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Issue 87

Issue 87
February 23rd 2012

Great fights can become legendary when genuine hate binds two competitors. In homage to hate, only in this month’s issue of Fighters Only, we take a look at some of the greatest rivalries in MMA as well as nodding to the present day’s most heated feud. With UFC bantamweight king Dominick Cruz set to coach against arch-nemesis Urijah Faber on The Ultimate Fighter 15, we talk to the champ about his fervent dislike of opposite number ahead of the summer completion of the pair’s bad-blood trilogy. Plus we discuss with ‘The Dominator’ how he wants to be remembered when he leaves MMA, and how he came up with his unorthodox speed fighting style.

 

Plus! Fighters Only looks at some of the biggest bouts to get personal even before fists and kicks were thrown, all inside an in-depth feature with psychologist Brian Cain into how the world’s greatest warriors harness their hatred. And! Nate Diaz tells us why he's not in MMA to make friends, only to do his job and punch people in the face.

 

Also featured:

- Frank Mir discusses his now-legendary destruction of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm in December last year and his feelings surrounding the retirement of his biggest adversary, Brock Lesnar.

- Stuff of Legend: How Shinya Aoki’s hatred toward Mizuto Hirota altered his career forever.

- The Man Behind The Alliance: Alliance MMA main man Eric Del Fierro reveals how training the likes of Brandon Vera, Phil Davis and Dominick Cruz is merely a hobby outside his full-time job.

 

Plus:

- Learn how to fight like former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

- 10 Things you never knew about combat sambo, the fight discipline of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko.

- The luxury items stuffed inside Strikeforce and BAMMA welterweight Paul Daley’s gymbag.

 

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THFE15 Web Copy

Love him or hate him, you must respect outspoken UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen. When the number-one contender to Anderson Silva’s title belt opens his mouth to drop another slew of controversial sound bites, entire nations listen. Despite his outrageous one-liners, he backs up everything he says thanks to unparalleled strength and an unrivalled work ethic. The man himself double-legs his way into this month's issue of Train Hard Fight Easy to take us through his workout regime that’s driven him to the front of the 185lb pack.

 

And! Learn fight techniques directly from the professionals in Fight Manual: Master Rafael Cordeiro and Wanderlei Silva teach you a spectacularly impressive spinning back-kick counter, Renzo Gracie shows you how end the fight with a kneebar from guard, the always competitive Greg Jackson demonstrates how to get the stoppage with the crucifix, and wrestling gurus Kenny Johnson and Matt Hughes give you the sag body lock takedown.

 

Also featured:

- MMA vs Pro Wrestling: The border between the Octagon and the squared circle has never been more blurred. Lesnar to Lashley, THFE discovers how wrestlers have powered up with MMA.

- Spectacular Soups: Fighter favorite Fred The Chef explains why avocado soup and fruit skewers are key to your diet.

- Flu Flushout: Don't let the man-flu stop you from getting the best out of your gym workout. THFE helps you nix those nasty germs.

 

Plus:

- World-respected cut-man ‘Stitch’ Duran is touched by Brazil, and S&C man unveils the power of the one-legged dead lift.

- How to craft your man cave to help you get the ‘W’ on fight night.

- Dieting The Dolce Way: Dietary expert, Mike Dolce gives you his secrets on how to shed those extra few pound before the weigh-in.

 

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