June 2013

Editor’s Letter

Check any pound-for-pound list, from ESPN to the UFC, and more likely than not you’ll find Anderson Silva’s name gracing the top spot. And for good reason. The Champion is the most dominant middleweight in UFC history. Regularly making his opponents look like choreographed kata partners from the local karate studio, Silva will be looking [...]

Chris Weidman – Long Island Ace

Chris Weidman is the latest Long Islander looking to bring a UFC belt back to the neighborhood, and guess what? He’s all in. – Chris Weidman hasn’t been in Ray Longo’s gym for more than a minute before somebody tries to give him money. “Oh shit, you going to Vegas?” the Long Island accent says, [...]

Brokedown Palace – Thai Boxing in the Heart of the Motherland

On his latest adventure, roving FIGHT! reporter T.R. Foley visits the tourist destination Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, to watch the blood splatter and bid farewell to the epicenter of Muay Thai. In a hotel room designed in the absence of tact, it was the watermelon-sized boxing glove pillows wrapped in gold sequins and bedazzled [...]

Did You Know? – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

Full Circle Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson was the FIGHT! centerfold in September 2008. This month, she’s featured on page 56 for her fighting skills. Family Affair RFA 8 on June 21 in Milwaukee, WI, will feature the cousin of Pat Curran (Jeff) and the brothers of Anthony Pettis (Sergio), Erik Koch (Keoni), and [...]

They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

In a Big Country There are a lot of guys who look like Roy Nelson, but there aren’t a lot of guys who fight like Roy Nelson.” —Joe Rogan commentating UFC 159. Lights On “There’s a couple guys I do want to fight on short notice because I wouldn’t have to spend all that time [...]

Health Radar – We’re Not Doctors, We Just Play One on TV

5 Gym Bag Essentials 1. Fluid Replacement Drink: Stay hydrated through your entire workout. 2. Maltodextrin: Load and reload your muscle glycogen (energy for the body). 3. Energy Gel: Maintain high and stable energy levels. 4. Electrolyte Capsules: Prevent muscle cramping. 5. Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA): Enhance recovery for your workout the next day. [...]

5 Minutes With Brad Pickett

Dana White has spoken publicly about enjoying watching your fights. Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Dana has been in the sport of mixed martial arts for a very long time, and he really knows the sport inside and out. If he’s happy with what I do, then that is great for [...]

New Gear – You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Happiness

1. Omega VRT330 Juicer With summer just around the corner and tasty fruits and veggies in peak season, it’s the perfect time to add a juicer to your nutrition arsenal. The Omega VRT330 Juicer is equipped with a 2-horsepower motor, which thoroughly chews up plant fibers to extract vitamins, enzymes, and minerals from fruits and [...]

Raquel Riskin

Don’t let the sexy smile fool you…Raquel Riskin is a real tiger at heart. When the 28-year-old actress isn’t on set, she’s trying to keep up with what’s happening inside the cage. Just don’t make the Vancouver native pick between Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald. Since you’re an actress, why aren’t you living in Los [...]

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’s Mick Hammond takes you deep inside [...]

Balancing Act – Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson

From centerfold to center cage, Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson is keeping the eyes on her. In September 2008, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell graced the cover of FIGHT! in preview of his upcoming bout against Rashad Evans at UFC 88. In that same issue, aspiring model and mixed martial artist Michelle “The Karate Hottie” [...]

Return of the Ruthless Robbie Lawler

It took more than eight years for Robbie Lawler to lace up his gloves and return to the UFC Octagon. It took him less than four minutes to earn a knockout over Josh Koscheck and remind everyone why he’s dubbed “Ruthless.” It was 2010, and I was nervous as hell. I was backstage staring at [...]

MMA 101 – The Intercepting Elbow

In this month’s MMA 101, Chris Weidman’s striking coach, Ray Longo, chronicles the standing elbow that Weidman used to derail Mark Munoz’s four-fight win streak and catapult him to a title shot against Anderson Silva. From watching video of Munoz, we noticed that he was telegraphing his overhand right by leaping into the punch to [...]

Fitness – Lunge Ahead

Lunges are a great unilateral (one-leg) exercise option that can help improve your stance, level changes, directional changes, and punching power. By focusing on the strength and ability of each leg independently, it allows you to “bring up” your weak side and reduce your chance of injury. Add these three lunge variations to your workout [...]

KO Power From the Ground Up – 5 Exercises to Build Your Foundation

By Tom Barry | westside-barbell.com Eddie Wineland’s strength and conditioning training is just as unconventional as his appearance. Applied Strength & Conditioning coach Jason Gus carefully utilizes the training principles taught by Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell to develop Eddie’s absolute strength, explosive strength, and dynamic muscle endurance. The goal of these five exercises is [...]

Harness the Full Power of Veggies

Vegetables. We all know we should eat them. Their strong showing of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber help power us through the day in a healthy manner. It’s also hard to argue with the numerous studies that show those who eat vegetables have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Even though you can [...]

Nutrient Timing – Eating Right to Improve Performance and Recovery

Athletes can greatly improve their performance and recovery through enhanced nutrient timing—and food is the key. Take your body to a new level of fitness with the proper eating frequency, nutrient timing, balance of macronutrients (carbohydrate/protein/fat), pre-training fuel, in-training fuel, and post-training fuel. EATING FREQUENCY Proper eating frequency is one of the major keys to [...]

Fiddler in the Cage – Zac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini

Jimmy De Martini is carrying the banner for fiddlers across the globe. The 36-year-old is an integral part of the Zac Brown Band, a platinum-selling country music group that has crossed over into the mainstream. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Uncaged this past February. When De Martini isn’t performing [...]

Girl Next Door

Brianna Martinez Age: 23 Height: 5’5” Hometown: Tucson, AZ Twitter: @Brihaleyxo Instagram: Bhmxo Photo by: Dave Alan How long have you been modeling? About three years. I love it because I’m a huge girly girl, so the hair, makeup, and wardrobe that comes along with modeling makes me feel like a princess. How do you [...]

Last Call – Vitor Belfort Can’t Escape the Critics

by Michael Stetts There was an elephant in the room at the conclusion of UFC on FX 8—in fact—it had been there the entire evening in Brazil. Instead of the highlight-reel spinning heel kick that sent former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold crashing to the canvas, it was Vitor’s testosterone replacement therapy that had the [...]

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