September 2012

Editor’s Letter

We’ve heard commentary about the evolution of MMA — how fighters can no longer reach the upper echelons of the sport on work ethic and determination alone, and how younger fighters, who have only trained MMA from their inception, promise to elevate the sport to previously unattainable heights. One such young talent is rising UFC [...]

Drive to the Finish

Rory MacDonald is not the next Georges St-Pierre — he’s the first Rory MacDonald, and it’s his mission to show you what that means. Rory MacDonald lives upstairs. He warns that it’s about 60 steps to his apartment. Once up to it, he slips off his shoes, but the American doesn’t take notice. The dumb [...]

The New Phalanx

Some of MMA’s most talented fighters are training under the guidance of Milwaukee-bred, Spartan-obsessed Duke Roufus. The small, yellow sign welcoming fighters to Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sits beneath the awning of the TCF Regional Bank drive-thru. The sign can’t be seen from the road, and because the gym sits in the basement of the [...]

Did You Know? | Cool Knowledge from the World of MMA

Be Our Guests Guest ring card girls Rachelle Leah and Logan Stanton made their triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC 149. It was the best action on that card. Title Wave Urijah Faber is 5-0 in his last five non-title fights. However, he is 0-5 in his last five title fights. Ultimate Tebowing New [...]

They Said That | Verbal Jambalaya

He’s Not Joshing “I think every MMA promotion in the world needs a guy like me. The UFC needs people who can not only fight, but also are able to capture the audience’s attention and expand that market. Nobody can fill that void like I do.” —Josh Barnett to Pit Potty Party “Just when [...]

Health Radar

Wide Load Use a wide grip on the chin-up bar to beef up your back muscles. Wide-grip chin-ups take some of the strain off of your biceps and force your lats to pull the load. To perform wide-grip chin-ups, grab the bar with your hands double-shoulder-width apart. Pull your body upward so that your chin [...]

5 Minutes With Mike Swick

How many text messages did you get after your Knockout of the Night performance against DaMarques Johnson on UFC on Fox 4? That was the most feedback I’ve ever gotten for any fight in my career—Twitter, text messages, emails, phone calls. I think every person that I’ve ever met watched this fight. It was great [...]

New Gear

You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Happiness 1. Roots of Fight USA Wrestling Tee It’s a good time to be a wrestling fan—Team U.S.A. came home from the London Games with two golds and one bronze in freestyle wrestling. Show the mat-men your support by sporting this Roots of Fight tri-blend tee. $34.99 – [...]

Behind the Fight

Former power lifter and pro mixed martial artist Mike Dolce knows about making the cut. The author of Three Weeks to Shredded and The Dolce Diet: Living Lean has found a compelling niche in the MMA world—working with fighters to help them win the battle against the scale. How did you get started helping fighters [...]

Adrenaline Rush

Dani Nardi moves at her own speed—fast. When the 28-year-old, black-haired beauty isn’t throwing hands at Roufusport MMA Academy, she’s got her foot on the pedal, finger on the trigger, and eyes on the prize. Your Twitter profi le says: “Racecar driver, Ferrari technician, motorcyclist, gun enthusiast, and Roufusport MMA fighter in-training.” Is it safe [...]

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 [...]

The Flyweight Fortune

After unleashing the flyweight division in March, Dana White will be strapping 10 pounds of gold around the waist of either Joseph Benavidez or Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152 on September 22 in Toronto, Ontario. The heir to the UFC’s inaugural flyweight throne is apparent to both fighters, but you’ll have to forgive them if [...]

Reality Check

You’re heavyweight Shane Carwin. You just had your third back surgery, and you haven’t fought in 13 months. Two months after you tell the UFC that you’re ready to get back to work, you get a call—out of the blue—asking if you’d like be on a reality show to coach opposite of a bearded guy [...]

Pyle It On Circuit

UFC welterweight Mike Pyle demonstrates a total-body conditioning circuit. UFC welterweight Mike Pyle is no stranger to working out. The 13-year MMA veteran trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, where head strength coach Jake Bonacci likes to run Pyle through a total-body circuit to keep his conditioning one step ahead of his competition. [...]

MMA 101: Upping Your Uppercut Strategy

As head coach and striking instructor at the Grudge Training Center, in Denver, Colorado, Trevor Wittman has helped finetune the pugilistic skills of a number of elite-level mixed martial artists, including Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, Shane Carwin, and Brendan Schaub. This month, Wittman and mixed martial artist Lorawnt-T Nelson show readers how to up the [...]

Full Blast

Get the cardio edge you need with a heart rate monitor, and never waste your workout again. Regardless of whether you’re a professional fighter, an up-and-coming amateur, or you just train for fun, undoubtedly, you want to gain as much as possible from your hard efforts. Nobody wants to go to the gym every day [...]

Beyond the Guac

With its arsenal of 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, avocados can fuel your raining and performance. If the only time avocados make it onto your plate is when you’re digging into a big basket of tortilla chips and guacamole at your favorite Mexican restaurant, you’re missing out on many tasty and healthy uses of this [...]

Spider Island

The UFC’s middleweight division is full of talented strikers, but it’s no surprise that Anderson “The Spider” Silva stands alone. Taking a point-in-time assessment of a division’s roster is a quick way to compare fighters without having to wait for a matchup that may take years to materialize, if ever. It’s not perfect, but if [...]

Kick Starting K-1

While MMA has flourished in the United States in the last decade, kickboxing—a popular spectator sport in the 1980s—hasn’t been able to keep stride. Now, the Japanese-founded K-1 organization is making inroads across the Pacific, and they’re starting at the grassroots level to find the next American superstars. Alistair Overeem was sporting oversized sunglasses, sitting [...]

MMA On The Mind

Southern spitfi re Jaime Pressly still packs a pretty punch. Just outside the meeting room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA, Comic Con convention-goers walk by dressed as their favorite comic book character. Although their focus is on scurrying to the convention, a man in a wheelchair portraying Professor X just [...]

A Brotherhood of MMA

From the Band to Security, Shinedown Bonds Over MMA Shinedown knows all too well just how demanding life on the road can be. Like many other bands, the Jacksonville, Florida based collective spends the majority of the year on tour. Every night, the four-piece is in a different city, and usually, it’s a city far, [...]

UFC 150 Fast Facts

8 fun facts about UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 1. The Pepsi Center is home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Denver Avalanche. 2. UFC 150 earned the lowest live gate for a pay-per-view event since 2007, with a reported total of $650,000 in ticket [...]

Into the Depths

Women’s MMA has a future When the idea sparked to start an all-female fight promotion, I began researching the female side of the sport from a business perspective. Having spent my entire career working primarily with men in the sport, crusading for their acceptance and opportunities, I came fully armed with bias and the negative [...]

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