April 2009

Anatomy Of A Knockout

Although he has fought professionally for only about 3 years, UFC Welterweight Anthony Johnson has already authored a series of devastating knockout victories that have raised his profi le to that of major prospect. Johnson’s background is as a wrestler, but he has looked up to Brazilian strikers Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and [...]

The Art Of The Eight Limbs

“Khai Muay kap kum mak kup,” Mark DellaGrotte chants as he locks up his Muay Thai Academy at the end of another long day of training. As if praying, he clasps his hands together at his forehead and bows, uttering the Thai phrase that means, “Thank you for all you have given me.” Anyone walking [...]

The Dragon Awakens

One day, undefeated defensive genius Lyoto Machida decided to start knocking men out. He succeeded. His reward: a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt. On July 25, 1945, prior to his fi ght with the highly-rated Jackie Graves, featherweight boxing champion Willie Pep said something crazy to a group of assembled sportswriters: that he [...]

Killer Instinct

Killer instinct. You either got it or you don’t, right? Wrong! I believe that killer instinct is learned and honed over time. To ward off the uneducated MMA fan, I do NOT mean “killer instinct” in the literal sense. Nobody involved in MMA is trying to kill another human being. The killer instinct I’m referring [...]

Benji Radach: Knocking Out Adversity

The distance across most MMA cages is approximately 30 feet. For a fi ghter, closing that space represents crossing the point of no return and what happens at the moment of impact can mean victory, defeat, injury and potentially life-changing events, positive or negative. For Benji Radach, his battleground on an October morning in 2004 [...]

Did You See That!?

T he Ultimate Fighter reality television show has been given a lot of credit for the meteoric rise (I used a Goldie-ism) of mixed martial arts into mainstream culture. TUF 1 debuted in January 2005 and was a big hit for Spike TV. Likewise, another cultural phenomenon came into existence around this time. YouTube—the video-sharing [...]

“Jay The “Idea Man”"

I love the whole patriotic theme The Ultimate Fighter has taken. Love it! Who doesn’t like going down the road of the Revolutionary War one more time? This season, TUF gives us the chance to do it all over again, 1776 style, baby! But with this latest hook of nation vs. nation, I started to [...]

Cardio Myths

Myth #1: Short bouts of high intensity anaerobic training have no carryover to longer-duration aerobic endurance. It was once thought that training at a high intensity for short periods of time—say, 10 minutes—would build your endurance for no more than 10 minutes. That’s why old-school coaches had their fi ghters run for an hour every [...]

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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