September 2009

Hiroyuki Takaya Fulfilling a Dream?

Hiroyuki Takaya didn’t earn a nickname like “Streetfight Bancho” for nothing. “Bancho” is a rather cryptic reference to a Japanese ghost tale, where a Samurai is haunted by the unrequited lover he murdered. But what it all means for Takaya is that his hard-nosed style has the lethal edge of a street fight that can [...]

Jiu-Jitsu Class

A beginner’s class in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shouldn’t be intimidating. On the first day, the instructor and other students welcome newcomers with a brief explanation of BJJ, including the relevance of the uniform (gi or no-gi), belts and necessary protective gear. Following warm up exercises, students are introduced to the mat with light rolling and an [...]

London Calling

There’s more than just Mike Bisping and tea and crumpets found in the UK. Louise Brunning, FIGHT! Magazine’s ring card beauty from across the pond, is proof of that. As if her stunning looks weren’t enough, she’s got the accent to go along with it. Like typing in the 30 man code in Contra, it’s [...]

Mams Taylor: Dropping Hits and the Occasional Hollywood Punk

Mams Taylor is on a collision course with fame and glory. This fall the 28-year-old Los Angeles, Cali-based rapper, by way of London, England, will release Persona Non Grata, his vibrant debut album where he mixes elements of hip-hop with punk for a delectable punch he’s coined “Runk.” The fusion lends extra flavor to the [...]

Ask Thiago

We figured we’d step away from our editorial duties for a bit to let you guys ask some of the biggest stars in MMA the questions you want answered. Inquiring minds submitted questions for Thiago Alves at the Champion Nutrition booth at the UFC 100 Fan Expo. After sifting through the pile, we found a [...]

Defending the Motherland

Its technical name is “Sambo.” While it’s not incorrect to translate it as “Sombo” or even “Sam,” it is actually an acronym that stands for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, meaning “self-defense without weapons” in Russian. Like a diversified mutual fund that draws its strength from investments in a multitude of strong stocks, Sambo was created and [...]

The History of The Ultimate Fighter

Nine Seasons, 108 Episodes, Nine Finales, 15 Winners, and even more careers made and improved by the experience of being on the most important and influential television show in mixed martial arts history: UFC and Spike-TV’s The Ultimate Fighter. In the last 5 years, each of the nine seasons have taken on a life of [...]

Nice Guys Finish Fights

You might expect the American Kickboxing Academy to be a sleek, state-of-the-art facility. With all the elite fighters it has produced, you probably wouldn’t expect to find it sitting between a Big Lots and a craft store, in a strip mall on the edge of San Jose, though that’s exactly where it is. The small [...]

Evan Dunham

Fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Evan Dunham has had a quick rise in the ranks of the UFC Lightweight division, all of this coming in a span of only a couple of weeks. Dunham had an impressive undefeated record before making his UFC debut on short notice as a last-minute injury replacement. [...]

Mayhem In Las Vegas

Glittering light twinkles from the left side of the cabin, piercing past the seats in the emergency row, past the No Smoking and Fasten Seat Belt signs, and directly into my ocular cortex, yanking me from a sleepy little valley town called Burbank, where I was in my dream. I now realize that… *BING*… “We [...]

Shinji Sasaki

Possibly one of the most gifted ground fighters in all of Japan, Shinji Sasaki has slowly become one of the top Lightweights in Shooto in a day and age when most of its top f ghters jump ship to bigger organizations for more fame and glory. Sasaki was first noticed back in 2006 when he [...]

Lyle Beerbohm

Undefeated at 12-0, Lyle Beerbohm has quietly gained a large following in his native Northwest after going through a rough patch in his life. Known as “Fancy Pants” because of the colorful shorts that he wears during fights, Beerbohm is now picking off Lightweights in Strikeforce as he works his way up to a title [...]

Re-Nick the Name

Descriptive nicknames have been attached — for one reason or another —to peoples’ names throughout history. Many nicknames are considered desirable and complimentary, symbolizing admiration, strength, or physical attributes. The Vikings have Erik the Red. The Civil War has Stonewall Jackson (he actually had a lesser-known cousin named Mudwall). And jazz singers have The Velvet [...]

Unfinished Business

No! Don’t do it! That is the stuff that makes you test positive!” So went the adamant words flying out of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s mouth, genuine worry and concern painted onto his thick brow and mixed in with his resounding Brazilian accent that echoed off the walls of American Top Team. These words of warning [...]

I Think That I Think Brock Lesnar Is Good For MMA

A few weeks ago, my publicist from FOX Sports, Bob Broderick, hit me up with an interview request from ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. Even though we were still a month from the start of NFL training camp, I figured they wanted another take on Favre and Vick. And of course, what sports show wouldn’t be [...]

Dead Lifts For MMA

Gone are the days when a fighter could reach the top of his game without being strong. These days, a fighter needs every advantage he can get, and there’s no better way to get that edge than to boost your full body, sport-specifi c strength. THE DEAD LIFT FOR MMA The dead lift is one [...]

5-Minute Power Breakfasts

It turns out the old saying is true: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A quality breakfast that’s low in fat and packed with protein, fiber and vitamins jump-starts the body’s metabolism. It also helps the mind to focus and prevents the risk of overeating later in the day. Both the [...]

Perpetual State of Learning

It is no small task to be considered one of the top MMA strength and conditioning coaches in the world. Rafael Alejarra, who cofounded WAND Fight Team Academy with former Pride and current UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva, carries the title like few others can. The 33-year-old native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, earned a degree from [...]

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