June 2012

Stockpile Your Weapons

For every MMA fighter, improving your all-around game is crucial to your success and longevity in the sport. You should always work on improving your striking by adding as many new weapons as possible. And, by new weapons, I mean new combinations and new set-ups and adding KO power to as many strikes as possible. [...]

The Bully’s Pulpit

Hector Lombard is the UFC’s newest high-profile acquisition, and the monster of the middleweights is ready to get the heads rolling and tempers flaring. The Internet knows two stories about Hector Lombard, and neither is flattering. The most famous is the Cuban-Australian’s beef with onetime training partner and Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett. The other is [...]

Fading into the Limelight

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are two of the most popular and polarizing figures in the UFC. With Ortiz making his MMA exit and Griffin looking to get back into the win column, the duo have agreed to match wits and skills for a final 15-minute showdown to decide their trilogy. After his TKO loss [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA MICHAEL MCATHLETE As a senior in high school, future UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald was voted “Most Athletic” despite not playing a high school sport. FAMILY AFFAIR In the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots traded a third-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to move up from number [...]

Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV. FILTHY FLAPJACKS Tom “The Filthy Mauler” Lawlor’s favorite healthy breakfast is a tall stack of oatmeal “mancakes.” To make them Filthy-style, mix the ingredients below and prepare like regular pancakes. 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats 3/4 cup oatmeal fl our 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3 egg whites [...]

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE NEW GEAR TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. Hayabusa Tokushu Grappling Shin Guards Kick your way to the top with these lightweight shin guards that don’t have any exposed hooks or hardware, so you can be sure of maximum safety and performance. $119.99 hayabusafight.com 2. Sweet Sweat Dab on a little Sweet [...]

5 Minutes with Michael Bisping

You’ve lived in Southern California for more than a year now. Have you officially become a Californian? It’s weird. I just went to England, but when I came back, it really did feel like I was coming home. I’m English, I will always have England in my roots, but, in my heart, Southern California is [...]

The First Action Hero

After 20 years competing in combat sports, 40-year-old Cung Le is searching for his first Octagon victory against Rich Franklin at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas. There should be a packed house for Le’s second UFC appearance sold out audiences are something that he’s accustomed to. A short, post-workout drive down the [...]

Desert Fox

Orange County native Vanessa Hanson had no idea what was in store for her when she won the TransWorld Sur f 2011 US Open / UFC Model Search and earned the chance to be a guest ring girl at UFC 136 last October. In less than one year, the former wild child has taken the [...]

Nate Diaz

Built for Success Every Tale of the Tape contains a hidden message: There is no such thing as a “fair fight.” At the elite levels of most modern sports, coaches, scouts, and statisticians are always searching for the next great champion—the diamond in the rough. There are often specific factors to look for when scouting [...]

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 fi ghters on the verge of making it to the next level. MMAWeekly.com takes you deep inside the [...]

Unleashing the Barbarian

Armed with one of the most well-respected coaches in the business and back in the UFC for his second stint, Tim Boetsch is on a three-fight winning streak and is ready to face his biggest challenge against Michael Bisping—and it all started in a basement. A four-time high school state wrestling champion from Maine, Tim [...]

Redemtion vs Reckoning

More than 13 years after their first encounter inside the Octagon, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort are ready to put it all on the line at UFC 147 on June 23 in their native Brazil. Forget title implications and paydays—this fight is personal. There was a time when Wanderlei Silva seethed at the thought of [...]

Lunge Ahead

Build your legs and lungs. Lunges are great lower-body exercises for improving speed and increasing punching power. The exercise is also a staple for many wrestlers who are trying to improve the explosiveness of their penetration step on double-leg takedowns. Unlike many other exercises, the lunge does not require any advanced or expensive equipment. Undefeated [...]

MMA 101

This month, five-time Mundials Champion and four-time ADCC Champion Marcelo Garcia shows us two ways to counter the single-leg shot. This is a two-part technique that can be used when your opponent shoots a single-leg or grabs one during grappling and stands up. The key is to pressure his head and drive your weight forward [...]

Hot Weather Hydration

Whether you take your training outdoors to hit the trails or stay inside to hit the bag, don’t let the summer heat take a toll on your performance—stay hydrated. Proper hydration should always be a priority for fighters, and it’s especially vital to pay close attention to your hydration needs in the summertime. During exercise, [...]

Behind the Fight

GSP’s striking coach, Firas Zahabi. gives us some insight into what it takes to build a champion. On the shortlist of highly sought after MMA trainers, Firas Zahabi is one of the names at the top. The Montreal-based guru operates out of the heralded Tri-Star Gym, which is the current home of Georges St-Pierre, Rory [...]

From the Cage to the Stage

Mixed martial artists are punching and kicking their way onto today’s music video landscape. Nearly three years ago, five-piece metal band Shadows Fall entered the Affliction Training Center in Seal Beach, California, and started rocking inside the facility’s cage. As fans surrounded the exterior of the cage, the band performed and recorded the video to [...]

FIGHT! Girl Search

Brittany Elizabeth Age: 24 Height: 5’7” Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas Facebook: facebook.com/pages/BrittanyElizabeth/267126256663490 Twitter: @brittelizabeth2 Why do you want to be a FIGHT! girl? I love MMA—it’s really intriguing to me, and the girls are always so hot. What’s the most exciting aspect about MMA? I’m pretty feisty myself, so getting to watch a couple of tough [...]

Under the Boardwalk

Zuffa returns to its beginning with a summer visit to Atlantic City. Before UFC 133 in Philadelphia, Dana White put together one of his more riveting fight week vlogs. In this particular one, he referred to himself as a degenerate while on board a helicopter headed southeast. “Atlantic City, here we come,” he shouted over [...]

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