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  • Rushelle Kiesel works out during a boxing group class at the UFC Gym, 4360 Blue Diamond Road, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
    How to train like a warrior
    July 6, 2014
    Only seven UFC Gyms existed nationwide five years ago. But bolstered by the purchase of the L.A. Boxing franchise, there now are more than 120. And the people training in them aren't just competitive athletes. They are accountants, homemakers and schoolteachers — everyday folks just trying to get in shape.
  • Chris Weidman raises his arms after defending his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida with a unanimous decision at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 5, 2014.
    UFC 175 blog: Weidman wins in Fight of the Year; Rousey rolls in Rout of the Year
    July 5, 2014
    Still dazed, Chris Weidman stood in the center of the octagon at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and tried to compute the previous 25 minutes he had spent with Lyoto Machida. Weidman knew he had won and retained his middleweight title...
  • Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis pose during the weigh-in for their UFC 175 bantamweight fight at Mandalay Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014.
    UFC 175 weigh-in: No Fourth of July fracas; fighters on best behavior
    July 4, 2014
    They saved the fireworks for night. The 22 fighters competing at tomorrow’s UFC 175 weighed-in without any explosions in the middle of the afternoon on the Fourth of July...
  • UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey answers a question during a media availability in advance of UFC 175 on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Mandalay Bay.
    UFC 175 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    July 4, 2014
    A fighter on Saturday’s pay-per-view card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center could unseat T.J. Dillashaw, who stunningly dismantled Renan Barao just more than a month ago, for the biggest upset in UFC history ...
  • Alexis Davis and Flavio Meier laugh during the open workout for UFC 175 on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Fashion Show Mall.
    Love and jiujitsu: Alexis Davis’ husband is also her coach
    July 3, 2014
    Dinner conversations at the Meier/Davis household stray far from the standard fare. Chats between UFC women’s bantamweight top contender Alexis Davis and her husband, Flavio Meier, can drift into extended discourse about anaconda chokes and scissor sweeps on any given night. Words sometimes lead to practice on ...
  • B.J. Penn pretends to shake the hand of missing Frankie Edgar during a news conference to promote UFC 175 on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Edgar missed the news conference to be with his wife during the birth of their child. UFC 175 is July 5, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    B.J. Penn comes back for unexpected trilogy with Frankie Edgar
    July 2, 2014
    The two UFC champions defending their belts at Saturday’s UFC 175, middleweight Chris Weidman and women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey, were still in high school when B.J. Penn began his mixed martial arts career ...
  • 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.
    The prophet
    June 30, 2014
    Chris Weidman remembers the specifics of a fabled conversation Dana White tends to forget. White, UFC president, loves to tell of the time Weidman came to him and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, guaranteeing not only two victories against Anderson Silva but two finishes against the greatest fighter of all time.
  • Georgi Karakhanyan head-kicks Lance Palmer en route to a third-submission victory in World Series Of Fighting's inaugural featherweight title fight last December in Vancouver, British Columbia.
    Once a soccer star, World Series of Fighting champion now saves kicking for heads
    June 19, 2014
    Georgi Karakhanyan would punish himself growing up if he allowed his soccer team to lose a match. Instead of retreating to the locker room after a defeat, Karakhanyan would stay on the field to run sprints or practice...
  • Rory MacDonald, of Canada,pins Tyron Woodley, of the United States, to the mat during the welterweight bout at UFC 174 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, June, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
    Rory MacDonald back on road to title after UFC 174 win over Tryon Woodley
    June 15, 2014
    Georges St. Pierre’s desire to take a hiatus after UFC 167 last year was the welterweight division’s worst-kept secret. A close second was St. Pierre’s hope that training partner and protégé Rory MacDonald would succeed him in the throne of the 170-pound weight class. The 24-year-old MacDonald busted those plans with ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, of the United States, left, kicks Ali Bagautinov, of Russia, during the flyweight bout at UFC 174 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, June, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
    UFC 174 blog: Demetrious Johnson shuts out and wears out Ali Bagautinov
    June 14, 2014
    After 25 minutes of combat, Demetrious Johnson panned to the camera and threw one last combination of crisp punches through the air. “Mighty Mouse” showed not a single sign of fatigue after revving his never-ending motor in yet another title defense against Ali Bagautinov in the main event of UFC 174, pocketing ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 174’s Ovince St. Preux vs. Ryan Jimmo
    June 14, 2014
    With the best betting fight card in some time slated for Saturday, steering the Play of the Day towards UFC 174 was natural...
  • Welterweight Rory MacDonald flexes after making weight during the weigh in for UFC 170 Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 174 weigh-in: Arlovski’s return, MacDonald’s homecoming celebrated
    June 13, 2014
    Andrei Arlovski received a miniature standing ovation as he entered Rogers Arena for the UFC 174 weigh-in. Rory MacDonald got the full-fledged treatment ...
  • Tyron Woodley yells to a camera after defeating Josh Koscheck during their fight at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 174 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    June 13, 2014
    From a competitive standpoint, UFC 174 is surely the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best event of the year. Four of the five fights on Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, feature nearly pick ’em odds in sports books ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, left, avoids a punch from Joseph Benavidez in a UFC flyweight mixed martial arts title fight in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
    Demetrious Johnson: The working man’s UFC champion
    June 12, 2014
    Authority figures from both of Demetrious Johnson’s professional worlds used to give him the same long-term directive. It was one thing when coach Matt Hume urged Johnson to quit his manual-labor job to concentrate on a budding fight career starting five years ago ...
  • Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer poses at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The amateur mixed martial arts organization will celebrate it's 20th anniversary with a free amateur fight card, "Tuff N Uff: The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts," at the arena on Saturday, June 7.
    Inspired by memory of his brother, Jeff Meyer ushers Tuff N Uff into 20th year
    June 5, 2014
    The fights ran late, felt disorganized and suffered from a lack of proper staffing. Keith Kizer, then executive director of the Nevada State Gaming Commission, admonished Tuff N Uff co-founders Barry Meyer and Jeff Meyer after one of their first events in Las Vegas. Older brother Barry was so devastated that he wanted to shutter the kickboxing/mixed martial arts promotion he had spent years building ...
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