March 2009

Papa Roach

Jacoby Shaddix has never been in a fi stfi ght in his life, but the tattooed vocalist of Papa Roach and proud owner of several Tapout T-shirts is fascinated with mixed martial arts. As a matter of fact, when the rock quartet took breaks from recording its fi fth studio album, Metamorphosis, he watched Urijah [...]

UFC 96 Preview Jackson Vs. Jardine

For the third time in as many years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed back to Columbus, Ohio. Live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, UFC 96 looks to borrow a little bit of the Columbus MMA magic that made UFC 68 and UFC 82 so successful. At UFC 68, Randy Couture stole [...]

New Kid In Class

We’d like to introduce you to Logan Stanton, the newest addition to the UFC’s roster. When we found out we’d be seeing her regularly in the halls we just had to fi nd out more. Homeroom will never be the same. So what’s the background on Logan Stanton? I’m 20. I was born in Illinois. [...]

Getting After It

After a month of diligent training at some of the top camps in the world, FIGHT! editor Donovan Craig steps through the ropes to make his MMA debut against the tough Ty Beeson at Tuff-N-uff in Las Vegas, Nevada. I. A Million Dollar Team, One Dimension, Some Timely Advice “Don’t think about winning the fi [...]

The Clock Is Ticking

Heavy arms swing backward, thick fi ngers almost brushing the fl oor. The athlete’s hips dip low, holding for a split second before rising explosively, heavy arms reversing course to propel 270 pounds of blood, muscle, and bone three feet into the air. Large feet land and the athlete’s frame compresses, slightly less this time, [...]

The 7 Unluckiest Injuries In MMA History

Ask any MMA fi ghter for their opinion on Murphy’s Law—“if anything can go wrong, it will”—and you are liable to get some biased answers. The fact of the matter is, MMA is as unpredictable as it is exciting to watch, therefore, it is impossible to foresee every risk that exists inside of each match. [...]

Straight As An Arrow

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat” So goes the saying as it pertains to the idea that there is more than one way to reach the same end. Perhaps nowhere is this adage more observable than on the main stage of mixed martial arts fi ghting. In this media-heavy day and age, [...]

New Blood

Wilson Reis Name: Wilson Reis Professional Record: 6-0 Height: 5’4” Weight: 140 pounds Discipline: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Notable Wins: 6-0 Born in Brazil, Wilson Reis made the move to the United States years ago. He had wanted to be a full-time Jiu- Jitsu trainer, and he fulfi lled his goal. In 2007, he made his professional [...]

Foundations

Towering above his competition on the three-tiered podium, he proudly celebrates with this priceless golden prize and a steady stream of tears. The countless hours of training and sacrifi ces are paid in full as Old Glory rises with the crescendo of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Like every other young wrestler, Strikeforce World Lightweight Champ Josh [...]

Heist!

The crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, cheered and clapped as “Lightning” Lee Murray strode to the podium. The British striker had submitted Jorge Rivera in the fi rst round at UFC 46: Supernatural, held in January 2004. “I’ve waited all my life for this,” Murray said. “Since I started [...]

The How-To Guys of MMA Victory Belt

Everyone grows up eventually. After graduating college, Erich Krauss set out to live the life of a wandering writer in Spain, Morocco, Thailand, and South America while living on as little money as possible. But at thirty years old, Krauss found the vagabond lifestyle getting a bit tiring, and he decided to accomplish something with [...]

3 To Shine In ’09

The year 2008 was great, but 2009 will be fi ne … especially fi ne for three fi ghters who will have the opportunity to wrap some new bling around their waists. It wouldn’t surprise too many folks if Urijah Faber or Rampage Jackson reclaimed their title belts this year. That’s too easy to predict. [...]

You Always Remember Your…First Time

There are but a few major happenings in a man’s life. Falling in love. Getting married. The birth of your fi rst child. Your fi rst divorce. But the problem with those events is that they all normally happen before you turn 18. At least they did for me. Please tell me I’m not the [...]

Who Killed Kata?

Welcome to the 1930s black and white detective story in my mind: I’m sitting in my offi ce on a dark New York night. The camera pans across the outside of my dreary building, then up to my dimly lit window, as you hear a subway train scream past. Cut to the window, “Mayhem Miller [...]

Altitude Adjustment

You’ve seen Wanderlei Silva training with an alien looking mask strapped to his face and B.J. Penn crawling into a sleeping chamber tent at night. Not since Tito Ortiz purchased Oscar De La Hoya’s Big Bear Training Camp has altitude training gained such notoriety. But the benefi ts of training at altitude aren’t new, elite [...]

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