May 2008

Judging in MMA

Have you ever watched a fi ght and wondered at the end how the winner got the decision? Many fans are unclear of the scoring criteria in mixed martial arts. Judging in the sport is still in its infancy, but the rules have been in place for a few years now. The criteria for judging [...]

Patrycja Mikula

So Patrycja, you were born in Poland, but when did you come to the US? I came to the US when I was 10 That’s been awhile now! We’re glad you still have the accent. I know! I used to hang with all Polish people when I came here. That’s how you rolled huh? I [...]

Forrest Through The Trees

I seldom panic. But with 10:00 a.m. rapidly approaching, and me far from where I’m supposed to be, beads of sweat begin forming on my brow. I slam my foot down on the gas, cursing myself for taking the Tahoe in lieu of something faster. You see, I’m a punctual guy. And when I make [...]

New Blood

Name: Dong-Hyun Kim Professional Record: 9-0-1 Height: 6’1” Weight: 170lbs Discipline: Judo Notable Wins: Hidehiko Hasegawa Dong-Hyun Kim isn’t your average household name…yet. According to fellow countryman and former Pride star Denis Kang, “He’s the best prospect out of Korea right now. He’s gonna turn some heads for sure.” A veteran of the Korea-based SpiritMC [...]

Natural Born Killers

On this cool evening at FIT NHB, a well-established training facility located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Condit just fi nished hitting the bags and is cooling down in the gym’s offi ce. The 23-year-old has been concentrating on his technique because he is slated to defend his title against Carlo Prater – the fi rst [...]

The Ultimate Fighter 7

Calling The Ultimate Fighter training center a television show set is an injustice, even though that’s precisely what it is. But look past the lighting equipment, television cameras, boom mics and frenzied production crew. All of that is merely smoke and mirrors; this is a bona fi de gladiator academy An explosion of MMA memorabilia [...]

Everyday Warriors

Sacrifi ce is a word that goes hand-in-hand with being a champion, and nowhere is that maxim truer than in the world of mixed martial arts. When fans see an MMA match, they know the fi ghters have shed blood, sweat, and tears to prepare for combat, but what many don’t realize is that few [...]

Rules of Encagement

Past Examples of Rule Exploits and Violations BUTTING THE HEAD July 12, 1996 – Mark Coleman used head butts in bunches en route to winning the UFC 10 eight-man tournament. It was Coleman’s fi rst tournament and the head butt was an important part of the now famous Ground and Pound style of “The Hammer”. [...]

Breaking It Down

One of the benefi ts of FIGHT! going monthly is that this great magazine is now delivered frequently enough that I have the occasional opportunity to examine upcoming fi ghts and betting lines. This month, I’d like to take some time away from my usual “how to” columns and do exactly that. The headliner at [...]

MMA Pros Vs. Not-So-Average -Joes

There are badasses in every professional sport: bowling has Walter Ray “Deadeye” Williams, billiards has Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo, and darts has Phil “The Power” Taylor. What, you’ve never heard of them? With nicknames like that, you know these fellows are legit. But throw any of these respected pros into the Octagon, and we might not [...]

Gary Goodridge

Damn good but not great, fi rst runner up always gets a line in the almanac but fades quickly from public memory. Don’t believe me? Quick, who lost Super Bowl XXXII? Name the fi ve teams the Chicago Bulls trounced en route to their six NBA titles in the 1990s. Who did Muhammad Ali defeat [...]

Bright Lights Big City

There’s a school of thought that maintains fi ghters should live like monks. No sex, no booze, no contact with popular culture or anything that distracts them from their training. Stories of isolation from the world have become as proverbial as they are predictable: the high-altitude training sessions in Big Bear, the Spartan purity of [...]

Special Operations and MMA

The popularity of mixed martial arts in the civilian world cannot be disputed. Thousands of weekly events and tournaments, hundreds of schools, and millions of fans keep the sport moving closer in fame to the big three: basketball, football, and baseball. Every day, more people are getting involved in the ultimate fi ghting system. If [...]

Fight! Girl Search

Jaimie Hilfi ger Age: 21 Height: 5’3” Hometown: New Windsor, NY Favorite Fighter: Urijah Faber Relationship Status: Taken Hey Jaimie, how are things? Anything new going on in your life? Doing well, thanks! I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida last year. Happy to be out of school but I [...]

Fight! Across America

As I arrived in Kansas City, I was greeted by Travis Crall, founder of the Elite Fight League. The trio masterminding the EFL consists of Travis Crall, Bryan Stevenson, and Shawn Ricks. They all bring distinct aspects to their equation for success. In our thirty-minute ride to Independence, we discussed the goals Travis and his [...]

Bubba Uncensored

ROUNDEST OF THE ROUND In mixed martial arts, you always hear analysts speak about fi ghters being well rounded. Taking a close look, there are just a few top-level fi ghters that really fi t the well rounded bill. Obviously, number one is Anderson Silva. Without a doubt, he is the best Muay Thai striker [...]

Glazer Weighs In

One thing I’ve come to realize in covering sports for the last decade and a half: fans love dominance. We love dynasties. We love Tiger Woods for it. Used to love Tyson for it. Domination makes us talk, shows us all how to rise up to a higher level in whatever we do. The Yankees [...]

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