Duane Finley's MMA Articles

October 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Eddie Alvarez

You’ve been through some madness this past year, but now you’re back in action. How is life for Eddie Alvarez? My life very much consists of family and training. Being here in Florida makes everything organized and simple. Honestly man, I miss Philadelphia. I miss my friends, family, and the people in Philadelphia, but I [...]

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September 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Costa Philippou

You are on one of the hottest streaks in the middleweight division. How is your confidence level these days after winning five in a row in the UFC. Pretty good actually. I recently changed gyms and switched everything around. Things are going really good. You recently had an interesting Twitter post regarding a potential matchup [...]

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August 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Alexander Gustafsson

Photo by Justin Trapp Courtesy of Bad Boy You’re known for succinct answers. Can we expect the same today? Yes [laughing]. You have the biggest fight of your career coming up against Jon Jones at UFC 165 on September 21. It wasn’t clear you were going to get the next title shot after beating Shogun [...]

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July 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Brian Stann

Photo by Nick Palmisciano Between fighting and on-camera work for Fuel TV and Fox, how have you been handling your busy schedule? It’s difficult for sure. On top of everything I have going, my third baby will be arriving in October, and I have my fulltime job working for Hire Heroes U.S.A. It’s just nonstop. [...]

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June 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Brad Pickett

Dana White has spoken publicly about enjoying watching your fights. Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Dana has been in the sport of mixed martial arts for a very long time, and he really knows the sport inside and out. If he’s happy with what I do, then that is great for [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Matt Serra

September 2010 was the last time we saw you throwing leather inside the Octagon. What has Matt Serra been up to since then? I have my third baby girl coming in June. Between running my two BJJ academies, training up-and-coming fighters, and spending time with my family, it’s a pretty hectic schedule. I definitely have [...]

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April 2013 // April 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Ian McCall

Photo By Rick Lee What inspired you to grow your epic stache? It started because I tried to grow out this huge beard, but it didn’t really work. As a joke, I decided to keep the mustache and shave everything else. I thought it looked awesome, so I kept the mustache, and it just kind [...]

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March 2013 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes with Stefan Struve

I heard you recently crossed the 7-foot mark. Are you still growing? It’s true. Now, I am 7-feet tall and still getting a lot heavier. That is the biggest thing for me right now—getting heavier and putting on a lot more strength. Does your height make it difficult to find comfortable yet stylish pieces of [...]

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February 2013 // MMA Life
We Are Live!

When UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer gets on the microphone, you know IT’S TIME. With an unmatched passion and unmistakable voice, Buffer’s fighter introductions have become a staple of the UFC experience. We caught up with the maestro to get his thoughts on what the hectic world of the UFC looks like from his unique [...]

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December 2012 // Quick Hits
Behind the Fight : December 2012

In the world of mixed martial arts, there are few individuals who receive more love than Jacob “Stitch” Duran. From wrapping hands in the locker room to plugging cuts in between rounds, Stitch works his magic to ensure the action inside the cage continues. Over a 25-year career spent in the trenches of combat sports, [...]

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October 2012 // MMA Life
The Rhythm of the Fight

For Incubus bassist Ben Kenney, music is his first love, but mixed martial arts has grown to be an obession. When Ben Kenney isn’t behind his bass guitar, touring the globe with his multi-platinum selling band Incubus, he is knee-deep in the fight world. Simply put, Kenney loves mixed martial arts. He’s captivated by every [...]

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August 2012 // Names in the Game
Croation Devastation

UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic is making a big impact in MMA’s biggest division. It doesn’t take great powers of observation to see that Stipe Miocic is nervous. At a local restaurant just outside of his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio, his huge bear paws bounce and fidget on the table top. It comes across as endearing [...]

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June 2012 // MMA Life
Behind the Fight

GSP’s striking coach, Firas Zahabi. gives us some insight into what it takes to build a champion. On the shortlist of highly sought after MMA trainers, Firas Zahabi is one of the names at the top. The Montreal-based guru operates out of the heralded Tri-Star Gym, which is the current home of Georges St-Pierre, Rory [...]

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May 2012 // Quick Hits
To The Edge And Back

For UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario, returning to the cage is more than the progression of his career—it’s the result of soul searching and his refusal to have a lifetime of hard work taken away from him. On April 14, 2011, it was uncertain whether or not Shane del Rosario’s fighting livelihood had been brought [...]

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March 2012 // MMA Life
Bound For Stardom

Nashville, Tennessee, is a city where dreams thrive or die. It has long been famous as a proving ground for talented—and not-so-talented— musicians and singers to determine if they have what it takes to make it on the world’s biggest stage. While Gilbert Melendez has never fancied a career as a country musician, the Strikeforce [...]

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