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October 2012

Editor's Letter November 2012

It seems like just yesterday we were waiting anxiously for the launch of the UFC’s flyweight division, and now, after a hectic tournament and frenetic five-round battle, we have our first 125-pound king in Demetrious Johnson. For the new…

The Working Champ

Newly minted UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson worked his way to the top of the 125-pound heap—now, he’s working full-time to stay there. Demetrious Johnson’s first job was Parkland Putters, where he swept a miniature golf course…

Welcome to the Hotel California

Black House is one of the most recognizable gyms in MMA, but a day spent at their L.A. location showed that the team's practice space is more than just offices and heavy bags Guilherme Trindade emerges from a lofted room in the rear of the…

Did You Know?

HOLY SHNIKIES Ronda Rousey was an altar girl in grade school. CUBS WIN Cub Swanson has three TKOs in his last three UFC fights (George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira) and two Knockout of the Night bonuses that total $115,000.…

They Said That…

MATCH GAME “I don’t talk much about Bellator, but what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable. Of course, I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let…

Health Radar

TIRE TOSS Don’t trash that spare tire just because the treads are worn. Put it to good use. Tossing a tire over your head (ala the Keg Toss in Strongman Competitions) is a great way to incorporate a lift that utilizes multiple muscle…

5 Minutes with BJ Penn

What’s the best thing about living in Hawaii? The biggest draw would have to be the year-round 80-degree weather. It’s always a beautiful day here. What’s a typical day like for you right now? I wake up, do some cardio, eat, watch some…

New Gear

Roots of Fight Black House Sweatshirt You may not be able to fight like Anderson Silva, but you can dress like hima and the rest of team Black House with this relaxed fitting sweatshirt. We think Steven Segal would like one for Xmas. $54.99…

Behind the Fight

Ariel Helwani’s rise to prominence in MMA journalism has mirrored the growth of the sport itself. From blogger to national television personality, Helwani has become one of the most trusted news sources in the ever-changing world of MMA.…

Work of Art

After almost six years under the Zuffa banner, former WEC sweetheart Brittney Palmer is just hitting her stride in the UFC. You’ve got a busy day today—photo shoot and then a charity event with Arianny Celeste right after. Do you and…

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…

Wing and a Prayer

There are comebacks...and then there are third-round comebacks. Not the takea-beating-and-latch-ona-fight-ending-submission comeback like Big Nog is renowned for. I’m talking about the fights where it’s berserker…

Return of the Rush

Be advised Carlos Condit: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is returning to the Octagon at UFC 154 on November 17 a new man. Here’s a scary thought: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, unbeaten and largely…

Mighty is the Mouse

Speed Kills...and UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius Johnson is the proof Small size and low weight are largely accountable for the display of speed and agility seen in many flyweight fights, but the ability to maintain an unwavering pace…

MMA 101

Get Explosive Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier is the most pedigreed international wrestler in the Zuffa stable. The former two-time Olympic Freestyle Team member brings an explosive style to the cage, as evident…