June 2010

5 Minutes With Gilbert Melendez

How’s life after pitching a shutout against DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki on CBS?   Life is good. In the MMA world, life is good. I made it to the top three, gaining some respect and also being able to voice my opinion a little bit more. I’m feeling on top of the world right [...]

Buckeye Beauty

Homegrown Ohio State Buckeye Stacie Askins finally puts to rest the Ohio State vs.University of Michigan supremacy debate: The verdict? Buckeyes win by a landslide.   Many fans and fighters got to meet you at the FIGHT! booth in Columbus, Ohio, at The Arnold Sports Festival for WEC 47. How’d you like that experience?   [...]

True Blue Jersey Boy

Kurt Pellegrino’s order comes up number one at Wawa’s sandwich shop. He looks over at his wife Melissa—his high school sweetheart and mother of his daughter Priscilla—and says, “If it would have been number two, I would have walked away.”   At 21 years old, Pellegrino, a natural 155 pounds, bloated up to 206 pounds, [...]

The Rise of Bellator

It started out as a small-time promotion on a Spanish-language cable network, but Bellator is quickly becoming a viable player in the MMA world, and all in a year’s time.   Sometimes in life, and even in the rough world of MMA, everything hinges on the skillful application of makeup. That, and the ability to [...]

All In The Family

Fresh off a 13-hour flight from UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a two hour wait at U.S. Customs, and another two-and-a-half-hour ride home, newly minted UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar was greeted by a phalanx of fans, police officers, and fire trucks for an impromptu parade down Route37 toward Seaside Heights. Edgar spent [...]

The Carpenter’s Edge

I have always been competitive in nature, playing three sports throughout high school—football, baseball, and wrestling. I had to prove to my coaches that I made up for my lack of size with raw determination and hard work. I didn’t break 100 lbs. until my freshman year in high school, but I’ve excelled on every [...]

The Best Coaches Around

For many athletes, the list of men who have influenced them is a short one. The majority of us probably have at least one coach on our list. If we were lucky, this person helped us reach our full potential both on and off the field of play. Conversely, a bad experience with a coach [...]

The Dude Abides

I felt compelled to address manliness in today’s society, or the lack thereof. If you take a hard look around, you’ll notice that testicles have gone the way of the appendix. That’s right, the vast majority of men have essentially become eunuchs. What are the signs? Well, the fact that tattoos and tanning beds have [...]

The Gracie Hunter

There are two main currents that produced the modern sport of mixed martial arts. The first is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu—through Brazil and then the U.S. which is based on teachings learned a century earlier in Japan. The second is catch wrestling,a submission style handed down over the years through icons like Karl Gotch, who brought it [...]

Talking to My Wienna’

Sorry if you’ve missed my articles for a little bit, but I don’t know if you’ve noticed, I’m a very busy man. I was training for a fight, working on Bully Beatdown season three, and creating havoc across eight time zones. As of now, I’m sitting at home, quite calm, with my hotdog dog, Gator, [...]

Climbing The Mountain

Train Like a Madman   Commitment to training includes two major points. First, you must always be a student of the game. A true martial artist always looks to improve all aspects of his fight game. Making improvements between training camps in each discipline (wrestling, BJJ, kickboxing,boxing, etc.) and being willing to put it all [...]

New Blood

BEAU BAKER   RECORD: 8-3KEY VICTORIES: Tommy Speer and Mario Stapel   KYLE BAKER   RECORD: 8-4KEY VICTORIES: Drew Fickett and Chad Reiner   Mixed martial arts’ version of the Fabulous Baker Boys may better be coined the Bruising Baker Brothers.   Beau and younger brother Kyle have taken stellar backgrounds in amateur wrestling and [...]

The Born Scrapper

The question was: “Can a chin be taught?” Mickey Rourke heard it alright, and he says a little something about self-esteem and willpower, about an inner-strength that only some guys possess . . . but pretty soon we are voyaging from the chin to other body parts.   “You know that old rule about not [...]

MMA could become Warped

Vegetarians pass flyers to impressionable teenagers outside the entrance of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, in an attempt to persuade them that eating meat is wrong. Once inside the venue, kids line up to display their killer skills on Guitar Hero. Others head to the skate ramp. A plethora of 15-year-old girls [...]

The Secret Six

During my global travels as host of The History Channel’s Human Weapon, I was able to explore a variety of martial arts. While the show’s focus was primarily the history of these arts, mine was their practicality. Having been involved in some form of traditional martial arts since I was six years old and MMA [...]

Battle Buddies

Whether he was leading Marines or fighting in the WEC or UFC, Brian Stann had the same goal—defeat the enemy. The tactics and weapons of the Marine Corps were, of course, gallactically different than the tools of his new profession, but the end result remained the same: get close, overwhelm the adversary with superior firepower, [...]

Own Your Space

The call came last weekend, music to my ears. Mike Smith, the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, made no effort to hide his satisfaction. His former first-round pick, left tackle Sam Baker, needed to show some more nastiness, needed to “own his space.” During a mini-camp practice, Baker locked up with a defensive end, [...]

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