FIGHT! Staff's MMA Articles

October 2013 // Quick Hits
Did You Know – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

Money Talk$ Since losing to Jose Aldo in 2012, Chad Mendes has rattled off four consecutive (T)KO-victories over Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins, and Clay Guida. Mendes’ win over Guida was the first time “The Carpenter” has been stopped via strikes. Hot Haul UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste has signed on to join the [...]

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October 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Pillow Fight “The fact of the matter is, he [Michael Bisping] has pillows for fists. He hasn’t knocked anybody out, and he says he’s gonna knock me out? He hasn’t knocked anybody out. It’s going to be like a pillow fight when I fight him. He’s going to have pillows, and I’m going to have [...]

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October 2013 // Quick Hits
New Gear – Warm Up in Style

1. HAYABUSA Champion Hoodie Fall means brown leaves, cooler temperatures, and lots of football. Whether you’re on your way to the stadium to cheer on your team or on your way to the gym to do work, cover up with the Champion Hoodie from Hayabusa and you are sure to look and feel victorious. $79.99 [...]

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October 2013 // MMA Life
Girl Next Door

Belinda Strange Age: 26 Height: 5’7” Hometown: Wichita Fall, TX Online: @Belinda_Strange Facebook.com/Belinda.strange.9 belindastrange.com What is your favorite thing about MMA? The rush you get while watching a fight. These fighters train so hard and as soon as they are in the cage it’s all put to the test. It’s amazing the strength they have. [...]

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September 2013 // Quick Hits
Did You Know – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

A Cut Above UFC president Dana White ranked #83 in GQ’s “100 Most Powerful Bald Men in the World.” Other prominent chrome domes included Hulk Hogan (#92), Jason Statham (#57), and Michael Jordan (#1). Bellator president Bjorn Rebney didn’t make the cut. What the Funk? In his successful Bellator Welterweight Title defense against Andrey Koreshkov, [...]

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September 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Punchy Pres “Brian Stann is an outstanding human being. And I mean this literally, he could go on to be the President of the United States.” —Chael Sonnen to the Mark Levin Radio Show. Oh It Looks Like Daniel “I hate answering questions about him [Daniel Cormier]. He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so [...]

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September 2013 // Names In the Game
Men at Work – 8 Fighters from Down Under

MMA in Australia and New Zealand hasn’t quite reached the same heights as its counterparts in the U.S. and Brazil, but it’s getting there. Since 2010, the UFC has traveled to Australia to promote four events, with a return scheduled in December. Couple that return with the UFC’s announced September filming of The Ultimate Fighter: [...]

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September 2013 // Fighting Fit
MMA 101 – The Crossover with Eddie Alvarez

With the help of Blackzilian teammate Michael Johnson, Eddie Alvarez demonstrates one of his favorite combos in the cage—the crossover. The crossover is only used on opponents who stand and counter with you. If you engage, and your opponent moves away, the crossover can’t be used. However, if you engage, and your opponent stands his [...]

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September 2013 // Last Call
Girl Next Door

Victoria Lace Raffield Age: 25 Height: 5’9” Hometown: New Orleans, LA Facebook: /victoria.lace Twitter: @Victoria_Lace Instagram: Victoria_Lace What’s your best feature? My eyes. They change colors from bright green to hazel. How do you stay in shape? I actually just started kickboxing classes, and I’m loving it. It’s very intense. Who’s your favorite fighter? Georges St-Pierre. [...]

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August 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Full of Garbage “Anybody who accepts that [UFC fighters are overpaid] as a reality of the sport is sad and pathetic. I hope this isn’t the reality of the sport. If it is, I should probably go do something else, like empty trash cans. I’d make more money than I do now.” —Tim Kennedy on [...]

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August 2013 // Last Call
Girl Next Door

Courtney Piercy Age: 23 Height: 5’5” Hometown: Perth, Australia Facebook: Courtney Piercy – Model Instagram: Courtney_Piercy What is your favorite thing about MMA? The variety of styles combined into one. I love that there is so much skill in MMA and no limits, so every fight is different and exciting! Who is your favorite fighter? Definitely [...]

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July 2013 // Features
Power 20 – The Biggest Players in MMA

It’s time for the annual FIGHT! Magazine Power 20, where we rank the top movers, shakers, and moneymakers in the MMA world. These 20 people make real things happen—running organizations, booking fights, closing large deals, opening new markets, increasing the MMA foothold, and putting asses in seats on fight night. When members of the Power [...]

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July 2013 // Quick Hits
Did You Know? – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

Toe Jam Head trainer John Hackleman was the man behind Chuck Liddell’s famous painted toenails. He convinced Liddell to paint his nails a decade ago, but he can’t persuade pupils Court McGee or Glover Teixeira to follow suit. Take On Me In his unanimous-decision victory over Abel Trujillo at UFC 160, Khabib Nurmagomedov registered a [...]

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July 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Good Night Sweet Prince “It’s been a good eight years, I guess. The biggest thing I learned is when Dana White says retire, you should retire.” — Forrest Griffin at the post-UFC 160 press conference Straight Shooter “Never have I thought, ‘I’m going to be sore tomorrow.’ Being injured, that just means another shot of [...]

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July 2013 // Quick Hits
Health Radar – We’re Not Doctors, We Just Play One On TV

Masked Marauder You can train like “The Natural Born Killer” and look like one too by donning an elevation training mask. While the mask doesn’t simulate the low pressure environment found at altitude, it has been shown to increase endurance by strengthening the diaphragm, and increasing overall lung capacity. In other words, restrict your air [...]

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July 2013 // Quick Hits
New Gear – You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Happiness

1. Flips Headphones Flips are the first headphones that can transform between headphones and amplified speakers with a simple flip. Use Flips as standard headphones, or rotate the ear cups outward to activate the built-in amplifier. Flips are proud supporters of the wrestling and MMA community. $120.00 flipswrestling.com 2. Onnit Chimp Primal Bell This 36-pound [...]

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July 2013 // Fighting Fit
MMA 101 – Judo Toss for MMA

As the sons of Vale Tudo legend Francisco “Master Indio” Silva, brothers Danillo and Yuri Villefort come from a prestigious fighting pedigree. Born and raised in Brazil, Danillo and Yuri have been training judo and BJJ since they were young boys. Now, both Blackzilians make their living in the cage—Yuri is signed with the UFC, [...]

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July 2013 // Fighting Fit
Fighting Fit – Cardio For Days

Embrace the suffering to take your fitness to a new level. Athletes are always looking for ways to take their fitness to the next level. Many times, one of the key components is teaching your mind and body to embrace the suffering experienced during challenging workouts and training sessions. However, suffering during workouts is not [...]

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July 2013 // Fighting Fit
Better Striking For MMA

Increase your overall punching performance and endurance by utilizing these 3 simple workouts. By Jason Van Veldhuysen You don’t have to look much further than Anderson Silva’s dismantling of Forrest Griffin to see a clear example of what superior striking can do in MMA. But the ability to control entire fights in the striking range, [...]

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July 2013 // Last Call
Girl Next Door

Kristen Renee Age: 23 Height: 5’5” Hometown: Canton, OH Facebook: /xKristenReneex Photo by: Houser Photography Where are you from? I currently live in Cincinnati, OH. I grew up part of my life here and part of my life in Canton, OH. What is your favorite thing about MMA? I love the unpredictability of MMA, the fight [...]

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June 2013 // Quick Hits
Did You Know? – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

Full Circle Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson was the FIGHT! centerfold in September 2008. This month, she’s featured on page 56 for her fighting skills. Family Affair RFA 8 on June 21 in Milwaukee, WI, will feature the cousin of Pat Curran (Jeff) and the brothers of Anthony Pettis (Sergio), Erik Koch (Keoni), and [...]

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June 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

In a Big Country There are a lot of guys who look like Roy Nelson, but there aren’t a lot of guys who fight like Roy Nelson.” —Joe Rogan commentating UFC 159. Lights On “There’s a couple guys I do want to fight on short notice because I wouldn’t have to spend all that time [...]

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June 2013 // Quick Hits
New Gear – You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Happiness

1. Omega VRT330 Juicer With summer just around the corner and tasty fruits and veggies in peak season, it’s the perfect time to add a juicer to your nutrition arsenal. The Omega VRT330 Juicer is equipped with a 2-horsepower motor, which thoroughly chews up plant fibers to extract vitamins, enzymes, and minerals from fruits and [...]

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June 2013 // Fighting Fit
MMA 101 – The Intercepting Elbow

In this month’s MMA 101, Chris Weidman’s striking coach, Ray Longo, chronicles the standing elbow that Weidman used to derail Mark Munoz’s four-fight win streak and catapult him to a title shot against Anderson Silva. From watching video of Munoz, we noticed that he was telegraphing his overhand right by leaping into the punch to [...]

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June 2013 // Fighting Fit
Fitness – Lunge Ahead

Lunges are a great unilateral (one-leg) exercise option that can help improve your stance, level changes, directional changes, and punching power. By focusing on the strength and ability of each leg independently, it allows you to “bring up” your weak side and reduce your chance of injury. Add these three lunge variations to your workout [...]

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June 2013 // Fighting Fit
KO Power From the Ground Up – 5 Exercises to Build Your Foundation

By Tom Barry | westside-barbell.com Eddie Wineland’s strength and conditioning training is just as unconventional as his appearance. Applied Strength & Conditioning coach Jason Gus carefully utilizes the training principles taught by Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell to develop Eddie’s absolute strength, explosive strength, and dynamic muscle endurance. The goal of these five exercises is [...]

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June 2013 // Fighting Fit
Nutrient Timing – Eating Right to Improve Performance and Recovery

Athletes can greatly improve their performance and recovery through enhanced nutrient timing—and food is the key. Take your body to a new level of fitness with the proper eating frequency, nutrient timing, balance of macronutrients (carbohydrate/protein/fat), pre-training fuel, in-training fuel, and post-training fuel. EATING FREQUENCY Proper eating frequency is one of the major keys to [...]

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June 2013 // Last Call
Girl Next Door

Brianna Martinez Age: 23 Height: 5’5” Hometown: Tucson, AZ Twitter: @Brihaleyxo Instagram: Bhmxo Photo by: Dave Alan How long have you been modeling? About three years. I love it because I’m a huge girly girl, so the hair, makeup, and wardrobe that comes along with modeling makes me feel like a princess. How do you [...]

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June 2013 // Last Call
Last Call – Vitor Belfort Can’t Escape the Critics

by Michael Stetts There was an elephant in the room at the conclusion of UFC on FX 8—in fact—it had been there the entire evening in Brazil. Instead of the highlight-reel spinning heel kick that sent former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold crashing to the canvas, it was Vitor’s testosterone replacement therapy that had the [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
Did You Know? – Cool Knowledge From the World of MMA

Weight, What? Since 2011, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has fought at welterweight, 195 lbs. (catchweight), 197 lbs. (catchweight), light heavyweight, and heavyweight. When Rumble isn’t training, he enjoys eating. Junior League Brock Lesnar won the Junior College National Wrestling Championship at heavyweight in 1998. Who won at the weight class (190 lbs.) preceding Lesnar? This guy [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
They Said That – Verbal Jambalaya

Hot Cup of Joe “She [Fallon Fox] calls herself a woman, but I tend to disagree…I’m not trying to discriminate against women in any way, shape, or form, and I’m a big supporter of women’s fighting. I loved watching that Ronda Rousey/Liz Carmouche fight. But those are actual women…Fallon Fox is not a girl, okay? [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
Health Radar – We’re Not Doctors, We Just Play One on TV

Gesundheit Allergy season is in full swing, which means headaches, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and runny noses. If you’re tired of drugging yourself with over-the-counter meds, go natural. Allergy supplements containing compounds such as quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) may provide some relief. Pad Working Focus mitt training can improve your timing, [...]

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May 2013 // Quick Hits
New Gear – You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Happiness

1. Bruce Buffer’s It’s Time It’s no secret that “Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer has the best seat in the house at UFC events. Now you can read all about his unique point of view—both inside and outside of the Octagon—and the passion he shares for everything MMA. $18.17 (hardcover) $12.99 (Kindle and NOOK) [...]

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May 2013 // Names in the Game
New Blood

By Mick Hammond // MMAWeekly.com Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world. It garners more attention and new fans daily. The emergence of so many new athletes sometimes makes it hard for fans to notice some of the fighters on the verge of making it to the next level. MMAWeekly.com takes [...]

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May 2013 // Names in the Game
World Series of Fight 2 – Behind the Scenes

FIGHT! Magazine was in the house with an all-access pass to World Series of Fighting 2 in Atlantic City, NJ, on March 23. The MMA promotion’s sophomore show featured a fight card of veterans and talented up-and-comers that kept the crowd at the Revel Casio on their feet for much of the night. WSOF 2 [...]

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May 2013 // Fighting Fit
Fitness – The Bulldog Circuit with Brian Bowles

By Clay Walker, PhD HardCore Gym fighter Brian Bowles attacks the Bulldog Circuit in anticipation of his return to the Octagon on May 25 at UFC 160. MMA fighters tax their entire energy system—both aerobic and anaerobic—while competing and training. In order to reach their peak performance on fight day, fighters need to train both [...]

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May 2013 // Fighting Fit
MMA 101 – Get Kicking With Alan Belcher

Having trained under world champions Manu Ntoh and Duke Roufus, it’s no surprise UFC middleweight Alan Belcher has some powerful kickboxing skills, which he has put to good use in 18 professional wins. In this month’s MMA 101, Alan makes his opponent (Helio Soneca) pay for his striking attempts with a series of rear leg-kick [...]

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May 2013 // Last Call
Girl Next Door – Alicia Lei

Name: Alicia Lei Age: 26 Height: 5’9” Hometown: Vancouver, Canada Twitter: @AliciaLeii How long have you been modeling? About four years. I’m internationally published in FHM and Maxim, but I really love the runway. What would you say is your best feature? My eyes. How do you stay in shape? Boxing and running. I’ve had two [...]

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