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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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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New Gear – Warm Up in Style

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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5 Minutes with Dustin Poirier

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You were born and raised on the bayous of Louisiana and grew up during the rise of the hip-hop scene in New Orleans. Back in those days, there was a power struggle being played out between Master P’s label No Limit Records and Birdman’s label Cash Money Records. I imagine there was no half-steppin’ on [...]

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MMA 101: The BANG Muay Thai System

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As the new striking coach for Team Alpha Male, former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig has come out of the gate firing. Three of his Team Alpha Male fighters (Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and TJ Dillashaw) earned knockouts on the UFC on Fox 7 card, while Urijah Faber’s crisp striking helped him earn a submission [...]

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Science of the Slam: Out With a Bang, Not a Whimper

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Not all takedowns are created equal. Some are dragged-out wars of attrition that end with a whimper, while others are explosive feats of athleticism that end with a bang. “Slams” on takedowns are a recorded metric in MMA, categorized by what types of takedown it accompanied. Slams have their own subtle patterns that can cause [...]

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The Incredible Shrinking Fighter

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Fighters are shrinking their waistlines thanks to the perpetual arms race that motivates them to become champions. In 2005, Kenny Florian made his Octagon debut at the finale of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. Weighing in at 183 pounds and competing at middleweight, Florian went on to suffer his first (and only) TKO-loss [...]

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