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April 2011 // Names in the Game
The 33 Most Dangerous Strikers In MMA

In mixed martial arts, every fight starts standing. With just two feet on the ground and two sets of limbs to do your dirty work, the striking realm of fighting is the meat and potatoes of combat arts. Grappling makes MMA unique, but it is the lure of a standing knock out that is embedded [...]

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December 2010 // Features
2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Boyz In The Hoodies  1. Silver Star: Measure Wear it if: You are looking to cut a little weight before the big tournament. Most likely seen on a high school wrestler. $95.95silverstarnow.com   2.TapouT: Corruption Wear it if: You want to look good while shoveling the driveway this winter. Most likely seen on a working [...]

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February 2011 // Features
Fight! 2010 Year In Review

MMA fans got a taste of just about everything in 2010. Iconic champions Fedor Emelianenko and BJ Penn fell from their thrones. New superstars Anthony Pettis, Dominick Cruz, and Joe Warren emerged from relative anonymity. And, champions Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Nick Diaz managed to maintain the status quo. Through it all, MMA continued [...]

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January 2011
Amateur Hour

A decade ago, mixed martial arts was so new that it lacked one name. It was called submission fighting, ultimate fighting, cage fighting, mixed martial arts, and Vale Tudo. The most common names were Pancrase (for open-hand bouts) and No Holds Barred (for closed-fist bouts). Sen. John Mc-Cain infamously called it “human cockfighting.”   Today, [...]

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January 2011
Sic ‘Em!

If there’s one thing we love about living in the South, it’s sweet Southern belles like Athens’ own Charlie Brooke. Don’t let the puppy dog eyes fool you, this is one Georgia girl that isn’t afraid to bite.   You’re an Athens girl huh?Is it safe to assume you’re a ‘Dawgs’ fan too?   Oh [...]

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January 2011
The 4 Hour Body

In just 10 short years, Long Island native, Timothy Ferriss, has gone from Princeton grad to author, entrepreneur and angel investor. Ferriss is the bestselling author of The Four-Hour Workweek, which reached the No. 1 status in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Even though Ferriss has amassed experience in collegiate [...]

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September 2010 // Quick Hits
Swiss Miss

Free spirited Swiss beauty Alexandra Lahey will watch fights, drink beer, and eat a steak, but don’t think for one second she doesn’t enjoy being a girl.   + Word on the street is that you’ve been to a few no-holds-barred fights. What were some of the crazy things you saw?   We got there, [...]

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August 2010 // Features
Hall of Fame 2010

Major League Baseball has Cooperstown. The National Football League has Canton. MMA has FIGHT! Magazine. Ok, ok, so we’re not quite as prestigious as Cooperstown, but great mixed martial artists needed a place where they could be lauded with the recognition they deserve, appreciated by fans around the world, and honored for their accomplishments…and that’s [...]

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September 2010 // Names in the Game
Dear Don

IMITATION = FLATTERY   Many moons ago, MMA journalistic pioneer Ben Fowlkes decided it would be in the best interest of humanity to seek the sage advice of the awe-inspiring Don Frye in a column he called “Dear Don.” Since that time, Ben’s idea has been pilfered by websites, media outlets, and magazines under similar [...]

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August 2010 // MMA Life
Boston: A History of Violence

Something about Boston felt right—a brew of culture and history that had been absent in venues like Sacramento or Columbus. Now, the most important mixed martial arts promotion is finally ready to introduce its sport to a city rich with fighting heritage.   Like it or not, every city has popular reputation: New York is [...]

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April 2010 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Jake Shields

You’ve got the biggest fight of your career coming up, defending your Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against Dan Henderson. Is it more important to retain the belt or show you can compete with a legend like Henderson?   Yeah, definitely. For me, it’s not just about the title—I obviously want to keep the title—but it’s about [...]

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May 2010 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Paul Daley

Two UFC fights. Two knockouts. Are you enjoying the hype?   I’m trying to avoid it really. I’m trying to stay grounded, stay chilled, and ignore all the hype going on all around me.   How did you get started in MMA?   I came across a UFC 1 DVD. I keep saying that shit. [...]

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July 2010 // Features
The Power 20

It’s time for the third Annual FIGHT! Power 20 of MMA, where we rank MMA’s top movers, shakers, moneymakers, players, and playas. The list is based on the idea that these 20 people can make real things happen — run an organization, book fights, put together large deals, open new markets, sell hundreds of thousands [...]

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March 2010 // Quick Hits
Dominique Diroff

So Dominique, give us the run down. Tell us a litle about yourself. Well, I’m a full-time model with Ford modeling agency. I moved to Miami Beach over the summer to pursue modeling full-time. I am also finishing my bachelor’s degree in Business Management. If you’re modeling full-time you must take care of yourself, how [...]

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March 2010 // Quick Hits
Ask Brian Bowles

WEC Bantamweight Champion Brian Bowles’ unparallel run through the WEC saw The HardCore Gym fighter finish five consecutive fights en route to a title shot. Bowles, who entered the organization at a novice 3–0 record, systemically and emphatically disposed of top-10 135-pounders, including pound-for-pound standout Miguel Torres with a vicious knockout to capture the gold. [...]

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March 2010 // Quick Hits
10 Ultimate Answers

FIGHT! took Bas Rutten through a speed round of MMA questioning. Don’t worry, we watched out for the liver shot. 10. How do you sound cool when talking trash? “Listen to Barry White, then talk like him.” 9. What’s the key to making weight? “Eat, relax, have sex, then fight at heavyweight.” 8. Is there [...]

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March 2010 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Phil Davis

After capturing an NCAA wrestling title, was it your dream to make it to the UFC? The UFC wasn’t necessarily my dream. My dream was to be the best, but Dana White would probably argue that if I dreamt of being the best then that included the UFC, so in that aspect, yes [laughs]. I [...]

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February 2010 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Brian Bowles

You’ve finished all eight of your fights. Are you at least curious to see what a decision is like? No, not really. I like to finish them off. When you beat Miguel Torres to become the WEC Bantamweight Champion, did you ever consider growing a mullet? I thought about growing a mullet beforehand and coming [...]

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February 2010 // Features
2009 FIGHT! Magazine Awards

Sit next to a warm fire with a glass of cognac in hand, as FIGHT! takes you on a stroll down memory lane for 2009 and offers up its 3rd Annual FIGHT! Awards. Our picks may not be the most mainstream choices (GSP can’t win ‘em all), but we make a compelling case for each. [...]

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January 2010 // Names in the Game
5 Minutes with Ben Henderson

Why does such a polite young man like yourself punch people in the face for a living? I view it more as a competition, like tennis or golf— any professional sport. Its just competition, plain and simple. It just so happens that this competition is fighting. You’re fighting Jaime Varner next. If you could change [...]

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January 2010 // Quick Hits
Ask Mike Thomas Brown

Mike Thomas Brown is one of the WEC’s most dominant 145- pounders. He took the featherweight title from Urijah Faber in 2008 by knockout and earned a unanimous decision victory in the rematch to solidify his place as one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters. A year after capturing WEC gold, Brown’s reign was ended [...]

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December 2009 // Quick Hits
Ask Punkass

Dan “Punkass” Caldwell is one of the founding members of the MMA giant TapouT. He, along with Tim “Skyscrape” Katz and the late Charles “Mask” Lewis, went from selling t-shirts out of the trunk of their car to running a multi-million dollar mixed martial arts empire. As part of their expansion, they partnered with Champion [...]

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December 2009 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Miguel Torres

Hello Mr. Torres. The world wants to know, how did you get interested in this mixed martial arts thing? Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a ninja. Ever since I can remember, all I wanted was to be a ninja. I watched UFC 1 and saw that mixed martial [...]

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December 2009 // MMA Life
51 Things Every MMA Fan Should Know

51 Things Every MMA Fan Should Know Fast facts to prevent you from ever being the noob again. 1. Contrary to what you might think, leg kicks fucking hurt. 2. Referee Big John McCarthy was a Gracie jiu-jitsu student who was originally planning to enter the first UFC, but was later told that he couldn’t [...]

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November 2009 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes with John Fitch

First things first. How did this MMA thing come about for you? I wrestled grade school, middle school, high school, and in college. When I got to Purdue University I met Tom Erikson who was one of the coaches there. He had fought down in Brazil and in Pride and that was always interesting to [...]

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November 2009 // Quick Hits
Jose Aldo

Brazil’s fight scene was the first victim. Shooto Brazil, Meca World Vale Tudo, and Jungle Fight were some of the promotions that hosted Jose Aldo’s malicious fight style. He started his professional fighting career just before turning 18-yearsold. The Nova Uniao fighter who trains with jiu-jitsu aces Thales Leities, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and Marlon Sandro, [...]

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November 2009 // Quick Hits
Ask Jake

Jake Shields hasn’t lost since 2004. He’s earned twelve consecutive victories, defeating five champions over two weight classes in the process. The Cesar Gracie black belt hopes to add a fourth title to his mantle—it currently showcases his Shooto, Rumble on the Rock and EliteXC belts—when he battles for Strikeforce’s vacant middleweight title against Jason [...]

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November 2009 // Features
Arianny Celeste

So what’s up? We haven’t talked in a long time, what have you been up to for the past year and a half? I’ve just been doing a lot of auditions and castings, and a lot of commercial print stuff. But the UFC keeps me pretty busy traveling a lot. You’ve been with the UFC [...]

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September 2009 // Quick Hits
London Calling

There’s more than just Mike Bisping and tea and crumpets found in the UK. Louise Brunning, FIGHT! Magazine’s ring card beauty from across the pond, is proof of that. As if her stunning looks weren’t enough, she’s got the accent to go along with it. Like typing in the 30 man code in Contra, it’s [...]

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September 2009 // Quick Hits
Ask Thiago

We figured we’d step away from our editorial duties for a bit to let you guys ask some of the biggest stars in MMA the questions you want answered. Inquiring minds submitted questions for Thiago Alves at the Champion Nutrition booth at the UFC 100 Fan Expo. After sifting through the pile, we found a [...]

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October 2009 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Ryan Bader

You’re fighting Eric Schafer at UFC 104. How are you going to beat him? You know what, I think he’s one those underrated fighters that is very, very tough. He’s got good Jiu-Jitsu and has a lot of experience. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do every fight—impose my will [...]

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October 2009 // Quick Hits
Full-Time Fighter

Nebraska’s Drew Dober (6-0) isn’t old enough to drink or engage in most of Las Vegas’ debauchery. It didn’t matter, though, because he was in Sin City for strikes, submissions and groundand- pound as the winner of FIGHT’s first “Full Time Fighter” experience—the chance to train with renowned striking trainer Shawn Tompkins and his team [...]

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October 2009 // Quick Hits
Ask Hector

Ask the wrong question and Hector Lombard will judo throw you on your head. He’s been tossing people around since he was 10-years-old and his natural punching power has earned him 11 of 21 wins via (T)KO, so you don’t want to misstep in front of the no-nonsense fighter. Luckily FIGHT! readers know not to [...]

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October 2009 // Features
Natasha Wicks

So Natasha, were you ever expecting to be a UFC girl? Oh no, absolutely not. It was definitely something that you would love to do and you see and you go, ‘oh, that would be fun!’. How did that happen, did you just show up for the Maxim thing and sign up? Yeah. Well they [...]

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August 2009 // Features
Vintage Beauty

The winner of FIGHT! Magazine’s “FIGHT GIRL” Contest at SUGAR BAR in Columbus, Ohio, Tiffany Habib’s name means ‘lover’ in Lebanese and ‘sweetheart’ in Syrian. We’re sure you’ll fall for this beauty at first glance—we sure did! So Tiffany, where did you grow up and where are you now? I actually grew up in the [...]

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July 2009 // Features
FIGHT! Magazine Hall of Fame

Our sport is young, but already we have seen legends rise and fall, men whose abilities and accomplishments left an indelible impression on martial arts, combat sports, and popular culture. For this reason we are proud to announce the creation of the FIGHT! Magazine Hall of Fame. The criteria for inclusion are as follows: Fighters [...]

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July 2009 // Features
Deja Vu!

Déjà Vu! You’ve seen her before, strutting her stuff on MMA’s biggest stage, but away from The Octagon Edith Labelle takes on a persona that will be sure to have you doing a double take. Where did you grow up and where are you now? I actually grew up in the outskirts of Montreal, about [...]

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May 2009 // Quick Hits
Spring Fever

Our FIGHT! Girl search promised two winners and far be it from us to keep a good thing waiting. So without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to miss Erica Kern. After a chilly winter season, this Miami native is just the ray of sunshine we’ve been waiting for. Hey Erica, what’s going on? [...]

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March 2009 // Features
New Kid In Class

We’d like to introduce you to Logan Stanton, the newest addition to the UFC’s roster. When we found out we’d be seeing her regularly in the halls we just had to fi nd out more. Homeroom will never be the same. So what’s the background on Logan Stanton? I’m 20. I was born in Illinois. [...]

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February 2009 // Features
2008 FIGHT! Awards

With enough action in 2008 to put you into debt from watching all the PPV’s, a slew of fantastic performances from the fi ghters was certain to emerge from the smoke of the battlefi eld. After much coffee, well thought out debate and some considerations and perspectives that rival Roger Huerta’s decision to become an [...]

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January 2009 // Quick Hits
Jacquelyn Payne

So, uh, pretty much single? Ya, I mean. I’m single but dating. I have men in my life, but I seem to pick the wrong ones. How does one become the right one? Someone that is confi dent, but not cocky. There’s a fi ne line there. I like someone who is motivated but not [...]

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January 2009 // Quick Hits
Blackbelt Gaming

Some might say Marc Laimon leads a double life. He’s an acclaimed Jiu- Jitsu trainer at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas by day, trading competitive moves with some of MMA’s top up-and-coming stars, and an avid gaming enthusiast by night. When the lights of the gym go out at the end of the day, [...]

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March 2008 // Features
2007 FIGHT! Awards

2007 was a monumental year in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Randy Couture’s resignation surprised the entire industry. The UFC acquired the WFA, the WEC, and most importantly, PRIDE. The fi rst MMA event was held at the Playboy Mansion. The WEC landed a television deal with the Versus Channel. SpikeTV re-signed the Ultimate [...]

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March 2008 // Names in the Game
Maysa Quy

The latest and greatest fi nd for Strikeforce comes in the form of California born and bred Maysa Quy. We chatted with the Vietnamese hottie about the best movie ever made, her favorite band, and…gasp…her boyfriend! So, tell us how you got involved with Strikeforce. It actually started through MySpace. A friend of mine saw [...]

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November 2008 // Quick Hits
Melanie LaCroix

California is known for it’s beautiful bikini-clad models so it may come as a surprise to fi nd out that Melanie LaCroix hits people in the face for a living. Getting smacked around isn’t necessarily our idea of fun, but this is one fi ghter we’d be happy to take a beating from. So fi [...]

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December 2008 // Features
Diamond In The Rough

For most working young models, a spokesmodel gig with RawVegas, MMAFix. com or Spike TV would be a dream come true, but for a seasoned pro like Andrea Tiede it’s just another day in the offi ce. This month we visit sin city to get a glimpse at this rare…Diamond In The Rough So Andrea, [...]

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October 2008 // Features
Locked and Loaded

A year later, we check in with one of the fi rst beauties to grace both the pages of FIGHT! and the vaunted Octagon. Amber Nichole Miller gives us the low down on blast ing mortars in the Middle East, her bowling average, and the possibility of seeing her again in the UFC. So Amber, [...]

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October 2008 // Features
The Baby Faced Assasin

Anaheim, California. The 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound heavyweight known as the “Babyface Assassin” leaps up onto the ropes of the ring, snarling, drawing his thumb across his neck, and staring down 15,000 screaming fans with an executioner’s glare. His opponent, Pedro Rizzo, is still laid out, motionless, behind him. Big John McCarthy asks the Babyface Assassin whom [...]

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September 2008 // Quick Hits
Michelle Waterson

If someone told you she was involved in MMA, you’d probably assume she was a ring girl. You’d be wrong of course. Michelle Waterson’s knockout looks may have earned her the nickname “Karate Hottie”, but she’s a bonafi de pro MMA fi ghter. This month, Michelle talks to us about fi ghting, training at Greg [...]

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