October 2008

Grappling Oasis

Shortly after the fi rst UFC in 1993, a college student who called himself Ben signed up for lessons at Nelson Monteiro’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Del Mar, California. Ben, a student at the United States International University at San Diego, was a karate practitioner and a fan of combat sports and martial arts that [...]

Hellboy Hansen

For most people, dreams are far away and usually unattainable. But Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is a special case. When he captured the DREAM lightweight title in June, it was the culmination of hard work, persistence, and a little luck. But winning the belt was no flfl uke. Over his nine year career, he’s stood in [...]

Giant Killer

As he swings open the front door of Hackney’s Combat Academy on a late July evening in Roselle, Illinois, you’d swear Keith Hackney could still ground-and-pound with the best of them inside the Octagon. Noticeably absent from his UFC days of the mid-1990s is the Billy Ray Cyrus mullet. However, he still has the pronounced [...]

Locked and Loaded

A year later, we check in with one of the fi rst beauties to grace both the pages of FIGHT! and the vaunted Octagon. Amber Nichole Miller gives us the low down on blast ing mortars in the Middle East, her bowling average, and the possibility of seeing her again in the UFC. So Amber, [...]

Beauty Honor & Struggle

Beautiful People As you move south of the equator, so too does the focus of male sexual attention. Unlike the American cultural obsession with large breasts, Brazilian women pride themselves on the tone and shapeliness of their behinds. The ideal of feminine beauty is also different: darker, athletic, and more authentically sexual. Where the US [...]

Bisping Re-Mixed

Club DJs get used to hearing the same things over and over. They live on a steady diet of looped instrumentals and break beats, playing the same platters week after week. Michael Bisping is no different; the UFC middleweight made ends meet for nearly a decade spinning house and trance in clubs near his home [...]

The Baby Faced Assasin

Anaheim, California. The 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound heavyweight known as the “Babyface Assassin” leaps up onto the ropes of the ring, snarling, drawing his thumb across his neck, and staring down 15,000 screaming fans with an executioner’s glare. His opponent, Pedro Rizzo, is still laid out, motionless, behind him. Big John McCarthy asks the Babyface Assassin whom [...]

Times Have Changed

I’ve been in this business for about ten years, and damn have I seen it change. Before my fi rst fi ght – against a gi-clad “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” expert – I was scared that his magic might destroy me before I stepped foot in the ring. I was pulling in triple digits for the fi [...]

10 Sickest Submissions of All Time

Due to evolving submission games and more televised fi ghts than ever before, fans are being treated to submission spectacles like it’s Christmas morning. While recent slick subs by Dustin Hazelett and Rosimar Palhares wowed crowds, the sneaky maneuvers have had a long, storied, and success-laden history in mixed martial arts. These ten submissions were [...]

New Blood

Josh Queen Name: Josh Queen Professional Record: 2 – 0 Class: Heavyweight Representing: The Lion’s Den Idaho Notable Wins: Jeremiah Constant and Josh Bennett One of the rarest of phenomena in mixed martial arts is a quality heavyweight prospect. However, one such fi ghter is starting to emerge from the Northwest fi ght scene. That [...]

Overrated Fighters

As MMA fans we love to discuss every nuance of our favorite fi ghts and fi ghters. One of the most heated discussion topics we see revisited time and again on the Junkie Forums are people discussing if a fi ghter is “overrated” or “underrated.” While these discussions can often turn in to unproductive (and [...]

Pump Up The Jam

For the past few years, Dana White has been a man on a mission, and the mission is to make mixed martial arts the most popular sporting event in the universe. The UFC President fi rmly believes putting two individuals in the Octagon and allowing them to use any martial art translates through all cultural [...]

Open Mouth Insert Foot : Part 6

Anything can happen in a fi ght. Once the match up has been confi rmed, the odds-makers set the lines, the so-called experts make their predictions, and everyone else weighs in – from informal water cooler talk to published articles and blogs. But the bout’s outcome is ultimately decided in the cage. Flesh and bone. [...]

To The Top

Michael Phelps, Jennie Finch…Forrest Griffi n. The Olympics are sorely missing the boat without the Forrest Griffi ns of the world. I know, I know, you’re all thinking, “Here goes that blowhard Glazer with another ‘MMA is the greatest, blah, blah, blah…’ column again.” Ummm… yup! Damn right it’s time for one of those. Why? [...]

Protein Myths

Every serious MMA athlete knows that protein is an essential part of a fi ghter’s diet. The amino acids in protein are involved in building and maintaining strong bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Dedicated athletes are in need of more protein than the average couch potato. Endurance athletes that regularly weight train should aim for [...]

Into The Breach

In a previous article, we outlined the top things to look for when determining whether an MMA gym was right for you. Choosing a gym is a major step towards beginning your training, but a lot of hard work remains if you want to be successful. Regardless of whether you’ve trained traditional martial arts or [...]

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