September 2011

Editor’s Letter

Generally soft spoken and reserved, Brian Bowles may not be the first fighter that comes to mind when wondering “who is on the next cover of FIGHT!?” But the former WEC Bantamweight Champ’s demeanor is exactly what had us curious as to what made him tick. Bowles took a lot of flack when he surrendered [...]

Puerto Power

Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez is one of the most compelling MMA fighters going, and you know what? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Eddie Alvarez has a unique niche in that he represents Philadelphia in the broader sense than the city’s earliest noteworthy combatants. Going back to the turn-of-the-century’s “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien—who The Ring’s founder/editor [...]

High-Class Hottie

Molly Qerim is a New York-based broadcaster who broke into MMA in 2008 as a segment host and correspondent on ESPN’s MMA Live. In 2010, Qerim joined the VERSUS nightly show The Daily Line. As part of the network gig, she also hosted the pre-fight and post-fight shows for the WEC. Most recently, Qerim was [...]

The Man Comes Around

BRIAN BOWLES IS TAKING NAMES It’s brutally hot in Athens, GA, so sitting on a stool in the air conditioning of The HardCore Gym is a welcome reprieve, even if the track blaring over the sound system is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” You get the feeling that owners/coaches/brothers Adam and Rory Singer know every lyric. [...]

Hall of Fame 2011

Major League Baseball has Cooperstown. Rock and Roll has Cleveland. MMA has FIGHT! Magazine. Ok, ok, so we’re not quite as prestigious as Neil Diamond belting out “Forever in Blue Jeans” this year, but great mixed martial artists needed a place where they could be lauded with the recognition they deserve, appreciated by fans around [...]

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. HAM IT UP If you’re headed to Nottingham, England, for the ADCC Submission World Championship on September 24, roll over to Birmingham and let black belt Braulio Estima tie you in a knot at his new Gracie Barra Gym after he takes on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in [...]

5 Minutes With Kenny Florian

You’re a UFC fighter, gym owner, ESPN analyst, and constant Twitterer (@kennyflorian)—how much free time do you have each day? Not a whole lot. I have time between my training sessions to rest and decompress a little bit. I’m not really able to watch as much TV or do as many things or go as [...]

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA VOLUNTEERED INFO Mixed martial artists who have spent some of their formidable years growing up in the great state of Tennessee include Quinton Jackson (Memphis), Mike Pyle (Dresden), Muhammed Lawal (Murfreesboro), Gray Maynard (Murfreesboro), and Waylon Lowe (Jefferson City). CUBS WIN Cub Swanson became the first fighter to [...]

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA GUARDIAN ANGEL “I’m so cool that my swagger has sideburns & a mustache, on a side note, it also pays child support.” —Miguel Torres on Twitter. PRODIGIOUS COJONES “When your chi is down, you feel weak, and I’m sure it’s an easy way out to do all the testosterone and stuff, but I [...]

The Battle of New Orleans

Haw, haw, haw—the UFC finally makes a return to “The Big Easy.” New Orleans is a pride-filled American city that is back on its feet…and that’s just where Dana White wants the fans in Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sept. 17 for UFC Live: Shields vs. Ellenberger. The Fans Miami. Los Angeles. Vegas. All [...]

Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV. LIBEL LABELS Even if a Nutrition Facts label states “zero trans fats,” check the ingredient list. There can still be ½ gram of trans fat per serving with that claim. Find it hiding under the “alias” hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oil. FERTILE CRESCENT It has long been [...]

Seeing Is Believing

Alan Belcher returns to the Octagon. There are a lot of things taken for granted when waking up in the morning, not the least of which is the ability to see. Alan Belcher was no different. Throughout a six-year pro career, worrying about his vision wasn’t part of his daily concerns. A rising fighter in [...]

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

September 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265 RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH 1 Cain Velasquez 7.662 7.662 2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785 3 Junior dos Santos 6.332 6.332 4 Antonio Silva 6.234 6.234 5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205 6 Josh Barnett 6.182 6.421 7 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335 8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919 9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291 10 Mike Russow [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson: UFC 135, Sept. 24 Nearly 18 years into its history, the UFC will host its first-ever championship match featuring two African-American fighters. The color of their skin and their profession are among the few things the UFC 135 main-event combatants have in common. Just 24 years old, Jon Jones is [...]

Take a Position

Is wrestling ruining MMA? Long before there was modern MMA, there was wrestling, and despite the rapidly increasing popularity of MMA and jiu-jitsu, the most popular combat sport offered by high schools and colleges is still wrestling. It’s no surprise that a common career path to the cage shoots across numerous wrestling mats along the [...]

Increase the P.R.I.C.E.

Eat to Heal When Injury Strikes When injuries occur, the acronym for the treatment strategy that is most commonly prescribed is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Adding the letter “P” to the acronym for “Proper Nutrition” takes the treatment to the next level. Although athletes are now aware of the importance of eating healthfully to [...]

Get Roped In

And you thought ropes were only good for tug-of-war. Over the last few years, the rope has become a popular training tool with fighters for the development of power, power endurance, and improved cardiac capacity. The development of these abilities is created by rapidly moving the rope in multiple directions as quickly as possible. There [...]

The High Low Mix Up

For optimum results, mix up your game by combining the best of both training zones. Given the often brutal and unforgiving nature of MMA, it’s not surprising that those who plan to step into the cage rarely lack the motivation that it takes to train hard. Undoubtedly, very few athletes in any sport train as [...]

MMA 101

Bowled Over Brian Bowles knows a thing or two about consistency—just ask Damacio Page, who Bowles submitted twice…in the first round…at exactly 3:30…with the exact same guillotine. With the help of The HardCore Gym coach Chad Shafer, Bowles demonstrates the combo that felled Page for the second time, followed by his guillotine finish. THE 1, [...]

Win the Food Fight

Some days you have plenty of time to plan out healthy meals to go along with your training schedule. However, oftentimes, meal planning takes a back seat for one reason or another. Regardless of the craziness of your day, you need some form of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat to make it through the rigors [...]

Pinoy Pride

PACIFIC X-TREME COMBAT (PXC) BREAKS NEW GROUND FOR MMA IN THE PHILIPPINES. In a back corner of a nondescript government office building in downtown Manila sits a weathered industrial scale. Around it, bustling workers of the Philippines Games and Recreations Commission buzz and hum in their daily routines. The scale holds a special, mythic place [...]

Seeing Red

Steve Cardenas of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has found his balance. Steve Cardenas is operating his new dojo Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga a bit differently than most martial arts entrepreneurs. While gym owners typically offer services in many fighting styles, the 37-year-old BJJ brown belt and his business partner, yoga guru Michelle Muench, are [...]

The Beast Within

UFC Hall of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn shares with readers the trials and tribulations of fighting inside and outside of the cage. For my entire career, I have usually managed to keep my personal life and my fighting separate. Like a lot of top fighters, I like to keep that side private, which means [...]

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