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September 24, 2011 | By Matt Erickson
Jones successfully defends UFC title against Jackson A 24-year-old secures the light-heavyweight crown. Matt Hughes is knocked out early. The changing of the guard is now official, and Jon Jones has assumed the throne. Defending his UFC light-heavyweight title for the first time Saturday night, Jones made easy work of former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson with a fourth-round submission victory. Since taking the title from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in March, Jones was thought to be on the verge of becoming the most dominant champion in UFC history — at 24 and before he had defended his title.
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November 13, 2013 | By Todd Martin
On Nov. 12, 1993, when the first UFC went live on pay-per-view, a young fourth grader named Johny Hendricks was a sports obsessed busybody at Will Rogers Elementary in Edmond, Okla. Hendricks has grown up with the sport and now 20 years later he has the opportunity to score the crowning achievement of his MMA career as the UFC celebrates its 20th anniversary. Standing in Hendricks' way is no minor obstacle: the great UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he of an 11-fight win streak against the best welterweights in the world and no unavenged career losses.
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September 23, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The well-diversified skills of 24-year-old Jon Jones have made him the Ultimate Fighting Championship's youngest champion. In preparing for his first light-heavyweight title defense Saturday at Denver's Pepsi Center, Jones (13-1, eight knockouts, three submissions) has been forced to deal with an instrument rarely used in the octagon but bothersome nonetheless: The mouth of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Jackson, 33, is Jones' predecessor as UFC champion, and he has done as much as he can to engage the young champion in verbal warfare.
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September 24, 2011 | By Matt Erickson
Jones successfully defends UFC title against Jackson A 24-year-old secures the light-heavyweight crown. Matt Hughes is knocked out early. The changing of the guard is now official, and Jon Jones has assumed the throne. Defending his UFC light-heavyweight title for the first time Saturday night, Jones made easy work of former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson with a fourth-round submission victory. Since taking the title from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in March, Jones was thought to be on the verge of becoming the most dominant champion in UFC history — at 24 and before he had defended his title.
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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, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
There's one nagging obstacle remaining, but it wasn't large enough to stop Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White from confirming that he is ready to make the dream fight of mixed martial arts: middleweight champion Anderson Silva versus welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre this year at a stadium in North America. St-Pierre (21-2) still has an April 30 title defense against Jake Shields (26-4-1), but Silva's schedule has been cleared by his amazing first-round kick and knockout of challenger Vitor Belfort on Saturday night in UFC 126 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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November 13, 2013 | By Todd Martin
On Nov. 12, 1993, when the first UFC went live on pay-per-view, a young fourth grader named Johny Hendricks was a sports obsessed busybody at Will Rogers Elementary in Edmond, Okla. Hendricks has grown up with the sport and now 20 years later he has the opportunity to score the crowning achievement of his MMA career as the UFC celebrates its 20th anniversary. Standing in Hendricks' way is no minor obstacle: the great UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he of an 11-fight win streak against the best welterweights in the world and no unavenged career losses.
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June 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will defend his belt Nov. 16 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas against hard-hitting Johny Hendricks, UFC President Dana White told The Times on Wednesday. St-Pierre (24-2) will seek to defend his belt successfully for the 10th consecutive time after recapturing it in 2007 following a loss earlier that year to Matt Serra. The main event of the UFC 167 card will coincide with planned festivities to commemorate the organization's 20th anniversary.
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April 26, 2012 | By Todd Martin
Todd Martin reveals his top 10 in each weight class. Heavyweight   1. Junior Dos Santos 2. Alistair Overeem 3. Cain Velasquez 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Daniel Cormier 6. Frank Mir 7. Josh Barnett 8. Antonio Silva 9. Fedor Emelianenko 10. Travis Browne   A hotly anticipated UFC heavyweight title showdown between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem was cancelled when Overeem tested...
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August 26, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- He gave away 16 years and more than 23 pounds, but Randy Couture held on to the most important advantage -- his fighting smarts -- to successfully defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight belt Saturday night.
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September 23, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The well-diversified skills of 24-year-old Jon Jones have made him the Ultimate Fighting Championship's youngest champion. In preparing for his first light-heavyweight title defense Saturday at Denver's Pepsi Center, Jones (13-1, eight knockouts, three submissions) has been forced to deal with an instrument rarely used in the octagon but bothersome nonetheless: The mouth of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Jackson, 33, is Jones' predecessor as UFC champion, and he has done as much as he can to engage the young champion in verbal warfare.
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February 6, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
There's one nagging obstacle remaining, but it wasn't large enough to stop Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White from confirming that he is ready to make the dream fight of mixed martial arts: middleweight champion Anderson Silva versus welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre this year at a stadium in North America. St-Pierre (21-2) still has an April 30 title defense against Jake Shields (26-4-1), but Silva's schedule has been cleared by his amazing first-round kick and knockout of challenger Vitor Belfort on Saturday night in UFC 126 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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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.
SPORTS
May 6, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua got jobbed. He thought he did enough to beat Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida last year at Staples Center, but the judges stunningly awarded a unanimous decision to Machida, three rounds to two. UFC President Dana White was so certain that Rua had won the fight, he announced to everyone at the post-fight news conference that an immediate rematch was ordered. "I don't understand what the judges saw or how they scored it," said Rua, who has watched the replay four times in recent weeks.
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November 22, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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