October 2008 Quick Hits

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 [...]

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 [...]

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