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June 10, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
In place of "The Next Big Thing," the Ultimate Fighting Championship is presenting the next best thing in its Saturday debut fight card in Vancouver. Brock Lesnar, the organization's top pay-per-view draw and a former heavyweight champion, was forced to withdraw earlier this spring from his scheduled fight against Junior Dos Santos, his co-coach on the reality TV series "The Ultimate Fighter," because of another round with the intestinal disease diverticulitis. Lesnar, known as "The Next Big Thing" from his days as one of the most popular stars in World Wrestling Entertainment, was replaced by former heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin.
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November 11, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Cain Velasquez wears the mien of a man you wouldn't want to upset. Of the last guy you'd want to bump into at the end of a dark alley. Of the most frightening figure you'd wake up from a nightmare to find standing at the end of your bed. But when Velasquez, the son of an immigrant farmer who picked lettuce to support his family, hears fans chant "Si, se puede!" ("Yes, we can!") and declare him a role model for Mexicans, he smiles. And the first Mexican fighter to win a heavyweight title in boxing or mixed martial arts — who will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title Saturday against Brazilian fighter Junior Dos Santos at Honda Center in Anaheim — doesn't appear so mean at all. "I'm happy Mexicans are known as hard-working people and people with a lot of heart," said the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Velasquez.
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June 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Junior Dos Santos impressively earned a heavyweight title shot Saturday night, dominating former title challenger Shane Carwin in the Ultimate Fighting Championship 131 main event in Vancouver, Canada. Dos Santos (13-1) was awarded a November or December crack at unbeaten UFC champion Cain Velasquez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. "I'm coming for you," Dos Santos told Velasquez in the Rogers Arena octagon after beating Carwin by judges' scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-26.
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September 2, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is pulling no punches as it debuts on Fox television Nov. 12 with a heavyweight title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos at Anaheim's Honda Center. UFC said up to a dozen bouts will be on the Anaheim card, though only the heavyweight title bout will be telecast in an hour-long Fox show scheduled to start live at 6 p.m. Pacific time. "This was a no-brainer; the [best] fight that was right in front of our face," UFC President Dana White said.
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September 2, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is pulling no punches as it debuts on Fox television Nov. 12 with a heavyweight title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos at Anaheim's Honda Center. UFC said up to a dozen bouts will be on the Anaheim card, though only the heavyweight title bout will be telecast in an hour-long Fox show scheduled to start live at 6 p.m. Pacific time. "This was a no-brainer; the [best] fight that was right in front of our face," UFC President Dana White said.
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September 25, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Frank Mir waited for the right moment, then knocked out Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic with a hard knee to the face and a strike to the chin late in the third round of their heavyweight bout at UFC 119. Mir earned an important victory in his quest to return to championship contention. He had been knocked out in his previous fight against Shane Carwin. Ryan Bader remained unbeaten by dominating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight bout. He won all three scorecards 30-27 by using superior striking and several takedowns to keep the Brazilian off balance.
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November 11, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Cain Velasquez wears the mien of a man you wouldn't want to upset. Of the last guy you'd want to bump into at the end of a dark alley. Of the most frightening figure you'd wake up from a nightmare to find standing at the end of your bed. But when Velasquez, the son of an immigrant farmer who picked lettuce to support his family, hears fans chant "Si, se puede!" ("Yes, we can!") and declare him a role model for Mexicans, he smiles. And the first Mexican fighter to win a heavyweight title in boxing or mixed martial arts — who will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title Saturday against Brazilian fighter Junior Dos Santos at Honda Center in Anaheim — doesn't appear so mean at all. "I'm happy Mexicans are known as hard-working people and people with a lot of heart," said the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Velasquez.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent emerged Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, the son of migrant lettuce farmers, defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight. Velasquez, 28, survived an immediate charge by the heavier Lesnar by blasting punches that knocked the nearly 300-pound former pro wrestling star stumbling across the octagon and crashing to the canvas twice before a final Velasquez flurry caused referee Herb Dean to stop the fight 4:12 into the first round at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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January 9, 2005 | By Lance Pugmire,
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to six inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie. The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air -- while holding her putter -- and then put her hand over her mouth. After pulling the ball out of the hole, she turned to the gallery, looked to the sky and let out a large sigh of relief.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight champ, likes to keep things simple. When he was World Wrestling Entertainment's "champion," he was continually uprooted from his Minnesota home for matches, found his body abused by the rigors of the road and was unhappy. Four years into the grind, he quit. Being UFC's heavyweight champion fits his pace. "Train, sleep, family, fight ? I'm pretty basic," Lesnar, 33, said. Hunting is part of his routine too, which he'll get to next week in Canada after his UFC title bout Saturday night at Anaheim's Honda Center against unbeaten challenger Cain Velasquez (8-0)
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June 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Junior Dos Santos impressively earned a heavyweight title shot Saturday night, dominating former title challenger Shane Carwin in the Ultimate Fighting Championship 131 main event in Vancouver, Canada. Dos Santos (13-1) was awarded a November or December crack at unbeaten UFC champion Cain Velasquez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. "I'm coming for you," Dos Santos told Velasquez in the Rogers Arena octagon after beating Carwin by judges' scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-26.
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June 10, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
In place of "The Next Big Thing," the Ultimate Fighting Championship is presenting the next best thing in its Saturday debut fight card in Vancouver. Brock Lesnar, the organization's top pay-per-view draw and a former heavyweight champion, was forced to withdraw earlier this spring from his scheduled fight against Junior Dos Santos, his co-coach on the reality TV series "The Ultimate Fighter," because of another round with the intestinal disease diverticulitis. Lesnar, known as "The Next Big Thing" from his days as one of the most popular stars in World Wrestling Entertainment, was replaced by former heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight champ, likes to keep things simple. When he was World Wrestling Entertainment's "champion," he was continually uprooted from his Minnesota home for matches, found his body abused by the rigors of the road and was unhappy. Four years into the grind, he quit. Being UFC's heavyweight champion fits his pace. "Train, sleep, family, fight ? I'm pretty basic," Lesnar, 33, said. Hunting is part of his routine too, which he'll get to next week in Canada after his UFC title bout Saturday night at Anaheim's Honda Center against unbeaten challenger Cain Velasquez (8-0)
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent emerged Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, the son of migrant lettuce farmers, defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight. Velasquez, 28, survived an immediate charge by the heavier Lesnar by blasting punches that knocked the nearly 300-pound former pro wrestling star stumbling across the octagon and crashing to the canvas twice before a final Velasquez flurry caused referee Herb Dean to stop the fight 4:12 into the first round at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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October 19, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Unbeaten Cain Velasquez could be fitted with the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight belt Saturday night in Anaheim and yet in a rematch would still get less money. That's how big Brock Lesnar has become. "He's a dominant champion, has looked invincible at times and showed huge heart in his last fight," UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta said of Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling champion and World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view star. So after making nearly 10 times more than his last two challengers, Lesnar has achieved a popularity few pro fighters attain.
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September 25, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Frank Mir waited for the right moment, then knocked out Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic with a hard knee to the face and a strike to the chin late in the third round of their heavyweight bout at UFC 119. Mir earned an important victory in his quest to return to championship contention. He had been knocked out in his previous fight against Shane Carwin. Ryan Bader remained unbeaten by dominating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight bout. He won all three scorecards 30-27 by using superior striking and several takedowns to keep the Brazilian off balance.
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October 19, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Unbeaten Cain Velasquez could be fitted with the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight belt Saturday night in Anaheim and yet in a rematch would still get less money. That's how big Brock Lesnar has become. "He's a dominant champion, has looked invincible at times and showed huge heart in his last fight," UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta said of Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling champion and World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view star. So after making nearly 10 times more than his last two challengers, Lesnar has achieved a popularity few pro fighters attain.
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July 3, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar knows how to pull off a comeback. He's battled back from an extended hospital stay and layoff due to a major intestinal affliction that threatened to kill him or at least end his short but impressive career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he had reigned as heavyweight champion. Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in his first fight since the health scare, Lesnar found himself getting badly beat up again — this time by interim champion Shane Carwin.
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July 3, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar knows how to pull off a comeback. He's battled back from an extended hospital stay and layoff due to a major intestinal affliction that threatened to kill him or at least end his short but impressive career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he had reigned as heavyweight champion. Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in his first fight since the health scare, Lesnar found himself getting badly beat up again — this time by interim champion Shane Carwin.
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July 2, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar tried his best to maintain the veil, explaining that his health-imposed year off from the octagon hasn't changed the fact he's "the same ornery SOB" who "still hates you guys," referring to reporters. Something, however, has unmistakably changed about the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight champion. This new Lesnar cracks jokes. And laughs at them. He said he feels "like a cat with nine lives, and I've got eight left." He won't disparage his Saturday night opponent, interim champion Shane Carwin, kidding that "Carwin is better-looking.
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