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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.
September 21, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Dogged by questions about the effects of his age, physical fitness and tendency to go night-clubbing as fight night has neared, Chuck Liddell says his Saturday night Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Keith Jardine will dismiss the doubters. "I made a mistake, got caught trading a body shot for a right hand, and that's where it ends," Liddell, 37, said as he concluded training in Anaheim for his fight at the Honda Center.
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.
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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