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June 2012

MMA 101

This month, 2007 ADCC World Champion and undefeated professional mixed martial artist Robert Drysdale shows readers two slick chokes from side control. There are a lot of benefits to being in side control. You can knee the body, drop…

The Beet Down

Bust free radicals, boost nitric oxide production, and get back to your roots with one of nature’s best kept secrets. Beets. For many fighters, they’re one of those love ’em or hate ’em type foods. If you love them, you’ve come to enjoy…

The Right Pace

How to get the most out of your conditioning once you step into the cage. Any time a fighter ends up gassed out and face down on the canvas, the simple reaction is to point the finger at a lack of conditioning as the cause. Everyone from…

The Lost Art of the Armbar

How the MMA submission staple almost became extinct. On March 3, 2012, Ronda Rousey won the Strikeforce Women’s Lightweight Championship via armbar submission of Miesha Tate. The formula was perfect: pre-fight hype, nonstop action, an epic…

Bringing the Fight Overseas

More than 20 years ago, a mix of comedians, musicians, and eye candy was standard entertainment for deployed troops. Celebrities still do large numbers, but there’s another big ticket these days—mixed martial artists. During a stint in the…

Comic Relief

Watch who you call a comic book nerd…you may just get a roundhouse kick for saying something like that. The eyeglasses give him a studious demeanor—his long hair pulled back into a ponytail. He looks like a professor, however, behind those…

Fender Bender

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick isn’t afraid of getting scrappy on and off the track. It may be surprising to learn that NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone are buddies. With their similar dispositions, however,…

Catching Up with Carano

It’s been almost three years since Gina Carano stepped out of the Strikeforce cage—and the hits just keep on coming for her. The decision to continue fighting or take a stab at acting wasn’t an easy one for Gina Carano. After all, fighting…

Musical Heavy-Weights

For Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, MMA is a family affair. Raine Maida is always trying to get better at his craft. The front man of the platinum-selling rock band Our Lady Peace is reflecting on the group’s recently released eighth…

And We Are Live…

Michael Chiesa capped his 13 weeks in The Ultimate Fighter: Live house by earning a sixfigure UFC contract. Michael Chiesa may have been coach Urijah Faber’s fifth pick, but that didn’t deter the Washington native from systematically…

Girl Next Door

Brit Bliss Age: 24 Height: 5’3” Hometown: Olympia, WA Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBritBliss Twitter: @BritBliss Where are you from? I grew up in southern Ohio, just outside of a city called Zanesville. What was it like growing up…

Stockpile Your Weapons

For every MMA fighter, improving your all-around game is crucial to your success and longevity in the sport. You should always work on improving your striking by adding as many new weapons as possible. And, by new weapons, I mean new…