Mixed martial arts

July 12, 2020 - 1:10 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 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...
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June 27, 2020 - 10:53 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 2019 file photo, Chatri Sityodtong, Chair and CEO of ONE Championship, center, gestures as Reece McLaren, right, of Australia and Danny Kingad, left, of the Philippines face off during the media presentation for this Friday's ONE Championship mixed martial arts fight dubbed: Dawn of Heroes, in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. One Championship definitely will return to action this summer during this unprecedented public health crisis, Chatri Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday June 10, 2020, but the promotion has not finalized a date or location for its first fights. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
June 10, 2020 - 4:31 am
One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong watched with admiration while UFC President Dana White rushed his mixed martial arts promotion back into competition last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sityodtong still plans to be a bit more measured on his own path to get One Championship back in the...
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June 07, 2020 - 12:57 am
Conor McGregor has announced his retirement for the third time in four years. McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from...
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May 31, 2020 - 7:54 pm
Jon “Bones” Jones tweeted Sunday that he’s giving up his UFC title in a pay dispute. “To the light-heavyweight title -- veni, vidi, vici,” tweeted Jones, using the Latin phrase of “I came, I saw, I conquered,” attributed to Julius Caesar. Asked if was giving up his title, he tweeted “Yes.” When one...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Tyron Woodley works out ahead of his UFC 205 mixed martial arts bout against Stephen Thompson during an open workout at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed during a teleconference Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The UFC show Saturday, May 30, will be headlined by former welterweight champion Woodley facing Gilbert Burns. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
May 27, 2020 - 4:20 pm
Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada...
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Tyson Fury, of England, lands a right to Deontay Wilder during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
May 21, 2020 - 1:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights...
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Cars go through a turn past a sign thanking people working during the coronavirus pandemic at Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR, which has been idle for 10 weeks because of the pandemic, made its return with the Real Heroes 400 Nascar Cup Series auto race. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)
May 19, 2020 - 5:51 pm
Fans who had been starving for live sporting events had their appetites somewhat sated last weekend. Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga's return drew record numbers on Fox...
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A worker sprays sanitizer in the octagon between bouts during a UFC 249 mixed martial arts competition, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 17, 2020 - 12:12 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Walt Harris pointed to the sky and proudly showed off a “Fighting for Aniah” T-shirt as he entered the arena. He left a few minutes later with tears in his eyes, hardly the result he wanted in his first UFC fight since the death of his stepdaughter. Alistair Overeem...
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Henry Cejudo, right, punches Dominick Cruz during a UFC 249 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 10, 2020 - 1:31 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kicks, punches and grunts echoed through the empty arena. Coaches, commentators and camera clicks resonated like never before. Blood, sweat, swollen eyelids and face masks signaled the return of UFC, the first major sporting event to resume since the coronavirus shuttered...
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