Sunday, April 20, 2014

May Day is Coming…

by Doug Ward April 30, 2013

Back in the day, they used the Tale of the Tape to measure the fighters against each other, but height, weight, reach and even record really only tell one side of the story.  The physical facts and how the fighters match-up is told more in the intangibles and most of that doesn’t even become apparent […]

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Ranking the Champs: Light Heavyweight (MMA)

by Brian Doerfler April 25, 2013

Light Heavyweight was, for many years, seen as the “glamour” weight class in Mixed Martial Arts. Much like the Heavyweights in boxing, Light Heavyweights in MMA have typically been held in high esteem by fans of the sport. Many of the earliest superstars existed within the weight class making it one of the tougher ones […]

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The Art of Marketing

by Brian Doerfler April 15, 2013

“Do you want to be a &*#$% fighter?!” UFC President Dana White made headlines when he gave what is possibly his most infamous speech to the first batch of TUF contestants. The message was clear: did these guys understand what they were in for? Did they really understand what it took to be a fighter? […]

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This One’s for the Girls

by Doug Ward March 21, 2013

Although the phrase fight like a girl has been used in a derogative way in the past, there may be some actual value to doing just that. Just as they are the ferocious protectors of their young in the animal kingdom, Women may in some cases be as emotionally and physically wired for fighting as […]

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Rednecks and Black Eyes

by Doug Ward March 14, 2013

There are a few people who get introduced to boxing, but it never quite matches their perception of what they thought it would be. The workout is harder than they expected.  The training and technical aspects end up being more complicated than they can grasp.  The moves require more coordination than what they are capable […]

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A Natural Response

by Doug Ward March 7, 2013

As natural as fighting is, there are characteristics human beings develop over time, that do not serve them in the ring and could ultimately spell their downfall.  These characteristics are usually unconscious, but were developed over time to protect them from harm.  However, in the ring, they actually serve a detrimental effect.  What both habits […]

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Burn the Ships

by Doug Ward February 28, 2013

In boxing, once that opening bell rings, there’s no turning back. You can change strategy.  You can choose to dig in and create a new outcome, but the only way out is to finish the fight.  You can go out on your back, out on your feet or by doing the unthinkable (quitting), but there […]

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Sex and Boxing

by Doug Ward February 14, 2013

Female MMA sensation, Rhonda Rousey recently made some comments on a couple of talk shows, saying that she tries to have as much sex as possible before she fights.  That not only got the attention of male MMA fans around the world, but it also reignited a topic that has been debated by old boxing […]

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Throwing Your Weight Around

by Doug Ward January 29, 2013

Even though some of the old-school ideals about boxers lifting weights have dissipated, there are still many modern day fighters and coaches who hold onto the belief that lifting weights slows a fighter down.  They believe that the extra size, bulk or muscle mass that can come for routinely lifting weights is unnecessary for boxing […]

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Wet Your Whistle

by Spencer Ward January 23, 2013

Oh yeah! The virtues of H2O. It’s time to praise them again. Your total body weight is made up of approximately 50% water, with as much as 75% contributing to your muscle mass, so there’s no denying the importance it plays for an athlete.  It’s vital not only to the average human being, but especially […]

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