Bjorn Rebney, Georges St-Pierre, Donald Cerrone, TJ Dillashaw, Tim Kennedy and Cain Velasquez announced they will form an MMA fighters union. The sad story this week of Carla Esparza, the former UFC women’s strawweight champion, being forced to sell a motorcycle she won on “The Ultimate Fighter” is
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (L) and broadcaster Barry Tompkins share a laugh at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony in 2013. On Tuesday, Tompkins and broadcast partner Steve Farhood were both elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The final 60 seconds of the middleweight title
Were it not for a thumb injury Canelo Alvarez suffered in his win over Liam Smith in September, odds are pretty good that Terence Crawford would have no shot at becoming the 2016 Fighter of the Year. Crawford, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s 2014 Fighter of the Year, is 2-0 in 2016 and among
As UFC Fight Night approached in Boston on Aug. 17, 2013, Conor McGregor was entering his second UFC bout. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this [long winning streak] coming,” UFC president Dana White said of Holloway’s nine-fight winning streak, which has earned him a spot in the main event Saturday of
Anthony Pettis made consecutive wins over Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez look easy, cementing himself as one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world. Pettis is back in the title picture, and on Saturday can become only the fourth man in UFC history to hold title belts
Julian Williams celebrates his win over Joey Hernandez on April 4, 2015. It was a half a lifetime ago, but Julian Williams can recall the ride home vividly. Williams was the final kid in the car as his coach drove down Roosevelt Boulevard.
She hobbled to the witness stand because that’s how you have to do it when someone shoots both of your legs. “I don’t want sympathy,” Racquel Smith said looking directly at the jury here at Orleans Criminal District Court.
Johnny Tapia was elected Tuesday to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Johnny Tapia would have turned 50 next May, and I have no doubt that had he still been alive, he’d be begging for just one more fight. Boxing saved the lives of countless fighters over the years, but none moreso than Tapia.
Misha Cirkunov isn’t particularly well known among UFC fans right now, but if there is an off-the-radar type of fighter with championship potential, he might be No. 1 on that list. Cirkunov, a powerful man who has represented Canada at an international level in judo, jiu-jitsu and freestyle wrestling
Conor McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, is mounting a campaign against a ghost. Floyd Mayweather is not going to fight him, regardless of how much McGregor keeps bringing up a match with the retired boxing superstar. Mayweather himself has said so.
Anthony Joshua is just one reason boxing’s heavyweight division could be on an upswing. There is a commonly held perception that boxing is on the decline (or dead, or dying, whichever you prefer) because of a lack of quality in its heavyweight division. Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) defends the IBF
At the end of each round Saturday, Tim Elliott would gaze into the crowd at the Palms, a wide grin on his face. This was a guy who’d entered the fight with three official UFC losses in succession, who was 2-4 in the UFC and was facing the best fighter in the world. Despite losing a unanimous decision
No one, least of all Tim Elliott, expected this day to ever come. A few days after a loss to Zach Makovsky on Feb. 14, 2015, the flyweight received his walking papers from the UFC. The loss to Makovsky was his third straight in 21 months, and even Elliott believed he’d reached the end of the line in
There were a lot of disappointed fans when the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had given up the featherweight title he’d won at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. There was also speculation, including from John Kavanagh, McGregor’s highly respected coach, that the decision wasn’
Retired UFC star Georges St-Pierre is part of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association. It’s not difficult to agree with Bjorn Rebney, if indeed his statistics are correct: If UFC fighters are only paid eight percent of the gross revenue, as the former Bellator promoter alleged during a conference
Failure is not a word often associated with Demetrious Johnson, but the UFC flyweight champion’s relentless pursuit of perfection is fueled by failure. Rather, the man widely regarded as the finest pound-for-pound fighter in the world is driven by the impossible: A desire to become the perfect mixed
Conor McGregor was stripped of the UFC featherweight title on Saturday. More than a decade ago, when the UFC only had five weight classes and far fewer total fighters, B.J. Penn would speak frequently about holding belts in multiple divisions simultaneously. This is a guy who easily made lightweight
Robert Whittaker (L) is looking for his sixth straight win on Saturday. The reason that mixed martial arts is so popular, Robert Whittaker said, is the unpredictability of it. A little over a year ago, Whittaker was preparing for what at that point would have been the biggest fight of his life.
Vasyl Lomachenko is on the short-list of potential Manny Pacquiao opponents for 2017. Manny Pacquiao did not attend the post-fight news conference following his Nov. 5 victory over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas for the WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao received 16 stitches in his head, had to give a urine
Andre Ward, left, hasn’t lost a fight since 1996. LAS VEGAS – This one had the look and smell of a loss for Andre Ward. Ward won 114-113 on all three cards, the same score as Yahoo Sports had, to win the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.
Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, 30-0 vs. 30-0-1, is a battle for the history books. Ward, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, hasn’t been beaten since he was 12 years old. Kovalev, the Russian who nearly walked away from boxing as an amateur, has an 83.9 percent knockout rate
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields makes her professional debut on Saturday night. LAS VEGAS – It’s laughable that anyone would seriously suggest that Claressa Shields will wind up doing for women’s boxing what Ronda Rousey has done for women’s mixed martial arts. And that has nothing
President-elect Donald Trump has long dabbled in the fight business. His hotel casinos have sponsored numerous fights and he’s had a long relationship with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s career.
Benson Henderson is long past the point of having to prove himself to anyone. The former UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion has been among the small group of fighters regarded as the best in the world for at least the last seven years. Henderson, though, isn’t so enamored with
Andre Ward, left, hasn’t lost a fight since 1996. LAS VEGAS — Andre Ward is one of the great fighters of his era, and probably of any era, even though he rarely gets the kind of recognition that peers such as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have received. To understand Ward’s greatness, it’s easiest