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HOLLYWOOD is so behind the curve on cultural trends that most fads are over before the movie biz can figure out how to exploit them.
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.
March 4, 2007 | From Times wire services
After losing two out of three fights to Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and a tearful retirement in 2006, it was believed that Randy Couture had run out of chances. But before a packed house at the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, the 43-year-old UFC Hall of Famer pulled another surprise, dominating Tim Sylvia for five rounds, scoring a shutout decision that earned Couture a third UFC heavyweight championship.
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.
November 18, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
When he walked into the Octagon two years ago for a highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship title bout, Georges St. Pierre stared with respect at his opponent, former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Too much respect, St. Pierre says now. "I don't like to give excuses, but I didn't lose that fight to a better fighter. I lost because I was fighting my idol," St. Pierre said this week after concluding training for a rematch with Hughes tonight.
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