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Couture hosting charity poker tourney today at Golden Nugget
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009
Randy Couture may be one of the baddest men on the planet, but when it comes to the military the former UFC champ has a big soft spot in his heart. Like several GI events he’s hosted in the past, Couture, a veteran of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, will be the main man today at second annual “Operation All In” poker tournament that takes place at 2 p.m. at the Golden Nugget.
McCall says faith powered him back to the top
IBA champ's next test comes in Franklin Lawrence tonight at the Orleans
Friday, Aug. 21, 2009
It was one of the most bizarre scenes in boxing history — heavyweight Oliver McCall sobbing uncontrollably in his corner during a rematch with Lennox Lewis. It also was the moment McCall knew he needed help.
Age nothing but a number for former champs
Couture, Nogueira ready to get back in Octagon after last bouts
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
He’s not dead yet, or even over the hill by his own judgement, but Randy Couture just can’t seem to dodge those age questions. The 46-year-old UFC legend could only laugh out loud when he was asked for the millionth time when he would be calling it quits from a sport he practically created, at least the public image of the modern day UFC, along with fellow mixed martial arts icon Chuck Liddell. “Geez, I've never been asked an age question before. Holy cow," Couture joked with reporters during a teleconference Tuesday for his upcoming Aug. 29 showdown with fellow MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Portland, Ore.
Strikeforce CEO Coker sees endless possibilities
Partnership with M-1, DREAM could make promotion a legitimate threat to UFC
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
In order to land highly sought mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker had to do something UFC brass wouldn’t budge on — letting the Russian star’s M-1 Global fighting organization co-promote events.
UFC's counter-programming outdraws Strikeforce show (sort of)
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
No doubt the biggest fight in female mixed martial arts history Saturday night was quite the successful event as Strikeforce’s bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos drew 13,524 fans to HP Pavilion in San Jose for an estimated live gate of $750,000. But the show airing on Showtime played second fiddle to UFC’s counter-programming of the promotion’s historic UFC 100 event from July (well, depending on how you view the ratings).
A look back at a historic night in mixed martial arts
Monday, Aug. 17, 2009
Some 13,524 fans filled the HP Pavilion Saturday night to watch mixed martial arts history as Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos battled for the first-ever female championship in the San Jose-based Strikeforce MMA organization.
Despite nonstop frustrations, Hieron leaves San Jose somewhat happy
Coker talks future of women's MMA and Fedor's next foe
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009
Jay Hieron had too many frustrations to list in the last two weeks, but when the smoke finally cleared (no pun intended to Nick Diaz) Saturday night — Hieron left San Jose with a win and future title fight.
'Cyborg' does all the talking in and out of cage
Carano avoids media after loss, trainer promises she'll be back
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009
After losing in the most historical match in female mixed martial arts history, Gina Carano didn't have much to say. The Las Vegas-based fighter avoided talking to media members in San Jose, but her trainer at Xtreme Couture gym, Shawn Tompkins, vowed 'Conviction' will make it back to such a grand stage in the future.
'Cyborg' TKOs Carano
Fans not happy as bout is stopped with one second left in first round
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
The first female title fight in women's mixed martial arts history ended with one second left in the first round and plenty of second guessing from the 13,000 fans in attendance at HP Pavilion. The one thing that was clear when ref Josh Rosenthal pulled Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos off Gina Carano a split second before the bell sounded was that Carano was in tons of trouble as the Brazilian striker was reigning down punch after unanswered punch during their action-filled, and crowd-approved four minutes and 59 seconds of fighting Saturday night in San Jose.
Couture signs on with EA Sports
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
At last Randy Couture can have the dream fight he always wanted, the only problem is the format he’ll be battling Fedor Emelianenko will be set on an electronic stage. The UFC legend announced Saturday that he will appear in EA Sports’ “MMA” video game set to be released sometime in 2010, joining the Russian heavyweight Emelianenko and other non-UFC notables Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Gegard Mousasi.
Only one woman can be champion
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
Las Vegan Gina Carano and Brazilian Christiane “Cyborg” Santos will make history tonight in San Jose, Calif., when they fight for the first-ever female mixed martial arts championship.

Carano ready to write one for the history books
Las Vegas fighter prepared for first-ever female MMA championship bout
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
SAN JOSE, Calif. — There was daddy’s little girl standing on the scale in front of the masses in just a pair of black and white striped skivvies Friday afternoon and a black sports bra. While the weight of the world, at least that of the female mixed martial arts variety, was placed squarely on her shoulders — all Gina Carano could do was a crack a smile. “I’m excited, I’m ready,” said Carano, who unlike previous weigh-ins, had no problem making weight as she came in a two full pounds under the 145-pound limit.
Carano, 'Cyborg' both make weight
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
The hard part is over … both Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos made the 145-pound weight limit today for tomorrow’s historical first-ever female mixed martial arts championship bout, the main event of Strikeforce’s show at the HP Pavilion. “A definite sigh of relief,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker after Santos tipped the scale first at 144.5-pounds and Carano came in second at a slim 143.
Carano-'Cyborg' set to make history
Strikeforce show will feature the first-ever female MMA title fight
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
History will be made Saturday night in San Jose, Calif. when the first-ever female mixed martial arts championship event takes place between Las Vegan Gina Carano and Brazilian Christiane “Cyborg” Santos. The fight between the top two female fighters had been rumored for several months. When EliteXC folded, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker swept in to make the dream match a reality. "This is the biggest fight in the history of women’s fighting, not just MMA,” Coker said.
Harris has big plans for the future of UFC's sister organization
Show in Mexico, addition of flyweight class on WEC boss' to-do list
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
A comment UFC president Dana White made about World Extreme Cagefighting during a Question & Answer session at UFC 101 in Philadelphia, had both White and WEC head honcho Reed Harris putting out Internet fires that the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s sister organization would be consolidated under the mixed martial arts organization’s big umbrella of the UFC. “It was the press that created that rumor,” Harris said with a half laugh, after Sunday’s WEC event at the Hard Rock. “Me and Dana talk about everything.
UFC to counter-program Strikeforce event
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will re-broadcast several bouts from its landmark UFC 100 show on Spike TV on Saturday night.That just happens to be the same day as a big event for Strikeforce, the promotion that's emerging as UFC's most legitimate competitor. The Strikeforce show, featuring the first-ever female championship fight between Las Vegas' Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos, will take place Saturday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Pride Fighting Championships lives on via Spike TV
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009
Spike TV will let fight fans relive the best of more than 60 Pride events when host Kenda Perez premieres “The Best of Pride Fighting Championships,” on January 11, 2010 at 11pm ET/PT.

Latest Strikeforce fight goes up in smoke
Diaz's failure to take drug test marks third title fight to fall through for Aug. 15 show
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009
The show will go on for Strikeforce this Saturday night, but the headaches aren’t letting up for CEO Scott Coker and his San Jose, Calif.-based fight organization.
UFC 101: What happened in Philly, and a look ahead
Monday, Aug. 10, 2009
Saturday night some 17,000-plus fans of mixed martial arts packed the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia to watch what the East Coast has been missing for almost two years — a major Ultimate Fighting Championship event. The Philly fans notorious for being tough even on home teams, weren’t shy about letting UFC fighters know when they were displeased with the action, or lack thereof — a chorus of boos became the refrain. But by the time all was said and done the Philly faithful showered their support on the Las Vegas-based fight organization.
What's next for Silva?
After destruction of Griffin, UFC middleweight champ has plenty of options
Monday, Aug. 10, 2009
Anderson Silva had already cleaned out the UFC’s middleweight division. “The Spider’s” first-round destruction of former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin during Saturday night’s first-ever UFC event in Pennsylvania likely means Silva is moving up a class and laying claim to another crown. Or is it?
Bowles shocks Torres
Cruz defeats Benavidez in top contender bout
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009
A day after two of MMA's most dominant champs defend their pound-for-pound status, WEC king Miguel Torres, arguably the top American mixed martial artist could not do the same. Undefeated challenger Brian Bowles shocked Torres and snapped his 17-fight win streak with a first-round TKO tonight at The Joint at the Hard Rock.
Penn keeps belt with win over Florian
Silva spectacular in first-round KO of Griffin
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The two fights were each spectacular in their own way. UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva dominated former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin, ending the one-sided contest with a first-round knockout. Fans had little time to catch their breath as lightweight champ B.J. Penn came out and defended his title with a rear-naked choke of Kenny Florian in the fourth round. The win for Penn, who was coming off a lopsided loss to Georges St. Pierre in their January super-fight in Las Vegas, reaffirmed his faith in the sport he's been competing in since a youngster.
Philly all set for UFC debut
Silva prepared to put on show, Penn ready for redemption
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
The UFC makes its Pennsylvania debut and first show on the East Coast tonight for the first time since UFC 78 took place in Newark, New Jersey in November of 2007. Some 17,000 fans are expected to pack the Wachovia Center for a lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian and a co-main event between superstars Anderson Silva and the Las Vegas-based Forrest Griffin.
Day 5: 'Rocky' readies fight fans for UFC 101
UFC genie, err, president grants Philly fans their ultimate wishes
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
The Las Vegas Sun has traveled to Philadelphia for UFC 101 and are inviting anyone that wants to join along. Follow MMA writers Andy Samuelson and Brett Okamoto as they cram some of the sights and sounds from the "City of Brotherly Love" before checking out all the fights of UFC 101 Saturday night from the Wachovia Center.
Even in Philly, UFC's White still talking about Fedor, Strikeforce
Friday, Aug. 7, 2009
While the majority of UFC news from the “City of Brotherly Love” caters to tomorrow’s UFC 101 event, UFC president Dana White still can’t stop talking about Fedor and his deal with Strikeforce.
Book on Griffin: Former champ ready to shock Silva
Best-selling author hopes his best read comes after Saturday night
Friday, Aug. 7, 2009
Forrest Griffin found his self-deprecating humor as a way to avoid being picked on as a youngster. While the six-foot-three, 205-pounder would have few problems taking care of bullies nowadays, his quirky personality stuck with him — making the former light heavyweight champ a UFC fan favorite. But for media members often trying to tell the former Georgia sheriff deputy’s tale can be a struggle as Griffin’s true individuality is often intertwined with his punchy press conference persona. “Yeah it takes a little while to get a read on him,” says Ron Frazier, Griffin’s boxing coach at the Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture gym.
Silva already putting on a show
If his workout serves as any indication, fans will quickly forget his last two fights
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009
PHILADELPHIA — For any UFC fans still upset about Anderson Silva’s “boring” performances in his last two fights, don’t be surprised to see the “The Spider” back to his old highlight-reel tricks Saturday night. At least that’s the theme Silva projected at an intense, playful, and highly entertaining workout Wednesday at Loews hotel. If the 45-minute session serves as any indication on how his bout against Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 might play out, than the middleweight champ could be leaving everyone inside the Wachovia Center on the edge of their seats.
Fighter says struggles only made him stronger
Finally healthy, Sadollah ready to shine in UFC 101
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009
As Amir Sadollah sat shaking in an ice-cold whirl tub last week at Xtreme Couture gym, it was the first time in a long time he enjoyed the recovery soak for what it was, recovery — and not to nurse an injury. A pair of injuries have kept “The Ultimate Fighter” season No. 7 champ from fighting for more than a year.
Fedor signs with Strikeforce, M-1 to co-promote
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Days after turning down a generous offer from the world's premiere mixed martial arts organization, Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko has signed a multi-fight deal with the California-based Strikeforce, the UFC's biggest competitor.
Philly native pumped for UFC's first event in hometown
UFC's on-site coordinator will play the role of tour guide in the 'City of Brotherly Love'
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Burt Watson a long-time boxing promoter and manager is now the UFC's on-site coordinator — the main man behind the scenes on fight week who serves as a liaison to the fighters. But with the organization making its first-ever trip to his hometown of Philadelphia this week for UFC 101. “It’s going to be a complete thrill to be part of an event in my hometown,” Watson said. “Just awesome.”
UFC's 'Rocky Balboa' looking to shock Brazilian 'Ivan Drago'
Forrest Griffin mixes humor, humility during interview for fight against pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva
Thursday, July 30, 2009
If there were a real life Rocky Balboa in the mixed martial arts world, Forrest Griffin would likely be the first choice to fill the role of the fictional boxing champ from Philly. From his self-deprecating personality to his insane workouts, the only things that seem to be separating the former UFC light heavyweight champ from Sylvester Stallone’s famous character are the dark stocking cap, grey sweat suit and stoic jog up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “No (I’m not Rocky), but I wish I had Rocky’s chin. You can’t knock that guy out if you hit him with a sledgehammer,” joked Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who fights MMA pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva at UFC 101 on Aug. 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Fedor not in UFC, but on the cover of EA Sports video game
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The latest chapter in the Fedor Emelianenko saga came in and went on Wednesday with little action. Sure the Russian heavyweight, regarded by many mixed martial arts pundits as the world’s top fighter, announced that he will be the new cover boy for EA Sports’ upcoming video game titled “EA Sports MMA” — but the Octagon-shattering news UFC fans were hoping for, that Emelianenko would announce he’s signing with the world’s premiere MMA promotion, will have to wait until Friday, if ever.
WEC's Torres wouldn't mind taking Mayweather up on MMA offer
Will White base jump? Reports say Mir, Kongo to meet at UFC 107
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Go ahead and place WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at the front of the line to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s notion that mixed martial arts is only for white "beer drinkers." "I would love to fight Mayweather, just because of the simple fact that I think he's a cocky (expletive),” the East Chicago, Indiana star told Yahoo’s Maggie Hendricks last week, after throwing out the first pitch prior to White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle’s perfect game against Tampa Bay.
'Affliction: Trilogy' canceled, apparel company to join UFC; Ortiz may as well
Friday, July 24, 2009
Headliner Josh Barnett's failed drug test that Affliction vice president Tom Atencio called "just another bump in the road” on Wednesday became a monster sink hole Friday as the start-up mixed martial arts organization was forced to not only cancel its third show, "Affliction: Trilogy," set for Aug. 1 in Anaheim — but fold as a promotion all together.
UFC's Bonnar, buddies excited about start-up art company
Friday, July 24, 2009
UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar and his childhood buddy's idea to find a photo about his famous fight against Forrest Griffin in the first "The Ultimate Fighter" led to a unique business opportunity in the art world.
Mayweather badmouths MMA, Pacquiao's promoter
'GSP' doesn't need surgery; promoter says Hatton should retire
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Floyd Mayweather Jr. might not be talking much about the rib injury that delayed his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez this month, but that seems like the only topic not up for discussion. In a recent interview with, “Pretty Boy Floyd” rapped on Marquez, Pacquiao and took a monster shot at mixed martial arts — saying the sport his Sept. 19 fight vs. Marquez is competing head-to-head against (UFC 103 is in Dallas the same night) is for “beer drinkers, boxing is for everybody.”
Pacquiao-Cotto set for Nov. 14 at MGM
Monday, July 20, 2009
Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao will return to Las Vegas in November to take on Miguel Cotto at a catch weight of 145 pounds.
UFC brass eager for expansion into Mexico
Mexican fighters believe they can tap into countrymen's passion via boxing
Monday, July 20, 2009

UFC president Dana White has said it would only be a matter of time before the premiere mixed martial arts organization reached arguably the world’s most passionate fight fans — south of the U.S. Border. UFC 100 marked Mexico’s grand entry into the MMA fray, as the historic show was broadcast free by TV giant Grupo Televisa, exposing the sport on its biggest stage to a country filled with more than 100 million people. "This thing's only getting bigger. It's not getting smaller," White said.

UFC 100 fighters test clean for drugs
Friday, July 17, 2009
All four headliners in the two title fights, Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, and Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves, were tested for abusive drugs, like marijuana and cocaine, as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Coleman, Jon Fitch, Shannon Gugerty, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, Dong Hyun Kim, Tom Lawlor and Jim Miller were also tested.
Female fighters a big hit in Big Apple
Carano, Cyborg kick off historical bout with promotional tour in NYC
Thursday, July 16, 2009
When the catcalls had subsided, and the differences between male and female fighters’ genitalia jokingly explored, the discussion surrounding the biggest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history finally turned to the bout itself. "It feels so great the support that you have given Cyborg and I,” said Gina Carano, at a press conference at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater Tuesday to promote her 145-pound title fight with Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos on Strikeforce’s Aug. 15 card in San Jose.
Kimbo Slice out to prove he can be an 'ultimate fighter'
Backyard brawler considers himself a family man over MMA star
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The bullseye on his back will be big and red, but the scariest-looking man in mixed martial arts prefers a darker shade for his toes. Much like UFC legend Chuck Liddell, Kimbo Slice paints his toenails, the first indication that the Internet’s baddest backyard brawler has a softer side to him. Now that Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, is away from his three boys and girls for three months to shoot the UFC’s popular reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter,” the paint offers a constant reminder of them.
One hundred and counting
Impressive performances and cold, hard cash
Monday, July 13, 2009
Those in the sellout crowd at Mandalay Bay can’t say they didn’t see enough action Saturday night during the UFC’s 100th show. There were plenty of fireworks — it depended only on whether you prefer physical or verbal barbs. Moments after unifying his heavyweight title with a victory against interim champ Frank Mir of Las Vegas, former WWE star Brock Lesnar reverted to his pro wrestling days when he taunted Mir inside the Octagon. Not all the antics were of the circus variety. Always the professional, Georges St-Pierre defended his welterweight title for the third time with a dominating performance against top contender Thiago Alves, despite suffering a severe groin injury midway through the match.
St. Pierre dominant despite injury
Welterweight champ may have torn groin, but tore through division's top contender
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Georges St. Pierre wants to leave a legacy in mixed martial arts, but after his latest victory Saturday night the UFC welterweight champ may be running out of room to improve. Despite a severely injured groin or abductor muscle, the popular Canadian fighter completely dominated the division’s top contender by scoring a lop-sided unanimous decision victory over Thiago Alves at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay. Even the judge’s scores (50-45, 50-44, 50-45) couldn’t describe how flawlessly “GSP” executed his Greg Jackson-constructed game plan.
Lesnar wins, puts on WWE-style show afterward
St. Pierre keeps welterweight belt; Henderson KOs Bisping
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Brock Lesnar unleashed a series of hammer fists to end Frank Mir's night in the second round, but the show was far from over. Lesnar about got into with Mir afterwards, then proceed to salute the booing crowd with a couple of hand gestures. "Keep going, I love it. Keep going," Lesnar said.
Love story leads to UFC
High school buddy's wedding reunites Gorman grads
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ultimate Fighting Championship fans can thank Adam Corrigan. Without him they probably wouldn’t be enjoying UFC 100 tonight. The Las Vegas-based restaurant owner and childhood friend of Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White may very well be responsible for saving modern day mixed martial arts when his wedding in 1996 rekindled a friendship between the eventual UFC co-founder and its president.
Liddell, 'Mask' ushered into UFC Hall of Fame
'Iceman' reflects on Tapout founder Charles Lewis Jr., fellow fighters and fans
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ultimate Fighting Championship events are never short on emotions, but usually the electricity in the air is one of energy and excitement for a big fight.
UFC reveals cast of 'TUF' No. 10 at Fan Expo
Kimbo not the only standout for upcoming season of Spike TV's popular show
Friday, July 10, 2009
According to UFC president Dana White the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” could be the popular reality television’s show’s best. White’s prediction is pretty bold, but so too is a cast of notable athletes that includes four former NFL players, a UFC veteran, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and two of the most popular UFC fighters in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans — who flat out dislike each other — serving as coaches. Oh, and some guy named Kevin Ferguson, better known by the moniker Kimbo Slice — who just happens to be the most infamous street fighter of all-time.
Square versus octagon
Two Sun writers duke it out — with words — over whether boxing or mixed martial arts reigns supreme
Friday, July 10, 2009
For Ron Kantowski, the defense and strategy in boxing makes it a superior sport. But it's the thrill of seeing big, audience-oriented fights that draws fans to mixed martial arts, Andy Samuelson counters.
UFC inks TV deal in Mexico
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Two weeks ago it was China, on Thursday Mexico stepped into the forefront as the UFC’s latest global partner. The world’s premiere mixed martial arts organization announced that it has signed a multi-faceted television agreement in Mexico with Grupo Televisa S.A.B. — the world’s largest Spanish-speaking media company.
From 1 to 100: UFC through the years
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Over the past 16 years, UFC has gone from a little-known league promoting "human cockfighting" to a mega-power in the sports world worth more than a billion dollars. Here's how it happened:

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