Yearly Archives

2014

MMA 101 – Armed and Dangerous

There are a lot of benefits to being in side control. You can knee the body, drop elbows to the face, work toward full mount, and hunt submissions. This month, Robert Drysdale—2007 ADCC World Champion and undefeated professional mixed…

Sugar in the Tank

If you’re hitting the gym hard, make sure you strike the sugar balance. 1. Monosaccharides Also known as simple sugars, monosaccharides include glucose, fructose, and galactose. All carbohydrates consumed in the diet are broken down…

Fitness – The Shoulder Load

Protect your shoulders to stay in the fight. Shoulder pain, whether it’s chronic or acute, is one of the most common injuries for mixed martial artists. During combat sports, the occurrence of shoulder injuries is increased due to impact…

New Gear – Warm Up in Style

1. HAYABUSA Champion Hoodie Fall means brown leaves, cooler temperatures, and lots of football. Whether you’re on your way to the stadium to cheer on your team or on your way to the gym to do work, cover up with the Champion Hoodie from…

Cody Garbrandt: All He Does is Fight (and Win)

With a victory on Oct. 4 in Canton, Ohio, at NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 8, Cody Garbrandt will find himself knocking on the UFC's door. A knife to the leg can change a person. Twenty-three-year-old professional bantamweight mixed martial…

5 Minutes with Dustin Poirier

You were born and raised on the bayous of Louisiana and grew up during the rise of the hip-hop scene in New Orleans. Back in those days, there was a power struggle being played out between Master P’s label No Limit Records and Birdman’s…

MMA 101: The BANG Muay Thai System

As the new striking coach for Team Alpha Male, former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig has come out of the gate firing. Three of his Team Alpha Male fighters (Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and TJ Dillashaw) earned knockouts on the UFC on…

Science of the Slam: Out With a Bang, Not a Whimper

Not all takedowns are created equal. Some are dragged-out wars of attrition that end with a whimper, while others are explosive feats of athleticism that end with a bang. “Slams” on takedowns are a recorded metric in MMA, categorized by…

The Incredible Shrinking Fighter

Fighters are shrinking their waistlines thanks to the perpetual arms race that motivates them to become champions. In 2005, Kenny Florian made his Octagon debut at the finale of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. Weighing in at…