May 26, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 24, 2006 |
Matt Hughes figured if he could survive the opening rounds Saturday night against B.J. Penn, in the long run he'd be in good shape to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Hughes survived a brutal start at the Arrowhead Pond, but then overpowered Penn to score a technical knockout with a little more than a minute remaining in the third round. The victory allowed Hughes to retain his title and avenge a loss to Penn in January 2004.
September 23, 2006 |
Past performances and head-to-head matchups might be relevant for some who pride themselves on pre-determining winners, but that information seems useless when comparing Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. The two fighters will meet tonight at the Arrowhead Pond in a rematch of their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout in January 2004. Penn ended that meeting with a submission hold, but it's Hughes who will again be putting his UFC welterweight belt on the line in the pay-per-view event.
November 1, 1997 |
Tank is big. Tank goes 270, easy, his belly bulging out, huge as a camel hump, and strong, my lord, he can bench-press 600 pounds. He is bad in a way you can see from the 49th row, the shaved head and heavy dark goatee and eyes that seem to glare from under the heavy line of his brow like a machine-gunner's under a helmet. Tank is a street fighter with a bazooka right hand, and he is stalking Cal Worsham, a 230-pound U.S. Marine who is no slouch either, a master of taekwondo.