It's easy to overlook everything that goes into becoming a mixed martial arts athlete. The hard work, dedication, discipline and direction all must align in one night while you stand across the cage looking directly into the eyes of your competition.
In 2006, Oliver David was an assistant coach on a California Wave Under-16 Tier I AAA team that advanced through regionals at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks before winning a national championship in Rochester, NY.
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Under-16 Ice Hawks finished off an impressive three days of pool play at the Tier II National Championships in Troy, Mich., on Friday morning, defeating Huntsville (Ala.) 7-4.
Nothing felt real for Gunnar Romatz until he landed a solid punch to the side of opponent Berring West's face. "It just felt awesome," Romatz said. "That's when I knew, this is it, this is real, this is time to go to work.