Ladd Dunwoody's MMA Articles

October 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

It was over a decade ago that Robbie Lawler first made his Octagon debut. At the time, the young fighter was already a ferocious knockout artist, a label he would carry with him throughout his early UFC career, and later in the IFL, Elite XC, Strikeforce and elsewhere. But in the eyes of many critics, [...]

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September 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Let’s be honest, Tito vs. Rampage doesn’t factor to be the most relevant fight in recent memory—both of them are past their primes. But while some may question Bellator’s decision to feature two ex-UFC stars in the main event of their inaugural pay-per-view outing, I can understand why they would do it. There’s no question [...]

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August 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

He asked us to make him look mean, but there’s no escaping the fact that Chad Mendes is one of the nicest guys we’ve had the pleasure of putting on our cover. It’s easy to observe too. You can see it in the way he interacts with his fans, his comrades at Ultimate Fitness, and [...]

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July 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

It was only a few years ago that a spinning wheelkick in MMA was considered the stuff of martial arts fantasy. After all, boxing, muay thai, wrestling and jiu-jitsu had long given the flashier arts a wakeup call on combat effectiveness. Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and a slew of others, slowly but surely brought pinpoint [...]

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June 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Check any pound-for-pound list, from ESPN to the UFC, and more likely than not you’ll find Anderson Silva’s name gracing the top spot. And for good reason. The Champion is the most dominant middleweight in UFC history. Regularly making his opponents look like choreographed kata partners from the local karate studio, Silva will be looking [...]

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March 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter : March 2013

Mention Anderson Silva’s name and even non-MMA fans are likely to respond with something along the lines of “Oh yeah, that guy? He’s a bad ass.” Mention Luke Rockhold, however, and see how many blank stares you get in return. For many casual fans of the sport, Strikeforce’s last Middleweight Champion is a virtual unknown. [...]

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February 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter : February 2013

Yes, it’s February, but FIGHT! still has unfinished business with 2012. That’s right, it’s time once again for our annual awards­. Gracing the cover for the second time is our newest Fighter of the Year, Benson Henderson. After dethroning previous lightweight champ Frankie Edgar to take the belt, Henderson proceeded to defend his newly acquired [...]

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January 2013 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter : January 2013

At 6’5″ a rumored walking weight of 280 pounds, to say that Alistair Overeem stands out in a downtown Tokyo train station would be an understatement. There’s no doubt that “The Reem” is big in Japan, both literally and figuratively, so it’s no surprise that in spite of a mixed record in kickboxing and MMA [...]

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December 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill Summer, 1940. The German Blitzkrieg sweeps through [...]

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November 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

It seems like just yesterday we were waiting anxiously for the launch of the UFC’s flyweight division, and now, after a hectic tournament and frenetic five-round battle, we have our first 125-pound king in Demetrious Johnson. For the new champ, however, it’s been a long journey built on a pragmatic outlook and a rock solid [...]

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October 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Led by Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter is underway, and the UFC’s heavyweight division is squarely back in focus. Although reigning champion Junior dos Santos has proven himself to be the most dominant force in the division in recent memory, he is undoubtedly standing his ground amid a [...]

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September 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

We’ve heard commentary about the evolution of MMA — how fighters can no longer reach the upper echelons of the sport on work ethic and determination alone, and how younger fighters, who have only trained MMA from their inception, promise to elevate the sport to previously unattainable heights. One such young talent is rising UFC [...]

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August 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Champions, legends, and rising stars are the usual suspects when making a list of candidates for the cover of the magazine. After all, names like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre represent the pinnacle of the sport. They provide the fans an image of superhuman invincibility that every kid, at some point in their lives, has [...]

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August 2012 // Quick Hits
Lights, Camera, Action !

You may know her from her time at Heavy.com, but Megan Olivi has since moved on to covering your favorite fighters for the UFC and FOX. From the Jersey Shore to the Las Vegas desert, this pintsized bundle of energy always delivers big. What’s up Megan? Most of our readers know you from your time [...]

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July 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

From Dan Severn to Mark Coleman to the great Randy Couture, there is no doubt that wrestling is an integral part of the UFC’s DNA. But today’s modern MMA combatants require more than just the ability to secure a takedown with hopes of pounding an opponent into submission. A wellrounded game is crucial to surviving [...]

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July 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

In the mid-19th century, introduction of the Minié ball and rifle changed modern warfare forever. The effects were notably present on the battlefi elds of the American Civil War, where the superior range and accuracy of the improved weaponry proved deadly to commanders and infantry still adhering to the Napoleonic tactics of a previous era. [...]

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May 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

By definition, only a single alpha can exist in a pack of wolves at any given time , so you might suspect a camp called “Team Alpha Male” would suffer from constant bickering and infighting. For the players at Urijah Faber’s now infamous gym in NorCal, this isn’t the case at all. To them, the [...]

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April 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Casual observers of MMA are often surprised when fighters are able to shake hands only moments after smashing one another in the face. Combat sports inherently demand respect, at least from a competition standpoint, and when it’s displayed in context, it’s a testament to the character and mental fortitude of those who choose to compete [...]

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April 2012 // Quick Hits
Runner’s High

Our favorite curly headed surfer girl is back— or maybe she never really left. This month, we check in with former UFC ring girl Natasha Wicks to find out about her return to cage side, her Olympic running aspirations, and her obsession with Shark Week. Hi Natasha, it’s been awhile, what are you up to? [...]

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March 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

I pop open the top, tap out two, no, three Advils from the almost empty bottle, and wash them down with a glass of water. It’s a regular occurrence these days and a sure sign that my body simply doesn’t recover from workouts as fast as it did in my youth. It’s this realization that [...]

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February 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Handing out awards to combatants of a sport that has as many variables as MMA is always a difficult task. What aspect of a particular KO, for example, constitutes KO of the Year? Is it the technical execution? The gravity of the contest at hand? Or is it a KO at the last possible moment [...]

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January 2012 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

After soundly defeating BJ Penn—twice—and KO’ing Gray Maynard, Frankie Edgar finally finds himself in the clear as the undisputed lightweight king. With the top two 155 pound fighters not named Frankie out of the picture, the division has been a maelstrom of action, with each of the combatants scrambling to establish themselves as the next [...]

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December 2011 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann, Anthony Johnson, and the list goes on. There’s no question that vying for a position at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division is as safe as swimming in shark infested water. The talent in the 170lb division runs deep, with no less than half a dozen [...]

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October 2011 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Joe Lauzon isn’t the kind of guy that would necessarily strike you as a fighter at first glance. He comes from an IT background, and doesn’t carry himself in a particularly imposing manner. It is in these respects, however, that he is a perfect example of the diversity of personality types that find their way [...]

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October 2011 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Random luck of the draw. This past weekend in Las Vegas I experienced a good bit of it as I watched the dealer casually flip card after card. Sometimes tilting the odds in my favor, sometimes throwing my chances out the window. You can count, do the math, and every so often feel confident the [...]

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September 2011 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Generally soft spoken and reserved, Brian Bowles may not be the first fighter that comes to mind when wondering “who is on the next cover of FIGHT!?” But the former WEC Bantamweight Champ’s demeanor is exactly what had us curious as to what made him tick. Bowles took a lot of flack when he surrendered [...]

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May 2011 // Editor's Letter
Editor’s Letter

Despite wielding the title of “last Heavyweight Champion” of the now defunct IFL, Roy Nelson’s confidence that he would easily win the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter may have been off-putting to some. Coming off consecutive losses to Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson, it wasn’t unreasonable to doubt the rotund heavyweight’s ability to make [...]

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