October 9, 2008 |
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.
July 19, 2008 |
Fedor Emelianenko, considered the world's top heavyweight mixed martial artist, weighed in on an elevated stage Friday, a rock 'n' roll drum set perched in the background. Donald Trump, still clad in golf attire from a late-morning round, watched from the side as Michael Buffer called out Emelianenko's weight at 230 pounds. Hundreds of fans cheered and held up cellphone cameras inside Honda Center in Anaheim, making it clear whom they came to see.
July 4, 2008 |
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.
May 31, 2008 |
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.
May 24, 2008 |
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.
May 5, 2008 |
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.
March 25, 2008 |
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.
March 1, 2008 |
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.