April 2011

Monumental Moments In MMA

It was one of the most significant fights in the pre-history of modern mixed martial arts—and perhaps the worst. It was famous and infamous at the same time, and it almost wasn’t even an actual fight. There are numerous, conflicting versions of what transpired during the bout, yet we still are intrigued by it today. [...]

Spring Forward – Corissa Furr

Strikeforce has a brand new ring girl gracing the six sided cage this Spring. Her name is Corissa Furr, and she isn’t afraid to get her feet wet. Word has it that you’re quite the tomboy. Total, total tomboy. My mom would try to hand me a Barbie, I would throw it back at her [...]

Size Matters

We’re told that “size doesn’t matter,” but we all know it does. In reality, inadequate size severely limits your likelihood of playing NBA hoops or becoming president. Conversely, ex-Sumo wrestlers never become Kentucky Derby jockeys or fighter pilots. Basic anthropometrics like height, reach, and hand dominance follow us everywhere and influence how we perform physical [...]

Institutions of Higher Learning

Another college wrestling season is in the books, which means that MMA will receive a fresh crop of grapplers eager to learn the ways of the ground-and-pound. In MMA’s short history, several universities have served a shotbeds of future champions and breakout stars. However, when it comes to pure production, these five colleges are fabricating [...]

To Wear The Crown

Stephan Bonnar submits two opponents in less than four minutes (with just 20 minutes between contests) and wins a light heavyweight tournament in Hammond, Indiana, at Ironheart Crown III: Exodus. He says all that his father could talk about was “how awesome this Miguel Torres was.”   It was in Sin City that the “American [...]

5 Minutes With Dan Henderson

Here you are, four days after defeating Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, what does Dan Henderson do after winning the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title?   Just having a little fun. I’ve been doing a lot of PR stuff and having a drink or two. I’ll probably do a little turkey hunting at the end of the month. [...]

Clay Guida: Unsafe At Any Speed

Clay Guida is frantically looking for his car keys. The FIGHT! photo shoot is over, and Guida has spent the past 15 minutes cleaning up photographer Paul Thatcher’s gear—rolling backdrops, disassembling lighting fixtures, and clearing trash. Helpful guy, but now it’s time to leave, and he can’t find his car keys. Guida begins to worry. [...]

Erik The Great

Erik Paulson is a rare breed—he was ahead of his time during MMA’s infancy, and now he is ahead of his time as a coach on the highest level.  Ask most people to recall their earliest memories of mixed martial arts and the name Royce Gracie invariably comes up. However, five months before Royce triumphed [...]

The 33 Most Dangerous Strikers In MMA

In mixed martial arts, every fight starts standing. With just two feet on the ground and two sets of limbs to do your dirty work, the striking realm of fighting is the meat and potatoes of combat arts. Grappling makes MMA unique, but it is the lure of a standing knock out that is embedded [...]

Stopping The Machine

The Flamengo district of Rio de Janeiro is a hot, lively place, bustling with friendly locals and free-spirited tourists. On the top floor of the all bells-and-whistles Club Upper Sport, you’ll find José Aldo training with the cream of Nova Uniao—guys like Marlon Sandro, Diego Nunes, and Amilcar Alves—while being coached by André “Dede” Pederneiras. [...]

New Blood

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 you deep inside the sport [...]

Finding Forrest

It’s been six years since Forrest Griffin became a household name by going toe-to-toe with Stephan Bonnar on his way to winning The Ultimate Fighter. Since that time, the UFC has held more than 110 live events, broadcast 11 more seasons of TUF, and become an international sensation.Without Forrest, none of that would have been [...]

Mardi Gras In Milwaukee

No matter what Pat Barry threw at Joey Beltran at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2, “The Mexicutioner ” would not go down.   “I knew going into that fight that Joey had a zombiehead,” Barry says. “Joe Rogan started laughing, but that’s what I told him—Beltran is a real-life zombie. He can get hit [...]

From One Cage To Another

As he stood skate-to-skate with  Montreal’s Carey Price in front of a sellout crowd in February, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas felt what it was like to be in the cage—adrenaline flowing, hairs standing on end, trying to calculate what his opponent’s next move would be. It’s not every day that a goalie gets to [...]

The Driving Force

One of the best perks of being in a popular band is traveling throughout the world and performing for thousands of fans.While Nick Miller, the rhythm guitarist of post-hardcore sextet A Skylit Drive, utterly fancies his job, he also enjoys sightseeing—including visiting some of the most legendary training facilities in mixed martial arts.   On [...]

Inconclusive

What fight were you watching? It’s the question no mixed martial arts judge ever wants to hear, yet one that’s being asked more frequently.   In 2010, a string of controversial judging decisions divided educated fans, enraged promoters, and disheartened fighters, casting a critical spotlight on the state of MMA officiating, how it’s effecting the [...]

Good Fat Begins With Omega

There are many good fats out there, but the one that seems to be the heaviest hitter as far as health benefits are concerned is the family of omega-3 fats, which can help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease and reduce inflammation and high blood pressure. Of the omega-3 fats, the most important [...]

Your Body Never Lies

Among the training principles of the 15th-century samurais was the importance of paying special  attention to small details. Samurais believed that the finer points were the most critical aspects to winning any battle or succeeding in any endeavor. Likewise, athletes recognize that to be successful, the little things (food, exercise, and recovery) are important, but [...]

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