July 2009 Quick Hits

Mach Speed

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett describes Hayato Sakurai, 33, as “mean as a badger.” Sakurai, Barnett warns, “doesn’t forget.” He’s a vengeful fighter in training, even worse in a fight. Sakurai started judo at 13 years old. Power and emotion then guided “Mach” (pronounced ma-ha) to a shot-out-of-the-cannon start to mixed martial arts in [...]

UFC 100 Preview

UFC 1 took place on November 12, 1993. If you don’t know who won the eight-man tournament, stop reading this and choke yourself. And don’t stop until I tell you to. More than 5,700 days later, here we are at UFC 100. We’ve lost some teeth, the gis and Jim Brown. We’ve added mouthpieces, board [...]

Weight Cutting Cravings

“Cut thirty-five pounds in thirty days and see if you don’t crave something,” Thiago Alves says. No thanks. Some people have a sweet tooth, but I have a sushi tooth that can’t be ignored or I chew through a rice paddy like a mole rat. Cutting weight is just a step above self-mutilation and can [...]

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