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February 6, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
For the third consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas, one question dominates: So, when is Brock Lesnar fighting again? The UFC will stage a third straight title-less Vegas main event Saturday night when veteran light-heavyweights Randy Couture and Mark Coleman lead the card of UFC 109 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. "There's great fights on this card . . . me and Mark are a couple of old wrestlers banging heads, two active Hall of Famers," Couture said. The undercard features a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen, with the winner getting a future title shot against the winner of April's title bout between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
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February 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey's pursuit of her dream career was fulfilled dramatically Saturday, the first female to ever win an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout doing so in nearly five full minutes of riveting action. Rousey survived a strong rear naked chokehold attempt with challenger and former Marine Liz Carmouche draped across her back, escaping the position just as Carmouche appeared to have seized a defining moment in the main event of UFC 157 at Honda Center. Instead, Rousey rid herself of Carmouche's grip, perhaps appropriately adjusting her slipping top in the unladylike brawl while standing up as Carmouche kicked toward Rousey's face.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1995 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's being touted as "the most brutal martial arts competition there is," and it's coming straight at you at 6 tonight, live from Charlotte, N.C., on pay per view, with a taped replay at 8 p.m. It's the "Ultimate Fighting Championship V," whose announcers boast that it has "no rules, no time limits and no way out." Rather than the traditional ropes, the ring is surrounded by a five-foot wire-mesh fence, caging the fighters like animals.
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August 23, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
In a stare-down between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the light-heavyweight champion generally considered its most marketable star, the UFC blinked Thursday. Jon Jones rejected an order to fight the UFC's suggested injury-replacement fighter, Chael Sonnen, and the organization thus took the unprecedented step of scrapping its entire UFC 151 card, scheduled for Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. "This is probably one of my all-time lows as being president of UFC," said Dana White.
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December 22, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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April 16, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Dan Henderson has been around mixed martial arts long enough to have a good idea of who gets paid what, and how various pay-per-view cards sell. At the sport's pinnacle event, Ultimate Fighting Championship 100 in Las Vegas last July, Temecula's Henderson produced the knockout of the night. "They hit a home run with their numbers, and I had hit the grand slam in the event," Henderson said. His $100,000 knockout bonus was nice, and the $90,000 Land Rover he received for coaching on a reality show against his UFC 100 foe, brash-talking Brit Michael Bisping, was a lavish bump beyond the $650 weekly coaching stipend he said he was paid while guiding the team of young fighters on the popular reality cable-television series "The Ultimate Fighter."
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March 12, 2006
The Ultimate Fighting Championship comes to California for the first time next month, at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, thanks to the state's recent legalization of mixed martial arts matches. "It's a real sport with some very serious rules," says UFC spokesman Loren Mack, citing a few: no eye-gouging, no biting, no head-butting. That's too bad, given the contenders we'd like to lock in the Octagon, the UFC's eight-sided cage: George Clooney vs. Bill O'Reilly Martha Stewart vs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2008 | Dan Arritt
Evan Tanner, an Ultimate Fighting Championship star whose career in the brutal sport was undermined by alcohol abuse, was found dead in a remote desert area of Imperial County, the county coroner's office said Tuesday. Authorities had been searching for the 37-year-old fighter after friends reported losing contact with him Friday. Tanner often went on camping trips to the desert seeking solitude. Authorities started looking for Tanner after receiving a call from his friends that he was no longer text-messaging them, said Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. George Moreno.
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November 15, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Yes, as a regular television viewer, I'd seen my share of violence. But this time, leaning forward on the edge of my chair in front of my TV set shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, I was poised to wince, flinch, shudder and scream out in terror as never before. To say nothing of laugh. And no wonder, for about to enter my home from Denver's McNichols Arena was the "Ultimate Fighting Championship," a live pay-for-view cable event ($14.
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May 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jon Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's light-heavyweight champion, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning in New York, his agent confirmed. Jones last defended his belt in April, defeating former training partner and ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in Atlanta. UFC President Dana White said he was waiting for more details before releasing a statement on the matter. Jones is scheduled to next fight Temecula's Dan Henderson.
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May 21, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Dana White was upset and wanted to make something clear. Last Friday night, as White attempted to lounge inside his office building where cable network FX films live fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter," he wanted to return to the topic of mixed-martial-arts journalism. As president and chief promoter of the UFC, White seeks as much attention as possible for his organization, but occasionally — if not often — he is chafed by the accuracy of online reporting by MMA writers.
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May 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jon Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's light-heavyweight champion, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning in New York, his agent confirmed. Jones last defended his belt in April, defeating former training partner and ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in Atlanta. UFC President Dana White said he was waiting for more details before releasing a statement on the matter. Jones is scheduled to next fight Temecula's Dan Henderson.
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May 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Sherman Oaks' Vincent Pichel looks bigger than a 155-pound fighter, and his punches have the same over-sized feel. Friday night at the Ultimate Fighting Championship's office-building home of FX's "The Ultimate Fighter" in Las Vegas, Pichel imposed that power on Long Beach's Chris Saunders and won the first two rounds to advance to the semifinals next week in the reality-show competition. The winner of the 16-fighter tournament for unsigned mixed martial arts pros will be crowned after a June 1 finale at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, earning a six-figure, multi-fight contract with the UFC. Pichel will fight Al Iaquinta in next Friday's semifinals on FX, with James Vick and Michael Chiesa in the other semi.
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May 15, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Though television ratings have sunk with FX's new, live version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," Friday's show should draw a larger crowd from the Southern California market. In a quarterfinal match in the 155-pound (lightweight) division Friday night at 7 p.m. (DirecTV) and 10 p.m. (cable), Long Beach's Chris Saunders, 26, will fight Sherman Oaks' Vincent Pichel, 29, in a quarterfinal in Las Vegas. Pichel trains at UFC referee John McCarthy's gym in Valencia, finding a discipline to help him conquer anger issues that plagued his youth.
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April 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels at a surprise test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a UFC news conference. The repercussions are the jeopardizing of a heavyweight title fight between Overeem and champion Junior Dos Santos on May 26 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and a mandatory appearance before the commission in the near future at which the fate of his fighting license will be determined.
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December 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
In a decade, Lorenzo Fertitta has helped transform the sport of mixed martial arts from a niche contest dismissed as the activities of hooligans to a major television network deal and a monthly flow of millions of dollars with pay-per-view events in usually sold-out arenas. The chairman of the Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship is preparing for his annual New Year's weekend card in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, which will feature a heavyweight main event marking the return of popular ex-champion Brock Lesnar versus the massive former champion of the Strikeforce MMA organization, Alistair Overeem.
SPORTS
June 26, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from San Jose -- The rapid turn of events that led Fabricio Werdum to claim perhaps the most shocking upset in mixed martial arts history Saturday night over Fedor Emelianenko is what makes fans of the growing sport so rabid. Anything can happen at any second. So it was Saturday at HP Pavilion, where a nearly full house was stunned as Emelianenko knocked Werdum to the mat in the opening seconds of the fight with a hard right hand, then found his head locked in a Werdum leg wrap.
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April 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels at a surprise test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a UFC news conference. The repercussions are the jeopardizing of a heavyweight title fight between Overeem and champion Junior Dos Santos on May 26 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and a mandatory appearance before the commission in the near future at which the fate of his fighting license will be determined.
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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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August 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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