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August 2012

Editor's Letter September 2012

We've heard commentary about the evolution of MMA — how fighters can no longer reach the upper echelons of the sport on work ethic and determination alone, and how younger fighters, who have only trained MMA from their inception,…

Drive to the Finish

Rory MacDonald is not the next Georges St-Pierre — he’s the first Rory MacDonald, and it’s his mission to show you what that means. Rory MacDonald lives upstairs. He warns that it’s about 60 steps to his apartment. Once up to it, he…

The New Phalanx

Some of MMA’s most talented fighters are training under the guidance of Milwaukee-bred, Spartan-obsessed Duke Roufus. The small, yellow sign welcoming fighters to Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sits beneath the awning of the TCF…

They Said That | Verbal Jambalaya

He's Not Joshing “I think every MMA promotion in the world needs a guy like me. The UFC needs people who can not only fight, but also are able to capture the audience’s attention and expand that market. Nobody can fill that void like I…

Health Radar

Wide Load Use a wide grip on the chin-up bar to beef up your back muscles. Wide-grip chin-ups take some of the strain off of your biceps and force your lats to pull the load. To perform wide-grip chin-ups, grab the bar with your hands…

5 Minutes With Mike Swick

How many text messages did you get after your Knockout of the Night performance against DaMarques Johnson on UFC on Fox 4? That was the most feedback I’ve ever gotten for any fight in my career—Twitter, text messages, emails, phone…

New Gear

You Can't Put a Price Tag on Happiness 1. Roots of Fight USA Wrestling Tee It’s a good time to be a wrestling fan—Team U.S.A. came home from the London Games with two golds and one bronze in freestyle wrestling. Show the mat-men your…

Behind the Fight

Former power lifter and pro mixed martial artist Mike Dolce knows about making the cut. The author of Three Weeks to Shredded and The Dolce Diet: Living Lean has found a compelling niche in the MMA world—working with fighters to help them…

Adrenaline Rush

Dani Nardi moves at her own speed—fast. When the 28-year-old, black-haired beauty isn’t throwing hands at Roufusport MMA Academy, she’s got her foot on the pedal, finger on the trigger, and eyes on the prize. Your Twitter profi le says:…

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 Flyweight Fortune

After unleashing the flyweight division in March, Dana White will be strapping 10 pounds of gold around the waist of either Joseph Benavidez or Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152 on September 22 in Toronto, Ontario. The heir to the UFC’s…

Reality Check

You’re heavyweight Shane Carwin. You just had your third back surgery, and you haven't fought in 13 months. Two months after you tell the UFC that you're ready to get back to work, you get a call—out of the blue—asking if you'd like be…

Pyle It On Circuit

UFC welterweight Mike Pyle demonstrates a total-body conditioning circuit. UFC welterweight Mike Pyle is no stranger to working out. The 13-year MMA veteran trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, where head strength coach Jake Bonacci…

MMA 101: Upping Your Uppercut Strategy

As head coach and striking instructor at the Grudge Training Center, in Denver, Colorado, Trevor Wittman has helped finetune the pugilistic skills of a number of elite-level mixed martial artists, including Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt,…