Dec/Jan 2008

MMA Rocks

Alex Varkatzas, lead singer of the metal band Atreyu, is a slender man, but his voice fi lls arenas. On May 27, 2006, it fi lled the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship 60: Hughes vs. Gracie. Varkatzas says one of the coolest moments of his life was [...]

Bubba Uncensored

FEDOR GOES GLOBAL Fedor Emelianenko, thought by many to be the best fighter in the world, is also the first fighter to sign with M-1 Global. The new organization is owned by Sibling Sports, a division of Sibling Entertainment Group Holdings. The formerly Russia-based organization is headed by Monte Cox, a longtime MMA agent. It [...]

Open Mouth Insert Foot

Three X-rays and an MRI later, my training had officially ended – for the time being, anyway. The worst part of that equation: it had hardly even started. FUCK! My plan was to amass a small arsenal of fighting techniques by training with numerous instructors, each schooled in a different style. Obviously, it would prove [...]

MMA Wagering 303

In my last two articles, I covered building a foundation for understanding betting on MMA fights. This article builds on that foundation, so if you missed the first two issues of FIGHT!, get your hands on a back issue. You can also find this information archived online in the “MMA Wagering Guide” on MMAjunkie. com. [...]

They Said That?

SWEEP… THE LEG “Chuck depends a lot on his rhythm, and we wanted to keep him from setting up. We knew that if we kept kicking him, he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.” – Greg Jackson, on Chuck Liddell   PROMOTION KING “I have nothing but love for Ultimate Fighting.” – Don King [...]

Why Referees Stop Fights

Liddell and Jackson started out at a methodical pace. Each fighter circled, cut angles, felt the other out, waiting to see who was going to make the first move or mistake. Suddenly, two minutes into the fight, Chuck threw a wild left hook to Jackson’s body. Rampage rolled with the punch, and landed a crushing [...]

Tight Whips

TIM SYLVIA’S CHRYSLER 300c   2006 Chrysler 300c Hemi Engine – 350hp Magna Flow Exhaust K&N Cold Air Intake 22” Zenetti Wheels Toyo Tires Vertical Door Kit Bentley Grill Custom “Maine-iac” Decal   What else finds a home in Big Tim’s garage? UFC Hummer ’08 Ford F-250 ’04 Jeep Rubicon ’94 Jeep Wrangler ’86 GMC [...]

What’s in a Name?

RANDY (THE NATURAL) COUTURE: “Joe Gold called me that after I beat Vitor Belfort the fi rst time because I kind of adapted to his style and beat him standing up, which nobody expected. He said I naturally adapted to his style. He asked me if it was OK to call me The Natural and [...]

Did you know?

1BILLION + The estimated worth of the UFC  LIKE FATHER LIKE SON 5-foot-9, 132-pound Ryan Shamrock, the 18-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, made a victorious MMA debut on Aug. 25 at a show promoted by Ken Shamrock Promotions. Shamrock, who trains with his father’s Lion’s Den team, defeated fellow MMA newcomer [...]

Did You Know

DID YOU KNOW? C00L KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA 2004 The last time that Anderson Silva saw a fight go to round three.   KNOCKOUT STRIKEOUT UFC 76, entitled “Knockout”, had 9 fights on the card… none of which ended in a knockout. YOU’RE HIRED! Kelly Perdew, President of the MMA networking site ProElite.com, [...]

The Top Five Mixed Martial Arts Families of All Time

5. THE RUAS (Brothers Mauricio “Shogun” and Murilo “Ninja”) Impact on MMA: The Ruas haven’t been around for very long (Mauricio is 25, Murilo is 27). That said, beyond their talent and participation in an influential training camp that has revolutionized the striking game – Brazil’s famed Chute Box Academy – the Ruas really haven’t [...]

5 Minutes with Josh Barnett

What’s next for Josh Barnett? Not much right now. But really, I’m just planning to do the same thing I’ve always done. Crush my enemies, see them driven before me and hear the lamentation of their women.   If you could fight anyone outside of the MMA world, who would it be? Alexander Karelin (former [...]

Frank Mir Rides Again

FULLY HEALED FROM A LIFE-THREATENING MOTORCYCLE CRASH, THE FORMER CHAMP FOCUSES ON RISING TO THE TOP – AGAIN Frank Mir remembers it all: the adrenaline that ran through him at the impending danger, every detail in the road, and every feeling that shot through his body as it crashed to the Las Vegas pavement just [...]

PAT MILETICH

The quick, rhythmic pop, pop, pop of punches hitting mitts echoes through Pat Miletich’s training center in Bettendorf, Iowa. UFC fighting legend and master trainer Pat Miletich is working the pads with one of his students. Pat begins to mix it up, circling, trying to get the guy used to movement. The old fighter’s physical [...]

Urijah Faber: Why the California Kid is Ready to Blow Up

If you don’t know who Urijah Faber is, you will soon enough. That’s a promise. In the meantime, log on to YouTube and start watching some clips of the World Extreme CageFighting 145 lb. champ. If you’re not a diehard Faber fan after, say, thirty seconds, then you should probably give up watching mixed martial [...]

Superstars vs. Legends

Anderson Silva has taken on some of the most talented fighters of his time, even knocking out one of the longest-reigning champions on his way to the belt. Unfortunately, the debate over whether or not Silva is the greatest middleweight of all-time can’t be decided because, after all, he can’t fight the champions of decades [...]

New Blood

Name: Brian Bowles Professional Record: 4-0 Height: 5’7” Weight: 135lbs Discipline: Wrestling Notable Wins: Charlie Valencia   A rugged wrestler from Georgia, Brian Bowles burst onto the bantamweight (135 pound limit) scene in a big way at his World Extreme Cagefi ghting debut, taking out former King of the Cage champion Charlie Valencia in June. [...]

IFL FINALS

The IFL Finals are in the books, and the SilverBacks/Pittbulls match was a great show! Jake Ellenberger had the first fight with Delson Heleno; it was a great fight. Ellenberger took the fight to Heleno, and was absolutely not afraid for a takedown. He was standing straight up and defended every takedown defense that Heleno [...]

Houston Alexander

Houston “The Assassin” Alexander doesn’t take sabbaticals, even when he has a good reason to celebrate. At UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion in London, England, the 35-year-old light heavyweight improved his professional record to 8-1 by dropping Italian- bred Alessio Sakara with a vicious knee to the chin before finishing him off with a flurry [...]

Heavyweight Hero

The UFC needs a new heavyweight hero. The void left by the sudden, shocking departure of Randy Couture screams for attention. Forget it hurting the UFC, heck, it hurts the world of MMA. For the predominant fight organization on this planet to lose the heavyweight king is like Jiffy losing its Lube, Bud losing its [...]

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