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.
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.
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)
August 3, 2005 |
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.
January 27, 2006 |
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.
August 2, 2005 |
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.