Yearly Archives

2008

Spotlight: Mike Winkeljohn

You know the name Greg Jackson of Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His training facility is widely regarded as one of the top MMA training camps in the United States. And right beside Jackson, is the gym’s premier…

Gegard Mousasi

2008 has been a defi ning year for Gegard Mousasi. The Armenian-Dutch fi ghter recently claimed the Dream middleweight grand prix championship, defeating American Top Team’s Denis Kang, Korean Judoka Dong Sik Yoon, fi erce…

Hellboy Hansen

For most people, dreams are far away and usually unattainable. But Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is a special case. When he captured the DREAM lightweight title in June, it was the culmination of hard work, persistence, and a little…

Giant Killer

As he swings open the front door of Hackney’s Combat Academy on a late July evening in Roselle, Illinois, you’d swear Keith Hackney could still ground-and-pound with the best of them inside the Octagon. Noticeably absent from…

Grappling Oasis

Shortly after the fi rst UFC in 1993, a college student who called himself Ben signed up for lessons at Nelson Monteiro’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Del Mar, California. Ben, a student at the United States International University…

Fight! Across America

My search for the best fi ghts in all of the land brought me to Chi-town. I came to see the perennial showman, Shonie Carter, headline an action-packed fi ght card for PRIMETIME FC. Jacob Stahler, founder and president, called his fi rst…

No Reason To Get Upset >:(

One reason so many people love MMA is because of its pure unpredictability. When you take away that aspect of a sport, it ceases to be a sport. That’s why professional wrestling is now classifi ed as “sports…

Read A Book

Any mixed martial arts fan will likely tell you they admire their favorite fi ghters for more than their skills and prowess inside the cage. Fan loyalty goes beyond the sport into the realm of human connection— they relate to their…

Melanie LaCroix

California is known for it’s beautiful bikini-clad models so it may come as a surprise to fi nd out that Melanie LaCroix hits people in the face for a living. Getting smacked around isn’t necessarily our idea of fun, but this is…

Homegrown Hardcore

Athens, Georgia, is a college town if there ever was one. Home to the University of Georgia, Athens knows three things: good football, hot women, and fun bars. The HardCore Gym has been slowly adding a fourth: MMA. The gym itself is…

The Abyss Stares Back

Frank Mir had an accident. Everyone knows about it; it’s old hat. When I ask Frank about it, I can see his eyes roll back in his head with boredom. “Another idiot with a pencil,” I can hear him think. He knows he has…

Diamond In The Rough

For most working young models, a spokesmodel gig with RawVegas, MMAFix. com or Spike TV would be a dream come true, but for a seasoned pro like Andrea Tiede it’s just another day in the offi ce. This month we visit sin city to get a…

Bisping Re-Mixed

Club DJs get used to hearing the same things over and over. They live on a steady diet of looped instrumentals and break beats, playing the same platters week after week. Michael Bisping is no different; the UFC middleweight made ends meet…

Beauty Honor & Struggle

Beautiful People As you move south of the equator, so too does the focus of male sexual attention. Unlike the American cultural obsession with large breasts, Brazilian women pride themselves on the tone and shapeliness of their…

The Baby Faced Assasin

Anaheim, California. The 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound heavyweight known as the “Babyface Assassin” leaps up onto the ropes of the ring, snarling, drawing his thumb across his neck, and staring down 15,000 screaming fans with an…