May 2013

Cub Swanson – A Life Less Ordinary

For UFC featherweight Cub Swanson, his clash with Denis Siver at UFC 162 in July means more than fists, shins, and shedding blood. This fight, like every fight in his career, is the result of a perfect balance he’s found in his life—a lifetime of juggling extremes. Cub Swanson had nightmares about this one for [...]

Striking Gold: An Inside Look at Asia’s Rising Powerhouse Gym

The small island nation of Singapore might not be well known within the MMA community, but if EvolveMMA owner Chatri Sityodtong has his way, the former British colony will soon become synonymous with liver kicks and championship belts. Four years ago, Kru Saknarong lived on a dirt floor in the Team Sityodtong training camp in [...]

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

Weight, What? Since 2011, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has fought at welterweight, 195 lbs. (catchweight), 197 lbs. (catchweight), light heavyweight, and heavyweight. When Rumble isn’t training, he enjoys eating. Junior League Brock Lesnar won the Junior College National Wrestling Championship at heavyweight in 1998. Who won at the weight class (190 lbs.) preceding Lesnar? This guy [...]

They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Hot Cup of Joe “She [Fallon Fox] calls herself a woman, but I tend to disagree…I’m not trying to discriminate against women in any way, shape, or form, and I’m a big supporter of women’s fighting. I loved watching that Ronda Rousey/Liz Carmouche fight. But those are actual women…Fallon Fox is not a girl, okay? [...]

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

Gesundheit Allergy season is in full swing, which means headaches, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and runny noses. If you’re tired of drugging yourself with over-the-counter meds, go natural. Allergy supplements containing compounds such as quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) may provide some relief. Pad Working Focus mitt training can improve your timing, [...]

5 Minutes With Matt Serra

September 2010 was the last time we saw you throwing leather inside the Octagon. What has Matt Serra been up to since then? I have my third baby girl coming in June. Between running my two BJJ academies, training up-and-coming fighters, and spending time with my family, it’s a pretty hectic schedule. I definitely have [...]

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

1. Bruce Buffer’s It’s Time It’s no secret that “Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer has the best seat in the house at UFC events. Now you can read all about his unique point of view—both inside and outside of the Octagon—and the passion he shares for everything MMA. $18.17 (hardcover) $12.99 (Kindle and NOOK) [...]

Rachel Wray – Southern Stunner

Arkansas native Rachel Wray is a natural beauty from The Natural State, but don’t let her charming Southern demeanor fool you. The 23-year-old former NFL cheerleader recently traded in her pompoms for four-ounce gloves, proving she’s more at home in the cage than on the sidelines. Fighting in the cage is a long way from [...]

New Blood

By Mick Hammond // 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. takes [...]

World Series of Fight 2 – Behind the Scenes

FIGHT! Magazine was in the house with an all-access pass to World Series of Fighting 2 in Atlantic City, NJ, on March 23. The MMA promotion’s sophomore show featured a fight card of veterans and talented up-and-comers that kept the crowd at the Revel Casio on their feet for much of the night. WSOF 2 [...]

Mat Men – The 7 Best World-Class Wrestlers in MMA

Fans, pundits, and commentators love throwing around the term “world class” when describing the skill level of mixed martial artists. However, the phrase is misused too often when discussing the wrestling chops of MMA fighters. A “world-class” wrestler earns the distinction by competing on the international circuit and finding a level of success. As good [...]

Fight Master – Bellator’s Foray Into Reality TV

For many, the allure of MMA reality shows has long lost its luster, but where others may falter, Bellator’s innovative new entry into the genre hopes to shine. Bertrand Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the creative forces behind the smashingly successful reality game show The Amazing Race, had been briefed on the pitfalls of a [...]

Fitness – The Bulldog Circuit with Brian Bowles

By Clay Walker, PhD HardCore Gym fighter Brian Bowles attacks the Bulldog Circuit in anticipation of his return to the Octagon on May 25 at UFC 160. MMA fighters tax their entire energy system—both aerobic and anaerobic—while competing and training. In order to reach their peak performance on fight day, fighters need to train both [...]

MMA 101 – Get Kicking With Alan Belcher

Having trained under world champions Manu Ntoh and Duke Roufus, it’s no surprise UFC middleweight Alan Belcher has some powerful kickboxing skills, which he has put to good use in 18 professional wins. In this month’s MMA 101, Alan makes his opponent (Helio Soneca) pay for his striking attempts with a series of rear leg-kick [...]

Krazy For Kale

Fueling your body is the key to unleashing your maximum performance and recovery. Over the past few years, kale has become the edible darling of nutritionists, fitness professionals, and certified health nuts. With its versatility and off-the-charts nutrient profile, kale deserves all the “Hail to the Kale” recognition. Kale is a member of the Brassica [...]

Movie Revenge – A Dish Best Served Hot in the 1980s

//Illustrations By Tadd Trueb Fighting. Never Back Down. Supreme Champion. If you can sit through these recent “MMA movies” without scissor-kicking yourself in the face, you have the patience of Job, the attention span of a goldfish, or narcolepsy. They just don’t make fighting films like they used to during the Golden Age of movies. [...]

Prince Fielder – Heavy is the Crown

All-Star first basemen Prince Fielder hits hard on the diamond and in the cage. At first glance, 5’-11”, 275-pound Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder looks like he could go toe-to-toe with any UFC heavyweight. Watching him leap into the air to deliver a perfect flying knee while MMA legend Bas Rutten holds the pads [...]

Country State of Mind – Darius Rucker Fans the MMA Flames

Country star Darius Rucker may not train MMA, but he absolutely loves the fight business. Rucker caught every glimpse of the UFC he could during its dark ages in the mid-1990s, but he became truly addicted when The Ultimate Fighter premiered on SpikeTV in 2005. The new reality show led to his discovery of his [...]

Girl Next Door – Alicia Lei

Name: Alicia Lei Age: 26 Height: 5’9” Hometown: Vancouver, Canada Twitter: @AliciaLeii How long have you been modeling? About four years. I’m internationally published in FHM and Maxim, but I really love the runway. What would you say is your best feature? My eyes. How do you stay in shape? Boxing and running. I’ve had two [...]

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