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August 2011

Seeing Is Believing

Alan Belcher returns to the Octagon. There are a lot of things taken for granted when waking up in the morning, not the least of which is the ability to see. Alan Belcher was no different. Throughout a six-year pro career, worrying about…

New Blood

Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world. It garners more attention and new fans daily. The emergence of so many new athletes sometimes makes it hard for fans to notice some of the fighters on the verge of making it to…

Big Fight Breakdown

Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson: UFC 135, Sept. 24 Nearly 18 years into its history, the UFC will host its first-ever championship match featuring two African-American fighters. The color of their skin and their profession are among the few…

Take a Position

Is wrestling ruining MMA? Long before there was modern MMA, there was wrestling, and despite the rapidly increasing popularity of MMA and jiu-jitsu, the most popular combat sport offered by high schools and colleges is still wrestling.…

Increase the P.R.I.C.E.

Eat to Heal When Injury Strikes When injuries occur, the acronym for the treatment strategy that is most commonly prescribed is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Adding the letter “P” to the acronym for “Proper Nutrition” takes…

Get Roped In

And you thought ropes were only good for tug-of-war. Over the last few years, the rope has become a popular training tool with fighters for the development of power, power endurance, and improved cardiac capacity. The development of these…

The High Low Mix Up

For optimum results, mix up your game by combining the best of both training zones. Given the often brutal and unforgiving nature of MMA, it’s not surprising that those who plan to step into the cage rarely lack the motivation that it…

MMA 101

Bowled Over Brian Bowles knows a thing or two about consistency—just ask Damacio Page, who Bowles submitted twice...in the first round...at exactly 3:30...with the exact same guillotine. With the help of The HardCore Gym coach Chad Shafer,…

Win the Food Fight

Some days you have plenty of time to plan out healthy meals to go along with your training schedule. However, oftentimes, meal planning takes a back seat for one reason or another. Regardless of the craziness of your day, you need some form…

Pinoy Pride

PACIFIC X-TREME COMBAT (PXC) BREAKS NEW GROUND FOR MMA IN THE PHILIPPINES. In a back corner of a nondescript government office building in downtown Manila sits a weathered industrial scale. Around it, bustling workers of the Philippines…

Seeing Red

Steve Cardenas of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has found his balance. Steve Cardenas is operating his new dojo Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga a bit differently than most martial arts entrepreneurs. While gym owners typically…

The Beast Within

UFC Hall of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn shares with readers the trials and tribulations of fighting inside and outside of the cage. For my entire career, I have usually managed to keep my personal life and my fighting separate. Like a lot…