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January 2012

Editor's Letter February 2012

Handing out awards to combatants of a sport that has as many variables as MMA is always a difficult task. What aspect of a particular KO, for example, constitutes KO of the Year? Is it the technical execution? The gravity of the contest…

FIGHT! Magazine Awards 2011

The month of February can only mean one thing: It’s time to give out the 2011 awards. I know what you’re thinking, “Are the 5th Annual FIGHT! Magazine Awards going to detract from the 84th Academy Awards that are scheduled for February…

2011 Year In Review

Good, bad, ugly, sad—MMA fans got a taste of everything in 2011. It was a big year for the fastest growing sport in the world, and FIGHT! was along for the entire ride. Sit back in your favorite chair, pour yourself a glass of your best…

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA HUNT TO SURVIVE UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt’s path to professional fighting began when a bouncer at a nightclub in Auckland, New Zealand, invited Hunt to train at his gym after witnessing “The Super…

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA CALLIN’ IT QUITS “I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease. I’m going to say that tonight is the last night you will see me in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar is officially retired.” —Brock Lesnar,…

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. HAYABUSA TOKUSHU™ SERIES GLOVES Sporting a sophisticated dual-closure system and patented wrist-splinting design, Hayabusa’s university research has confirmed that these gloves have superior…

Eduardo Dantas Is At Home

Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament winner Eduardo Dantas survived the mean streets of his home with a passion for fighting… the right way. Look around the athletic department of a major college campus and you’re likely to see…

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME AS THE CRO FLIES Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will cap his combat career at K-1 Final Fight in Zagreb, Croatia, on March 10. The former PRIDE Grand Prix Openweight Champion will take on…

5 Minutes With Rory MacDonald

You’ve been fighting professionally since you were 16 years old. Did you have to get a permission slip from your parents for your first fight? The promoter asked for one just in case, so I did get my parents to sign a form, but I don’t…

Valentine Sweet Heart

This month’s eye candy has more surprises than a box of chocolates. At only 23, Sophia Roe packs quite a punch and has all the tips you’ll need to make this Valentine’s Day something special. Where are you calling home these days?…

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…

The Kids Are Alright

MMA training isn’t just for adults. Let the kids have some fun. There is an uphill battle in building youth MMA programs. Traditional martial arts like karate and taekwondo have a head start because they don’t have the underlying stigma of…

Big Fight Breakdown

Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar UFC 144 - Feb. 25, 2012, Saitama, Japan On February 25, the UFC will make its long-awaited return to the Land of the Rising Sun. Headlining the main event will be UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The…

Zerch & Destroy

Get a new grip on leg training with these three variations on your old standards. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. This is a simple, yet profound rule of life. If you want more, you have to do more, and when…

Heart Smart

Keep the beat going strong during February’s American Heart Month. To keep your heart happy, it’s important to follow exercise, diet, and health guidelines. As a dedicated athlete, the exercise aspect should be taken care of during regular…