September 2010 Names in the Game

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. takes you deep inside the sport [...]

Using The Force

At 11-0, Ryan “Darth” Bader has quickly become a force in the UFC light heavyweight division. Now, he’s taking the biggest gamble of his career—leaving Arizona Combat Sports and creating his own gym with friends CB Dollaway and Aaron Simpson.   THE BLUEPRINT   Gary Bader and Sons Construction has been around for nearly four [...]

The Circle of Fight

Seedy bars, seedier strip clubs, hospital rooms, and crazy after-parties—I have spent the night after fights at all of these locations. Fights are the culmination of years of blood and sweat. From the moment the fight ends until it’s time to get back to hard training, fighters have a chance to cram in as much [...]

Don’t Judge Me

I am cornering my team in an MMA event, and I look at the judges and think: These people cannot possibly be qualified. Two of the judges are men who are older than dirt and the other is a woman with a bouffant hairdo. Give me a freaking break. I tell my fighters not to [...]

Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Shortly after getting jumped on national television, I was in Orange County, California, standing in the early summer air in khaki pants, a loose flowing Acapulco shirt, and white slippers—my faithful Hotdog dog sitting at me feet—when I got the call. It was my manager, Ryan Parsons, who had his “brace for impact” voice on, [...]

Dear Don

IMITATION = FLATTERY   Many moons ago, MMA journalistic pioneer Ben Fowlkes decided it would be in the best interest of humanity to seek the sage advice of the awe-inspiring Don Frye in a column he called “Dear Don.” Since that time, Ben’s idea has been pilfered by websites, media outlets, and magazines under similar [...]

Here For The Brawl

Utter the name Leonard Garcia to die hard MMA fans, and they will likely smile before launching into a verbal tornado of praise and admiration that parallels the very fighting style of Garcia himself.   Whether it’s a fan-pleasing brawl against Roger Huerta in the UFC or battles with the likes of Jens Pulver, Mike [...]

Punching Your Pal

Friend or foe, when the cage door slams, the only thought that should go through a fighter’s mind is how to secure victory.   RICH FRANKLIN   Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin has had to square off against his friend—Matt Hamill. “This industry is a small one,” Franklin says. “In some way, shape, [...]

Monumental Moments in MMA

The showdown between Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz at UFC 22 was regarded at the time as the greatest fight in MMA history, and it is still seen as such by many people who saw it in person or watched it live on television.   The drama going into this fight was immense. Shamrock, 26 [...]

The Sounds Of A Champ

Noah Francis is a modern day Renaissance man. The 34-year-old is a Welch Amateur Middleweight Boxing Champion, a World Freestyle Dance Champ, an evolving student of mixed martial arts, and the next musical star who is about to invade everybody’s cool pair of Skull candy designer headphones. The singer, who looks like Vin Diesel’s stunt [...]

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