Kamaru Usman, Petr Yan leave UFC's Fight Island with belts

More Sports Jul 12, 2020

Kamaru Usman, Petr Yan leave UFC's Fight Island with belts

Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday. Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the vacant UFC bantamweight championship with a ...

Dana White's 'Fight Island' dream now a reality for UFC

More Sports Jul 10, 2020

Dana White's 'Fight Island' dream now a reality for UFC

The imagery evoked by Dana White's crazy idea was undeniably intoxicating: An octagon perched amid swaying palm trees on a white sand beach, waves lapping at the canvas while mixed martial arts fighters traded blows in the tropical sun. A few months later, the project ...

Dustin Poirier wins decision over Dan Hooker in UFC thriller

More Sports Jun 28, 2020

Dustin Poirier wins decision over Dan Hooker in UFC thriller

Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday night, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC's corporate gym. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous ...

Curtis Blaydes stifles Alexander Volkov in UFC heavyweight bout

More Sports Jun 21, 2020

Curtis Blaydes stifles Alexander Volkov in UFC heavyweight bout

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling on Saturday night, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous decision. Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision over Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint performance during the penultimate bout of the latest ...

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 ...