It was only a few years ago that a spinning wheelkick in MMA was considered the stuff of martial arts fantasy. After all, boxing, muay thai, wrestling and jiu-jitsu had long given the flashier arts a wakeup call on combat effectiveness. Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and a slew of others, slowly but surely brought pinpoint striking back to the forefront. But it was Anthony Pettis famously “running up the side of the cage like a Ninja,” that caused many of us to start believing in the magic of martial arts again. Suddenly, all things were possible, if only the right combination of talent and timing were applied. It’s that mentality that Anthony Pettis carries with him on a daily basis as he balances his rising MMA stardom and a flourishing business in his hometown. Turn to page 44, where we find out more about how Anthony is applying those talents in his personal life and in the new challenges he faces in his upcoming title bout. We think you’ll find that while “Showtime” certainly has plenty of talent and flair, his success has come largely from good old fashioned hard work.
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