Slap fighting: The next big thing, or unsporting stupidity?
UFC President Dana White is selling slap fighting as the next big thing in combat sports, putting his money and the resources of one of the world's foremost mixed martial arts organizations behind the Power Slap League. The Nevada Athletic Commission has sanctioned the league for competitions in Las Vegas. "It’s a home run,” said White, who is among several UFC officials involved in the league. Such exposure has led to questions about the safety of slap fighting, particularly the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.news.yahoo.com
UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar dead at age 45
Former fighter Stephan Bonnar, who played a significant role in the UFC’s growth into the dominant promotion in mixed martial arts, has died, UFC announced. Bonnar, who was inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame in 2013, died Thursday from “presumed heart complications while at work,” according to a statement from UFC on Saturday. Bonnar, who originally was from Indiana, hadn’t fought in the UFC since 2014, and he went just 8-6 during seven years with the promotion.news.yahoo.com
Ex-UFC champion pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty Monday to felony attempted murder, assault and weapons charges in a case involving a man who allegedly sexually abused one of Velasquez's children. Velasquez was charged in March in San Jose, California, after he allegedly shot at a pickup truck carrying a man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old family member. Prosecutors said that on Feb. 28, Velasquez chased a pickup truck carrying the man and the man's parents at high speeds through three Silicon Valley cities and rammed it with his own truck.news.yahoo.com
UFC mysteriously closes show at Vegas campus to fans, media
The UFC is holding its next fight show without fans or media members in attendance, and the mixed martial arts promotion isn't saying why. The UFC will stage a 13-bout Fight Night card at the Apex Gym on its corporate campus in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but no fans or reporters will be there. The UFC has held regular televised cards at the small gym since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but has typically allowed in groups of fans and media representatives.news.yahoo.com
Nate Diaz chokes out Tony Ferguson to end chaotic UFC 279
Nate Diaz stopped Tony Ferguson with a guillotine choke in the fourth round of the hastily arranged main event of UFC 279 on Saturday night. The 37-year-old Diaz (21-13) finished his current UFC contract by finishing fellow veteran Ferguson (25-9) in a matchup only made on Friday after Khamzat Chimaev badly missed weight for his main-event bout with Diaz. Chimaev stopped Kevin Holland with a D'Arce choke 2:13 into the first round of their grudge match, which was also created after Chimaev (12-0) missed weight by 7 1/2 pounds on Friday morning.news.yahoo.com
Video: Mark Zuckerberg shows off MMA skills while sparring with UFC fighter
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lit up social media with a video of himself sparring with mixed martial artist Khai “The Shadow” Wu. In the video, the 38-year-old Meta CEO is seen exchanging punches, kicks and grapples with the 27-year-old MMA fighter.news.yahoo.com
UFC fighter Uriah Hall rates nine MMA fights and scenes in movies and tv
UFC middleweight fighter Uriah Hall rates nine mixed-martial-arts scenes in movies and television, such as "Warrior" and "Attack on Titan," for realism. Hall breaks down the kickboxing techniques in "Kickboxer," (1989) starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also explains the importance of fighting rhythm and strategies in "Black Widow" (2021), "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017), and "Blood and Bone," (2009) starring Michael Jai White. He comments on the accuracy of fights in the octagon in "Warrior" (2011), "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown" (2011), and "Bruised" (2021), starring Halle Berry. He also explains the accuracy of grappling moves in "Attack on Titan" (2013) and critiques his own performance in "Seized" (2020). Hall has martial-art backgrounds in boxing, kickboxing, Kyokushin karate, wrestling, and Brazilian jiujitsu. He is ranked No. 9 in the UFC middleweight rankings as of November 2021. He was also a runner-up on "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen." You can follow Uriah here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uriahhall/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/uriahhallmma?lang=en Disclaimer: This video features martial arts sequences performed by professionals. Please do not attempt to recreate or reenact any stunt or activity performed in this video.news.yahoo.com
Poirier thriving as McGregor's unlikely, involuntary nemesis
The fighter who erased most of Conor McGregor’s mystique this year is a polite family man from Louisiana who makes his own hot sauce, does extensive charity work and would prefer to compete in empty gyms. Dustin Poirier is a curious choice to be the archenemy of a charismatic international superstar. Poirier beat McGregor again Saturday night at UFC 264, earning a TKO victory when McGregor was unable to begin the second round on his fractured shin.news.yahoo.com
That was fast: Tickets for UFC 261 in Jacksonville sell out ‘in minutes’
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, UFC President Dana White speaks at a news conference in New York. UFC 249 has been canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped White's plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tickets for the Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Jacksonville came and went in a hurry on Friday morning. UFC president Dana White said in a post on Twitter that tickets for UFC 261 “sold out in minutes,” and was “one of the fastest sell outs in UFC history.” Only resale tickets were left on Ticketmaster at noon Friday. AdThank you UFC fans!!!
They’re back: Blockbuster UFC card coming to Jacksonville next month, with fans
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed back to Jacksonville with a blockbuster card and one very important addition: fans. The UFC held three events in Jacksonville last May, including UFC 249, in the first live sporting event held during the pandemic. Welcome back to Jacksonville 👊🏻 @ufc . There are three championship fights on the card. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will have a rematch with Florida’s Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261.
Slain stepdaughter appears in dream to UFC fighter Walt Harris, inspiring him to fight again
Walt Harris was ranked ninth in the world in the UFC fight game as he entered the fall of 2019. That was before Aniah came to him in a dream ... and embraced him. Walt Harris Getty ImagesAgainst all odds, including the pandemic, Walt found renewed inspiration from Aniah, and he bravely fought off the anguish of losing her. Walt returned to the gym and finally climbed back into the UFC Octagon, the steel cage where the sport's fiercest athletes compete. "I will always fight for my baby girl," Walt Harris said.cbsnews.com
48 Hours: Fighting for Aniah
48 Hours: Fighting for Aniah Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old college student and the stepdaughter of a top-ranked UFC fighter, was found murdered in Alabama in 2019. Her parents are fighting for a new law, because despite being charged with kidnapping and beating two men, her alleged killer was out on the streets months before Aniah was killed.cbsnews.com
"48 Hours" investigates the murder of a top UFC fighter's stepdaughter
"48 Hours" investigates the murder of a top UFC fighter's stepdaughter A 19-year-old college student and stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, Aniah Blanchard, was allegedly murdered in 2019 in Alabama by a man out on bond for kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder. Now, her parents are fighting for a law to keep those accused of serious offenses off the streets. James Brown gives "CBS This Morning" a preview of the case, airing on "48 Hours" Saturday.cbsnews.com
UFC agrees to show DraftKings betting odds in its broadcasts
DraftKings announced Thursday it has entered a licensing agreement with mixed martial arts organization UFC. The agreement grants DraftKings the rights to be UFC's sportsbook partner and includes rights to licensing a countdown clock. UFC will also show DraftKings betting odds in its fight broadcasts. Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings' chief business officer, said the agreement will give DraftKings brand control over an installed clock in arenas where UFC events are held. "This is a massive deal that will benefit UFC, DraftKings, and most of all the fans," UFC President Dana White said in a statement.cnbc.com
Sneak peek: Fighting for Aniah
Sneak peek: Fighting for Aniah College student Aniah Blanchard had a deep fear of being kidnapped. When she disappears, UFC fighter Walt Harris battles for justice for his stepdaughter. CBS News special correspondent James Brown reports in an all-new "48 Hours" airing Saturday, March 6 at 10/9c on CBS.cbsnews.com
UFC won't punish fighters for marijuana use in policy change
The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The worlds largest mixed martial arts promotion wont allow fighters to compete while under the influence of cannabinoids, but the promotion recognizes that MMA fighters often use marijuana for pain management or relaxation. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The UFC won't allow fighters to compete while under the influence of cannabinoids, but Novitzky said the promotion recognizes that MMA fighters often use marijuana for pain management or relaxation. Mixed martial arts once frequently showcased fighters semi-openly using steroids and testosterone replacement therapy, among other performance enhancements.
No longer Dana White's dream, UFC's Fight Island is real
A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. Rather than a deserted tropical paradise, Yas Island is a modern tourist destination with amusement parks, malls and a Formula One racetrack. Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend. I dont know, White said.
Masvidal finally gets title shot on short notice at UFC 251
Jorge Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days' notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. But Burns tested positive for coronavirus last week, and the UFC went back to Masvidal to keep its card intact. Masvidal quickly headed to the Middle East for his first title shot after seven years and 18 fights in the UFC. He took the fight on short notice, but let's not act like he hasn't been training for this, Usman said. Aldo also has lost his last two fights, but he curiously got this title shot from the UFC after Henry Cejudo abruptly retired.
One Championship making deliberate plans for return to cage
Sityodtong still plans to be a bit more measured on his own path to get One Championship back in the cage during this unprecedented public health crisis. One Championship definitely will return to action this summer, Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Sityodtong is working with government officials and health experts on the fastest path back in China, Thailand and Singapore, One Championship's hometown. Once he finalizes his plans, Sityodtong plans to speed up One's calendar to hold as many events as prudently possible in 2020. But One Championship, which held its most recent show Feb. 28, is proceeding down this difficult path more deliberately than the UFC.
UFC 'Fight Island' revealed in Abu Dhabi, will host 4 shows
The UFC's mysterious Fight Island is actually Yas Island, a popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi where the mixed martial arts promotion will hold four shows in July. The UFC revealed the location Tuesday and announced a series of fan-free shows at Fight Island, starting with a card tentatively featuring three title fights at UFC 251 on July 11. The UFC has staged past fight cards most recently in September on the leisure island in the United Arab Emirates. The UFC will hold subsequent shows on Yas Island on July 15, July 18 and July 25. White told ESPN, his promotion's broadcast partner, that Fight Island will encompass a hotel and restaurants along with an octagon.
Conor McGregor makes 3rd retirement announcement in 4 years
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 Ive decided to retire from fighting, McGregor wrote in a caption below a photo of him and his mother. If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement, White said. McGregor made his first Twitter retirement announcement in April 2016 during a spat with the UFC over promotion of his rematch with Nate Diaz.
Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Fury, of England, lands a right to Deontay Wilder, left, during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Boxing promoter Bob Arum says he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand. It's 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 later. Hearn told The Athletic that the first fight card is tentatively set for July 15.