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Forrest Griffin to publish second book in August
Friday, July 30, 2010
Contest offers seat next to Harry Reid at UFC 116
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Kimbo Slice, Paul Daley both cut from UFC
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Episode 5: If it breathes, it bleeds
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Episode starts with Jamie Yager and a few of the other fighters talking about which of the losing fighters are in the best position to take a wild card spot. Hammortree believes the spot should belong to him since he fought a close decision that didn’t go his way.
Episode 3: Going to the third round
Thursday, April 15, 2010
By now, everyone knows that coach Tito Ortiz isn’t fighting Chuck Liddell following this eleventh season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ The reason why however, has yet to be revealed. Maybe this week, we find out.
Liddell vs. Franklin official for UFC 115
Monday, April 12, 2010;_ylt=AvGeS5RhsMpSOQmgEuts6IA9Eo14?urn=mma,233702
Episode 2: Choosing sides
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
After a first episode filled with nothing but fights, it’s time to pick teams and let the drama unfold inside the TUF house.
Episode 1: Meet the Cast
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Chuck Liddell is back in the UFC spotlight for the first time since losing to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua last April, this time as a coach opposite old rival Tito Ortiz in the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” With rumors of a Dana White/Oritz quarrel and even the possibility of Rich Franklin stepping in to take his place in mid-season, anticipation is high for this one.

Let’s get to it.
Injury forces Vitor Belfort out of UFC 112
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
Marathon season finale
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
Marathon finale time fight fans. Two hours of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and that includes a total of four fights with two quarterfinals as well as the two semifinals. And somewhere in the middle of it all there’s a promised ‘twist’ with Kimbo Slice.
Oscar De La Hoya wants to see Pacquiao/Mayweather
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Episode 10: High stakes volleyball
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Tenth episode of The Ultimate Fighter has arrived, highlighted by a semifinal match between Brendan Schaub and John Madsen. With all the injuries to the heavyweight division lately, hopefully these guys are ready to step into some big shoes pretty soon in the UFC.
Episode 9: Funky chickens
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
Matt Mitrione’s brain is still not doing well from his opening-round fight. If he can’t come back…gee whiz…which eliminated fighter will take his place? Could it be Kiiiiimbo?
Episode 8: The last soldier
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
It's Rampage's last chance to win a fight against Team Rashad, but he may have saved the best for last. Marcus Jones has looked the part this entire series, now we get to see if he's truly for real.
Episode 7: When will the rat snap
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Rashad announces the next fight will be Matt Mitrione vs. Scott Junk. Wes Sims plays ninja and Rampage and Rashad go at it again.
Gray Maynard to face Nate Diaz in January
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Episode 6: 'Team Cocky'
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
In the sixth episode of The Ultimate Fighter, Rampage gets on the nerves of one of Team Rashad's fighters by continually picking on him. The two even come close to blows when the fighter gets in Rampage's face about the constant name calling.
Episode 5: Rampage: Am I cursed?
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
Team Rampage feels it can rebound from a horrible 0-4 start when its most experienced fighter, Wes Sims, is selected by Rashad to fight.
Silva says he hasn't comitted to Belfort fight
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009;_ylt=AveM7tQX7iPHpfJpnwcqVSA9Eo14?slug=ys-mmaweekas101309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
Episode 4: Road to victory
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
Team Rashad sits down to map out their goal of a perfect 8-0 record against Team Rampage.
Rashad Evans will face Thiago Silva in January
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Episode 3: Kimbo Slice finally enters the Octagon
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s going down in just the third episode of the season. Follow Kimbo Slice's first fight in the Octagon with the Las Vegas Sun.
Episode 1: Picking Sides/Enter Kimbo Slice
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
First Jackson, now Carano lands movie role
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009;_ylt=Ao1G8lLJn_f2d23KaR5WLCw9Eo14?urn=mma,187652
Injury forces Mike Swick out of UFC 103
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009
Penn to face Sanchez at UFC 107
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009
Former Octagon girl Edith Labelle finally reveals why she was let go
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson postponed
Monday, Aug. 24, 2009
The WEC announced Monday that its Sept. 2 event has been postponed due to an injury to main event fighter Benson Henderson. The event has been rescheduled to Oct. 10.
UFC's White changes tune on Leites, McCrory
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009;_ylt=Au5Na4T18rZpHEqgjFBYUrU9Eo14?slug=ki-leitesupdate081409&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
WBC sanctions Dawson vs. Johnson rematch
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
The World Boxing Council sanctioned the Nov. 7 bout between undefeated light heavyweight Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KO) and former world champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KO) for its interim light heavyweight title Thursday. The fight is the second meeting between the two, the first resulting in a unanimous decision win for Dawson in April 2008.
Air Force honors Kelly Pavlik with aircraft
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
WEC 42 to be offered internationally via internet broadcast
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
WEC announced Wednesday that the Aug. 9 world bantamweight championship fight between Miguel Torres and Brian Bowles will stream live on its Web site to a global audience.
Four Las Vegas fighters scheduled for UFC 101
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Undercard bouts for UFC 101 Declaration were made official today by UFC brass. UFC 101 will take place on Aug. 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Dates announced for first round of Showtime boxing tournament
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Showtime announced official dates for the first round of its Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament Tuesday. The event features six of the top super middleweight boxers in the world and is based on a win/loss scoring system.
Henderson, Franklin rematch set for UFC 103
Monday, July 20, 2009
Dan Henderson had been awaiting word on whether or not his latest knockout win over Michael Bisping at UFC 100 would be enough to earn him a rematch with Anderson Silva. On Monday, Henderson found out he would be getting a rematch after all. Although it wasn’t the one he was hoping for.
Matchup of welterweight contenders set for UFC 103 in Dallas
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The UFC has officially announced that it will be headed to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 19 for UFC 103. The UFC's previous trip to Texas was in 2007 for UFC 69 in Houston.
Showtime to feature six-fighter boxing tournament
Monday, July 13, 2009
Showtime Sports announced Monday that it would present the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dates and venues for the six-fighter tournament will be announced later this month. The final bout would take place in early 2011.
UFC 100 Weigh-in — Brock Lesnar: 'See you tomorrow night'
Friday, July 10, 2009
During the UFC 100 press conference Thursday, Brock Lesnar told everyone he was done talking. Had nothing left to say. After tipping the scales at his usual 265 pounds at Friday's weigh-in, the heavyweight champ made one final comment to his opponent Frank Mir.
No. 1: Experts offer predictions
Friday, July 10, 2009
Maybe predictions from fighters carry the same weight as fans. Then again, maybe not. Just in case these guys are as good at predicting fights as they are performing in them, the Las Vegas Sun has assembled a panel to offer predictions and insights into the top three fights on the UFC 100 card.
No. 3: Top 10 Fighters: The most influential men in UFC history
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
There is no draw. Not even a split decision. The most influential fighter in UFC history is Randy Couture. His many accomplishments in the Octagon coupled with his appeal to the mainstream market and dedication to furthering MMA, firmly places him at the top of the list.
No. 5: The Matchmaker: Silva avoids spotlight, aims it at fighters
Monday, July 6, 2009
It's common knowledge around the UFC that when matchmaker Joe Silva wants something, he usually gets it. But even Silva had to know that a recent request he made to UFC president Dana White probably wasn't going to happen. "Joe called the other day and wanted me to fire (UFC co-owner) Lorenzo Fertitta," White laughed. "He said, 'Hey, we've got to get rid of this guy.' He was joking of course, but that's the way he is. When he calls, he's got an opinion, I listen, and a lot of times he'll get his way. "And nobody is ever going to win an argument with him."
No. 9: The Voice: Buffer offers unique entertainment to UFC events
Thursday, July 2, 2009
There's a special kind of focus that makes one man the "Veteran voice of the Octagon." You don't have it. I don't have it. Few of us will ever even understand it. The man who welds this power refers to it simply as: “Buffer-mode.”
No. 10: A different brand of entertainment
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It used to be mixed martial arts apparel was sold out of the back of cars. But oh how the times have changed. "We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all the guys at (UFC parent company) Zuffa for being able to piggyback off their success," said Dan Caldwell, co-founder of the Tapout clothing brand that started selling T-shirts in parking lots.
UFC programs to air in China
Monday, June 29, 2009
The UFC announced early Monday morning it has finalized a deal with Inner Mongolia Television to bring the UFC to television in China. Known as NMTV, Inner Mongolia Television is a network broadcast station available in 80 million households.
Al Bernstein to reveal "Greatest Boxer Ever"
Thursday, June 25, 2009
It’s a question many would argue is impossible to truly answer: Who is the greatest boxer of all time? Nevertheless, legendary boxing analyst Al Bernstein and other boxing experts are going to try.
Couture, Liddell headline UFC's star-studded fan expo
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In anticipation for the historical UFC 100 event at Mandalay Bay on July 11, the organization has planned an opportunity for mixed martial arts fans unlike ever before to mingle with the most influential fighters of all time.
Injury forces Goulet to withdraw from UFC 100
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet (22-10-1) has been forced to withdraw from his bout against Dong Hyun Kim on the undercard of UFC 100 on July 11 due to a dislocated shoulder. Another Candain fighter, Nova Scotia’s T.J. Grant, will replace Goulet.
Evans, Machida keep it simple at UFC 98 weigh-in
Friday, May 22, 2009

UFC 98 got a little bit closer Friday, as 21 fighters tipped the scales in anticipation of Saturday’s 11-bout fight card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

No. 1: Predictions and pick 'ems
Saturday, May 2, 2009

Now the only thing that remains is the settlement in the ring. Who is going to win The Battle of the East and West? Well that's really a personal pick, but if you’re scoring at home the Las Vegas sports books are still heavily favoring the Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao by a healthy minus-250 mark.

No. 2: Pacquiao, Hatton love Las Vegas
Friday, May 1, 2009
It might as well be written in each contract. If you choose boxing as an occupation, sooner or later, you're coming to Las Vegas. Stockbrokers work on Wall Street, actors work in Hollywood, the President works at the White House. Big-time boxers work in Las Vegas.

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