July 2009

Mach Speed

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett describes Hayato Sakurai, 33, as “mean as a badger.” Sakurai, Barnett warns, “doesn’t forget.” He’s a vengeful fighter in training, even worse in a fight. Sakurai started judo at 13 years old. Power and emotion then guided “Mach” (pronounced ma-ha) to a shot-out-of-the-cannon start to mixed martial arts in [...]

UFC 100 Preview

UFC 1 took place on November 12, 1993. If you don’t know who won the eight-man tournament, stop reading this and choke yourself. And don’t stop until I tell you to. More than 5,700 days later, here we are at UFC 100. We’ve lost some teeth, the gis and Jim Brown. We’ve added mouthpieces, board [...]

Weight Cutting Cravings

“Cut thirty-five pounds in thirty days and see if you don’t crave something,” Thiago Alves says. No thanks. Some people have a sweet tooth, but I have a sushi tooth that can’t be ignored or I chew through a rice paddy like a mole rat. Cutting weight is just a step above self-mutilation and can [...]

Feeding Time

Thiago Alves has an insatiable hunger to be the best. This is what the good life looks like. It’s perfect day in South Florida – sunny, not too humid – and Thiago Alves tooling around town in his immaculate white Range Rover. He’s wearing designer sunglasses. He’s sitting on twenty-two inch Asanti rims. He weaves [...]

FIGHT! Magazine Hall of Fame

Our sport is young, but already we have seen legends rise and fall, men whose abilities and accomplishments left an indelible impression on martial arts, combat sports, and popular culture. For this reason we are proud to announce the creation of the FIGHT! Magazine Hall of Fame. The criteria for inclusion are as follows: Fighters [...]

Deja Vu!

Déjà Vu! You’ve seen her before, strutting her stuff on MMA’s biggest stage, but away from The Octagon Edith Labelle takes on a persona that will be sure to have you doing a double take. Where did you grow up and where are you now? I actually grew up in the outskirts of Montreal, about [...]

The Art Of War

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Wuzhou district of Beijing is a place where you can clearly see the forces that are shaping the new world economic order. Well-dressed European and American businesspeople, eager for a chance at China’s massive domestic market (which is larger than those of the US, European Union and Japan combined) [...]

Mind Over Mayhem

“A PHYSICAL GAME OF CHESS” This is the cliché of the ages, which every two-bit commentator that stands in front of a camera and pretends to know about fi ghting just spews. Now, while this cliché gets the point across that we aren’t just mindless barbarians clubbing each other into unconsciousness, it says nothing about [...]

A Country Boy Can Survive

Across the street from the quiet Alexandria airfield, there is an ochre-colored building with a small sign on the front door that reads “private facility, entrance by appointment only.” The structure is exactly the same in shape and color as the tractor-trailer-tire building to its left and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources outpost to [...]

New Blood

DamienStelly Name: Damien Stelly Professional Record: 10-2 Division: Light Heavyweight Damien Stelly walked into the FIAS World Sambo Championships armed only with a desire to see how far he could go in the competition. A lifelong wrestler, he had no delusions of grandeur, but when it was all over he’d won the whole tournament in [...]

When Loved Ones…Fight

I have two little brothers, who I love more than anything – which, of course, as any older brother will tell you, means I can beat the absolute crap out of them. Dead arms, dead legs, and getting smacked with Hot Wheels tracks or whipped with wet towels. Par for the course. Now, that doesn’t [...]

MMA Movie Mix

MOVIE: Ultimate Champion, starring Stephan Bonnar, Daniel Bernhardt, Leila Arcieri, Marieh Delfino, Ted Fox, and George Saunders. THE STORY: Light-heavyweight champ (and Iraq war hero) Troy Jennings (Bonnar) gets a surprise visit from old flame Jenny (Delfino), who has a problem: Her gambling debts have made her the property of billionaire bad boy Lucien Gallows [...]

No MoreFreak Shows!

I’m one pissed off hombre today! I’m simply stunned at the stupidity and short-sightedness of some in our sport. What has me so ticked off at the world today? What has me acting as if you-know-what was in my Cheerios? Two words: Jose Canseco! The fine folks at DREAM recently showcased him in a fi [...]

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