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February 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.…

The Top 7 Strikers in MMA History

November 1993, I sat shocked at what I had just witnessed. A 185 pound Jiu-Jitsu fighter named Royce Gracie had just won the first-ever televised mixed martial arts tournament, The Ultimate Fighting Championship. After having practiced…

Brock Lesner

The first time Dana White met Brock Lesnar, he was transfixed. “He’s a monster,” the UFC president recalled in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine. “Seriously, the first time I ever met him, this is going to sound…

Don't F&*K With The DIAZ BROTHERS

“These fighters are scary in a way that boxers and kick-boxers aren’t. They are savage…Whoever wins the fight, the unspoken signifier of victory is, I could have killed you. There are no excuses in the rules. If we were…

MMA's Ten Most Heated Feuds

In The Godfather , Don Vito Corleone asks Johnny Fontaine if he spends time with his family, proclaiming that a “man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Well, a sport can never be a real sport…

A Force of Nature

BJ Penn seems to exist apart from other fighters. He does things that should be impossible, like moving up in weight and taking the belt, or being the only American to win Mundials (the world series of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) ever. And he…

Brotherhood of the Cage

“It’s called the Mongolian Attack…” I am watching Greg Jackson as he instructs Keith Jardine and Tait Fletcher on one of Jackson’s famously arcane mixed martial arts techniques before they begin a sparring…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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 …

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…