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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.
July 20, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, who successfully defended his belt July 7 in Sacramento, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone and faces a one-year suspension, the California State Athletic Commission announced Thursday. Sherk's opponent, Hermes Franca, also tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, drostanolone, and also faces a one-year ban from competition.
July 8, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
In a year of Ultimate Fighting Championship title-fight upsets, middleweight champ Anderson Silva on Saturday showed why his belt is so firmly affixed. Silva (19-4), a polished Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, reversed himself from a bottom position against challenger Nate Marquardt and proceeded to pound his foe with a flurry of right-handed punches capped by three to Marquardt's right ear area.
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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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.
May 27, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has made a habit of entering his mixed martial arts fights by howling. He had a lot more to yell about Saturday night, stunning a sellout crowd of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by dropping light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with a sudden right hook in the first round, then pouncing atop him for another five-punch barrage that forced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and award Jackson a victory by technical knockout.
May 26, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dana White, the energetic president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't need to know the record-breaking pay-per-view and live gate numbers of boxing's Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight earlier this month in Las Vegas. White was ready to make a pronouncement, that mixed martial arts has surpassed boxing -- and the staged outcomes of World Wrestling Entertainment, for that matter -- as the most popular fight sport in the U.S.
April 22, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
Seeking inroads into Britain, Ultimate Fighting Championship came and found the inroads already laid and pretty much paved with you-know-what. It introduced itself to people who already adored it Saturday night at Manchester Evening News Arena, if hints come from a sellout crowd of 14,921, a merchandising haul that trumped arena records, and a recurrent din that sometimes suggested the loudest stage on Earth.
April 21, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will fight what is expected to be his final tune-up today for an Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title fight when he meets Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 70 main event in Manchester, England.
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