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 ...

More Sports Oct 16, 2018

Former UFC champ Eddie Alvarez joins One Championship

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has signed with One Championship, the growing Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion. One Championship announced its highest-profile free agent signing to date Monday night. The 34-year-old Alvarez (29-6) is a respected veteran who has held the 155-pound (70.3-kg) title in ...

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, ...

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

More Sports Feb 28, 2015

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

by Jason Coskrey

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto still gets asked about the time he knocked out an opponent in four seconds with a flying knee to the head. He managed that feat shortly after the opening bell for his fight against Kazuyuki Miyata, a former Olympic wrestler who on ...

UFC eyeing Asian market

More Sports Sep 24, 2014

UFC eyeing Asian market

by Kaz Nagatsuka

This past Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan for a third straight year to host a show, dubbed UFC Fight Night Japan, at Saitama Super Arena. Used to hosting huge mixed martial arts events like K-1 and PRIDE, Japan remains one of the ...

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

More Sports Aug 27, 2014

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

by Jason Coskrey

Miesha Tate wants Rin Nakai to remember her after their fight next month. Nakai, who is undefeated (16-0-1), likely already knows all about Tate, a superstar in women's mixed martial arts, but Tate wants a special place in Nakai's world. "She's undefeated, so it's always ...