Tito Ortiz submitted Chael Sonnen Saturday with a rear naked choke at Bellator 170 in the final fight of his legendary career. Tito Ortiz put an exclamation point on his legendary mixed martial arts career Saturday, reminding the crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and a national television audience
Floyd Mayweather has long been known to flaunt his wealth, wear outrageously expensive jewelry, drive exotic cars and, of course, for his other-wordly boxing skills. Mayweather attended Friday’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., when Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president
Forrest Griffin, a UFC vice president for athlete development, is presiding over the 30,000-square-foot UFC Performance Institute. Forrest Griffin is a symbol of what might best be described as mixed martial arts’ second act. MMA began in 1993, when Rorion Gracie and Art Davie collaborated to put on
In one of the most despicable, outrageous displays at a boxing event in years, Angel Garcia went on a vile rant in which a riot was prevented only because Keith Thurman is such a classy, decent human being. Thurman will fight Danny Garcia in a WBA-WBC welterweight title unification bout on March 4 on
After all these years, Tito Ortiz remains as good as anyone at conjuring up a feud where none exists and drumming up interest in a fight that without his never-ending drumbeat may not be all that interesting. Take Bellator 170, where Ortiz will fight for the final time when he takes on Chael Sonnen
Ralek Gracie was 8 years old when UFC 1 was held, and like so many others, he was fascinated by what he had just seen.
There isn’t much left to the imagination regarding Muhammad Ali. “His life was an open book,” Laila Ali told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday on what would have been her father’s 75th birthday. Muhammad Ali, who was 74 when he died in a Phoenix hospital on June 3, was a pied piper of sorts who attracted people
Muhammad Ali, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Tuesday, continues to have an impact on the world more than seven months after his June 3 death. Not long after he won the heavyweight title for the first time at 22 years old in 1964, Ali moved to the forefront of the civil-rights movement
Tim Kennedy, being tended to at UFC 206 after being stopped by Kelvin Gastelum, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Tim Kennedy, the former Army Ranger who for several years was among the elite mixed martial artists in the world, announced his retirement as an active fighter Tuesday. In a post on
For all the great things that B.J. Penn has done in mixed martial arts, he had no business being in the Octagon on Sunday. Yair Rodriguez won his sixth fight in a row, easily handling Penn before stopping him at 24 seconds of the second round. Rodriguez caught Penn with a right front kick, and then
James DeGale (L), referee Arthur Mercante and Badou Jack (R) react after their WBC-IBF super middleweight unification fight was called a draw. The main event, a super middleweight unification bout between WBC champion Badou Jack and IBF champion James DeGale, was a thrilling back-and-forth battle at
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (R) will meet countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 in Las Vegas in an HBO Pay-Per-View card. Growing up as a young boxer in Mexico, Canelo Alvarez counted Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. as his idol, as did many of his countrymen. The elder Chavez is one of the top fighters
Gevonta Davis (R), shown during a win last year over Guillermo Avila, has overcome a rough upbringing to land a world title shot on Saturday against Jose Pedraza. While Davis admits the lure of the money that has made Mayweather the richest boxer ever is enticing, he’s wise enough to understand that
Khabib Nurmagomedov (above) will face Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas. If you asked mixed martial arts fans which fight they would want to see most, it’s a good bet that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight match would be
Yair Rodriguez has the potential to become a major star in the UFC. Boxing is part of the fabric of life in Mexico. Yair Rodriguez grew up in that environment, where Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. may be the most revered celebrity in the country.
Badou Jack will take on James DeGale, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, in an IBF/WBC unification fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Mark Hunt on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Las Vegas against the UFC, president Dana White and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. For all he’s accomplished in his nearly 13-year mixed martial arts career, Mark Hunt is destined to be remembered as the one fighter who took action against his
It appears Manny Pacquiao will fight little known Jeff Horn on April 22 at a site to be determined. It is not done and there are several variables to sort out, not the least of which is Manny Pacquiao’s approval himself, but all indications are that the Filipino senator is headed toward an April 22
B.J. Penn, right, hasn’t been inside the Octagon since 2014. One of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history, Penn retired following a one-sided loss to Frankie Edgar in 2014. In 2015, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (L) and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will rematch at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas. Until Monday afternoon, none of the UFC’s 10 reigning champions had a fight scheduled.
Last month, Marcela Eliana Acuna faced Yesica Patricia Marcos for the IBF women’s super bantamweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the main event of a five-bout card that drew more than 20,000 fans. Women’s boxing historically has been largely ignored by promoters, television networks and the
In the early part of this century, when mixed martial arts was banned from cable television and fighting to escape a barbaric image encapsulated by Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) depiction of it as “human cockfighting,” the sport was literally kept alive by hard-core fans posting news on the internet.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross thinks Ronda Rousey could thrive in professional wrestling. It wasn’t a tough or difficult question, at least not for Jim Ross: What effect will Ronda Rousey’s back-to-back losses in UFC title fights have if she decides to pursue a professional wrestling career? Rousey hasn
The battle at UFC 199 on June 4 in Inglewood, Calif., between Marco Polo Reyes and Dong Hyun “Maestro” Kim just kept bringing me back. Reyes won the fight – which was the opener at UFC 199 – by third-round stoppage.