April 2010 Features

The Quest For Perfection

At one of the entrances to Montreal’s Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, a sophisticated venue originally built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, light heavyweight Tom Murphy tells the story of meeting his current trainer. At UFC 58, Firas Zahabi was cornering Icho Larenas, whom Murphy stopped via TKO in the third round. Two years later at the [...]

The Top 20 MMA Gyms in America

Champions gravitate toward each other. Fortunately for MMA, the sport has grown to a point where ultra-talented fighters and trainers are no longer restricted to only a handful of facilities like they were five years ago. Before the 2005 explosion of MMA, there were less than ten gyms producing all the top-tier talent of the [...]

From California Kid to King of California

Urijah Faber is a natural born world-shaker.   The former World Extreme Cage fighting Featherweight Champion catches sun on a bushy downtown Sacramento street, sitting on a wood stool in front of the epicenter of his empire—Ultimate Fitness gym. His real-life Entourage passes by with friendly reminders as he hangs out before his next training [...]

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