January 2013

Editor’s Letter : January 2013

At 6’5″ a rumored walking weight of 280 pounds, to say that Alistair Overeem stands out in a downtown Tokyo train station would be an understatement. There’s no doubt that “The Reem” is big in Japan, both literally and figuratively, so it’s no surprise that in spite of a mixed record in kickboxing and MMA [...]

Great Expectations

Smaller than anticipated. That was my first thought walking into Alistair Overeem’s home in November 2010. Maybe it was the shrinking sensation the fog brought to everything in Leusden, Holland, the blackness of night, or the cramp to the first floor, but the place seemed too small, and the man entirely too large for his [...]

The Rise and Fall of Strikeforce

In early November 2012, after the cancellation of back-to-back events, Strikeforce announced their plans for a star studded return to the cage on January 12, 2013, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Before the day was out, rumors circulated that the action-packed event would be the company’s last. With the final curtain expected [...]

The Business of Being Blackzilian

The newest MMA powerhouse is home to some of the UFC’s biggest superstars and a business first manager who built the team with a little bit of risk and a lot of trust. UFC lightweight Abel Trujillo sits against the padded blue walls of the JACO Hybrid Training Center, mulling the job he’s done wrapping [...]

Did You Know? : January 2013

THE SHOCKER During his UFC 154 weigh-in, Tom Lawlor assumed the identity of the Shockmaster, a short lived WCW pro wrestling personality of the 1990s who is regarded as one of the most epic gimmick failures in wrestling history. INTERIM VACATION There have been eight Interim Champions in UFC history, but only two fighters Big [...]

They Said That : January 2013

CALL WAITING “I haven’t even answered his phone call. I don’t hate him, but I just don’t want to talk to him right now.” —Dana White to mmaweekly.com, concerning Stephan Bonnar’s failed UFC 153 drug test. THERE WILL BE BLOOD “Every time I see blood, I almost throw up. So every time I get cut [...]

Health Radar : January 2013

673 The average number of calories a 170-pound man burns during 60 minutes of vigorous exercise on an indoor rowing machine. An elite athlete like Che Mills can burn more than 1,000. For a fat-blasting, full-body cardio workout, try this intense rowing routine. Warm up for 10 minutes, then perform these intervals: • 2 minutes [...]

5 Minutes with Nate Marquardt

How was Christmas at the Marquardt household? This year, my family and my wife’s family all came over on Christmas Eve, so it was fun. Are you the kind of dad who spoils his kids rotten with gifts, or do they get clothes and books and stuff? Actually, we told the kids we weren’t gonna [...]

New Gear : January 2013

HAYABUSA The Gentleman’s Choice Tee When the world comes knocking at your door looking for a fight, let them know that they’re messing with the wrong “gentleman.” Made with 100% plush cotton and designed to fit you perfectly, this t-shirt says just enough about you—because the gentleman lets his fists do the talking. $29.95 – [...]

All Eyes on Her

In 2006, Arianny Celeste had no idea that a simple trot around the Octagon would change her life for- ever. Now, more than six years later, the dark-haired beauty has become the cover girl for the UFC and is popularly recognized as MMA’s top ring girl. The addition of 20-year-old Arianny was a block- buster [...]

New Blood : January 2013

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 [...]

Demolition Warmup

Even the big boys take time to stretch. Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, one of the biggest perks of stretching may be the actual enjoyment of the ritual—a few minutes dedicated to yourself to clear your mind and get your blood flowing. Before Alistair Overeem puts on his sparring gear, he [...]

MMA 101 : January 2013

Pick your opponent apart with a jab to knee-pick combo. Rashad Evans averages 3.7 takedowns per 15 minutes in the cage, with a takedown accuracy level above 50 per- cent. The former Michigan State wrestler knows how to get the fight to the mat—a good strategy against Muay Thai World Champion and fellow Black zilian [...]

Detox Your Diet

This January, put the kibosh on quick, processed foods by get- ting to work in the kitchen. Eating foods in their whole, unprocessed, unpackaged form is a surefire way to see improvements in energy, digestion, overall health, and body composition. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest diets and cleansing supplements, thinking those [...]

Putting the Wheels in Motion

For many mixed martial artists, grinding gears on a bike is lessening the grind in the cage. The career of a mixed martial artist is defined by contact and how much of it the body can en- dure. Whether a fighter is being punched in the face, defending a leg lock, or sprawling to avoid [...]

Going Under NYC

In New York, professional MMA is illegal, so fighters go underground to prove their mettle. More than 17,000 enthused fight fans packed Mon- treal’s Bell Center for UFC 154 and the return of national hero Georges St-Pierre to the Octagon. The crowd was deafening, the gate and pay-per-view buys were massive, and the fighter payroll [...]

Unrealistic Resolutions

We often set unrealistic goals for ourselves, especially around this time of year. These are some unequivocally unrealistic resolution suggestions I’d like to share with some of our fighting friends. JOHNNY HENDRICKS RESOLUTION: IMPROVE CAMPAIGN STRATEGY It is hard to argue Johny Hendricks’ place as the number one contender to GSP’s long-held welterweight belt. With [...]

Far East Expansion

The UFC made its MMA debut in China for UFC on Fuel TV 6 in November, and FIGHT!’s one-man roving reporter John Morgan hopped planes, trains, and automo- biles to provide you with his first-hand account. I hate to admit it, but I’m still not exactly sure whether or not I’ve been to China. The [...]

Leticia Farr : FIGHT! Girl Search

Age: 30 Height: 5’5” Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Web: facebook.com/leticia.farr How long have you been modeling? On and off my whole life, but I decided to make a career out of it about six months ago. What would you say is your best feature? My eyes…and the looks I can give. How do you stay [...]

Into the Night

I remember it like it was yesterday— not because I’ve been mega-dos- ing nootropics, but because it just happened last month. I logged on to Twitter, and there it was. Strikeforce, the company that has promoted 62 MMA events since March 2006, would have one last hurrah on January 12 and then go the way [...]

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