MMA 101 – Armed and Dangerous

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There are a lot of benefits to being in side control. You can knee the body, drop elbows to the face, work toward full mount, and hunt submissions. This month, Robert Drysdale—2007 ADCC World Champion and undefeated professional mixed martial artists (6-0, with 6 submissions)—shows readers a slick armlock from side control. 1) I begin [...]

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Cody Garbrandt: Kicking Ass and Keeping Promises

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Recently signed UFC bantamweight Cody Garbrandt (5-0) strolls into the Octagon Jan. 3 at UFC 182 as a hyped prospect with everything to gain. In more than one way, though, he’s already won.   “Cody, I’m going to keep fighting. I’m going to beat cancer.” “I know you are, buddy. I’m going to keep fighting [...]

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Sugar in the Tank

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If you’re hitting the gym hard, make sure you strike the sugar balance. 1. Monosaccharides Also known as simple sugars, monosaccharides include glucose, fructose, and galactose. All carbohydrates consumed in the diet are broken down into monosaccharides to be absorbed by the small intestine. Glucose Most carbohydrates are converted to glucose during digestion. Travels via [...]

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Fitness – The Shoulder Load

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Protect your shoulders to stay in the fight. Shoulder pain, whether it’s chronic or acute, is one of the most common injuries for mixed martial artists. During combat sports, the occurrence of shoulder injuries is increased due to impact forces, repetitive use, and the range of motion required for performing certain moves. The shoulder is [...]

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Gold Strike – 10 Hidden Patterns

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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 [...]

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New Gear – Warm Up in Style

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1. HAYABUSA Champion Hoodie Fall means brown leaves, cooler temperatures, and lots of football. Whether you’re on your way to the stadium to cheer on your team or on your way to the gym to do work, cover up with the Champion Hoodie from Hayabusa and you are sure to look and feel victorious. $79.99 [...]

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Cody Garbrandt: All He Does is Fight (and Win)

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With a victory on Oct. 4 in Canton, Ohio, at NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 8, Cody Garbrandt will find himself knocking on the UFC’s door. A knife to the leg can change a person. Twenty-three-year-old professional bantamweight mixed martial artist Cody Garbrandt learned that fact firsthand in 2011, when an all-out brawl at a local [...]

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Health Radar – We’re Not Doctors, We Just Play One on TV

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One Punch Max Out The Power Max 360 is a resistance-based machine with hydraulic handles that can swing in every direction. UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett uses it to simulate punching, pushing, pulling, and clinching. Pumping Pumpkin Don’t give in to the temptations of high-sugar pumpkin lattes, muffins, and sweet breads that show up in grocery [...]

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Keeping Inflammation in Check the Natural Way

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You’ll notice plenty of talk and press about anti-inflammatory foods, supplements and medications these days. Inflammation certainly sounds bad, but is it always so? And what exactly is this seemingly pesky thing? Inflammation is part of our body’s innate immune response—we’re born with it. Without it, we wouldn’t heal. When something harmful is irritating your [...]

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