November 2008

Fight! Across America

My search for the best fi ghts in all of the land brought me to Chi-town. I came to see the perennial showman, Shonie Carter, headline an action-packed fi ght card for PRIMETIME FC. Jacob Stahler, founder and president, called his fi rst event “Inception,” but I think he should have titled it “Mayhem” because [...]

No Reason To Get Upset >:(

One reason so many people love MMA is because of its pure unpredictability. When you take away that aspect of a sport, it ceases to be a sport. That’s why professional wrestling is now classifi ed as “sports entertainment.” Only a drunken hayseed would be impressed with professional wrestling’s unpredictability. But I digress. Upsets happen [...]

Read A Book

Any mixed martial arts fan will likely tell you they admire their favorite fi ghters for more than their skills and prowess inside the cage. Fan loyalty goes beyond the sport into the realm of human connection— they relate to their favorite fi ghters based on a common thread of human struggle and life experience, [...]

Melanie LaCroix

California is known for it’s beautiful bikini-clad models so it may come as a surprise to fi nd out that Melanie LaCroix hits people in the face for a living. Getting smacked around isn’t necessarily our idea of fun, but this is one fi ghter we’d be happy to take a beating from. So fi [...]

Jake Shields

For the past 10 years, Jake Shields has earned respect among the hardcore MMA community by dominating opponents at smaller fi ght promotions around the globe. Recently, thanks to Elite XC’s television deal through CBS, he’s used his mainstream exposure to capture the hearts of casual fans. But still, to this day, he doesn’t get [...]

Little Big Man

“You a wrestler?” A bizarre question even under normal circumstances. Miguel Torres takes it in stride. He hears it every time he takes his large WEC championship belt through airport security. “You a wrestler?” Torres often jokes that he is, even though he’d make a pitiful looking luchador, all fi ve-feet-nine-inches of him, 150 pounds, [...]

Xtreme Couture Toronto

Most envision the great champions of combat sports emerging from the worst of conditions. Hellish ghettos in forgotten neighborhoods where the code of survival is kill or be killed; decrepit gyms where rusty equipment and peeling paint reek of poverty and desperation. Places where one must search deep within just to fi nd the spirit [...]

What is A Fighter Really Worth?

Imagine that tomorrow when you go to work, be it in a cubicle, an oil fi eld or on the mean streets handing out parking tickets (bastard) that the day determines your salary for the next year. Your morning Starbucks won’t be the only thing to make your butt hole pucker up, and “Have a [...]

Couture Vs. Lesnar

On November 15, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture is set to make an Ali-like return to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 91. UFC president Dana White has already promised this “will be the biggest fi ght in UFC history.” GRAPPLING FOR ANSWERS The 45-year-old Couture’s scheduled return will be his fi [...]

Executive Power

With the 2008 Presidential elections drawing nearer with each day that passes, we take a look back at a few of forefathers who once led this great nation. Pioneers who were rough-and-tumble and full of true grit; almost guaranteed to be die-hard fans of MMA (if not being full-blown fi ghters themselves), had the inception [...]

MMA In The Olympics

The recently concluded Olympic Games in Beijing sparked debate in the MMA world about the fact that Taekwondo, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo – all elements of mixed martial arts – are found in the Olympics, while our beloved sport is not. It can be fun to dream, and MMA in the Olympics would be the [...]

The Future of Fighting

A prime Tyson vs. a prime Ali? Most would favor Ali, but you never know. Tyson could crack back in the day. A prime Sugar Ray Robinson vs. a prime Sugar Ray Leonard at welterweight? I got Robinson, via late-round TKO. For hardcore boxing fans, those mythical match-ups are a source of endless debate for [...]

Bloody Noses Broken Hearts

It’s a beautiful spring afternoon. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. It’s a perfect day to be with your loved one, frolicking through a meadow, picking wildfl owers, and eating baguettes on a plaid blanket. Instead, you’re the third of your fi ve fi ve-minute sparring rounds. This, of course, is after your [...]

Knee Injuries

The ligamentous injuries that occur during grappling and BJJ movements are usually the result of overeager novices or simply mistakes during the heat of competition. Sprains are injuries to the ligaments, which are the connective tissues that attach bone to bone, like the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Since ligaments [...]

“Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante”

Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante is a Brazilian-born fi ghter who is known for his excellent stand up, as well as his solid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. Cavalcante trains out of American Top Team in Florida with teammates like Thiago Alves, Thiago Silva, and Jorge Santiago. The 25-year-old has compiled a MMA record of 14-2-1 and is considered [...]

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