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  • 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 ...
  • 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...
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