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  • Pat Cummins defeats Terrell Brown via TKO on Dec. 4, 2010. Cummins, who has a professional record of 4-0, will fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.
    This broke fighter will go from the coffee shop to UFC co-main event in one week
    Feb. 16, 2014
    As soon as Pat Cummins’ story started spreading to fight fans, the 33-year-old mixed martial artist was flooded with support. Cummins was approached by UFC officials Thursday to take a fight while working the drive-thru for minimum wage at a California coffee shop.
  • Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey stands on the scale during the weigh in for UFC 170 Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Ronda Rousey: From pioneer to pariah
    Feb. 16, 2014
    Sportsmanship is commendable, a virtue worth teaching. But it shouldn’t get in the way of sincerity, a trait as important to Ronda Rousey as the arm bar she has used to defeat all eight of her opponents. But when Rousey refused to shake the hand of archrival Miesha Tate, a genuine show of her feelings about Tate, it touched off a firestorm of criticism from fans and fellow fighters.
  • Rashad Evans readies himself for his fight against Chael Sonnen during UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Injury forces Rashad Evans out of UFC 170
    Feb. 12, 2014
    Light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was scheduled to fight former Olympian Daniel Cormier Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the co-main event of UFC 170.
  • Frank Mir, right, and Alistair Overeem fight during the second round of a UFC 169 heavyweight mixed-martial arts bout in Newark, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Overeem won by unanimous decision.
    Alistair Overeem salvages career, leaves Frank Mir's future in doubt at UFC 169
    Feb. 2, 2014
    Alistair Overeem deposited Frank Mir on his back so often Saturday night at UFC 169 that it felt like only a matter of time before he cashed in on the position with a stoppage. Overeem resisted investing too heavily in Mir’s vulnerable situations, however, because he feared fraud.
  • Renan Barao, right, of Brazil lands the punch that knocks Urijah Faber of Sacramento, CA down resulting in the official calling the fight during the first  round of the Ultimate Fighting Bantamweight Championship Mixed Martial Arts bout in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Barao won after referee Herb Dean called the fight in the first round. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)
    UFC 169: Renan Barao crushes Urijah Faber with first-round TKO
    Feb. 1, 2014
    NEWARK, N.J. — Beyond winning, Renan Barao had one other goal coming into UFC 169. The champion wanted to knock out Urijah Faber in their second bantamweight title fight. Barao found a way — and fast.
  • Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov shoves Abel Trujillo during the weigh in for UFC 160 Friday, May 24, 2013.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 169's Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo
    Feb. 1, 2014
    The Play of the Day could use a boost from the biggest sports weekend of the year.
  • Urijah Faber is seen during the media "workout" in advance of The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale Thursday, April 11, 2013.
    UFC 169 weigh-in: Urijah Faber sheds pounds, gets in shape in short order
    Jan. 31, 2014
    Urijah Faber vacationed in Mexico and got up to nearly 160 pounds as he lounged during a designated downtime at the end of last year. The California Kid has barely spent a moment resting since then. Grueling training began almost as soon as the relaxing getaway ended when an injury to Dominick Cruz catapulted Faber into a short-notice title fight.
  • Jose Aldo, from Brazil, right, and Chan Sung Jung, from South Korea, battle during their UFC 163 mixed martial arts Featherweight Championship bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
    UFC 169 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Jan. 31, 2014
    Although the UFC is popularly referred to as going through a state of flux at the moment, seven straight title fights have ended with champions retaining their belts. Most expect that streak to extend to nine before Super Bowl Sunday. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and bantamweight counterpart Renan Barao are pricey favorites to defend their thrones against Ricardo Lamas and Urijah Faber, respectively, Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
  • Brazil's  Renan Barao celebrates beating American Eddie Wineland to with the Interim Bantanweight Championship during UFC 165 in Toronto on  Saturday Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
    Five things to watch at the rare Super Bowl card on the road
    Jan. 30, 2014
    For the first time in a decade, the UFC won’t stay home to celebrate Super Bowl weekend. Ricco Rodriguez, Tito Ortiz and Matt Hughes were the promotion’s champions the last time it didn’t stage an event at MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center during the country’s biggest sports weekend. Brad Johnson, Dexter Jackson and Michael Pittman led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory over the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl that year.
  • Josh Thomson, left, punches Benson Henderson right, during the main event of a UFC mixed martial arts event in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.
    Benson Henderson pulls off another questionable nod at UFC on Fox 10
    Jan. 25, 2014
    The search for a decisive Benson Henderson victory will unmercifully continue after UFC on Fox 10. Controversial wins defined the former lightweight champion’s title reign, as judges awarded him four decisions that many fans and media dissented. Henderson’s post-championship run got off to an identical start Saturday night in Chicago.
  • Josh Thomson, left, kicks Nate Diaz during the second round of a UFC lightweight mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Thomson won by technical knockout in the second round. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    UFC on Fox 10 primer: What to watch for on Chicago card
    Jan. 24, 2014
    For the first time in a year and a half, a UFC on Fox event will not feature a championship fight. That doesn’t mean UFC on Fox 10 will lack for intrigue.
  • Benson Henderson, center, celebrates with his finacee, Maria Magana, left, and his mother, Song Henderson, after defeating Gilbert Melendez in a UFC lightweight championship mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Henderson won by split decision to retain the championship. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    UFC on Fox 10 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Jan. 23, 2014
    Benson Henderson could rightfully declare himself as the face of UFC on Fox. The former lightweight champion fights on the fourth network-television card of his career at UFC on Fox 10 Saturday in Chicago.
  • Daniel Cormier, right, punches Frank Mir during the third round of a UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Cormier won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones three wins away from being 'greatest fighter we've ever seen'
    Jan. 15, 2014
    One of the biggest questions looming over the UFC is how close Jon Jones is to surpassing Anderson Silva as the greatest fighter of all-time and when the light heavyweight champion will have done enough to merit the distinction. One of Jones’ most bitter rivals believes he has the answer. The UFC’s newest light heavyweight contender, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, says Jones needs to defeat him, Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson again to ascend to that status.
  • Keith Kiser, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is shown during a news conference. Kizer resigned from his post after nearly eight years to return to his previous job in administrative law with the Nevada Attorney Generals Office.
    Keith Kizer steps down from post as executive director of commission
    Jan. 10, 2014
    Keith Kizer never saw a long-term future regulating fighting in Nevada. His passion was always practicing law.
  • Sara McMann celebrates her win over Sheila Gaff after their UFC 159 Mixed Martial Arts bout in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013. McMann won via first round TKO.
    Octagon Olympics: UFC 170 headliners were out for medals before belts
    Jan. 10, 2014
    Sara McMann started making the long trek from central Pennsylvania to Stillwater, Okla., more than a decade ago. One of the top female wrestlers in the world, McMann traveled the 1,200 miles periodically to train with the powerhouse Oklahoma State men’s team. The most notable Cowboy wrestler around back then was the 2001 NCAA runner-up, a young Daniel Cormier.
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