November 2009 Quick Hits

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, [...]

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 [...]

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