Monthly Archives

November 2010

5 Minutes With Tim Kennedy

So, I hear you can curve a bullet. That’s got to be cool. I think every Special Forces sniper can do it. It’s not like the biggest trick in the world.Environmental forces affect how the bullet moves, whether it’s…

Hollywood's Full-Time Fighter

So you want to be a full-time fighter? Well, don’t go quitting your day job just yet. For every successful fighter who gave up everything to train, there are 100 average joes who have not been so successful. Now, the joes are broke,…

The Evolution of Kos

Love him or hate him, Josh Koscheck’s rise from serial wrestler to one of the most complete fighters in the UFC can’t be anything but respected. “To be honest, I’m not sure I even want to do this,”Josh…

On The Utility of Struggle and The Art of Rising

I. MOTORCYCLE HILL “You must make friends with suffering!” Greg Jackson shouts to a group of about 15 professional fighters and one aging, but aspiring, participatory journalist as we all struggle up a diabolically…

The Finisher

The Trident Bookstore and Café is just how it sounds - a sleepy, pseudo hippie hangout on the west side of Boston set in an old Brownstone with several floors of reading material and acoustic tunes to enhance your reading experience.…

Command Performance

ZAYED’S DREAM Highway E 11 cuts 79 miles through the great Rub’ al Khali desert between the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. FIGHT! Staff Photographer Paul Thatcher is piloting a tiny blue rental car as we speed down…

Hall of Fame 2010

Major League Baseball has Cooperstown. The National Football League has Canton. MMA has FIGHT! Magazine. Ok, ok, so we’re not quite as prestigious as Cooperstown, but great mixed martial artists needed a place where they could be…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…