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  • Cung Le hits Patrick Cote with a right during their middleweight bout at UFC 148 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Le won by unanimous decision.
    MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC
    Dec. 16, 2014
    Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that ...
  • Carla Esparza celebrates her win over a dejected Rose Namajunas ending their Women's Strawweight title bout at the Pearl in the Palms on Friday, December 12, 2014.
    New UFC champion Carla Esparza looks forward to potentially dominant reign
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Carla Esparza welcomed the hardest road possible to the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight championship, and proceeded to make it look easy. Esparza rolled through her fourth straight opponent as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter” 20 Friday night at the Pearl at the Palms, submitting Rose Namajunas at 1:26 of the third round to claim the 115-pound championship. ...
  • Strawweight fighter Carla Esparza flexes and smiles for the fans while weighing in for the Ultimate Fighter reality show finale live from the Pearl at the Palms Casino on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC’s Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Two fighters saved the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” from feeling lackluster. ...
  • Strawweight fighters Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas during their face off after weighing in for the Ultimate Fighter reality show finale live from the Pearl at the Palms Casino on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
    Esparza, Namajunas knew path to strawweight title went through each other
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Modern conveniences like cell phones and computers are denied on the set and house of “The Ultimate Fighter,” leaving competitors to search for more traditional ways to spend their down time over six months of filming. On the most recent season, Rose Namajunas stayed sane by keeping a journal. ...
  • Former WWE wrestler Phil Brooks, known as CM Punk, speaks at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, about signing with UFC for his expected 2015 debut.
    Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks explains what drove him to UFC
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made a hasty exit from the Mandalay Bay Events Center media room. The 35-year-old former WWE champion spoke with reporters for about 15 minutes after UFC 181 before rushing off the dais in advance of the post-fight press conference ...
  • Welterweight title belt holder Johny Hendricks takes a kick from opponent Robbie Lawler late in their UFC 181 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
    Challengers lining up for shots at UFC 181 champions Lawler, Pettis
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Khabib Nurmagomedov barged into the UFC 181 press conference with the might of an Anthony Pettis guillotine choke. Pettis, who defended his lightweight title for the first time by submitting Gilbert Melendez on Saturday, was in the middle of discussing a fight with the division’s new top contender when Nurmagomedov began clapping loudly ...
  • Heavyweights Travis Browne and opponent Brendan Schaub get fired up during their face-off at the UFC 181 weigh-ins at Mandalay Bay on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
    UFC 181 weigh-in: Tempers flare at the top of the card
    Dec. 5, 2014
    Dana White may need to ice his forearms ahead of Saturday night’s UFC 181. They’re certain to feel sore otherwise after fighters forced the UFC president to ...
  • Lightweight title belt holder Anthony Pettis stands with opponent Gilbert Melendez during the UFC 181 Media Day at the MGM Grand on Thursday, December 4, 2014.
    Anthony Pettis owns what Gilbert Melendez thinks he earned
    Dec. 5, 2014
    If a single judge had seen a single round differently, more in line with the way most people saw it, then Gilbert Melendez could have found his situation swapped with opponent Anthony Pettis’ this week. Melendez could have been the one fielding questions about the start of his UFC championship legacy Thursday afternoon. ...
  • Cody McKenzie recoils after being struck in the solar plexus by Chad Mendes during their bout at UFC 148 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. McKenzie couldn't recover and Mendes won a TKO.
    UFC will issue uniforms to its fighters next year
    Dec. 2, 2014
    UFC fighters will wear uniforms made by Reebok next year after the promotion agreed to a sponsorship deal with the sports apparel company. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said the six-year deal will change the aesthetics and economics of the world's dominant mixed martial arts promotion by creating ...
  • Johny Hendricks blocks a punch from Robbie Lawler during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts welterweight title bout, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Dallas. Hendricks won by decision.
    Robbie Lawler and Georges St. Pierre still stand in Johny Hendricks’ way
    Dec. 2, 2014
    For a fighter coming off the longest layoff of his career, Johny Hendricks improbably returns to an identical situation in the UFC from when he left. The 31-year-old welterweight from Dallas headlines UFC 181 on Saturday at Mandalay Bay Events Center against Robbie Lawler — the same opponent he faced in March when he tore his right bicep to initiate the hiatus. ...
  • Anderson Silva, former UFC middleweight champion, responds to a question during a UFC news conference at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
    UFC banking on better luck keeping stars healthy with crowded 2015 calendar
    Nov. 18, 2014
    The UFC’s press event to announce its 2015 schedule sounded more like a medical conference during stretches Monday afternoon at the Smith Center. More than half of the star fighters the locally based fight league brought to town to promote their upcoming bouts haven’t fought since suffering injuries within the last several months. ...
  • Heavyweight Mark Hunt talks to reporters during media day in advance of UFC 160 Thursday, May 23, 2013.
    Mark Hunt opens up on his comeback before UFC 180
    Nov. 13, 2014
    For years, Mark Hunt avoided talking about the six-fight losing streak that stretched into the beginning of his UFC career. Now the 40-year-old heavyweight from New Zealand can’t stop talking about it. ...
  • Jose Aldo, left, of Brazil celebrates after beating Ricardo Lamas of Chicago in five rounds of the Ultimate Fighting featherweight championship bout in Newark, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Aldo won by unanimous decision.
    Jose Aldo riled up for once going into Chad Mendes rematch at UFC 179
    Oct. 23, 2014
    Laughter is the universal language. Jose Aldo was on the other end of the phone last week in Rio de Janeiro speaking in his native Portuguese with an interpreter turning the UFC featherweight champion’s words into English. ...
  • Featherweight fighter Conor McGregor pounds on a defenseless Dustin Poirier, who was kicked to the ground and would soon be eliminated, during UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Conor McGregor crowning himself champion after vicious UFC 178 victory
    Sept. 28, 2014
    Conor McGregor tugged on the shoulder pads of his self-described “ivory elephant-trunk suit” as he strutted into the UFC 178 post-fight press conference. Once he sat down, the 26-year-old from Dublin fiddled on multiple occasions with the shimmering gold watch covering the majority of his wrist ...
  • Flyweight title fighter Demetrious Johnson connects with a kick to the ribs on Chris Cariaso during UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
    UFC 178 live blog: Johnson blows out Cariaso with flawless showing
    Sept. 27, 2014
    Demetrious Johnson might have gotten too ambitious ...
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