October 2011

Editor’s Letter

Joe Lauzon isn’t the kind of guy that would necessarily strike you as a fighter at first glance. He comes from an IT background, and doesn’t carry himself in a particularly imposing manner. It is in these respects, however, that he is a perfect example of the diversity of personality types that find their way [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA X MARKS THE SPOT X Games RallyCross Champion and Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan defeated X Games BMX Champion Dave Mirra in an MMA charity event at EllisMania 7. A judges’ draw after three rounds of action forced a winner-take-all fourth round, where Deegan eked out the decision [...]

Editor’s Letter

Random luck of the draw. This past weekend in Las Vegas I experienced a good bit of it as I watched the dealer casually flip card after card. Sometimes tilting the odds in my favor, sometimes throwing my chances out the window. You can count, do the math, and every so often feel confident the [...]

Natural Selection

Some fighters are found, some fighters are forged, and some fighters—like Carlos Condit—are just meant to be. It’s a hot, rainy day in Albuquerque, N.M. The rain is coming down in large droplets—the kind of precipitation that Forrest Gump would call “big ol’ fat rain.” It’s bouncing off the large Jackson and Winkeljohn Mixed Martial [...]

Rio Experiencia

If you want to feel both better and worse about your own physique, go to the beach in Rio de Janeiro. The time of year doesn’t matter. Even in the dead of winter, it’s still 75 degrees, and the beach is still the place to be. That’s where you’ll find the “cariocas,” as Rio residents [...]

5 Minutes With Melvin Guillard

You’re 28 years old and you’ve had 40 fights. How much longer can you go by “The Young Assassin?” Until I retire. You’re only as old as you feel. I mean, until I start feeling old, I don’t need to change my nickname. You started eating sushi after losing a bet to Josh Burkman on [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA HUMAN WEAPON “On the airplane, my buddy says, ‘Do you want the aisle or window?’ I said, ‘Aisle, because if some guy tries something, I’ll mess him up.’ My buddy—who does Krav Maga—says, ‘But what if he has a weapon? I’m better for that.’ I said, ‘I AM a weapon.’” —Bas Rutten on [...]

Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV. 15 FEET PER SECOND The speed at which a GSP superman punch travels according to measurements taken on ESPN’s Sport Science. TOP FORM Runners who continue running when they are exhausted unknowingly change their running form, which could be related to an increased risk for injury. [...]

Pretty In Pink

Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis brings awareness to the fight against breast cancer. Former WWF Champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart was famous for donning pink and black tights during his days of competition, a visual change of pace in the rough-and-tumble world of professional wrestling. A man with a different kind of wrestling background [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA WELL-ROUNDED TRAVEL Jay Hieron has fought in the UFC, WEC, IFL, Strikeforce, Bellator, and Affliction. Jeff Curran has fought in the UFC, WEC, IFL, Strikeforce, Bellator, and Pride. WRESTLING SAVVY Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad and Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren won NCAA Wrestling Championships in their junior [...]

All Hands on Deck

2011 has been a year of firsts for stunning newcomer Chrissy Blair. After winning this year’s TransWorld Motocross model search, she was a fresh face as the guest ring girl at UFC 133. Add in a first-time sailing experience for her inaugural appearance on the pages of FIGHT! , and we’ve got a bona fide [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. MAX EXPOSURE Maximum Fighting Championship XXXI takes place Oct. 7 in Edmonton, Canada. The MFC Light Heavyweight strap will be on the line when Ryan Jimmo locks horns with Rameau Sokoudjou. In addition, UFC veteran Terry Martin takes on undefeated Dhiego Lima. The six-bout card will be [...]

Unlikely Allies

The Dragonslayer and The Dragon’s Den join forces to help fight the battle against brain trauma. Bodybuilding legend Rich Gaspari “The Dragon Slayer” believes in those who make a difference. As CEO and Founder of Gaspari Nutrition, he knew there was something remarkable about a mixed martial artist who made a promise to provide round-the-clock [...]

Crazy Like A Fox

The UFC’s recent television deal with FOX makes it the latest sports organization to be shown on broadcast television, but what does the deal mean for the UFC, the fighters, and the fans? UFC president Dana White courted FOX for nine months, and in August the work paid off as the UFC signed the largest [...]

Lights Out for Chris Lytle

For hardcore and casual MMA fans alike, Chris Lytle’s name held enough weight to hype a fight, even in the absence of the stereotypical smacktalk that clogs media outlets prior to most fight cards. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that although Lytle’s smash-mouth, submission-hunting style had roots in technical expertise, he slung it with [...]

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 [...]

October 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265 RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH 1 Cain Velasquez 7.662 7.662 2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785 3 Josh Barnett 6.438 6.438 4 Junior dos Santos 6.332 6.332 5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205 6 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335 7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 5.763 6.875 8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919 9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291 10 Daniel [...]

The Way of the Meathead

From reality-show renegade to bona-fide fighter, Matt Mitrione is making a name for himself. “I’m really interested in this fight,” says Matt Mitrione about his upcoming heavyweight throw-down with Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. The ever-improving fighter with a 5-0 record in the UFC addresses each of his fights as a classroom test rather than [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit, UFC 137, Oct. 29 Less than 48 hours after Carlos Condit was given a surprise opportunity to replace Nick Diaz against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Title, I asked Condit point-blank how he planned to win. Condit thought about it for a second. The reality of fighting GSP was [...]

Fall’s Fab 5

The temperature may be getting cooler, but you’re still sweating it out at the gym. Let these five fall favorites help you kick inflammation to the curb, while keeping your cardiovascular and immune systems in top fighting shape. 1) PUMPKIN Synonymous with the season, pumpkins aren’t just for carving at Halloween. This gourd-like squash is [...]

Puncher’s Chance

As long as you can punch accurately, you still have a chance to win. Some of the names on the accompanying charts may surprise you, but after the numbers were crunched, the fighters below reigned supreme in power and jab accuracy to the head. The numbers are for all UFC fighters from the beginning of [...]

Take Your Medicine

Get the ball rolling with this tough as nails medicine ball workout. There are advantages to training with medicine balls that other pieces of equipment don’t offer, including: • Medicine balls can be used in many different planes of motion. • Medicine balls allow athletes to train a number of joints at the same time. [...]

MMA 101

Outlaw Killer They don’t call Carlos Condit “The Natural Born Killer” for nothing. Condit’s in-your-face fighting style helped him win 27 fights and the WEC Welterweight Championship over the course of his 32-fight career. In addition, Condit is the only man to KO Dan Hardy, and while both Condit and Hardy threw the exact same [...]

Rolling with Mr. Cooper

Taking Back Sunday bassist Shaun Cooper rolls with some of the UFC’s best in Long Island, N.Y. Maintaining a career in the music industry can be tough, but rolling with a rising UFC middleweight contender could be just a little bit tougher. Shaun Cooper has spent the past 12 years touring throughout the world as [...]

MMA For All

Don’t be afraid to jump in the gym part-time. Hobbyists can benefit from MMA training too. Don’t we all get the urge to hit someone? The guy who cuts you off in traffic. The smug barista who screws up your coffee order. The managing editor who tells you that your article sucks. The amount of [...]

The Hunted

Ton Jones is always on a mission. The hefty, tattooed juggernaut— along with his business partner Allen Haff— travels throughout the United States to film Auction Hunters. The reality television series, which airs Tuesday on Spike TV, documents the dynamic duo as they bid on abandoned storage units, scurry through their newfound treasures, and sell [...]

The Look of Strategy

The best part of coaching is not the recognition, acknowledgment, or limelight, even though they’re all great benefits. The money is good, too, if you’re a capitalist at heart like I am. But what brings me back to the grind every day is when that moment arrives—when the technique that you and your fighter have [...]

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