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December 20, 2014

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  • Amir Khan of Britain, left, connects on Devon Alexander of St. Louis, Mo., during a welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
    Blog: Amir Khan blows out Devon Alexander in unanimous-decision win
    Dec. 13, 2014
    The fight billed as a “Royal Battle” turned into a royal beating. Amir Khan whipped Devon Alexander in one of the most anticipated welterweight bouts of the year Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ....
  • Former WWE wrestler Phil Brooks, known as CM Punk, speaks at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, about signing with the UFC for his expected 2015 debut.
    Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks explains what drove him to UFC
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made a hasty exit from the Mandalay Bay Events Center media room. The 35-year-old former WWE champion spoke with reporters for about 15 minutes after UFC 181 before rushing off the dais in advance of the post-fight press conference ...
  • Welterweight title belt holder Johny Hendricks takes a kick from opponent Robbie Lawler late in their UFC 181 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
    Challengers lining up for shots at UFC 181 champions Lawler, Pettis
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Khabib Nurmagomedov barged into the UFC 181 press conference with the might of an Anthony Pettis guillotine choke. Pettis, who defended his lightweight title for the first time by submitting Gilbert Melendez on Saturday, was in the middle of discussing a fight with the division’s new top contender when Nurmagomedov began clapping loudly ...
  • New welterweight title belt holder Robbie Lawler celebrates with fans after his UFC 181 fight win at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
    UFC 181 blog: Robbie Lawler swipes welterweight title from Johny Hendricks
    Dec. 6, 2014
    Robbie Lawler sauntered around the octagon, soaking up the environment at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for several minutes after UFC 181 concluded. Opponent Johny Hendricks was long gone. ...
  • Featherweight fighter Conor McGregor pounds on a defenseless Dustin Poirier, who was kicked to the ground and would soon be eliminated, during UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Conor McGregor crowning himself champion after vicious UFC 178 victory
    Sept. 28, 2014
    Conor McGregor tugged on the shoulder pads of his self-described “ivory elephant-trunk suit” as he strutted into the UFC 178 post-fight press conference. Once he sat down, the 26-year-old from Dublin fiddled on multiple occasions with the shimmering gold watch covering the majority of his wrist ...
  • Flyweight title fighter Demetrious Johnson connects with a kick to the ribs on Chris Cariaso during UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
    UFC 178 live blog: Johnson blows out Cariaso with flawless showing
    Sept. 27, 2014
    Demetrious Johnson might have gotten too ambitious ...
  • UFC 178 lightweight Eddie Alvarez laughs at a question posed to him during media day at the MGM Grand Arena on Thursday, September 25, 2014. .
    Eddie Alvarez motivated with long-awaited debut at UFC 178
    Sept. 26, 2014
    Eddie Alvarez admits there were times within the past couple of years when he thought he’d never make it to the UFC. Embroiled in almost a yearlong legal battle with Bellator, which tried to prevent him from crossing over, the 30-year-old mixed martial arts veteran from Philadelphia came to accept that he might not ever fight in the sport’s premier organization ...
  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks at his reflection during a media day at the Mayweather Boxing Club Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13.
    Marcos Maidana confident he can be the first to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    Sept. 11, 2014
    Marcos Maidana lost the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But, because he was able to land some punches in keeping the match last May closer than most against boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Maidana certainly seems confident for Saturday’s rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...
  • UFC veteran Forrest Griffin is scheduled to meet fans at the UFC Gym in Green Valley from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the facility at Green Valley Parkway and Warm Springs Road.
    Nevada Highway Patrol officer opens UFC Gym in Green Valley
    Sept. 5, 2014
    Charles Haycox was already a huge fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, rarely missing one of the local mixed martial arts league’s cards.
  • Blood flies off Renan Barao as he is hit with a leg from T.J. Dillashaw that nearly finishes him off in the fifth round during their title fight at UFC 173 on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won shortly thereafter with a TKO.
    UFC 177: A top-to-bottom look at the card with two title fights
    Aug. 8, 2014
    UFC 178 has produced one memorable dust-up, while UFC 176 wound up in the dustbin. All the activity has just plain left UFC 177 in the dust...
  • Big Knockout Boxing's Bryan Vera
    Bringing Back the Knockout
    Aug. 8, 2014
    Two enter The Pit, one will survive a knockout.
  • Referee Vic Drakulich holds back Brandon Rios as he goes after Diego Chaves after being separated because he was struck by a Chaves forearm to the mouth during the ninth round of their welterweight fight Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Cosmopolitan. Chaves was disqualified.
    Rios beats Chaves by DQ in bizarre fight; hometown kid Vargas keeps title
    Aug. 2, 2014
    Referee Vic Drakulich stopped the main-event welterweight fight at the 1:26 mark of the ninth round, awarding Brandon Rios the win by disqualification after he was struck by a Diego Chaves forearm to the mouth. It wasn’t the first time the match resembled a mixed martial arts fight ...
  • Robbie Lawler, top, punches Matt Brown during the fourth round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014. Lawler won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Robbie Lawler wins slugfest with Matt Brown to earn UFC welterweight title shot
    July 26, 2014
    Robbie Lawler will get the rematch he so desperately wanted. Lawler went the distance today against Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, Calif., winning the slugfest by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) in the welterweight elimination fight. ...
  • Matt Brown, right, punches Mike Swick in the second round during a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC on FOX event in Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Brown won by knockout in the second round.
    UFC on Fox 12 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    July 25, 2014
    If someone bet $100 on Matt Brown seven fights ago and continually rolled the winnings over to “The Immortal’s” following bouts, the gambler would now have more than $25,000. The combined odds have given Brown less than a 0.5 percent chance of getting to where he finds himself Saturday after a seven-fight winning streak...
  • Dennis Bermudez pounds on Max Holloway on his way to a split decision win in their bout at UFC 160 on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Dennis Bermudez peaking by all measures going into UFC on Fox 12
    July 24, 2014
    The sports scientists who monitor Dennis Bermudez’s training marveled at the UFC featherweight’s progression. The 27-year-old from Long Island, N.Y., began visiting a human performance lab at Cal State Fullerton University, as shown on the UFC’s latest “Road to the Octagon" television show, periodically two fights ago ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: UFC Fight Night 46’s Ilir Latifi vs. Chris Dempsey
    July 19, 2014
    The Play of the Day has broken through with a five-game winning streak, the longest in the history of the contest that uses South Point betting lines and a $10,000 starting bankroll ...
  • Jose Aldo right, punches Chad Mendes during their featherweight title bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday Jan. 15, 2012. Aldo defended his belt by defeating Mendes in the first round.
    Analysis: Canceled UFC card sparks hidden benefits
    July 19, 2014
    A local sports occurrence that was once as nonexistent as Floyd Mayweather Jr. losing a fight or casinos failing to post betting lines on an NFL game has become alarmingly commonplace. With last week’s cancellation of ...
  • Canelo Alvarez’s split decision prompts cries for investigation by Erislandy Lara’s camp
    July 13, 2014
    Canelo Alvarez hardly covered himself with glory in his split-decision victory Saturday over Erislandy Lara in their non-title super welterweight bout. But Alvarez won the bout. The Lara camp was outraged and called for an investigation.
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez chases down Erislandy Lara during their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Canelo won a split decision.
    Oscar De La Hoya won’t explore Canelo Alvarez rematch for Erislandy Lara
    July 13, 2014
    Turns out Oscar De La Hoya can still pack quite the punch. The 41-year-old former world champion and current promoting tycoon may have landed the most significant strike Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Erislandy Lara by split decision. It was just with his words, not his fists ...
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez salutes the crowd after his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara in their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Live Blog: Canelo Alvarez blasts Erislandy Lara’s body, strategy in split-decision win
    July 12, 2014
    Saul “Canelo” Alvarez raised his hands in celebration one second, then shook his head in frustration the next. Alvarez won a showdown to determine the best junior middleweight in the world Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, besting Erislandy Lara by ...
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