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March 2012

Editor's Letter April 2012

Casual observers of MMA are often surprised when fighters are able to shake hands only moments after smashing one another in the face. Combat sports inherently demand respect, at least from a competition standpoint, and when it’s displayed…

Barefoot In Japan

One MMA journalist’s adventure into The Land of the Rising Sun for UFC 144. Exiting the American Airlines jumbo jet that had been my home for the past 10 hours and walking into the main concourse of Tokyo’s Narita airport, I couldn’t help…

Sunshine State

Breakups, injuries, and a yearlong quarrel with Jon Jones have lead Rashad Evans to change training partners, managers, and zip codes. For the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, it may be the perfect solution for an imperfect attitude.…

New Gear

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON HAPPINESS 1. Roots of Fight Bravo vs. Gracie Tee This bamboo-blend V-neck commemorates Eddie Bravo’s victory over Royler Gracie at the 2003 ADCC Championships. It’s so soft that your girlfriend (if you have…

5 Minutes With Mark Hunt

Was your fight at UFC 144 in Japan reminiscent of the glory days of PRIDE and K-1? It was good, ya it was similar. Did it bring back fond memories? Well, a lot of good and bad memories, you know? I’ve had a career that’s been up and down…

MMA Planet

BRINGING COUNTRIES TOGETHER, ONE BEATING AT A TIME. SUPER DUPER Super Fight League—India’s first MMA organization—is headed to Chandigarh, India, on April 7 for SFL 2. Headlining the card will be a motley crew of talent, including Todd…

Runner's High

Our favorite curly headed surfer girl is back— or maybe she never really left. This month, we check in with former UFC ring girl Natasha Wicks to find out about her return to cage side, her Olympic running aspirations, and her obsession…

They Said That

VERBAL JAMBALAYA CONSPIRACY THEORY “Americans have a rivalry with Brazilians, that is obvious. And why is that? It’s because the UFC has 300 fighters under contract, and from those 300 fighters, the Brazilians are 50, and we have more…

The Rise Of Wonderboy

Kicking off a fight card can be a lonely experience—even in the UFC, which usually reserves that spot for newbies and snoozers competing in quarter-filled arenas. To make fans take notice is a difficult feat, but Stephen “Wonderboy”…

Did You Know?

COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA FUNKY FROLF In 2011, Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren finished 2nd at the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship, 9th at the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, and 14th at the…

Big Fight Breakdown

Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck UFC on Fox 3: May 5, East Rutherford, NJ When mat men Johny Hendricks (12-1) and Josh Koscheck (17-5) face each other at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 5, they will represent the…

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…

Straight Out Of Fightville

Over the last 15 months, Dustin Poirier has gone from being a relatively unknown, late replacement fighter at UFC 125 to a standout name on the short list of featherwieght contenders. While such a rapid climb up the ranks might compel some…

Spring Clean Your Diet

Clean up any lingering winter diet disasters by adding a few of the following spring delights to your daily diet. • ASPARAGUS Nicknamed “The Food of Kings,” this vegetable boasts a royal showing of folate, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, and…

MMA 101

This month, five time World Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player, Marcelo Garcia, helps us fine tune the rear naked choke. The rear naked choke is the ideal submission from the back, but setting and finishing it is always a challenge. If…