Dawn Reppucci's MMA Articles

April 2011 // Features
Clay Guida: Unsafe At Any Speed

Clay Guida is frantically looking for his car keys. The FIGHT! photo shoot is over, and Guida has spent the past 15 minutes cleaning up photographer Paul Thatcher’s gear—rolling backdrops, disassembling lighting fixtures, and clearing trash. Helpful guy, but now it’s time to leave, and he can’t find his car keys. Guida begins to worry. [...]

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April 2011 // Fighting Fit
Good Fat Begins With Omega

There are many good fats out there, but the one that seems to be the heaviest hitter as far as health benefits are concerned is the family of omega-3 fats, which can help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease and reduce inflammation and high blood pressure. Of the omega-3 fats, the most important [...]

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December 2010 // Quick Hits
Walk This Way

Readers who’ve seen FIGHT! contributor and Strikeforce middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller enter an arena may find themselves confused by how half-dressed women, blaring music, and exploding pyrotechnics can help you prepare for a fight. These and other brazen expressions of self-aggrandizement might irk the Matt Hughes fan, but Miller is simply offering the newest version [...]

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March 2011 // Features
MMA’s 33 Best Wrestling Wizards

Viewing their recent success in the cage, it’s a wonder amateur wrestlers were slow to embrace the fight game. Like Darwinian dropouts, the masses of former NCAA Champions and All-Americans watched as other disciplines prospered fighting in Pride and the UFC. The first wave of well-known wrestlers, including Dan Severn and Kevin Randleman, were impressive [...]

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March 2011 // Fighting Fit
The Fighter’s Kitchen

As essential as regular grocery runs are to a fighter’s quest for optimal nutrition, they’re kind of a pain. Between trying to go on your lunch break when you’re pressed for time or after an evening workout when you’re starving and exhausted, it’s time and energy out of your already busy day. To make things [...]

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November 2010 // Fighting Fit
Clean Your Plate

It’s no secret that athletes need a balanced diet for optimal training and performance. While many athletes, including fighters, focus on their protein intake and the benefits of purchasing organic meats to eliminate the ingestion of hormones and antibiotics given to non organically raised animals, it’s also important to be apprised of the dangers of [...]

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November 2010 // Fighting Fit
Fighting The Flu

Missing training days with the flu or dealing with lingering coughs and congestion have no place in a fighter’s intense training schedule. When you start to feel weak, there are several key supplements to help whip your immune system back into fighting shape. Better yet, keep a supply of supplements at home throughout the fall [...]

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February 2011 // Fighting Fit
Take It To Heart

Your heart beats 100,000 times per day and pumps 2000 gallons of blood throughout your body to supply your always moving, training, and growing skeletal muscles with the oxygen and energy needed to perform. If you aren’t taking into account your dietary heart health, you are losing the battle before you step inside the cage. [...]

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October 2010 // MMA Life
Taming The Beast

Morgan is not a sports psychologist, he doesn’t coddle Lesnar, and he doesn’t speak for him in public. Morgan’s job is training Lesnar by improving his fitness, strengthening his toughness, finding weaknesses in the opposition, and giving the UFC Heavyweight Champion’s 300 pounds of fast-twitch muscle fiber a gameplan with which to maul his opponent. [...]

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October 2010 // Fighting Fit
Undercover Junk Food

You ditched fast food and now you’re shopping in the health food section. But just how good are you really eating? There are many foods in the health food section that aren’t exactly healthy. An organic, wheat free donut is still a donut. Undercover junk foods are out there hiding behind healthy guises, including these [...]

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January 2011
7 Foods For Feasting

Serious fighters and other competitive athletes understand the benefits of making smart food choices. However, sometimes a bowl of oats and a grilled chicken salad can get a little boring. No worries. Here are 7 “fresh” ideas to give your diet a little boost in 2011.   Chokeberry   Low in calories and fat but [...]

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January 2011
“Eat, Drink, and Be Merciless”

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into MMA training, so don’t overlook something as painless as proper nutrition planning to keep you performing at optimal levels. Just as you regularly wash your mouthpiece every night (you do wash your mouthpiece, right?), you need to pack your MMA training fuel, including: pre-training snack, in [...]

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September 2010 // Fighting Fit
What’s Sup?

In a nutritionist’s fantasy world, you’d get all of your daily essential nutrients from organically produced foods as part of a perfectly balanced, healthy diet. This, however, is not always a reality. We’re busy training…working…always on the go. If you don’t plan out your meals every day, you’ll end up with less than optimal food [...]

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September 2010 // Fighting Fit
Next Round…Drinks!

You probably know that drinking the night before competition is ill advised, but what about having just a few drinks during training? It’s not the end of the world, but even a night or two on the town can have adverse effects on training and performance.   Toxic Waste   Alcohol is a toxin. From [...]

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