Oct/Nov 2007

Where Are They Now?

Most UFC Heavyweight Champions are pretty large individuals, and because of that, they probably aren’t the best at playing hide and seek. But former champ Ricco Rodriguez is diffi cult to fi nd. Over the past year, he made a couple of appearances at smaller MMA shows, where he steamrolled through his unfortunate foes.   [...]

An Accidental Case of SUPERSTARDOM

The Cessna glided along the Indiana sky at over 10,000 feet, as Rich Franklin prepared to skydive for the first time. To most, it would have been troublesome that a 12-year-old “expert” had prepared his parachute, a bad omen that one skydiver had already broken an ankle, and downright scary that the only other first-time [...]

The Beginning

Many people want to know what it was like back during the early days of the UFC. What were the fighters like? What did they think about the competition and how they were going to fare during the tournament? I can tell you there are many untold stories, some humorous and some sad. The fighters [...]

IFL Standouts

Right now in the IFL, there are some guys who are really hot…and I don’t mean good looking! They are, however, very talented fi ghters. First, there’s Ben “Northstar” Rothwell. He’s 8-0, and now holds the record for the fastest KO at thirteen seconds. He’s a big guy that moves really well on his feet. [...]

New Blood

In the exploding world of MMA, it’s sometimes hard for fans to notice some of the amazing fighters on the verge of making it to the next level. We’ve enlisted the experts at MMAWeekly.com to take you deep inside the sport, and present you with some of the newest names to watch.   Name: Kevin [...]

Fighter Profile: Anderson Silva

Nickname: The Spider Height: 5’11 (180 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg) Division: Middleweight (171-185 lbs) Hometown: Curitiba. Brazil Professional Record: 19 – 4 – 0 (Win – Loss – Draw) Training Camp: Muy Thai Dream Team.   THE MAN Anderson Silva, the soft spoken son of a police officer and father of four, made [...]

Grand Entrances

If you’ve ever seen video clips or pictures of any of my fights, you’ve more than likely said, “What the hell is wrong with that guy? He’s doing a dance before he gets in the ring? Throwing money? Is that guy out of his mind or what, doesn’t he realize he’s about to get in [...]

Brotherhood of the Cage

“It’s called the Mongolian Attack…” I am watching Greg Jackson as he instructs Keith Jardine and Tait Fletcher on one of Jackson’s famously arcane mixed martial arts techniques before they begin a sparring session at Jackson’s New Mexico gym. “What the Mongolians would do is rush in with their cavalry,” says Jackson from outside the [...]

MMA’s Ten Most Heated Feuds

In The Godfather , Don Vito Corleone asks Johnny Fontaine if he spends time with his family, proclaiming that a “man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Well, a sport can never be a real sport without a signature feud or rivalry. All the major sports have them. [...]

A Force of Nature

BJ Penn seems to exist apart from other fi ghters. He does things that should be impossible, like moving up in weight and taking the belt, or being the only American to win Mundials (the world series of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) ever. And he looks ordinary, nondescript, with a smooth, seal-like body. My editor said, “Tell [...]

Open Mouth Insert Foot

Webster is a total freakin’ idiot, and I say that with complete and utter certainty. In his  world-famous reference manual, which can be found in every library on the planet, that sonofabitch actually had the gall to define training as, among other things, “the action or method of preparing someone for an athletic contest; the [...]

The Determining Factor

Determination is the root of victory, and for mixed martial artists it is as essential as air. It gets a fighter through the rough times, and keeps him focused on his goal in the good times. Determination leads to mental and physical toughness, skills, and knowledge. It gives one the ability to execute the correct [...]

MMA Wagering 202

In my last article, I introduced you to some of the basics of MMA wagering, including how to read a betting line and how to convert that line into a percentage. This article builds on that foundation, so if you missed it, check out the first issue of FIGHT! or the MMA Wagering Guide on [...]

MMA In the Military

When the editors at FIGHT! asked me to write an article on the history of mixed martial arts in the military, my first thought was about how it is being rewritten as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rage on. Sure, there is a story to tell about the evolution of training programs, doctrine, and [...]

They Said That?

NOT KING OF THIS JUNGLE “A Boxer is a lion. The best predator on land, but throw them in the shark tank where they can’t swim and they become just another meal.” – Renzo Gracie on boxers and MMA   POP QUIZ “As a fan and representative of MMA, it’s disappointing because we are trying [...]

Bringing MMA to the Internet

Normally, a reporter getting his ass kicked by a highly trained fighter would lead to assault charges, but when Forrest Griffin planted a front leg kick on Eric Newby from Raw- Vegas.tv in May, the result ended up being a video bonanza for MMA fans. For those who live under a rock or are still [...]

Aural Hematomas

We’ve all seen it – the misshapen lump that makes you wonder why on earth anyone would pack his ear with silly putty. That putty, however, is actually a condition known as cauliflower ear and it is common among mixed martial artists, amateur wrestlers, and to a lesser degree, boxers. “It can often come from, [...]

5 Minutes with Dana White

Is Fedor overrated? We don’t know. We don’t know until he fights the best in the world. I think to be considered the best, you have to come in and clean out a division. You have to be where Matt Hughes was. Matt Hughes had wiped out the entire division, and the only guy left [...]

Glazer Weighs In

MMA world, I’m proud of you. We’re finally going mainstream! Not in the TV sense or advertising sense but in regards to the real world. Society has a secret love affair with us and I think it happened before they ever realized it. Acceptance is everywhere. Gone are the days when folks outside the 18-29 [...]

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