October 2009

5 Minutes With Ryan Bader

You’re fighting Eric Schafer at UFC 104. How are you going to beat him? You know what, I think he’s one those underrated fighters that is very, very tough. He’s got good Jiu-Jitsu and has a lot of experience. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do every fight—impose my will [...]

Ask Hector

Ask the wrong question and Hector Lombard will judo throw you on your head. He’s been tossing people around since he was 10-years-old and his natural punching power has earned him 11 of 21 wins via (T)KO, so you don’t want to misstep in front of the no-nonsense fighter. Luckily FIGHT! readers know not to [...]

BOO Jitsu

Not many people aspire to fight a demonic spirit. Fedor, sure. But a ghost? Zak Bagans wants to submit one, preferably by armbar. After a close encounter with a paranormal spirit in his Detroit apartment, Bagans set out to capture an apparition on film in order to provide irrefutable evidence that ghosts exist. Along with [...]

“Putting The White In Red, White and Blue”

Dana White isn’t used to walking through a crowd and not being the center of attention, much less going nearly unrecognized. But even with Kenny Florian flanking him, he is relatively anonymous at the 2009 Armed Forces Foundation Gala, despite being one of the night’s honored guests. Unless you were living in a cave and [...]

Full-Time Fighter

Nebraska’s Drew Dober (6-0) isn’t old enough to drink or engage in most of Las Vegas’ debauchery. It didn’t matter, though, because he was in Sin City for strikes, submissions and groundand- pound as the winner of FIGHT’s first “Full Time Fighter” experience—the chance to train with renowned striking trainer Shawn Tompkins and his team [...]

[Minowa] Man On The Moon

“Big in Japan” is an American fad phrase that connotes cult status in the East. Ikuhisa Minowa is big in Japan, and he doesn’t need a novelty T-shirt to prove it. “The Punk” is a Japanese professional wrestler who happens to be a 13-year veteran of mixed martial arts. But make no mistake — Minowa [...]

Make It Reign

Toughness comes naturally to Muhammed “Mo” Lawal, or King Mo, as the fighting world has come to know him. It never occurred to him to be anything but tough, so when he shredded his ACL during a Sengoku fight against Ryo Nakamura, he didn’t consider it much of a feat to keep going and win [...]

Natasha Wicks

So Natasha, were you ever expecting to be a UFC girl? Oh no, absolutely not. It was definitely something that you would love to do and you see and you go, ‘oh, that would be fun!’. How did that happen, did you just show up for the Maxim thing and sign up? Yeah. Well they [...]

The Intercepting Fist

“Rags to riches” stories are a dime a dozen. It’s almost cliché to wax poetic about a determined soul who worked his way out of austere conditions to hit the big time. But your mother always taught you that hard work pays off and were he alive today, Bruce Lee would kick you in the [...]

The Top 10 Knockouts You’ve Never Seen

For every one of Chuck Liddell’s and Mirko Crocop’s main-event knockouts, there are 10 standout mid-card knockouts like Matt Hamill’s decapitating head kick of Mark Munoz at UFC 96. And for every 10 of those, there are 100 knockouts that may never see the light of day. From Japan to England to middle America, knockouts [...]

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. MMAWeekly.com takes you deep inside the sport [...]

Mixedmartialarts.com The Story Behind MMA’s Most Unique Website

What do a former IT computer geek, a man who once taught at a traditional martial arts studio in Massachusetts, and a random 10-year-old chasing highflying, karate-chopping dreams in the mid-1980s have in common? Not much, aside from the fact that today they happen to make up the trio who own and operate Mixedmartialarts. com [...]

The Moral of The Story

I. The Mayhem Show Some people are just blessed with more energy than the rest of us, I think as I watch my friend Jason” Mayhem” Miller at his manic best whipping up the crowd of screaming fans on the set of his hit show Bully Beatdown, I’ve been here two days at the invitation [...]

FIGHT! Across America

As I look back and thank my lucky stars that I have survived my many trips across the country discovering up-and-coming organizations in MMA, I like to reflect on the one time — not at MMA camp — that I visited Louisville, Ky, to check out the Revolution Fight League (RFL). Not only was it [...]

MMA’s Tattoos

Back when I was a kid, (and that was a looooong time ago, trust me) tattoos used to mean something. It meant you were tough. It meant you probably have been jail at least once. It meant that you gave the big middle finger to society’s norms, and decided to march to the beat of [...]

My Thoughts

Here I am on the 37th day of a 40- day NFL Training Camp Tour (btw, go check out my Glaze Across America page on FOXSports.com and MAKE SURE you watch my bingo video) and the fine folks at FIGHT! keep hounding me for my column. Dude, I am exhausted. Have a heart, will ya? [...]

High Octane

Both beginner and well-trained combat athletes know that speed, agility and quick reaction times can make the difference between a well-crafted slip and a knockout. Consistent training is the first step toward solidifying neuro-motor responses that eventually become second nature during competition and training. Strategic use of caffeine is a safe and effective way to [...]

Drink Right

Hydration is probably the most overlooked aspect of an athlete’s nutritional game plan. Unfortunately, thirst is not an indicator of hydration status, so it’s easy to forget about the need to hydrate when you’re so focused on training. Planning for fluids during your workouts will ensure that you get the most out of your time [...]

How Well Do You Know Nutrition?

1) TRUE OR FALSE All of an athlete’s grains should be whole grain and high fiber. ✫ Answer: False Whole grains should definitely be a staple of anyone’s diet since they are full of nutrients and filling fiber. However, there are times when high-fiber foods aren’t in an athlete’s best interest. For example, elite competitors [...]

Train To Succeed Not To Fail

Fighters are tough dudes. That’s no surprise to anyone reading this magazine, but that toughness can sometimes come at the expense of better performance. You see, when a fighter hits the weights, he usually approaches the task with the same intensity he brings into the cage: every set is taking to mind-blowing failure. But I’m [...]

MMA 101

When I was a kid, my parents instilled in me the importance of helping others, which is what drew me to teaching. Martial arts is what I know and love best, and I honestly hope the information between the pages of Jackson’s MMA, The Stand Up Game will either help people defend themselves or win [...]

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