August 19, 2011 |
Fox Sports no longer is pulling any punches with Ultimate Fighting Championship, announcing a seven-year deal that brings mixed martial arts fights to the Fox broadcast network and Friday night events to the company's FX cable channel. Fox declined to disclose financial terms, but Sports Business Daily reported the multiyear package was worth as much as $90 million. The deal, announced Thursday, is significant because it elevates the sport of mixed martial arts to the television mainstream.
August 18, 2011 |
Ultimate Fighting Championship, and mixed martial arts, took a major step into the mainstream Thursday. Fox Sports announced a seven-year deal to televise UFC cards in prime time, plus airing extensive programming on Fox's cable TV channels. Officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the Fox deal is worth $100 million a year. Fox will air four prime-time Saturday night UFC fight cards a year, starting Nov. 12. The deal also moves "The Ultimate Fighter" reality television series, after 14 seasons on Spike TV, to Fox's FX cable channel, with a revamped Friday night competition and up to six other live fight cards.
July 16, 2011 |
A prestigious neurology clinic has launched an unprecedented brain study of professional fighters with the goal of advancing research to improve various treatments for brain damage. "We know what permanent brain damage looks like in its final stages, but we know so little about what causes it and what happens during cumulative trauma," said Maureen Peckman of the Cleveland Clinic. Peckman is coordinating the new study between the clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and officials with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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July 10, 2011 |
Harry Lew's Chinese immigrant parents were shocked when he told them he was joining the U.S. military. The 19-year-old, their only son, had just started college; he had told them he wanted to become an animation designer. "I tried to stop him, I told him the military is very dangerous," said his father, Allen Lew, who runs a trade show exhibit business in the Santa Clara County community of San Martin. "He just told us he wanted to serve his country. " Just 18 months after their son enlisted in the Marines, his parents' worst fear came true.
June 18, 2011 |
Fabricio Werdum had his Buster Douglas moment, and he's confident the similarities stop there. Last June, Werdum shocked the mixed martial arts world with his upset of previously unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko — just as Douglas had done in boxing when he knocked out then-unbeaten heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. What Douglas found — and couldn't handle — is that tomorrow comes. "The only good time was me winning the fight and them announcing me as the new heavyweight champion of the world," Douglas said in a telephone interview this week.
June 17, 2011 |
Mixed martial arts competitions are becoming increasingly popular, spawning an interest in MMA training. Join a live Web chat with MMA coach Mike Van Arsdale Monday, June 20, at noon Pacific time (2 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. ET) and find out the benefits of the sport for all levels of athlete, from recreational to pro. Van Arsdale won the gold medal in World Cup freestyle wrestling and is a former UFC fighter. In 1998 he made his mixed martial arts debut in Brazil, winning three consecutive fights in one night and the title of the International Vale Tudo Championships.
June 6, 2011 |
Clay Matthews is locked out of the sport he loves, but the Green Bay Packers linebacker still gets to do something that's only a fantasy for most NFL players. He gets to punch a reporter. "And when haven't I wanted to do that?" said Matthews, who may have been joking. The reporter on the other end of those fists is Jay Glazer, who leads a bizarre double life. When he's not working as the NFL insider for Fox, he's at a gym in Hollywood, training some of the league's elite players in mixed martial arts.
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May 18, 2011 |
After two decades of dreams, backers of a Little Tokyo gymnasium won Los Angeles City Council approval Tuesday of a long-term ground lease for the project, marking a major step forward in their quest to revitalize the historic heart of Southern California's Japanese American community. The 38,000-square-foot center, to be built on a city-owned parking lot at Los Angeles and 2nd streets, would feature four courts and recreational space for martial arts, basketball, volleyball and, possibly, fitness and dance classes.
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April 6, 2011 |
The morning commute from their oceanside homes in Tijuana had become routine for friends Sergio Luna and Kevin Romero. The Californians, who had moved to Mexico to save money, liked to beat the congestion at the border crossing by arriving before 3 a.m. But Monday morning they never made it to their jobs in San Diego. As they sat in their Mazda pickup truck in the line of traffic, a gunman tapped on the window and fatally shot both men with a 9-millimeter weapon, according to Baja California authorities.
April 3, 2011 |
The gig: Since 1997, Carl Guardino has been chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a collection of top executives from high-tech, biotech and green-tech companies. David Packard, one of the founders of Hewlett-Packard Co., started the group in 1978. It now has 335 corporate members, including Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Netflix Inc. and Oracle Corp. Driving philosophy: Guardino says he's committed to making "a positive influence on our families and others and whatever portion of the world we are able to touch.