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December 30, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Every great fight needs some drama, and the rich subject of a scorned friendship is what makes tonight's Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title showdown between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell so compelling. Ortiz said he is so angry at the friend who rejected him that he will use it as fuel to motivate an underdog victory. "The fight was never supposed to happen," Ortiz said of a 2004 clash that former training partner Liddell won in a second-round technical knockout.
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July 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Anderson Silva is the Ultimate Fighting Championship's version of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the perfect mixed martial artist whose unbeaten run as middleweight champion since 2006 is testimony to the variety of his skills in the octagon. In winning 15 consecutive fights, Silva (29-4) has delivered a defining kung fu kick to the jaw to defeat Vitor Belfort, withstood the best wrestling effort of Dan Henderson to win a submission, ripped former champion Rich Franklin twice with fight-ending knees and knocked out another ex-champion, Forrest Griffin.
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June 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Tito Ortiz was talking a few hours after Hall of Fame-bound running back LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement. Tomlinson called it quits Monday by signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and leaving the game for good. Ortiz is planning to leave the mixed martial arts stage as well, but he'll do so not in a bow tie like Tomlinson, but after a third slugfest with his rival Forrest Griffin July 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “This is my chance to end up on top,” Ortiz, 37, said in a telephone interview from his Big Bear training compound.
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June 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Tito Ortiz was talking a few hours after Hall of Fame-bound running back LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement. Tomlinson called it quits Monday by signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and leaving the game for good. Ortiz is planning to leave the mixed martial arts stage as well, but he'll do so not in a bow tie like Tomlinson, but after a third slugfest with his rival Forrest Griffin July 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “This is my chance to end up on top,” Ortiz, 37, said in a telephone interview from his Big Bear training compound.
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December 31, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Nobody in Ultimate Fighting Championship has the punching power of Chuck Liddell, a point the light-heavyweight champion pounded home Saturday when he defended his title with a third-round technical knockout of Huntington Beach's Tito Ortiz. Liddell (20-3) continually evaded Ortiz's attempts to turn their rematch into a wrestling affair, and in the fight's defining moments, Liddell struck Ortiz in the head as Ortiz reassumed a wrestling pose.
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April 18, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
His boss says one more loss means retirement. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell counters that if he can win tonight's light-heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Montreal, he'll need only one more victory to get a shot at retrieving the title he surrendered less than two years ago. Liddell is 39, Rua is 27.
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July 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Anderson Silva is the Ultimate Fighting Championship's version of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the perfect mixed martial artist whose unbeaten run as middleweight champion since 2006 is testimony to the variety of his skills in the octagon. In winning 15 consecutive fights, Silva (29-4) has delivered a defining kung fu kick to the jaw to defeat Vitor Belfort, withstood the best wrestling effort of Dan Henderson to win a submission, ripped former champion Rich Franklin twice with fight-ending knees and knocked out another ex-champion, Forrest Griffin.
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July 25, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim's Honda Center will be the place where former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell fights for the first time since losing his belt in a surprising first-round knockout loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, UFC officials confirmed Tuesday. Liddell will fight mixed martial arts veteran Keith Jardine in the main event of UFC 76, scheduled for Sept. 22.
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September 21, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dogged by questions about the effects of his age, physical fitness and tendency to go night-clubbing as fight night has neared, Chuck Liddell says his Saturday night Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Keith Jardine will dismiss the doubters. "I made a mistake, got caught trading a body shot for a right hand, and that's where it ends," Liddell, 37, said as he concluded training in Anaheim for his fight at the Honda Center.
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May 27, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has made a habit of entering his mixed martial arts fights by howling. He had a lot more to yell about Saturday night, stunning a sellout crowd of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by dropping light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with a sudden right hook in the first round, then pouncing atop him for another five-punch barrage that forced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and award Jackson a victory by technical knockout.
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April 18, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
His boss says one more loss means retirement. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell counters that if he can win tonight's light-heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Montreal, he'll need only one more victory to get a shot at retrieving the title he surrendered less than two years ago. Liddell is 39, Rua is 27.
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July 5, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Just as some began to sense Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was on the downside of his career, Juanito Ibarra saw a man with untapped potential. When other mixed martial artists considered Jackson nothing more than a brawler, Ibarra was convinced he could supply him with an arsenal of self-defense tactics. That was three years ago, after Jackson's third knockout loss in a six-fight span. Today, he's the light-heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, a title he secured in May 2007 with a surprising first-round technical knockout of Chuck Liddell.
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September 21, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dogged by questions about the effects of his age, physical fitness and tendency to go night-clubbing as fight night has neared, Chuck Liddell says his Saturday night Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Keith Jardine will dismiss the doubters. "I made a mistake, got caught trading a body shot for a right hand, and that's where it ends," Liddell, 37, said as he concluded training in Anaheim for his fight at the Honda Center.
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July 25, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim's Honda Center will be the place where former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell fights for the first time since losing his belt in a surprising first-round knockout loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, UFC officials confirmed Tuesday. Liddell will fight mixed martial arts veteran Keith Jardine in the main event of UFC 76, scheduled for Sept. 22.
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May 27, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has made a habit of entering his mixed martial arts fights by howling. He had a lot more to yell about Saturday night, stunning a sellout crowd of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by dropping light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with a sudden right hook in the first round, then pouncing atop him for another five-punch barrage that forced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and award Jackson a victory by technical knockout.
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May 26, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dana White, the energetic president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't need to know the record-breaking pay-per-view and live gate numbers of boxing's Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight earlier this month in Las Vegas. White was ready to make a pronouncement, that mixed martial arts has surpassed boxing -- and the staged outcomes of World Wrestling Entertainment, for that matter -- as the most popular fight sport in the U.S.
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July 5, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Just as some began to sense Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was on the downside of his career, Juanito Ibarra saw a man with untapped potential. When other mixed martial artists considered Jackson nothing more than a brawler, Ibarra was convinced he could supply him with an arsenal of self-defense tactics. That was three years ago, after Jackson's third knockout loss in a six-fight span. Today, he's the light-heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, a title he secured in May 2007 with a surprising first-round technical knockout of Chuck Liddell.
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May 26, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dana White, the energetic president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't need to know the record-breaking pay-per-view and live gate numbers of boxing's Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight earlier this month in Las Vegas. White was ready to make a pronouncement, that mixed martial arts has surpassed boxing -- and the staged outcomes of World Wrestling Entertainment, for that matter -- as the most popular fight sport in the U.S.
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December 31, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Nobody in Ultimate Fighting Championship has the punching power of Chuck Liddell, a point the light-heavyweight champion pounded home Saturday when he defended his title with a third-round technical knockout of Huntington Beach's Tito Ortiz. Liddell (20-3) continually evaded Ortiz's attempts to turn their rematch into a wrestling affair, and in the fight's defining moments, Liddell struck Ortiz in the head as Ortiz reassumed a wrestling pose.
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December 30, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Every great fight needs some drama, and the rich subject of a scorned friendship is what makes tonight's Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title showdown between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell so compelling. Ortiz said he is so angry at the friend who rejected him that he will use it as fuel to motivate an underdog victory. "The fight was never supposed to happen," Ortiz said of a 2004 clash that former training partner Liddell won in a second-round technical knockout.
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