November 2009

5 Minutes with John Fitch

First things first. How did this MMA thing come about for you? I wrestled grade school, middle school, high school, and in college. When I got to Purdue University I met Tom Erikson who was one of the coaches there. He had fought down in Brazil and in Pride and that was always interesting to [...]

Ask Jake

Jake Shields hasn’t lost since 2004. He’s earned twelve consecutive victories, defeating five champions over two weight classes in the process. The Cesar Gracie black belt hopes to add a fourth title to his mantle—it currently showcases his Shooto, Rumble on the Rock and EliteXC belts—when he battles for Strikeforce’s vacant middleweight title against Jason [...]

All For One

I love mixed martial arts and the people involved in it. So what do you do when you love something? You protect it. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in MMA for more than 15 years now, and I, like many, have watched the sport grow from its days of relative obscurity to the [...]

Jose Aldo

Brazil’s fight scene was the first victim. Shooto Brazil, Meca World Vale Tudo, and Jungle Fight were some of the promotions that hosted Jose Aldo’s malicious fight style. He started his professional fighting career just before turning 18-yearsold. The Nova Uniao fighter who trains with jiu-jitsu aces Thales Leities, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and Marlon Sandro, [...]

The Prodigal Son Returns

The musky scents of sweat, menthol liniment, and leather hang heavy in the air at the famed Wild Card Boxing Club, in Hollywood, California. Roughly twodozen fighters of all shapes, sizes, and skill sets pound bags, jump rope, and shadowbox. Wild Card’s owner is the most famous trainer in the world, Freddie Roach, and when [...]

Arianny Celeste

So what’s up? We haven’t talked in a long time, what have you been up to for the past year and a half? I’ve just been doing a lot of auditions and castings, and a lot of commercial print stuff. But the UFC keeps me pretty busy traveling a lot. You’ve been with the UFC [...]

A Fight Night For Heroes

IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE The city of Mosul is in the Northern part of Iraq on the banks of the Tigris River. A sprawling city of nearly two million inhabitants, it has been here in one form or another for thousands of years. It is built on the ruins of the ancient city [...]

“Judge, Jury … Executive”

“NO, KILL IT,” HARRIS SAYS. The light turns off — killed. Harris sits under the chandelier house lights at Body English after the WEC 42 weigh-ins. He rests his right ankle over his left knee. His fine suit cuts no corners, and his full head of gray hair is youthfully combed back. It has been [...]

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. takes you deep inside the sport [...]

Back In The U.S.A.

I live in the self-proclaimed best country on earth, and I tend to agree, since I pay taxes here, and refuse to pay for low-quality toiletry items. My grandfather was born here, the son of Russian-Polish immigrants, and had to endure hardships we would never fathom in this day and age. Sure, we have to [...]

Master Class

By now, we all know that jiu-jitsu, the arte suave, is not just a martial art— but an aesthetic art, as well. It’s an expression of creativity, personality, style and ego in a world of danger and opposition. It’s purely confrontational and at the same time uniquely collaborative. I don’t think it should even be [...]

Mike Pyle

His nickname is “Quicksand,” and for good reason. Hell, it took two months just to pin him down for an interview. It might be easy to dismiss him as another country hick who learned mixed martial arts and got real good at it. It would be simple to draw a character sketch of him with [...]

World Wide Warrior

World-renowned tattoo artist Ami James has been traveling to various Asian countries for the past several months with his partners in crime, fellow ink junkies Chris Nunez and Yoji Harada, to document the tattoo culture for his upcoming television series, Worldwide Tribe, slated to premiere on the Travel Channel at the top of the year. [...]

Cops And Cons

A 2 AM foot pursuit through city streets and back alleys can be thrilling and chilling for both parties engaged. Officers of the law put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect and serve, and they must always be aware that each day they don their uniform may be their [...]

Rock Rock ‘Til Ya Drop

Sometimes things just seem to fall into place here at FIGHT!. This is exactly what happened to me about a month ago when I heard the owner and editor talking about a phone call they had just received from Phil Collen, the lead guitarist from the rock band Def Leppard. The band was going to [...]

My Friend The Witch Doctor

Behind every great fighter is a great trainer. Behind every legend there is a mystique. That mystique can be personified in the mere mortal form of Steve Friend, better known in the mixed martial arts community as “The Witch Doctor.” Friend, an acupuncturist by training and a holistic therapist by practice, lays hands regularly on [...]

Tinsel-Town Invasion

Our world is finally invading their world. Our world being—well, our world—the world where men walk into a cage and wow the sports universe with feats of fortitude and action unseen anywhere else. Their world is Hollywood. That’s right; Tinseltown has become infiltrated with the baddest men on the planet suddenly showing off their artistic [...]

3 Progressions

Your body is an extremely malleable machine. It will get bigger, stronger and faster, but only if you force it to do so. Most people make great gains in their first month of training, but then everything comes to a screeching halt. What happens? In most cases, you’ve forgotten to put a progression plan in [...]

It’s (Almost) All In Your Head

“NINETY PERCENT OF THE GAME IS HALF MENTAL.” Yogi Berra may not be a mathematician and you definitely wouldn’t want him defending you against an IRS audit, but his infamous quote regarding the importance of the mental aspect of sport rings true for mixed martial arts, perhaps more than any other sport. Elite athletes outside [...]

Silent Killer

Losses don’t end careers. Injuries do. And in MMA, injuries are almost as common as stoplights are in New York City. So, what do all injuries have in common? Inflammation, better known to fighters as that sore, achy, swelling redness that seems to spread from body part to body part after every fight. If you’re [...]

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