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October 2010

Desert Heat

The Nevada desert isn’t the kind of place you’d want to get lost. It’s hot, dry, and dusty, and if you’re not careful, you could end up a permanent resident. Of course, it’s not so bad if you run into someone…

Three's A Charm

You’ve probably heard the old adage: “Bad things happen in threes.” However, as far as MMA is concerned, a trilogy is a thing of beauty. Ultimately, the goal is to decide the better fighter. When the series is tied at one…

World Domination

“UFC will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020.” So claimed UFC head honcho Dana White in a column he wrote for the Las Vegas Sun at the end of 2009. If world domination is White’s ultimate goal, the UFC will have to…

The Return of El Matador

This might go without saying, but Bellator Fighting Championships got the right guy for its lightweight tournament in Roger Huerta. El Matador is made for television, whether it’s Telemundo, ESPN Deportes, or otherwise. He’s an…

Putting Penn To Paper

For MMA legend BJ Penn, the fire still burns since first competing professionally in 2001. In his new book Why I Fight (Harper Collins), co-authored with David Weintraub, Penn tells the inside story of how a kid from Hilo conquered the UFC…

Sun Devil Shining

Born in Colorado, Aaron “A-Train” Simpson spent his youth in Nebraska with parents, who were both teachers, before relocating to Arizona at 12 years of age. Their emphasis on education molded him into a star student, but his…

5 Minutes With Paul Daley

Two UFC fights. Two knockouts. Are you enjoying the hype? I’m trying to avoid it really. I’m trying to stay grounded, stay chilled, and ignore all the hype going on all around me. How did you get started in…

5 Fighting Southpaws

The Latin word for “left” is “sinister,” which evolved into the word “distrust,” because lefties are not the norm. Our calendars might claim it is 2010, but it’s still hard to trust that kid in…

"7 Questions For The "Answer""

Since entering the Octagon, UFC lightweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has gone 11–1, with impressive wins over Sean Sherk, Tyson Griffin, and Matt Veach. He now faces the biggest fight of his career against UFC…

Aly Veneno

Born Alison Garcia, this poisonous triple threat of brains, beauty, and badass is dangerous in the best ways possible —careful, her charm will leave you snake bitten. Where did you grow up and where are you now? Kind…

The New Kid Arrives

From the first time Rory MacDonald walked into an MMA class, it was love at first sight. In fact, when the then 14-year-old jumped in the family car for the ride home afterward, he informed his father that he had found his calling. …

5 Minutes With Jake Shields

You’ve got the biggest fight of your career coming up, defending your Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against Dan Henderson. Is it more important to retain the belt or show you can compete with a legend like Henderson? …

Lone Star Special

So how’d you get into modeling? I’ve only been it doing it since November. In October, I was backpacking and couch surfing in California for the whole month. Robert Donahue, a fashion photographer in L.A, ran into me at…

5 Minutes With Cung Le

I understand you surf. Catch any big waves lately? I used to boogie board a lot when I was younger. No time now. What’s the hardest you’ve ever hit someone? Arne Soldwedel, in the Shidokan finals. It…

MMA's Festive

We’ve all got our favorite fighters. Some have awesome skills. Some have cool personalities. Some have great mustaches. And some you’d just like to have a Vodka Collins with. Need help figuring it out? No problem. Here are the…