December 4, 2009 |
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)
November 21, 2009 |
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.
December 6, 2009 |
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.
November 22, 2009 |
Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz have weathered so much between their first meeting in 2006 and the renewal that came Saturday night. A title won and lost by Griffin. A career-threatening back injury by Ortiz. A bitter contract split between Ortiz and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A loss that Griffin admitted "broke me" just earlier this year. That's why the UFC put these two in the main event of UFC 106 Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, to see who had what left.
December 22, 2009 |
Last summer, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship prepared for its 100th event, its owners were poised to celebrate that the combat sport of choice was no longer boxing but mixed martial arts. Things have changed a bit. Today, fight fans are whetting their appetites for the most anticipated bout in years. And it's boxing that has the buzz because of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega-fight scheduled for March. And the UFC? It's been hit with a slew of injuries to key fighters and other negatives that have watered down its recent events.
February 20, 2010 |
Mixed martial arts heavyweight Cain Velasquez was asked whether he truly understood the caliber of the opponent he faces Saturday. His opponent: former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The undefeated Velasquez (7-0), one victory shy of a title shot, is headlining the main event in the UFC's first Australian card. "I just deal with what's at hand," Velasquez said. "You can't lose track of what you need to do right now." Velasquez, 27, is six years younger and has fought 31 fewer pro bouts than his foe, but when it comes to the depth of resolve the two-time NCAA All-American wrestler from Arizona State has, his peers usually take a back seat.