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October 9, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mixed martial arts world is abuzz by post-fight comments made by Seth Petruzelli, the little-known, last-minute replacement on CBS' national broadcast of Elite XC fights Saturday who needed only 14 seconds to knock out popular heavyweight Kimbo Slice.
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December 27, 2008 | Lance Pugmire
Not long ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White was incensed by a boxing promoter's claim that pugilism was safer, and that mixed martial arts at times resembles a tough man contest. Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, White makes his counterpoint by unveiling a loaded UFC 92 fight card with three big matches, the likes of which boxing has routinely fallen short of for years.
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November 1, 1997 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tank is big. Tank goes 270, easy, his belly bulging out, huge as a camel hump, and strong, my lord, he can bench-press 600 pounds. He is bad in a way you can see from the 49th row, the shaved head and heavy dark goatee and eyes that seem to glare from under the heavy line of his brow like a machine-gunner's under a helmet. Tank is a street fighter with a bazooka right hand, and he is stalking Cal Worsham, a 230-pound U.S. Marine who is no slouch either, a master of taekwondo.
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December 5, 2008 | Kevin Baxter and Lance Pugmire, Baxter and Pugmire are Times staff writers.
Billy Baxter has won -- and lost -- millions wagering on everything from boxing and billiards to football and poker. Yet there is one thing the 68-year-old Baxter, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, won't wager on: mixed martial arts, the rapidly growing combat sport that encompasses a variety of fighting techniques. However, if Baxter and other traditional gamblers are betting that MMA is a fad that will go away, they might lose their shirts.
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December 27, 2008 | Lance Pugmire
Not long ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White was incensed by a boxing promoter's claim that pugilism was safer, and that mixed martial arts at times resembles a tough man contest. Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, White makes his counterpoint by unveiling a loaded UFC 92 fight card with three big matches, the likes of which boxing has routinely fallen short of for years.
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September 9, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
LONDON -- The imposing fighter and gifted humorist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has annexed an adjective unprecedented in the disputed world of mixed martial arts. He's undisputed. "I can't spell it," he said, "but I am it." After years of dogged quibble when the sport mushroomed into a phenomenon with separate, elite leagues, it figured that dispute could linger through an East London Saturday night.
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June 9, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Despite accounting numbers warped by nonexistent turnstiles and questions about how a Japanese-based promoter distributed more than 39,000 tickets, the promotion company behind last weekend's mixed martial arts card at the Coliseum is proclaiming it the best-attended MMA show in U.S. history. "This is why we went to the Coliseum: to make a statement," said Mike Kogan, the U.S.-based events director for Fighting and Entertainment Group.
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February 4, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
On a night surprisingly devoid of title implications, Irvine's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Croatia's Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic took to the Ultimate Fighting Championship stage for the first time Saturday and won by knockouts. Those performances cushioned the stripped title implications of the main event, which featured middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Travis Lutter.
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July 4, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
It's one thing to be conscious of your shortcomings. It's another to be openly self-deprecating and fight for a living. In the sport of mixed martial arts, competitors exhaust considerable time and energy trying to conceal their weaknesses. Then there's Forrest Griffin.
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September 22, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its only Southern California appearance of the year tonight with a Honda Center card noticeably lacking a title fight, and anchored by a main event that's expected to be one-sided. Nevertheless, in UFC 76, the mixed martial arts organization is not skimping on showcasing the depth of its strongest divisions, light-heavyweight and welterweight.
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October 9, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mixed martial arts world is abuzz by post-fight comments made by Seth Petruzelli, the little-known, last-minute replacement on CBS' national broadcast of Elite XC fights Saturday who needed only 14 seconds to knock out popular heavyweight Kimbo Slice.
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July 4, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
It's one thing to be conscious of your shortcomings. It's another to be openly self-deprecating and fight for a living. In the sport of mixed martial arts, competitors exhaust considerable time and energy trying to conceal their weaknesses. Then there's Forrest Griffin.
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May 24, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
It was 11 years ago when Tito Ortiz began his mixed-martial arts career, fighting for no money and little fanfare outside his inner circle of friends from Huntington Beach. That quickly changed as Ortiz, riding on immense popularity, helped build the Ultimate Fighting Championships from the underground up. With him, UFC events have been sellouts in Las Vegas. With him, the UFC has had some of the most-watched pay-per-view events in its history. After tonight, the UFC will be without him. Maybe.
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December 27, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's pay-per-view card Saturday in Las Vegas will be the interim welterweight title fight pitting former champions Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre. But a more serious battle is taking shape between the UFC and some of its elite mixed martial arts stars over money. The fighters say the big-name competitors aren't getting their fair share of the profits, and those at the lower end are simply underpaid.
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September 22, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its only Southern California appearance of the year tonight with a Honda Center card noticeably lacking a title fight, and anchored by a main event that's expected to be one-sided. Nevertheless, in UFC 76, the mixed martial arts organization is not skimping on showcasing the depth of its strongest divisions, light-heavyweight and welterweight.
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September 9, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
LONDON -- The imposing fighter and gifted humorist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has annexed an adjective unprecedented in the disputed world of mixed martial arts. He's undisputed. "I can't spell it," he said, "but I am it." After years of dogged quibble when the sport mushroomed into a phenomenon with separate, elite leagues, it figured that dispute could linger through an East London Saturday night.
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May 24, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
It was 11 years ago when Tito Ortiz began his mixed-martial arts career, fighting for no money and little fanfare outside his inner circle of friends from Huntington Beach. That quickly changed as Ortiz, riding on immense popularity, helped build the Ultimate Fighting Championships from the underground up. With him, UFC events have been sellouts in Las Vegas. With him, the UFC has had some of the most-watched pay-per-view events in its history. After tonight, the UFC will be without him. Maybe.
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July 7, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A month after mixed martial arts came to Los Angeles and left with an embarrassing trail of three positive tests for performance-enhancing or street drugs, the sport is returning to California tonight in the form of its most popular organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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August 25, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
It was the most surprising, devastating blow of the year so far in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Randy Couture, 44, was sitting ringside for it, well aware that he was next. On April 21 in England, little-known UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga delivered a powerful right kick to the side of favored Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's head, rendering the top heavyweight contender unconscious.
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August 7, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Veteran boxer James Toney and recent Ultimate Fighting Championship title fighter Hermes Franca, both facing one-year suspensions and $2,500 fines for positive performance-enhancing drug tests, confronted their appeals hearings before the California State Athletic Commission on Monday with different strategies. Franca, 32, threw himself on the mercy of the commission, while Toney, 38, insisted he was innocent and most likely betrayed by a contaminated vitamin or herbal supplement.
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