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Editor's Letter: March 2013

Mention Anderson Silva’s name and even non-MMA fans are likely to respond with something along the lines of “Oh yeah, that guy? He’s a bad ass.” Mention Luke Rockhold, however, and see how many blank stares you get in return. For many…

Editor's Letter: February 2013

Yes, it’s February, but FIGHT! still has unfinished business with 2012. That’s right, it’s time once again for our annual awards­. Gracing the cover for the second time is our newest Fighter of the Year, Benson Henderson. After dethroning…

Editor's Letter: January 2013

At 6'5" a rumored walking weight of 280 pounds, to say that Alistair Overeem stands out in a downtown Tokyo train station would be an understatement. There’s no doubt that “The Reem” is big in Japan, both literally and figuratively, so it’s…

Editor's Letter December 2012

"This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently…

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…

Editor's Letter October 2012

Led by Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter is underway, and the UFC’s heavyweight division is squarely back in focus. Although reigning champion Junior dos Santos has proven himself to be the most dominant…

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,…

Editor's Letter August 2012

Champions, legends, and rising stars are the usual suspects when making a list of candidates for the cover of the magazine. After all, names like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre represent the pinnacle of the sport. They provide the…

Editor's Letter July 2012

From Dan Severn to Mark Coleman to the great Randy Couture, there is no doubt that wrestling is an integral part of the UFC’s DNA. But today’s modern MMA combatants require more than just the ability to secure a takedown with hopes of…

Editor's Letter June 2012

In the mid-19th century, introduction of the Minié ball and rifle changed modern warfare forever. The effects were notably present on the battlefi elds of the American Civil War, where the superior range and accuracy of the improved…

Editor's Letter May 2012

By definition, only a single alpha can exist in a pack of wolves at any given time , so you might suspect a camp called “Team Alpha Male” would suffer from constant bickering and infighting. For the players at Urijah Faber’s now infamous…

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…

Editor's Letter March 2012

I pop open the top, tap out two, no, three Advils from the almost empty bottle, and wash them down with a glass of water. It’s a regular occurrence these days and a sure sign that my body simply doesn’t recover from workouts as fast as it…

Editor's Letter February 2012

Handing out awards to combatants of a sport that has as many variables as MMA is always a difficult task. What aspect of a particular KO, for example, constitutes KO of the Year? Is it the technical execution? The gravity of the contest…

Editor's Letter Janurary 2012

After soundly defeating BJ Penn—twice—and KO’ing Gray Maynard, Frankie Edgar finally finds himself in the clear as the undisputed lightweight king. With the top two 155 pound fighters not named Frankie out of the picture, the division has…