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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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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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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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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MMA 101: Heel Hook

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In 1989, Roan Jucao Carneiro started training jiu-jitsu under the legendary Carlson Gracie in Brazil, eventually moving on to study under Murilo Bustamante, the Nogueira brothers, Ricardo Arona, and Paulo Filho. Now, the UFC veteran and BJJ black belt is the lead instructor at American Top Team: Atlanta. With the help of Jake Jo, Jucao [...]

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New Blood: Joshua Sampo / Eddie NG / Sean Strickland


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 [...]

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Fighting Fit: Stay in the Game with Stronger Knees


Approximately 70 percent of all serious knee ligament injuries (ACL/MCL) occur during non-contact situations, such as plyometric exercises, landing from a jump, or twisting/ turning movements that cause a sudden imbalance in your lower extremities. However, these non-contact injuries are more preventable than injuries that occur during competition and sparring. Dominick Cruz, Georges St-Pierre, and [...]

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MMA 101: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Basics


When Royce Gracie ushered in the MMA era at UFC 1 in 1993, he brought his unique brand of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with him. Over the course of the next two years, Royce won 11 consecutive fights via submission on his way to championships at UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 3. With the help of [...]

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Finish Him! How often are UFC fights finished?


Is the UFC getting soft, or has the jump in talent do to its own success become the great equalizer? Check it out as CagePotato breaks down the metrics of why more fights in the UFC are continually being left in the hands of the judges.

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