UFC holds Brazil event in empty arena amid pandemic

More Sports Mar 15, 2020

UFC holds Brazil event in empty arena amid pandemic

The UFC staged a full fight card in an empty arena Saturday night in Brazil's capital city, sticking to its plan to keep fighting in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Oliveira stopped lightweight Kevin Lee with a guillotine choke in the third round ...

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 ...

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

More Sports Jun 28, 2014

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

by Jason Coskrey

When DREAM and PRIDE were in their heyday about 10 to 15 years ago, Japan might have been considered the epicenter of mixed martial arts around the world. Those days are mostly over now. A number of organizations still remain, but the world's most important ...