March 2008

Never Back Down

In 1984, the American motion picture The Karate Kid opened up what was then an untapped market, the world of martial arts. Kid led the way for three sequels (the last of which was in 1994), a television series, comic books, and a video game. It’s been fourteen long years since the last movie, which [...]

2007 FIGHT! Awards

2007 was a monumental year in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Randy Couture’s resignation surprised the entire industry. The UFC acquired the WFA, the WEC, and most importantly, PRIDE. The fi rst MMA event was held at the Playboy Mansion. The WEC landed a television deal with the Versus Channel. SpikeTV re-signed the Ultimate [...]

Waiting For Couture

AN INTRODUCTION OF SORTS He stands ramrod straight and looks at me as if he’s sizing me up through a pane of glass. His stare is piercing yet disinterested and his body language is cold. He speaks to me in a faint voice, as if he’s thinking about a million different things. “We’ll work it [...]

Hendo’s Moment Of Truth

Temecula Valley, with its rolling hills and postcard-perfect vineyards, isn’t where you’d expect to find one of the toughest men on the planet. But this idyllic patch of wine country southeast of Los Angeles just happens to be the place Dan Henderson calls home. It’s just past ten on this chilly, quiet, morning, and inside [...]

Smoke and Mirrors

We have the image burned into our collective consciousness; a muscular guy in a karate uniform striking his toughest pose (named for an animal, of course), his luscious mullet blowing in the wind. If I could go back to the 80s and tug that guy’s headband off, I’d send him packing back to New Jersey [...]

Maysa Quy

The latest and greatest fi nd for Strikeforce comes in the form of California born and bred Maysa Quy. We chatted with the Vietnamese hottie about the best movie ever made, her favorite band, and…gasp…her boyfriend! So, tell us how you got involved with Strikeforce. It actually started through MySpace. A friend of mine saw [...]

New Blood

CAIN VELASQUEZ Name: Cain Velasquez Professional Record: 2-0 Height: 6’2” Weight: 230lbs Discipline: Wrestling Notable Wins: Jesse Fujarczyk Who is Cain Velasquez? Most fans aren’t familiar with Velasquez, who has just two professional fi ghts under his belt. But what he lacks in experience, he makes up for with his ability to adapt and learn [...]

Cutmen Explained

Forrest Griffi n’s face was covered with blood, but Jacob “Stitch” Duran didn’t hesitate to start working on a serious cut in the middle of Forrest’s forehead. It was UFC 76; Forrest was in the middle of arguably the biggest fi ght of his career. The cut, courtesy of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s elbow, was threatening [...]

The Strange Saga of Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch

He’d already been all over the globe, made a small fortune, and become a world-famous one-name wonder before the sport of mixed martial arts came calling. And he isn’t shy about admitting that he answered for one reason: money. But somewhere along the way, the man known by millions around the world as “Butterbean” gained [...]

The Least Intimidating Fighters In MMA

The inspiration for this article came during a pre-UFC 74 cocktail reception that was hosted by FIGHT! in Las Vegas. I’ve been a fan of Marc Laimon since his instructional segments that used to air during UFC pay-per-view telecasts, and I did a double take when I saw him enter the room. Laimon’s reputation is [...]

Smoker

Someone broke the fi rst rule of fi ght club, and Din Thomas wound up in jail. On October 31, 2007, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, police arrested Thomas, a 31-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, for holding illegal cage fi ghts in his St. Lucie West training center. Two weeks earlier, police received an anonymous [...]

Making The Cut1

Have you ever wondered how Rich Franklin can possibly be 185 pounds or how Georges St. Pierre is 170 pounds? To make the mark for their fi ght, they cut weight. Weight cutting has become commonplace with the majority of fi ghters in mixed martial arts. Most fi ghters want to be as big as [...]

Beating Closing Lines

In the last issue, I talked about the importance of line shopping – the practice of fi nding the best available price on the market for placing a bet. Line shopping is one of the most powerful tools available to a sports bettor. But while line shopping is both simple and powerful, it’s only a [...]

Bubba Uncensored

FLOUNDERING FEDOR? Some critics are saying that heavyweight MMA juggernaut Fedor Emelianenko has not fought a legitimate opponent in some time. Many are saying this reduces his standing as the best fi ghter in the world, taking the cache off a possible match-up with Randy “The Natural” Couture. Is it possible that none of the [...]

Glazer Weighs In

Hey juice heads, you’re killing us. Killing us! Finally, the world of MMA had reached such mainstream levels that to call it a fad is a spit in the face. Ignorance has been replaced by education. The image of brutal savagery now overtaken by a violent ballet of skill. But as we gain acceptance, and [...]

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