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July 28, 2014

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  • Robbie Lawler, top, punches Matt Brown during the fourth round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014. Lawler won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Robbie Lawler wins slugfest with Matt Brown to earn UFC welterweight title shot
    July 26, 2014
    Robbie Lawler will get the rematch he so desperately wanted. Lawler went the distance today against Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, Calif., winning the slugfest by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) in the welterweight elimination fight. ...
  • Matt Brown, right, punches Mike Swick in the second round during a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC on FOX event in Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Brown won by knockout in the second round.
    UFC on Fox 12 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    July 25, 2014
    If someone bet $100 on Matt Brown seven fights ago and continually rolled the winnings over to “The Immortal’s” following bouts, the gambler would now have more than $25,000. The combined odds have given Brown less than a 0.5 percent chance of getting to where he finds himself Saturday after a seven-fight winning streak...
  • Dennis Bermudez pounds on Max Holloway on his way to a split decision win in their bout at UFC 160 on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Dennis Bermudez peaking by all measures going into UFC on Fox 12
    July 24, 2014
    The sports scientists who monitor Dennis Bermudez’s training marveled at the UFC featherweight’s progression. The 27-year-old from Long Island, N.Y., began visiting a human performance lab at Cal State Fullerton University, as shown on the UFC’s latest “Road to the Octagon" television show, periodically two fights ago ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: UFC Fight Night 46’s Ilir Latifi vs. Chris Dempsey
    July 19, 2014
    The Play of the Day has broken through with a five-game winning streak, the longest in the history of the contest that uses South Point betting lines and a $10,000 starting bankroll ...
  • Jose Aldo right, punches Chad Mendes during their featherweight title bout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday Jan. 15, 2012. Aldo defended his belt by defeating Mendes in the first round.
    Analysis: Canceled UFC card sparks hidden benefits
    July 19, 2014
    A local sports occurrence that was once as nonexistent as Floyd Mayweather Jr. losing a fight or casinos failing to post betting lines on an NFL game has become alarmingly commonplace. With last week’s cancellation of ...
  • Canelo Alvarez’s split decision prompts cries for investigation by Erislandy Lara’s camp
    July 13, 2014
    Canelo Alvarez hardly covered himself with glory in his split-decision victory Saturday over Erislandy Lara in their non-title super welterweight bout. But Alvarez won the bout. The Lara camp was outraged and called for an investigation.
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez chases down Erislandy Lara during their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Canelo won a split decision.
    Oscar De La Hoya won’t explore Canelo Alvarez rematch for Erislandy Lara
    July 13, 2014
    Turns out Oscar De La Hoya can still pack quite the punch. The 41-year-old former world champion and current promoting tycoon may have landed the most significant strike Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Erislandy Lara by split decision. It was just with his words, not his fists ...
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez salutes the crowd after his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara in their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Live Blog: Canelo Alvarez blasts Erislandy Lara’s body, strategy in split-decision win
    July 12, 2014
    Saul “Canelo” Alvarez raised his hands in celebration one second, then shook his head in frustration the next. Alvarez won a showdown to determine the best junior middleweight in the world Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, besting Erislandy Lara by ...
  • WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara is reflected in a mirror during a media workout Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
    Erislandy Lara has Canelo Alvarez steaming ahead of fight at MGM
    July 10, 2014
    Every superstar boxer must identify and overcome a foil. It’s practically the sport’s coming-of-age ritual, a rite of passage that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will try to get through Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena ...
  • Dana White is seen in the octagon after Ronda Rousey's TKO of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 5, 2014. Rousey retained her title with a 16-second TKO.
    Fast finish, slow return: Ronda Rousey not rushing back after UFC 175 victory
    July 6, 2014
    Dana White kissed Ronda Rousey on the cheek after imparting a few words as she made her way out of the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night. The pair were just out of earshot of the media after the UFC 175 post-fight press conference, but it wasn’t difficult to imagine the topic and White’s message ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Georges St-Pierre vs. BJ Penn
    9 Greatest Las Vegas UFC Fights of All Time
    June 27, 2014
    According to Dana White, UFC 33 sucked. Fortunately, Vegas UFC fights have gotten much better.
  • 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 ...
  • Ronda Rousey, left, and Alexis Davis face off during a news conference to promote UFC 175 on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 175 will be July 5, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Ronda Rousey putting movie career on hold for UFC 175
    May 30, 2014
    Ronda Rousey planned to spend the past few days with relative relaxation before immersing herself in a fight camp. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion at least didn’t expect to stray far from her Southern California home. Then executives from her second budding career came calling ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw celebrates his fifth round TKO upset of Renan Barao in their bantamweight title fight at UFC 173 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 173 blog: Dillashaw pulls off an upset for the ages with TKO over Barao
    May 24, 2014
    T.J. Dillashaw wanted to test his striking against Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 173 Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He got his wish — and passed with flying colors...
  • Robbie Lawler winds up on Rory MacDonald during their fight at UFC 167 on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 173: A rundown of this year’s Memorial Day weekend card
    May 15, 2014
    Two days after a grueling five-round war against Johny Hendricks at UFC 171, Robbie Lawler returned to the gym for a light workout and came to a decision. He didn’t want take an extended break after his narrowly failed bid at the welterweight championship in the unanimous-decision loss to Hendricks ...
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