October 2013 MMA Life

Gold Strike – 10 Hidden Patterns

1. Size Matters Heavyweights are more than twice as likely as the smaller divisions to score a knockdown per landed head strike. Bucking the trend is John Dodson, who literally punches above his weight by having a higher knockdown rate (6.25%) than the heavyweight average (6.11%). 2. Speed Saves Larger fighters have better striking accuracy [...]

Return to Fat City

Four decades after the classic novel, Stockton continues to instill hope and pride in the ring. Just where is the legendary fighting town known as Fat City? Stockton, California, is only a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, but is, in many senses, worlds away. It isn’t defined by technology or tourism as much as it [...]

Kassim Osgood – Staying Sharp

San Francisco 49ers Kassim Osgood uses capoeira to help find his edge on the field. San Francisco 49ers special team standout Kassim Osgood has one of the most physically grueling jobs in football. The three-time Pro Bowler is a “gunner,” who charges down the field on kickoffs and punts and tries to wreak havoc on [...]

Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has the MMA vibe. Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is a longtime mixed martial arts fan who always wanted to meet his MMA hero. Earlier this summer, he got his chance, but it wasn’t the impression he wanted to leave. “I was at a gas station,” says the 26-year-old [...]

Girl Next Door

Belinda Strange Age: 26 Height: 5’7” Hometown: Wichita Fall, TX Online: @Belinda_Strange Facebook.com/Belinda.strange.9 belindastrange.com What is your favorite thing about MMA? The rush you get while watching a fight. These fighters train so hard and as soon as they are in the cage it’s all put to the test. It’s amazing the strength they have. [...]

Pay-Per-Views and Paper Feuds

Bellator’s maiden voyage into the world of PPV is intriguing, if also a little doomed. There’s a great divide between the acronyms of MMA and PPV. It’s what sets the game’s greatest acronym—the UFC—apart from lesser organizations. The UFC is a pay-per-view driven business that has expanded into such things as broadcast television in its [...]

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