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October 2013 // MMA Life
Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has the MMA vibe. Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is a longtime mixed martial arts fan who always wanted to meet his MMA hero. Earlier this summer, he got his chance, but it wasn’t the impression he wanted to leave. “I was at a gas station,” says the 26-year-old [...]

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September 2013 // MMA Life
Music for the MMA Soul

Metal band DeathThrob spreads MMA awareness one note and lyric at a time. DeathThrob isn’t a group of individuals moonlighting as professional mixed martial artists, but the four musicians do practice in various fighting disciplines and have decided to dedicate their band’s livelihood to the advancement of the sport. The New Jersey metal quartet is [...]

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July 2013 // MMA Life
Colt Ford Has the MMA Mentality

When Colt Ford has an idea, it usually pays dividends. In 2008, the smooth country rappin’ phenomenon co-founded Average Joes Entertainment, an independent record company where he is the flagship artist and whose roster of talent includes Montgomery Gentry, LoCash Cowboys, Bubba Sparxxx, and Nappy Roots. Also in that year, Ford co-wrote “Dirt Road Anthem,” [...]

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June 2013 // Quick Hits
Raquel Riskin

Don’t let the sexy smile fool you…Raquel Riskin is a real tiger at heart. When the 28-year-old actress isn’t on set, she’s trying to keep up with what’s happening inside the cage. Just don’t make the Vancouver native pick between Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald. Since you’re an actress, why aren’t you living in Los [...]

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June 2013 // MMA Life
Fiddler in the Cage – Zac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini

Jimmy De Martini is carrying the banner for fiddlers across the globe. The 36-year-old is an integral part of the Zac Brown Band, a platinum-selling country music group that has crossed over into the mainstream. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Uncaged this past February. When De Martini isn’t performing [...]

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March 2013 // MMA Life
American Me

For American Me’s lead singer Tony Tataje, keeping his music real means keeping it real in MMA. Tony Tataje has finally arrived at his apartment. It’s 9:30 p.m. on a blistering cold night in Portland, Oregon, and the tattooed 28-year-old shivers as he unlocks the front door. A smile creeps across his face as he [...]

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November 2012 // MMA Life
Run Like a Warrior

UFC lightweight Jim Miller’s quest to conquer The Spartan Race Jim Miller almost fell off the face of the earth. On September 8, the UFC lightweight participated in the Tri-State NJ Super Spartan Race at Mountain Creek Park in Vernon, New Jersey. Just hours into the competition, the 30-year-old—decked out in a red TapouT shirt [...]

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November 2012 // MMA Life
Forging Iron Fists

Actor Rick Yune is using his martial arts background to kick up things on the silver screen. Rick Yune has had a breakthrough. It’s on rare occasion that the Korean-American actor to kick back and watch any of the movies he has appeared in throughout his 13-year career. For him, it’s an uncomfortable feeling—especially when [...]

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September 2012 // MMA Life
A Brotherhood of MMA

From the Band to Security, Shinedown Bonds Over MMA Shinedown knows all too well just how demanding life on the road can be. Like many other bands, the Jacksonville, Florida based collective spends the majority of the year on tour. Every night, the four-piece is in a different city, and usually, it’s a city far, [...]

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August 2012 // MMA Life
Modern-Day Knight

DragonForce’s Herman Li is mastering guitar, BJJ, and knife fighting. Herman Li isn’t slaying dragons, but the musician is learning the proper techniques to stab one. The co-founder and guitarist of power metal band DragonForce has trained in various martial arts for the past 15 years, including Wing Chun, judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Recently, the [...]

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July 2012 // MMA Life
Musical Heavy-Weights

For Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, MMA is a family affair. Raine Maida is always trying to get better at his craft. The front man of the platinum-selling rock band Our Lady Peace is reflecting on the group’s recently released eighth studio album, Curve, from inside his home offi ce in Los Angeles, [...]

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June 2012 // MMA Life
From the Cage to the Stage

Mixed martial artists are punching and kicking their way onto today’s music video landscape. Nearly three years ago, five-piece metal band Shadows Fall entered the Affliction Training Center in Seal Beach, California, and started rocking inside the facility’s cage. As fans surrounded the exterior of the cage, the band performed and recorded the video to [...]

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May 2012 // MMA Life
The Endless Pursuit Of Awesome

Professional skateboarder Jason Ellis has a new calling. Jason Ellis is washed up. Or so he claims. In fact, the 40-year-old says that he’s been washed up for the past two decades, but that’s difficult to believe when you see him in action. Ellis—a retired professional skateboarder who currently hosts The Jason Ellis Show on [...]

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April 2012 // MMA Life
In The Blue Corner

Evans Blue is getting down with MMA. Evans Blue front man Dan Chandler has an MMA connection—the best kind—UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste. In 2007, 18 months before joining Evans Blue as their lead vocalist, the Missouri-based songwriter connected with Celeste by providing her with a few original songs to demo. “I was writing a [...]

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March 2012 // MMA Life
LMFAO

Their nicknames may get you laughing, but LMFAO is training to party…and they know it. Sky Blu isn’t laughing right now. Actually, he’s in a little bit of pain. Home from an extensive tour in support of LMFAO’s gold-certified sophomore set Sorry For Party Rocking and performing during the halftime show of the Super Bowl, [...]

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February 2012 // Quick Hits
Valentine Sweet Heart

This month’s eye candy has more surprises than a box of chocolates. At only 23, Sophia Roe packs quite a punch and has all the tips you’ll need to make this Valentine’s Day something special. Where are you calling home these days? Beautiful, sunny Orlando, Florida. How often do you go to Disney World? I [...]

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February 2012 // MMA Life
Rock & Rolling

Everlast’s BJJ training is his new house of pain. Erik Schrody—better known by his stage name Everlast—isn’t from the Gracie bloodline, but the two-striped white belt is learning the martial art discipline one roll at a time. The 42-year-old California resident sought out Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club after hearing great things about the academy’s owner [...]

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January 2012 // MMA Life
Metal’s Medalist

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Is a Jiu-Jitsu Machine Zoltan Bathory is a changed man. The judo-throwing guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch typically lugs around mats with him whenever the metal band hits the road so he can practice jiu-jitsu techniques. Now, as the gold-selling quintet promotes their new studio album American Capitalist [...]

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November 2011 // MMA Life
High Flying Action

From BMX to MMA, X Games phenom TJ Lavin lives for the adrenalin. TJ Lavin is one of the best BMX riders to ever touch a pair of handlebars. The 34-year-old “King of Dirt” has won gold medals at the Summer X Games and is a CFB, DK Dirt Circuit, and Gravity Games Champion. He’s [...]

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November 2011 // MMA Life
Kickin’ It

The Dropkick Murphys know how to amp up an MMA crowd. Al Barr was surprised. The vocalist, as well as the rest of the members of Celtic-tinged punk rock collective Dropkick Murphys, has steadily watched mixed martial arts since the 1990s and always kept a close eye on former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and The [...]

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October 2011 // MMA Life
Rolling with Mr. Cooper

Taking Back Sunday bassist Shaun Cooper rolls with some of the UFC’s best in Long Island, N.Y. Maintaining a career in the music industry can be tough, but rolling with a rising UFC middleweight contender could be just a little bit tougher. Shaun Cooper has spent the past 12 years touring throughout the world as [...]

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October 2011 // MMA Life
The Hunted

Ton Jones is always on a mission. The hefty, tattooed juggernaut— along with his business partner Allen Haff— travels throughout the United States to film Auction Hunters. The reality television series, which airs Tuesday on Spike TV, documents the dynamic duo as they bid on abandoned storage units, scurry through their newfound treasures, and sell [...]

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September 2011 // Features
High-Class Hottie

Molly Qerim is a New York-based broadcaster who broke into MMA in 2008 as a segment host and correspondent on ESPN’s MMA Live. In 2010, Qerim joined the VERSUS nightly show The Daily Line. As part of the network gig, she also hosted the pre-fight and post-fight shows for the WEC. Most recently, Qerim was [...]

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September 2011 // Last Call
Seeing Red

Steve Cardenas of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has found his balance. Steve Cardenas is operating his new dojo Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga a bit differently than most martial arts entrepreneurs. While gym owners typically offer services in many fighting styles, the 37-year-old BJJ brown belt and his business partner, yoga guru Michelle Muench, are [...]

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June 2011 // MMA Life
MMA Valedictorian

Rick DeJesus is at the head of the class Two years ago, Rick DeJesus—the vocalist of rock band Adelitas Way—was staying cool inside the Tropical Smoothie Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, without a care in the world. His group’s single “Invincible” had just landed on mainstream radio and was being featured on television programs such [...]

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April 2011 // MMA Life
The Driving Force

One of the best perks of being in a popular band is traveling throughout the world and performing for thousands of fans.While Nick Miller, the rhythm guitarist of post-hardcore sextet A Skylit Drive, utterly fancies his job, he also enjoys sightseeing—including visiting some of the most legendary training facilities in mixed martial arts.   On [...]

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December 2010 // MMA Life
Respecting The Game

Several music artists are avid fans of MMA, but only a select few have the distinction of hitting the road and representing MMA’s most popular magazine on the festival circuit. After The Burial is amongst the select few.   The hardcore metal quintet is about to embark on The December Decimation Tour, the year’s hard [...]

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March 2011 // MMA Life
Metal With A Twist

Sibling rivalries usually bring the best out of one another. For Armand Jasari, bassist of Christian metal band I The Breather, that virtue holds plenty of truth. The Delaware-based musician was working on his boxing techniques back in 2006 when, one day, his older brother entered the gym. Instead of sparring together, however, he was [...]

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November 2010 // MMA Life
Senses Fail

A lot of bands tend to lock themselves inside the studio when they’re working on a new album and only leave to use the bathroom, grab a sandwich, or drink a beer. Buddy Nielsen, the vocalist of post-hardcore quintet Senses Fail, would exit Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, Maryland, while recording the group’s fourth album [...]

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October 2010 // MMA Life
Good Charlotte

Most bands use the Internet to spread the word about their music. Although Benji Madden is promoting Good Charlotte’s fifth studio album Cardiology on various social media platforms, the rock guitarist also uses it to interact with mixed martial artists such as Shane Carwin, Josh Koscheck, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller. In fact, those budding online [...]

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September 2010 // Names in the Game
The Sounds Of A Champ

Noah Francis is a modern day Renaissance man. The 34-year-old is a Welch Amateur Middleweight Boxing Champion, a World Freestyle Dance Champ, an evolving student of mixed martial arts, and the next musical star who is about to invade everybody’s cool pair of Skull candy designer headphones. The singer, who looks like Vin Diesel’s stunt [...]

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August 2010 // MMA Life
MMA Gets Disturbed

Before Disturbed achieved superstardom, Mike Wengren was an MMA fanatic who was hooked on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The drummer for the hard rock quartet (also comprised of vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, and bassist John Moyer) fell in love with Royce Gracie’s masterful ground game, and he would often imitate the black belt’s moves. In [...]

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May 2010 // MMA Life
Opposites Attract

Jus Allah and Game are both lyrical cats who came from rough inner city neighborhoods and went on to achieve success in the music industry. Although they share a common background that most artists in the hip-hop culture can identify with, there are a few distinct differences between the two MCs. For instance, one is [...]

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April 2010 // MMA Life
Music Invades the Sponsorship Game

Wigby Pearson has always been fascinated with extreme sports. The president and founder of Earache Records, an independent metal label based in Nottingham, England, has worked in the past with skateboarders and BMX riders, and even released a compilation for Extreme Championship Wrestling. So when he heard that hometown boy Dan Hardy was fighting for [...]

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July 2010 // MMA Life
MMA’s Toughest Music Fest

The Rockstar Mayhem Festival is the summer’s hardest music tour. Fans can listen to bands on three stages, mosh to their favorite tunes, watch the guys from Metal Mulisha put on a BMX demonstration, and drink while they bask in the sun.   When the metal and hard rock artists aren’t partying or signing autographs [...]

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June 2010 // MMA Life
MMA could become Warped

Vegetarians pass flyers to impressionable teenagers outside the entrance of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, in an attempt to persuade them that eating meat is wrong. Once inside the venue, kids line up to display their killer skills on Guitar Hero. Others head to the skate ramp. A plethora of 15-year-old girls [...]

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March 2010 // MMA Life
“Making Music, Busting Heads”

Wesley Johnson knows how to tear down the house. The 32-year-old London, England-based music producer—better known as 2Play—is responsible for putting together bangers like Kevin Lyttle’s Turn Me On and Raghav’s So Confused. His reggae-flavored, bass-heavy jams excite both nightclubs and big arenas. He should know. After all, last December he walked to the cage [...]

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February 2010 // MMA Life
Acting Out

Thousands of actors portray “tough guy” characters, but only a few possess the discipline and technique to actually stand toe-to-toe with a legit mixed martial artist. At FIGHT!, we’ve watched enough films to know which thespians could step into the cage without being maimed. They might not necessarily become champions, but here are 10 actors [...]

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November 2009 // MMA Life
World Wide Warrior

World-renowned tattoo artist Ami James has been traveling to various Asian countries for the past several months with his partners in crime, fellow ink junkies Chris Nunez and Yoji Harada, to document the tattoo culture for his upcoming television series, Worldwide Tribe, slated to premiere on the Travel Channel at the top of the year. [...]

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August 2009 // MMA Life
Crossing Over

Jake Shields stood across the cage from “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and it seemed like business as usual. But as the camera panned to the Jiu-Jitsu wizard when Strikeforce ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., introduced him to the masses, it became abundantly clear that something was [...]

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June 2009 // Quick Hits
Spotlight: Bruce Buffer

Champions are typically the ones who get the fame, glory and t-shirt endorsements. But due to his professionalism and likability, it’s the “Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer who is becoming a pop culture icon. Buff, as his friends call him, has become a favorite amongst keyboard warriors and the MMA industry as a whole. [...]

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June 2009 // MMA Life
Duff McKagan

In 1994, Duff McKagan was fi ghting for his life when he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, a condition he developed due to his excessive alcohol consumption during his tenure in Guns ‘N Roses. After spending weeks recovering at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, the bassist returned home desperate to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With the [...]

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March 2009 // Quick Hits
Papa Roach

Jacoby Shaddix has never been in a fi stfi ght in his life, but the tattooed vocalist of Papa Roach and proud owner of several Tapout T-shirts is fascinated with mixed martial arts. As a matter of fact, when the rock quartet took breaks from recording its fi fth studio album, Metamorphosis, he watched Urijah [...]

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April 2009 // MMA Life
Bellator Fighting Champions

With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts, several upstart organizations have set up shop over the past few years in the hopes of putting on exciting fi ghts and raking in piles of dollar bills. Instead, most of those promotions closed because their directors didn’t have adequate knowledge about the sport or the [...]

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November 2008 // Features
Jake Shields

For the past 10 years, Jake Shields has earned respect among the hardcore MMA community by dominating opponents at smaller fi ght promotions around the globe. Recently, thanks to Elite XC’s television deal through CBS, he’s used his mainstream exposure to capture the hearts of casual fans. But still, to this day, he doesn’t get [...]

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October 2008 // MMA Life
Pump Up The Jam

For the past few years, Dana White has been a man on a mission, and the mission is to make mixed martial arts the most popular sporting event in the universe. The UFC President fi rmly believes putting two individuals in the Octagon and allowing them to use any martial art translates through all cultural [...]

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