Conor McGregor inks deal for January comeback

More Sports Nov 20, 2020

Conor McGregor inks deal for January comeback

Conor McGregor is set to reverse his latest flirtation with retirement with a fight against Dustin Poirier in January, the Irish mixed martial arts star said Thursday. A statement on McGregor's news website, TheMacLife.com, said the 155-pound (70-kg) contest would take place on Jan. 23, ...

UFC teams up with China to prepare athletes for Olympics

Olympics Sep 2, 2020

UFC teams up with China to prepare athletes for Olympics

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will help train a range of Chinese Olympic athletes to get them in shape for next summer's delayed Tokyo Games and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics under a deal announced on Wednesday. Although UFC-style mixed martial arts is not an Olympic ...

Ringside doctors back off call for combat sports ban

More Sports May 4, 2020

Ringside doctors back off call for combat sports ban

After calling for an indefinite ban on combat sports events in April, the Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) wants coronavirus precautions to be developed with an eye toward staging events. In a weekend statement on the group's website, the doctors who train and certify ringside ...

Dana White claims UFC close to securing private island for fights

More Sports Apr 7, 2020

Dana White claims UFC close to securing private island for fights

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White has said the mixed martial arts promotion is close to securing a "private island" to stage bouts for international fighters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected 1.27 million people around the world and caused over 70,000 ...

One Championship makes big plans for Japan

More Sports Aug 23, 2018

One Championship makes big plans for Japan

by Jason Coskrey

No one will ever accuse Chatri Sityodtong, the chairman of martial arts organization ONE Championship, of shying away from a fight. The half-Japanese Sityodtong has a grand vision for his promotion, a vision that includes ONE spreading the gospel of Asian martial arts around the ...

ONE Championship making waves on martial arts scene

More Sports Jun 6, 2018

ONE Championship making waves on martial arts scene

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Atomweight champion Angela "Unstoppable" Lee and Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi fought another closely contested main event before a sellout crowd of 12,000 during a ONE Championship at Singapore Indoor Stadium. At the end of the fight, the winner was the same as two years previously, ...

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

More Sports Jul 18, 2017

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Japan after a two-year absence on Sept. 23, when it will host UFC Fight Night Japan at Saitama Super Arena. UFC events were held in Japan every year between 2012 and 2015 under the organization's previous ownership. Now, ...