"Cowboy" Cerrone's lightweight bout tonight at UFC 182 against Myles Jury was an ass-kicking, of both the literal and figurative senses. This is how the fight ended: with repeated "fuck you, man" boots to the rear (and thigh, and at least once crotch). Cerrone won by unanimous decision, understandably.
I love body shots. There is a horrible, wonderful noise generated when a professional athlete hits another professional athlete in the torso, a thudding slap of skeleton and meat. It sounds like a Foley artist's garish exaggeration of what you think a body shot should sound like. I love this sound.
Last year, we spent a week with Greg Jackson, a top fight trainer, as he and his team prepared four athletes to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. We were granted unusual behind-the-scenes access so that we could answer a fairly straightforward question: Just what does a great coach do, and why does it…