November 2010

5 Minutes With Chris Lytle

What’s your job right now at the fire station?   I’m an engine company guy, which means that if there’s a fire, I get the hose and try to put the fire out immediately. You have engineers who do the driving, you have officers that manage the scene, you’ve got guys on the ladder who [...]

Monumental Moments in MMA

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s stoppage of both Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett on the same night, in the semifinals and finals of the Pride Fighting Championships’ Open-Weight Grand Prix Tournament on September 10, 2006, in Saitama, Japan, is a feat that will never be duplicated.   Cro Cop had faced Wanderlei Silva in the semifinals [...]

Fight Tested Inside And Out

The U.S. Armed Forces produce more than just the world’s best military. It also helps churn out some of the best mixed martial artists in the world. Check out these five fighters with credentials inside and outside of the cage.   RANDY COUTURE   Inside: Couture (1910) is a former three time UFC Heavyweight Champion [...]

Animation Domination

Remember when Saturday morning cartoons didn’t suck? The potent combination of sugary cereal and violent, seizure inducing cartoons was enough to have every kid bouncing off the walls at 7 a.m. Now, kids are stuck with Doodle bops Rockin’ Road Show and Aqua Kids. How are children supposed to learn violence and evil when cartoon [...]

Five For Fighting

November is the month to be thankful, and there is no shortage of reasons in 2010. Here are five upcoming fights that you should be thankful for.  5. BJ PENN VS. MATT HUGHES   UFC 123: Nov. 20   The former UFC Champions meet inside the Octagon for the third time, however, on this occasion [...]

The Psychology of Losing

After studying athletes of all types as an Associate Professor of Sport Psychology at San Jose State University, Dr. Ted Butryn thought he knew what stress and anxiety were all about. Then he began researching mixed martial artists.   “If you’re a football lineman, the coach knows if you missed a block, but the world [...]

No Need To Front

Nick Diaz has the face of a pugilist from another time. In every facial feature there’s a story of his past. The brown eyes are inherently distrusting, and they tell you very quickly how his nose got to be so wide and tenderized. He is a fighter by definition. The notches talk of pain, the [...]

Living The Dream

When I watched Kazushi Sakuraba beat Renzo Gracie, as I referenced in my last article, it changed my life. I had spent most of my life in BJJ-based grappling gyms, learning, what I thought, was the most effective form of fighting in the world. Sakuraba, of course, proved that theory wrong, and set me on [...]

Twilight of The Gods

In the 1976 film Rocky, there’s a scene where Apollo Creed’s trainer Tony “Duke” Evers is watching Rocky Balboa on TV punching slabs of meat in Paulie’s meat locker.   “Hey Champ,” Evers says. “You oughta come look at this boy you’re gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.” Without even glancing [...]

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 [...]

For The Love Of The Game

“Lesnar, Mayhem, and Joe Warren.” That’s what Mark Cuban answers when asked whom his favorite fighters are to watch. He doesn’t actually say this. He types it in an email, his favorite question/answer mode where journalists are concerned. Enthusiasm can’t be measured in a format like this, and context loses all elasticity…but what can be [...]

Total Domination

The wrestlers are taking over MMA and they have big plans—score takedowns, lay and pray, win decisions, and take all the titles. Some of them even want to steal your girlfriends and wives. Non-wrestlers are literally being squeezed out of MMA. Anyone that hasn’t wrestled might as well find another sport.   Okay, now that [...]

Senses Fail

A lot of bands tend to lock themselves inside the studio when they’re working on a new album and only leave to use the bathroom, grab a sandwich, or drink a beer. Buddy Nielsen, the vocalist of post-hardcore quintet Senses Fail, would exit Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, Maryland, while recording the group’s fourth album [...]

Getting Amped Up

You’ve heard of some fans being “armchair judges”—taking issue with a judge’s decision on any particular fight night and claiming to know more than the trained professionals themselves. And then there are some fans who become “keyboard warriors,” spewing forth massive diatribes and gutless insults from behind the protective shield of the Internet. But putting [...]

Fashion Forward

The mixed martial arts industry has been inspiring more than just mohawks and tattoos the past decade. This culture has actually been inspiring fashion designers for years. Actual fashion.  As soon as apparel companies introduced fighters and MMA fans to what was perceived as “fashion” in the late ‘90s, a new wave of splattered graphics [...]

Ace Up The Sleeve

There stood Rich Franklin, in his trademark pink and brown shorts, with a broken arm courtesy of a Chuck Liddell high kick only one minute into their UFC 115 fight. He knew it was broken the moment “The Iceman” connected, but “quit” was not in his vocabulary on this June evening. “Even though you are [...]

It’s Tourney Time

Tournament. A word once synonymous with mixed martial arts has all but vanished in the past few years. It is also a word that sparks a lot of debate and invokes strong feelings in fighters and fans alike.   A tournament is like watching your favorite movie. You sit down with a certain expectation, hoping [...]

First Hand Advice

The most important weapons of an MMA fighter are his hands. Each hand includes tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and most importantly, bones. The hand has 27 separate bones including carpals (wrist), metacarpals (palm), and phalanges (fingers). They can be used for blocking, grappling, wrestling, and as a striking tool. During these types of actions, [...]

Fighting The Flu

Missing training days with the flu or dealing with lingering coughs and congestion have no place in a fighter’s intense training schedule. When you start to feel weak, there are several key supplements to help whip your immune system back into fighting shape. Better yet, keep a supply of supplements at home throughout the fall [...]

Clean Your Plate

It’s no secret that athletes need a balanced diet for optimal training and performance. While many athletes, including fighters, focus on their protein intake and the benefits of purchasing organic meats to eliminate the ingestion of hormones and antibiotics given to non organically raised animals, it’s also important to be apprised of the dangers of [...]

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