November 2012

Editor’s Letter

It seems like just yesterday we were waiting anxiously for the launch of the UFC’s flyweight division, and now, after a hectic tournament and frenetic five-round battle, we have our first 125-pound king in Demetrious Johnson. For the new champ, however, it’s been a long journey built on a pragmatic outlook and a rock solid [...]

The Working Champ

Newly minted UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson worked his way to the top of the 125-pound heap—now, he’s working full-time to stay there. Demetrious Johnson’s first job was Parkland Putters, where he swept a miniature golf course all day, sometimes pulling double-duty by mowing the owner’s lawn and cleaning up dog poop. Then it was [...]

Welcome to the Hotel California

Black House is one of the most recognizable gyms in MMA, but a day spent at their L.A. location showed that the team’s practice space is more than just offices and heavy bags Guilherme Trindade emerges from a lofted room in the rear of the Black House Gym. He’s a tall fighter, weighing about 180 [...]

Did You Know?

HOLY SHNIKIES Ronda Rousey was an altar girl in grade school. CUBS WIN Cub Swanson has three TKOs in his last three UFC fights (George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira) and two Knockout of the Night bonuses that total $115,000. THE BIG CHEESE Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad retired from MMA to take a [...]

They Said That…

MATCH GAME “I don’t talk much about Bellator, but what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable. Of course, I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to [...]

Health Radar

TIRE TOSS Don’t trash that spare tire just because the treads are worn. Put it to good use. Tossing a tire over your head (ala the Keg Toss in Strongman Competitions) is a great way to incorporate a lift that utilizes multiple muscle groups, including your hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, entire back, front deltoids, and [...]

5 Minutes with BJ Penn

What’s the best thing about living in Hawaii? The biggest draw would have to be the year-round 80-degree weather. It’s always a beautiful day here. What’s a typical day like for you right now? I wake up, do some cardio, eat, watch some TV on the couch, train, eat, train again, eat, then sleep. That’s [...]

New Gear

Roots of Fight Black House Sweatshirt You may not be able to fight like Anderson Silva, but you can dress like hima and the rest of team Black House with this relaxed fitting sweatshirt. We think Steven Segal would like one for Xmas. $54.99 – MRI NO2 RED Hemo Surge Get a nitric oxide [...]

Behind the Fight

Ariel Helwani’s rise to prominence in MMA journalism has mirrored the growth of the sport itself. From blogger to national television personality, Helwani has become one of the most trusted news sources in the ever-changing world of MMA. The man who was once described in these pages as “the Howard Cosell of MMA” shares with [...]

Work of Art

After almost six years under the Zuffa banner, former WEC sweetheart Brittney Palmer is just hitting her stride in the UFC. You’ve got a busy day today—photo shoot and then a charity event with Arianny Celeste right after. Do you and Arianny tag team events often? We’ve been doing it more so lately, it’s 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 [...]

Wing and a Prayer

There are comebacks…and then there are third-round comebacks. Not the takea-beating-and-latch-ona-fight-ending-submission comeback like Big Nog is renowned for. I’m talking about the fights where it’s berserker time—throweverything-including-the-kitchensink mode. When submissions aren’t your bag, it’s time to throw the fists of fury, and hope that your can wing a punch and land a prayer like these [...]

Return of the Rush

Be advised Carlos Condit: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is returning to the Octagon at UFC 154 on November 17 a new man. Here’s a scary thought: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, unbeaten and largely untouched for the past five-and-a-half years, has been struggling to find motivation in the cage. That’s right. “Rush,” the [...]

Mighty is the Mouse

Speed Kills…and UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius Johnson is the proof Small size and low weight are largely accountable for the display of speed and agility seen in many flyweight fights, but the ability to maintain an unwavering pace isn’t solely attributed to genetics. No matter what his weight, a fighter must have a solid conditioning [...]

MMA 101

Get Explosive Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier is the most pedigreed international wrestler in the Zuffa stable. The former two-time Olympic Freestyle Team member brings an explosive style to the cage, as evident in his last fight against Josh Barnett in which Cormier took down the former Pancrase Champion at will. In this [...]

More in Store

Don’t get caught up in the food hype—there are plenty of unsung nutrient heroes that have more in store. There are many popular dietary choices that get all of the glory for being the top sources of key nutrients—oranges for germ-kicking vitamin C, potassium-dense bananas to relieve cramps, calcium-heavy milk for strong bones, and fiber-loaded [...]

Conditioning Myths: Busted

When you see a fighter gas it’s usually not because he’s out of shape. Sometimes there’s more going on than meets the eye. We’ve seen it before, and it’s an awful thing to watch. It’s the middle of a fight, everything’s going well, and before you know it, a fighter “gasses out.” Sometimes he’s saved [...]

Run Like a Warrior

UFC lightweight Jim Miller’s quest to conquer The Spartan Race Jim Miller almost fell off the face of the earth. On September 8, the UFC lightweight participated in the Tri-State NJ Super Spartan Race at Mountain Creek Park in Vernon, New Jersey. Just hours into the competition, the 30-year-old—decked out in a red TapouT shirt [...]

Somehow I Manage

Three MMA Managers, Three Different Approaches It’s Friday night after weigh-ins, and I’m sitting at the lobby bar at the Sheraton Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort, when Jon Jones’s manager Malki Kawa walks in. As soon as he’s noticed, a man calls him over and the two start talking [...]

Forging Iron Fists

Actor Rick Yune is using his martial arts background to kick up things on the silver screen. Rick Yune has had a breakthrough. It’s on rare occasion that the Korean-American actor to kick back and watch any of the movies he has appeared in throughout his 13-year career. For him, it’s an uncomfortable feeling—especially when [...]

Fight Girl Search

Mel Jordan Age: 25 Height: 5’6” Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia Twitter: @Melj21 How long have you been modeling? About three years. I’ve done a lot of work for FHM, and I’m an Official Monster Energy Girl. What would you say is your best female feature? My eyes or natural double-Ds. How do you stay in [...]

A Country Boy Can Survive

The Matt Hughes era has come to a quiet end, but thinking back on his career still inspires goose bumps (and a good amount of fear). Long before Matt Hughes was hauling off marquee UFC welterweights in his truck, he was the terror of the Midwest. Between 1999 and 2000, Hughes fought 18 times. He [...]

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