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  • 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.
  • Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey stands on the scale during the weigh in for UFC 170 Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Ronda Rousey: From pioneer to pariah
    Feb. 16, 2014
    Sportsmanship is commendable, a virtue worth teaching. But it shouldn’t get in the way of sincerity, a trait as important to Ronda Rousey as the arm bar she has used to defeat all eight of her opponents. But when Rousey refused to shake the hand of archrival Miesha Tate, a genuine show of her feelings about Tate, it touched off a firestorm of criticism from fans and fellow fighters.
  • Pat Cummins defeats Terrell Brown via TKO on Dec. 4, 2010. Cummins, who has a professional record of 4-0, will fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.
    This broke fighter will go from the coffee shop to UFC co-main event in one week
    Feb. 16, 2014
    As soon as Pat Cummins’ story started spreading to fight fans, the 33-year-old mixed martial artist was flooded with support. Cummins was approached by UFC officials Thursday to take a fight while working the drive-thru for minimum wage at a California coffee shop.
  • Rashad Evans readies himself for his fight against Chael Sonnen during UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Injury forces Rashad Evans out of UFC 170
    Feb. 12, 2014
    Light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was scheduled to fight former Olympian Daniel Cormier Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the co-main event of UFC 170.
  • UFC terminates Thiago Silva's deal after arrest in Florida
    Feb. 7, 2014
  • Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate pose near the end of a press conference for the upcoming UFC168 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with commentary from the top fighters on the card Thursday,  Dec. 26, 2013.
    ‘Entourage’ and ‘Athena Project’ enlist Ronda Rousey as film star
    Feb. 7, 2014
  • Frank Mir, right, and Alistair Overeem fight during the second round of a UFC 169 heavyweight mixed-martial arts bout in Newark, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Overeem won by unanimous decision.
    Alistair Overeem salvages career, leaves Frank Mir's future in doubt at UFC 169
    Feb. 2, 2014
    Alistair Overeem deposited Frank Mir on his back so often Saturday night at UFC 169 that it felt like only a matter of time before he cashed in on the position with a stoppage. Overeem resisted investing too heavily in Mir’s vulnerable situations, however, because he feared fraud.
  • Renan Barao, right, of Brazil lands the punch that knocks Urijah Faber of Sacramento, CA down resulting in the official calling the fight during the first  round of the Ultimate Fighting Bantamweight Championship Mixed Martial Arts bout in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Barao won after referee Herb Dean called the fight in the first round. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)
    UFC 169: Renan Barao crushes Urijah Faber with first-round TKO
    Feb. 1, 2014
    NEWARK, N.J. — Beyond winning, Renan Barao had one other goal coming into UFC 169. The champion wanted to knock out Urijah Faber in their second bantamweight title fight. Barao found a way — and fast.
  • Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov shoves Abel Trujillo during the weigh in for UFC 160 Friday, May 24, 2013.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 169's Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo
    Feb. 1, 2014
    The Play of the Day could use a boost from the biggest sports weekend of the year.
  • Urijah Faber is seen during the media "workout" in advance of The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale Thursday, April 11, 2013.
    UFC 169 weigh-in: Urijah Faber sheds pounds, gets in shape in short order
    Jan. 31, 2014
    Urijah Faber vacationed in Mexico and got up to nearly 160 pounds as he lounged during a designated downtime at the end of last year. The California Kid has barely spent a moment resting since then. Grueling training began almost as soon as the relaxing getaway ended when an injury to Dominick Cruz catapulted Faber into a short-notice title fight.
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