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  • Jon Jones, left, and Alexander Gustafsson pose following the weigh-in for Saturday's UFC 165 mixed martial arts bout in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
    Jon Jones gets Alexander Gustafsson next, but won’t discuss ‘that kid’
    April 27, 2014
    Jon Jones’ smile faded; his laughing ceased. He stopped fidgeting like a child overdosed on caffeine and froze to sit as still as a statue. The unbreakable demeanor Jones showed throughout facing 25 minutes worth of punches from one of the world’s hardest hitters, Glover Teixeira, in the octagon at UFC 172 suddenly turned fragile in the aftermath ...
  • Jon Jones works out during UFC 126 open workouts Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 172 live blog: Jon Jones shuts out Glover Teixeira to retain title
    April 26, 2014
    BALTIMORE — Glover Teixeira could only sigh. The challenger to the light heavyweight title executed his game plan perfectly Saturday night in the main event of UFC 172, but Jon Jones proved too wily to hit ...
  • MMA light heavyweight Anthony Johnson is seen in the offices of World Series of Fighting, Oct. 31, 2012. Johnson is fighting D.J. Linderman in the co-main event of the WSOF's inaugural card.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 172’s Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
    April 26, 2014
    I’m going to try to stay in the fight with Taylor Bern for the Play of the Day, which features odds from South Point, lead by betting on a fight...
  • Jon Jones is besieged by fans for autographs during the UFC Fan Fest at Mandalay Bay Friday, July 5, 2013.
    UFC 172 weigh-in: Baltimore gracing Jon Jones with admiration champion craves
    April 25, 2014
    BALTIMORE — The reception Friday at the Baltimore Arena reminded of the days when fans viewed Jon Jones as a young phenom with limitless potential, not a conceited champion with an image problem...
  • American Jon Jones (right) lands a kick on 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)
    UFC 172 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    April 25, 2014
    For the first time in five fights over the last two years, someone on the Las Vegas Sun picks panel was brave enough to pick against Jon Jones...
  • UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones smiles between fights at UFC 162 on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Jon Jones’ future path takes shape quickly after he inherits throne as UFC’s biggest draw
    April 24, 2014
    Those unfamiliar with mixed martial arts could come away confused with whom the sport’s best fighter is facing this weekend based solely on listening to an interview or two. The time UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has spent discussing potential future opponents like Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Phil Davis dwarfs the amount devoted to Glover Teixeira ...
  • Anthony Johnson of Boca Raton, Fla., celebrates his victory over DJ Linderman of Yreka, Calif., during his World Series of Fighting debut in the PH Live theater at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
    Back in the UFC, Anthony Johnson no longer sees weight as a problem
    April 23, 2014
    The persistent topic Anthony Johnson can never dodge came up within 10 minutes of the first UFC 172 media session of fight week. It wasn’t a reporter belaboring the point of ...
  • 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.
    Apparel brand will give $5K to first woman who knocks out Ronda Rousey
    April 21, 2014
  • Fabricio Werdum, right, and Travis Browne fight during a UFC mixed martial arts bout on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Werdum won.
    Debating Fabricio Werdum’s chances against Cain Velasquez
    April 19, 2014
    File the failure to put a television camera on heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez during UFC on Fox 11 on Saturday evening under missed opportunities. Broadcasting Velasquez as he watched Fabricio Werdum rout Travis Browne by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) in Orlando, Fla., would have been the only way to tell whether ...
  • Athletic commission selects retired FBI agent as new director
    April 18, 2014
    A retired FBI agent and professional boxing judge is the new executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Robert Bennett, one of three finalists for the position, was the …
  • Fabricio Werdum poses for photos during open workouts for UFC 143 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
    UFC on Fox 11 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    April 17, 2014
    The first fresh UFC heavyweight championship bout in two years will be set by the end of Saturday night. Rematches have taken place in each of the past three title fights in fighting’s most glamorous division, but an entirely new challenger will emerge at ...
  • 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 ...
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