5 MMA Gyms to Check Out in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Sports, Top Lists

Courtesy of Craig Cummins
Power MMA & Fitness is one of the best mixed martial arts gyms in the Valley.

With the UFC having made its first visit to Arizona last month, mixed martial arts is even more mainstream than ever before in the Valley. As it is, metro Phoenix is home to many of the nation's top mixed martial artists and several local MMA promotions.

Thanks largely in part to the longstanding dominance of ASU's wrestling program, Phoenix has been a hotbed for MMA fighters and gyms for quite some time, even before the UFC became a household name. Here are five of our favorite MMA gyms in the Valley.

More »

Super Bowl 2015: Alternative Lodging Options in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Fun, Sports

docentjoyce via Flickr
We can't guarantee wildflowers in late January, but we're sure the White Tank Mountains will still be gorgeous.
If you happen to be football fans and procrastinators, we have some bad news: pretty much every hotel and resort in the greater Phoenix area is already booked or is about one or two rooms away from being booked for the weekend of February 1, 2015. Sorry. But what do you expect when the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Waste Management Phoenix Open are happening on the same weekend?

Anyway, go ahead and let the idea of pillow mints and tiny shampoo bottles go, and prepare yourself for something a little more adventurous. Here are our suggestions for alternative lodging for Super Bowl weekend. We're pretty sure these options will be cheaper than the more traditional hotel route and we can pretty much guarantee you'll come away with at least one story to write home about.

More »

10 Coolest Skaters at Arizona Derby Dames' Opening Bout

Categories: Sports

Roller derby isn't for the faint of heart. Ask any skater, and you're sure to be met with a string of stories about broken bones and hospital visits. What keeps the skaters going, in spite of the risks? Roller derby is a blast.

Arizona Derby Dames, the state's only banked track all-female roller derby league, kicked off its 10th season on Saturday, September 16, with a double header bout between the Coffin Draggers and the Schoolyard Scrappers, as well as the Bombshells and the Brutal Beauties. Both games were quite competitive and entertaining, as the Coffin Draggers and Bombshells triumphed.

After the game, we caught up with a number of skaters to discuss hip checking and camaraderie, and we captured it on video. Since AZDD doesn't have another bout for a month, we're taking a look at the league's 10 coolest skaters.

More »

10 Metro Phoenix Athletes to Follow on Instagram

There's been a lot of Instagram love for the artists and photographers in the Phoenix area, but for a city with four major sports teams and a wide variety of other athletes, it's time to venture into the realm of athletes worthy of a follow on Instagram.

More »

UFC Is Coming to US Airways Center

Categories: Events, Sports

Mark Richardson/Flickr
And it'll look something like this.

UFC, the premier organization for mixed martial arts, is hosting its first-ever event in Arizona on Saturday, December 13 at the US Airways Center. It will be broadcast internationally as the UFC's 13th event on Fox.

More »

Scottsdale MMA Fighter Terrin Yazzie Takes Pride in Navajo Roots

Categories: Sports

Josh Chesler
Terrin Yazzie trains on a heavy bag at Impact MMA after other fighters have already left.

For many professional mixed martial arts fighters, training, dieting, and preparing to step into the cage with someone who wants to knock or choke them unconscious requires more work ethic and dedication than anything else. For Terrin Yazzie, who has spent a good portion of his life on the Navajo nation in northern Arizona, fighting isn't even as strenuous as a normal summer day during his childhood.

Yazzie, 30, went to school in the Valley but would go back to the Navajo nation to see his extended family for the summers of his youth.

More »

World Cup 2014: The 10 Most Memorable Moments

Courtesy of FIFA
The 2014 World Cup comes to a close this weekend.

We're not sure if it's just the social media buzz, but it sure feels like the 2014 World Cup has been one for the books. From a player with vampire-like tendencies to teams that can really get their groove on, we've been entertained in unexpected ways over the past month of soccer-y goodness.

In anticipation of this weekend's final, we've compiled a list of our favorite 2014 World Cup moments so far. Let us know your own personal favorites in comments section bellow.

More »

5 Tips for Summer Skateboarding in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Outdoors, Sports

Mor Gnar via Flickr
Skateboarding takes its toll, especially in the summertime.

Arizona has a wealth of things to enjoy for outdoorsy types, and for those who enjoy skateboarding are no exception. There are more than 20 various skateparks and other great spots to hit around the Valley such as The Wedge and Desert West. But during summer, it's just not as easy to enjoy all the pleasures that skateboarding has to offer. Skateboarding can be taxing and exhausting in the most ideal conditions, and with the heat it can be flat out dangerous. These five tips will help skateboarders navigate the sweltering summer conditions.

More »

10 Oddball Sports to Play in Metro Phoenix

Futsal is a version of soccer that uses a smaller, indoor court.

Overshadowed by their more mainstream counterparts (we're looking at you, football), there are plenty of less-known sports out there. And not only are they out there, but many of them have competitive leagues right here in Arizona. We like to call them the oddballs. From variations on horseshoes to water polo played with inner tubes, these sports offer fun and sometimes funny ways to pass the time.

Here are 10 oddball sports and where to play them in the Phoenix area.

More »

TopGolf Now Open in Scottsdale

Categories: Fun, Sports

Lauren Hornberger
The course at TopGolf features different targets that guests aim for.

There is a new kind of golf in Scottsdale that is changing the way people see the driving range. TopGolf, an upscale golf entertainment facility that incorporates gaming and golf, is officially open.

More »