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January 2009

New Blood

CAIN VELASQUEZ Name: Cain Velasquez Professional Record: 2-0 Height: 6’2” Weight: 230lbs Discipline: Wrestling Notable Wins: Jesse Fujarczyk Who is Cain Velasquez? Most fans aren’t familiar with Velasquez, who has…

Smoke and Mirrors

We have the image burned into our collective consciousness; a muscular guy in a karate uniform striking his toughest pose (named for an animal, of course), his luscious mullet blowing in the wind. If I could go back to the 80s and tug that…

Smoker

Someone broke the fi rst rule of fi ght club, and Din Thomas wound up in jail. On October 31, 2007, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, police arrested Thomas, a 31-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, for holding illegal cage fi ghts…

Cutmen Explained

Forrest Griffi n’s face was covered with blood, but Jacob “Stitch” Duran didn’t hesitate to start working on a serious cut in the middle of Forrest’s forehead. It was UFC 76; Forrest was in the middle of…

My Balls Got Their Asses Kicked

I participated in traditional martial arts for several years. I started with Aikido and stuck with it for quite a while. This, my friends, was Aikido at its namby-pambiest, replete with swirling skirts, unbending arms, and cries of…

Planning The Punch

The news of Randy Couture’s return to the UFC came quickly and without much warning. While rumors spread throughout the fi ght world, within a few days UFC organizers had an opponent ready for Couture in Brock Lesnar, a major venue…

Unmasked

There’s a difference between dreamers and visionaries. All of us dream of the way we want the world to look, but visionaries have the courage to change it. The man who would reinvent himself as a pseudo-comic book hero called…

Making The Cut1

Have you ever wondered how Rich Franklin can possibly be 185 pounds or how Georges St. Pierre is 170 pounds? To make the mark for their fi ght, they cut weight. Weight cutting has become commonplace with the majority of fi ghters in mixed…

Beating Closing Lines

In the last issue, I talked about the importance of line shopping - the practice of fi nding the best available price on the market for placing a bet. Line shopping is one of the most powerful tools available to a sports bettor. But while…

Prepare For All Scenarios

With their globalization, expansion in marketing, higher profi le ad sales, and publicity, the UFC has hit the scene as hard as an Anderson Silva knee to the face. But while the sport and its most successful promotion learn to adapt as they…

Glazer Weighs In

Hey juice heads, you’re killing us. Killing us! Finally, the world of MMA had reached such mainstream levels that to call it a fad is a spit in the face. Ignorance has been replaced by education. The image of brutal savagery now…