Bodies We Want 2011

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Photograph By Jeff Riedel for ESPN The Magazine

"I was skinny until I started weightlifting in high school, but I still had the smallest calves. That's where my nickname comes from. Other pros tell me I have the perfect bodyfor fighting and striking. My chicken legs are a blessing because my calves fly fast when I go for head kicks. To be honest, I wasn't in shape for this photo shoot. I had been in the Bahamas, where I spent four days sipping Bud Lights and eating island food. But even when I'm not training, I try to maintain mental fitness, studying combat and new techniques. Once the fight is near, I'll take 12 weeks to focus on the physical. Fighting is 90 percent mental. You must have no fear when fighting another man."