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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 31, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Maybe it's the eyes. China-white saucers punctuated by dark-as-night centers. Maybe it's the shimmering gold teeth. Sharp as an ax and framed by a bushy black beard. It could be the arms. Defined by impossibly thick muscles and quick as a rattlesnake strike. Something -- maybe all of the above -- helped to transform Kimbo Slice from bare-knuckle, backyard brawler into one of the leading attractions in mixed martial arts.
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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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May 5, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Inside a warehouse that sits in a rugged area near the border between Los Angeles and Glendale, filming was underway in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's most vigorous effort yet to tap a wider Spanish-speaking audience. "El Octagono," an hourlong Saturday night series set to debut Saturday on the cable network Galavision, will include fighter interviews, highlights and mixed martial arts education for Latino fight fans who traditionally have flocked to boxing.
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March 25, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Pastor T.J. O'Donnell thought that by offering mixed martial arts training, he had found a sure way to lure young people away from vice and direct them toward the word of God. He didn't expect to encounter the long arm of the California State Athletic Commission. O'Donnell rented out the second floor of a San Bernardino carpet store where volunteers at his 777 Ministry taught aspiring fighters jiu-jitsu, karate, wrestling and boxing.
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March 1, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Anderson Silva is the longest reigning champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He hasn't lost in five UFC fights, and his most serious challenger in the middleweight division is Temecula's Dan Henderson, whom Silva fights tonight at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio. Another victory affirms Silva's status as UFC's best pound-for-pound fighter, and could possibly leave him void of any legitimate competition in a beaten-up middleweight division.
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February 29, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The fight for young male television viewers just got bloodier. CBS, which once filled the airwaves on Saturday nights with "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show," said Thursday it has signed a deal to broadcast mixed-martial arts bouts on TV's slowest night, marking the biggest showcase yet for the newly popular combat sport.
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December 29, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- With 14 Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight victories between them, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell have been called "the men who've helped build this company," by UFC President Dana White.
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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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