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  • UFC 187 live blog: Andrei Arlovski steals show, knocks out Travis Browne
    UFC 187 live blog: Andrei Arlovski steals show, knocks out Travis Browne
    May 23, 2015
    Daniel Cormier left the MGM Grand Garden Arena in tears the last he fought, thinking he had failed to capitalize on an opportunity that could have proved once in a lifetime. He never would have believed a second shot at the UFC light heavyweight title was only four months away. Follow along with the Sun's UFC 187 cageside live blog. ...
  • UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman responds to contender Vitor Belfort while being separated by President Dana White during their UFC 187 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Ballroom on Friday, May 22, 2015.
    UFC 187 weigh-in: Chris Weidman fumes, Daniel Cormier speaks out at testy event
    May 22, 2015
    If UFC 187 fighters release their fists as freely as they did their mouths this afternoon, then the annual Memorial Day pay-per-view card should easily surpass its considerable expectations. Friday’s weigh-in at the Grand Ballroom in the MGM's convention center was among the most contentious in ...
  • Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, fights Antony Johnson, from the US, during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Belfort defeated Johnson with a rear naked choke in the first round.
    UFC 187 title hopefuls Belfort, Johnson form alliance after fierce fight
    May 22, 2015
    Before Vitor Belfort made the final decision to relocate from Las Vegas to South Florida to join the Blackzilians three years ago, he probed into how the fledgling fight team would ...
  • Anthony Johnson, the No. 1 UFC light heavyweight contender, answers questions from the media during the UFC 187 open workouts at the MGM Grand Casino on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
    UFC 187 breakdown, picks and betting odds
    May 21, 2015
    The probability of Anthony Johnson winning the UFC light heavyweight championship more than doubled after Jon Jones’ arrest, according to odds in local sports books. ...
  • UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones attends a UFC press conference Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at MGM Grand.
    Analysis: Jon Jones inevitably casts a long shadow over UFC 187 main event
    May 19, 2015
    For the past several years, the Jon Jones narrative rightfully asserted that the only person who could beat him was himself. Jones succumbed to his internal struggle last month when he was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department in connection with a felony hit-and-run that left a pregnant woman with ...
  • Brock Lesnar mashes his thumb into Frank Mir's throat during their heavyweight title fight at UFC 100 on Saturday, July 11, 2009. Lesnar won via stoppage in the second round.
    Some of UFC’s greatest fights in Las Vegas history
    May 17, 2015
    Four of the eight men’s division championships in the UFC will be at risk over the next six weeks locally, starting with two of the historic glamour classes Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...
  • Frankie Edgar, right, lands a punch against Cub Swanson in a featherweight mixed martial arts bout during the UFC Fight Night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.
    Frankie Edgar’s wait to fight Urijah Faber ends this weekend in Manila
    May 14, 2015
    UFC fans clamored for a fight between former champions and lighter weight class luminaries Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber for years. The bout was on Edgar’s mind for even longer ...
  • Middleweight fighter Brad Tavares celebrates his win over Nate Marquardt following their UFC182 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, January 2, 2014.
    Brad Tavares talks Reebok deal, looks forward to Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 65
    May 7, 2015
    The UFC’s announcement of fighter payout details in its new Reebok uniform deal dominated discussion in the mixed martial world Wednesday. It was no different for local middleweight Brad Tavares even though he was recovering from a 23-hour flight earlier in the week to Adelaide, Australia, for UFC Fight Night 65. ...
  • Flyweight champion fighter Demetrious Johnson answers a question during UFC 178 media day at the MGM Grand Arena on Thursday, September 25, 2014. .
    UFC 186 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    April 24, 2015
    Demetrious Johnson turned heads this week when he declared himself a more dominant champion than Ronda Rousey. While many people’s immediate reaction was to discredit the UFC flyweight champion, the betting market actually validates his claim that he’s at least on the same level as the women’s bantamweight superstar. ...
  • Luke Rockhold yells after getting a first-round TKO of Keith Jardine in this file photo from Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Hard Rock.
    UFC on Fox 15 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    April 16, 2015
    The lengthiest UFC on Fox card in history of the series could double as the most competitive, according to sports books’ odds. All of the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion’s previous Fox events have featured a maximum of four fights airing on the network-television channel. ...
  • Lightweight Al Iaquinta talks to Joe Rogan following his win over Joe Lauzon after their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 31, 2015. L.E. Baskow
    Al Iaquinta stays busy trying to climb ranks at UFC Fight Night 63
    April 2, 2015
    Spending more than three months confined to a reality-show house and gym in Las Vegas went down as one of the more difficult experiences of Al Iaquinta’s UFC career. ...
  • Featherweight fighter Conor McGregor wraps an Irish flag around himself after beating Dustin Poirier during UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
    Analysis: Aldo vs. McGregor the biggest fight among lighter classes in UFC history
    March 24, 2015
    Hyperbole sticks to Conor McGregor as snugly as the crowned gorilla tattooed across his chest. The 26-year-old featherweight fancies himself as the greatest ever after just five fights in the octagon. ...
  • Rafael dos Anjos celebrates winning the men's lightweight mixed martial arts title bout against Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, early Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Dallas.
    Dos Anjos beats Pettis, takes lightweight title at UFC 185
    March 14, 2015
    Rafael dos Anjos and Joanna Jedrzejczyk put the “world” in UFC world champion. Brazilian dos Anjos won the lightweight championship belt and Poland’s Jedrzejczyk took the women’s strawweight title ...
  • Carla Esparza and her team celebrate her win over Rose Namajunas following their Women's Strawweight title bout at the Pearl in the Palms on Friday, December 12, 2014.
    UFC 185 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    March 13, 2015
    More than half of the 10 UFC champions will climb into the octagon before the end of spring. The promotion’s next three pay-per-views, running through UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, all feature two separate title defenses. ...
  • Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao attend a news conference Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
    Blog: Mayweather, Pacquiao face off at sole meeting before big fight
    March 11, 2015
    The biggest fight in the history of boxing lacks one thing that almost every forbearer had in the build-up — a press tour. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao met ...
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