gelatin-based confectionary packs 8.7 calories per bear. Ludwig will put his gummy cravings in hibernation until he fights Josh Neer at UFC on FX 1 on Jan. 20 in Nashville, Tennessee. [...]

Ring In The New Year

The New Year is here, and FIGHT!’s resolution is to bring you 12 beautiful girls in 2012. To get things kicked off, Tuf-N-Uff ring girl Kendra Schnell was kind enough to heat up our pages. Where are you calling home these days? Las Vegas. How much sinning have you been doing in Sin City? [Laughing] [...]

4 Flyweights And Then Some

In 2012, the UFC’s smallest fighters look to make the newest division the biggest show in town. In 2011, the bantamweight and featherweight divisions announced their presence in the UFC with electric performances, explosive finishes, and frenetic action from January through December. As the featured weight classes on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, the [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen UFC on Fox 2: Jan. 28, 2012, Chicago, Illinois It’s time for the UFC to shine on national television, and Dana White is hoping that UFC on Fox 2 main card participants Michael Bisping, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Rashad Evans, and Phil Davis give fans what they want—more [...]

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 [...]

MMA 101

Double Leg Drill Before you can walk, you’ve got to learn to crawl. The same goes for MMA. There’s no sense in learning shot variations (like running the pipe or single-leg cutbacks) if your double-leg takedown isn’t solid. This simple double-leg drill—broken down into five movements—emphasizes proper form. Don’t worry about doing it with speed [...]

The Stress Of Training

How heart rate variability may revamp the training methods for professional and amateur athletes alike. Over the last several years, technology has invaded nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Our cell phones give us access to high speed internet anywhere at anytime, our cars use GPS and talk to us to give us turn-by-turn [...]

New Year New You

Five easy adjustments for an upgraded 2012. After five weeks of holiday eating and drinking, January is the month when many people put away their party shoes, dust off their sneakers, and start ordering salads. The vow to eat healthfully and go to the gym every day may last a full month… maybe more, maybe [...]

Head Games

“I just don’t want to see anyone hurt. That’s all I care about. When you get to a point—in my opinion, I’m no doctor—that you start getting knocked out on a regular [basis], that’s it. I don’t want to see that any more.” —UFC president Dana White Dana White made that statement after MMA legend [...]

4 On The Floor

Pushup Power The pushup is a classic exercise for upper body development. Around the world, the pushup is a constant in combat training. In most commercial gyms, however, the pushup has taken a back seat to an array of fancy weight machines and equipment designed to keep people interested in fitness. The pushup reminds us [...]

Metal’s Medalist

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Is a Jiu-Jitsu Machine Zoltan Bathory is a changed man. The judo-throwing guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch typically lugs around mats with him whenever the metal band hits the road so he can practice jiu-jitsu techniques. Now, as the gold-selling quintet promotes their new studio album American Capitalist [...]

Coach Speak

MMA coach Greg Nelson is finishing a story about a well-known fighter sprinting down the Las Vegas strip wearing nothing but fight shorts and gloves. The fighter had just lost a big fight and was not handling it well. The story segued into an hour of unbelievable conversation on everything from mentors to training advice [...]

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