Yes, Gina Carano is training her ass off for her upcoming fight against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. In the above video, heartless strength and conditioning coach Norm Turner puts MMA’s golden girl through the ringer, pushing her dangerously close to the point of vomiting/calling for her mommy. Is Cyborg training this hard? Or is she just choking reporters, throwing around her husband, and relying on her genetic advantages to see her through? Whatever the case, workouts like these are ensuring that Carano will be ready for anything…
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During basketball off-seasons, Shaquille O’Neal stays in shape with Jonathan Burke at the 6 Levels, learning how to beat up people who are much smaller than him. Here we see Shaq stuffing takedowns, throwing superman punches, and pop-locking. Okay fine, but how would he do against Minowaman?
Anderson Silva seems to be in high spirits as he discusses what he expects from Forrest Griffin in UFC 101‘s co-headlining fight. "I hope he doesn’t beat me up too much," he says, borrowing a page from Griffin’s self-deprecation playbook. But: "I don’t think he will come to exchange punches with me. I believe he will try to put me down, just like all the others did, but let’s go there to see what happens." In the training footage that’s spliced in, we see Silva allow himself to get punched in the face at a rapid clip, but as he explains "this is like peanuts for us." He also resigns himself to the fact that nobody stays undefeated forever: "Someone will beat me up; that’s a fact. Someone will end up catching my arm, my foot, and submitting me…Is there anyone better than me? For sure. We don’t know where, but there is."
A slick little preview of UFC 104′s main event, Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua, compiled by highlight-video whiz Machinemen. Watch it a few times and you’ll almost be fooled into believing that this will be a competitive fight…