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February 6, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
For the third consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas, one question dominates: So, when is Brock Lesnar fighting again? The UFC will stage a third straight title-less Vegas main event Saturday night when veteran light-heavyweights Randy Couture and Mark Coleman lead the card of UFC 109 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. "There's great fights on this card . . . me and Mark are a couple of old wrestlers banging heads, two active Hall of Famers," Couture said. The undercard features a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen, with the winner getting a future title shot against the winner of April's title bout between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
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July 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Boil the history of action sports down to its essence, and a single phrase emerges: Can you top this? That concept has driven the sport's growth for decades, and the X Games does the same, adding new events or twists to old ones seemingly every year. For example, the X Games added the big air skateboarding event in 2004 after Danny Way, the event's pioneer, pushed for it. Another change came in 2009 when X Games officials heeded the request of skaters and created a concrete skate park for a different skateboarding competition, switching from the wooden park used the year before.
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November 21, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Since its last visit to Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has lost three of its champions to illness or injury, suffered through two highly suspect judging decisions in main events and seen another future main-event fighter cancel because of an injury. "We've never seen anything like this," UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta said. "It's bizarre." Adding salt in the wound, boxing produced its most compelling action of the year last weekend when Manny Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto by 12th-round technical knockout in Las Vegas.
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February 6, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
For the third consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas, one question dominates: So, when is Brock Lesnar fighting again? The UFC will stage a third straight title-less Vegas main event Saturday night when veteran light-heavyweights Randy Couture and Mark Coleman lead the card of UFC 109 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. "There's great fights on this card . . . me and Mark are a couple of old wrestlers banging heads, two active Hall of Famers," Couture said. The undercard features a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen, with the winner getting a future title shot against the winner of April's title bout between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
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December 6, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
The celebrity of Kimbo Slice has performed incredibly for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His cardio fitness is another story. Slice, costarring in a bout filled with an abundance of lulls in his UFC debut before a paying audience, landed enough big punches and inflicted enough damage while atop light-heavyweight foe Houston Alexander to win a unanimous decision. "It's work, it's not easy," Slice told the crowd, which had often booed the inactive lapses at the Palms hotel.
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December 4, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Kimbo Slice is hungry. At the moment, he was yearning for Friday's weigh-in to end before Saturday night's Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight fight against Houston Alexander so he could get some food. "The last time I weighed this much I was in middle school," said Slice, the former street fighter from Miami whose fights became a YouTube phenomenon. "I gotta eat something, I need a nibble." Slice's appetite also craves some credibility. Since parlaying his "Kimbo fights" Internet popularity into a professional mixed martial arts career as a main-event fighter who fought twice on the CBS-televised Elite Xtreme Combat circuit, Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson)
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August 3, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
When motocross rider Kenny Bartram crashed and ruptured a blood vessel in his brain 12 years ago, his father's health insurance helped cushion the fall by paying the hefty medical tab. Now that he's 26, Bartram must pay big bucks -- around $650 a month, he says -- to ensure that he will be covered if he suffers another serious injury. His policy paid for a broken leg suffered at the 2002 Summer X Games and a broken hip socket suffered in the fall of 2003.
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January 27, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The winds of change swirling through this posh mountain retreat have delivered a hint of impetuousness: attitude to be complemented, over the next five days, by amplitude. The Flying Tomato, Big Dan, Lucky Lindsey and other young athletes have arrived, along with their families, friends and thousands of fans, for the Winter X Games. Remarkably, the upscale populace has embraced this brief transformation from haughty to hip.
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August 2, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Skateboarders make their tricks look simple, but even basic maneuvers such as heel flips and kick flips are painstakingly difficult and take days, even weeks to perfect. "But really, all it takes is a relentlessness," said Paul Rodriguez of Chatsworth, who is preparing to defend his gold medal in the park, or street, competition when the X Games begin a four-day run Thursday. "You have to keep trying, then try some more and still some more," Rodriguez continued.
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August 4, 2005 | Pete Thomas and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Ten television cameras will track Shaun White as the red-headed skateboarder soars high above the Staples Center arena floor during Friday night's vert competition. ESPN clearly hopes that the 18-year-old will generate some "SportsCenter" moments by pulling a new trick or two during his 2005 X Games debut. But the subsequent volley of slow-motion television replays also will capture the clothing labels and stickers adorning White's helmet and skateboard.
SPORTS
December 6, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
The celebrity of Kimbo Slice has performed incredibly for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His cardio fitness is another story. Slice, costarring in a bout filled with an abundance of lulls in his UFC debut before a paying audience, landed enough big punches and inflicted enough damage while atop light-heavyweight foe Houston Alexander to win a unanimous decision. "It's work, it's not easy," Slice told the crowd, which had often booed the inactive lapses at the Palms hotel.
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December 4, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Kimbo Slice is hungry. At the moment, he was yearning for Friday's weigh-in to end before Saturday night's Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight fight against Houston Alexander so he could get some food. "The last time I weighed this much I was in middle school," said Slice, the former street fighter from Miami whose fights became a YouTube phenomenon. "I gotta eat something, I need a nibble." Slice's appetite also craves some credibility. Since parlaying his "Kimbo fights" Internet popularity into a professional mixed martial arts career as a main-event fighter who fought twice on the CBS-televised Elite Xtreme Combat circuit, Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson)
SPORTS
November 21, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Since its last visit to Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has lost three of its champions to illness or injury, suffered through two highly suspect judging decisions in main events and seen another future main-event fighter cancel because of an injury. "We've never seen anything like this," UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta said. "It's bizarre." Adding salt in the wound, boxing produced its most compelling action of the year last weekend when Manny Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto by 12th-round technical knockout in Las Vegas.
SPORTS
January 27, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The winds of change swirling through this posh mountain retreat have delivered a hint of impetuousness: attitude to be complemented, over the next five days, by amplitude. The Flying Tomato, Big Dan, Lucky Lindsey and other young athletes have arrived, along with their families, friends and thousands of fans, for the Winter X Games. Remarkably, the upscale populace has embraced this brief transformation from haughty to hip.
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Pete Thomas and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Ten television cameras will track Shaun White as the red-headed skateboarder soars high above the Staples Center arena floor during Friday night's vert competition. ESPN clearly hopes that the 18-year-old will generate some "SportsCenter" moments by pulling a new trick or two during his 2005 X Games debut. But the subsequent volley of slow-motion television replays also will capture the clothing labels and stickers adorning White's helmet and skateboard.
SPORTS
August 3, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
When motocross rider Kenny Bartram crashed and ruptured a blood vessel in his brain 12 years ago, his father's health insurance helped cushion the fall by paying the hefty medical tab. Now that he's 26, Bartram must pay big bucks -- around $650 a month, he says -- to ensure that he will be covered if he suffers another serious injury. His policy paid for a broken leg suffered at the 2002 Summer X Games and a broken hip socket suffered in the fall of 2003.
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January 28, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Shaun White is into "snow mode." He ditched his skateboard in favor of a snowboard, left his home in Carlsbad for one in the powder-covered Rockies. Wintergreen is his new favorite flavor -- this being winter and with so much green up for grabs. White is here to compete in the Winter X Games, which run today through Tuesday and offer nearly $300,000 in prize money in snowboarding alone. He tuned up with a victory at the Session Men's Rail Jam, worth $8,000, at nearby Vail.
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July 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Boil the history of action sports down to its essence, and a single phrase emerges: Can you top this? That concept has driven the sport's growth for decades, and the X Games does the same, adding new events or twists to old ones seemingly every year. For example, the X Games added the big air skateboarding event in 2004 after Danny Way, the event's pioneer, pushed for it. Another change came in 2009 when X Games officials heeded the request of skaters and created a concrete skate park for a different skateboarding competition, switching from the wooden park used the year before.
SPORTS
August 2, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Skateboarders make their tricks look simple, but even basic maneuvers such as heel flips and kick flips are painstakingly difficult and take days, even weeks to perfect. "But really, all it takes is a relentlessness," said Paul Rodriguez of Chatsworth, who is preparing to defend his gold medal in the park, or street, competition when the X Games begin a four-day run Thursday. "You have to keep trying, then try some more and still some more," Rodriguez continued.
SPORTS
January 28, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Shaun White is into "snow mode." He ditched his skateboard in favor of a snowboard, left his home in Carlsbad for one in the powder-covered Rockies. Wintergreen is his new favorite flavor -- this being winter and with so much green up for grabs. White is here to compete in the Winter X Games, which run today through Tuesday and offer nearly $300,000 in prize money in snowboarding alone. He tuned up with a victory at the Session Men's Rail Jam, worth $8,000, at nearby Vail.
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