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  • Travis Browne celebrates his first-round knockout of former heavyweight champion Josh Barnett during their fight at UFC 168 on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Travis Browne’s children inspired him to go from training dogs to winning fights
    April 16, 2014
    Travis Browne had two children before he ever learned how to shoot for a double-leg takedown or defend a rear-naked choke. Unlike almost all of his colleagues on the UFC roster, Browne had ...
  • UFC womens bantamweight title contender Miesha Tate trains in the ring with coach Jimmy Gifford at the UFC Gym Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
    Miesha Tate eschews break, stays moving with UFC on Fox 11
    April 15, 2014
    Miesha Tate knew the UFC had several options regarding her future after a second loss to Ronda Rousey last December. She wasn’t sure she was comfortable with every potential direction of her career, so Tate took matters into her own hands. Less than a couple weeks after the Rousey defeat, the 27-year-old locally based fighter called the UFC brass with a request.
  • UFC heavyweight and Cimarron-Memorial grad Roy Nelson hits a bag at Gold's Gym, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Monday, June 10, 2013 in this file photo.
    Abu Dhabi takes Roy Nelson out of his comfort zone at UFC Fight Night 39
    April 8, 2014
    More than half of Roy Nelson’s fights in the octagon have taken place in Las Vegas. It’s uncommon for any fighter to compete at a single location that often in this nomadic age of the UFC, but no accident when it comes to the local heavyweight veteran. Now that he's headed to the Middle East, Nelson discusses some of the obstacles with fighting abroad and confronting a "legend" in the sport.
  • Mixed martial arts fighter Jimmy Spicuzza of Las Vegas poses in the World Series of Fighting offices Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Spicuzza will take on Gil Guardado at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
    Palo Verde grad pushed exhaustively for World Series of Fighting 9 opportunity
    March 27, 2014
    Sprawling across Jimmy Spicuzza’s bulging right forearm in black ink is a message that reads, “no time for weakness.” It’s a near-perfect tattoo for the local 29-year-old, who truly hasn’t found much time for anything other than chasing his professional-fighting dreams over the past five years. His big break comes Saturday night at ...
  • Chris Weidman wraps himself in a U.S. flag after scoring a second round TKO of Anderson Silva during their middleweight title fight at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Injury moves Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida from UFC 173 to UFC 175
    March 24, 2014
    The UFC’s next middleweight championship bout will occur at the same place with the same fighters as previously announced, just at a later date. The local promotion announced Monday that...
  • Johny Hendricks, left, and Robbie Lawler exchange punches during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts welterweight title bout, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Dallas. Hendricks won by decision.
    Johny Hendricks comes alive in fifth round to win championship at UFC 171
    March 15, 2014
    Johny Hendricks deserved at least part of the blame for what transpired in his controversial loss to Georges St. Pierre last November ...
  • Robbie Lawler celebrates his victory over Rory MacDonald during their fight at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Robbie Lawler's incredible comeback culminates at UFC 171
    March 14, 2014
    The enduring image of Robbie Lawler’s Strikeforce career came at a card outside of Chicago two and a half years ago. Not at the actual fight, which Lawler lost to Tim Kennedy by a completely one-sided unanimous decision, but in the press conference before the event. He was unable to...
  • Johny Hendricks hits Georges St. Pierre with a right during their title fight at UFC 167 on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. St. Pierre won with a controversial split decision.
    UFC 171 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    March 13, 2014
    Johny Hendricks must feel like the most popular fighter in the UFC — or at least among the most supported. An abnormal amount of fans picked Hendricks going into his welterweight championship bout against Georges St. Pierre, who hadn’t lost in six years and 11 fights, last November. Even after the judges rendered a split-decision verdict in favor of St. Pierre, almost everyone argued Hendricks deserved the victory.
  • American Jon Jones (left) trades blows with Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson during their World Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 165 in Toronto on Saturday Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
    Alexander Gustafsson lines himself up for another shot at Jon Jones
    March 8, 2014
    Alexander Gustafsson ripped the microphone out of the hands of the post-fight interviewer Saturday afternoon in London. This message didn’t require a mediator ...
  • Alexander Gustafsson stands on the scale during the weigh-in for Saturday's UFC 165 in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
    Gustafsson has something to prove, is facing a worthy opponent at UFC London
    March 6, 2014
    Alexander Gustafsson doesn’t sound like a fighter who believes he has a lot to prove in his bout Saturday against Jimi Manuwa in London at UFC Fight Night 38. The response to the brutish Swede during the past six months since he pushed light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to the limit at UFC 165 makes it unrealistic to expect him to feel that way. Fans have treated Gustafsson like an uncrowned champion, or at the least an uncontested top contender, since he dropped the unanimous decision but sent the world’s best fighter to the hospital and a prolonged recovery in ...
  • Ronda Rousey targets Sara McMann's liver with a knee during their fight at UFC 170 Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Ronda Rousey sought body-shot TKO over Sara McMann all along
    Feb. 23, 2014
    UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s budding acting career came in handy during the past week. She hinted just enough about her improvements that it was evident she was hiding something. But she never cracked under the pressure of interrogation from reporters to give away the secret.
  • Champion Ronda Rousey celebrates after her first round TKO of Sara McMann at UFC 170 Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 170: Rousey, Cormier destroy outmatched opponents with quick TKOs
    Feb. 22, 2014
    Ronda Rousey’s record will no longer exclusively list, “submission: armbar,” as her method of victory. The women’s bantamweight champion added some variety in her ninth professional fight Saturday night in the main event of UFC 170.
  • Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey waves to fans during the weigh in for UFC 170 Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 170 weigh-in: Olympians, rivals and everyone else on point
    Feb. 21, 2014
    Ronda Rousey wants to use her sudden ascension into mixed martial arts’ biggest star to help shed some lingering misconceptions about the UFC.
  • UFC 170 fighter Daniel Cormier Rosendo Sanchez spars with his trainer at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
    Is UFC 170 grudge between Daniel Cormier, Patrick Cummins genuine?
    Feb. 21, 2014
    Following mixed martial arts comes with an unofficial duty of policing authenticity. Nearly every card, there’s a bout or two featuring feuding fighters. The responsibility of determining whether the animosity is real or manufactured falls to fans and media. Saturday’s UFC 170 presents a particularly curious case in the co-main event.
  • UFC 170 fighter Ronda Rousey signs a poster for a fan at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
    UFC 170 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Feb. 20, 2014
    The UFC is crossing off a couple of firsts with this weekend’s pay-per-view card.
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