LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mixed martial arts great Anderson "Spider" Silva of Brazil became a U.S. citizen along with thousands of others in a mass naturalization ceremony Tuesday at the Los Angeles...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end.
About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery due to a perforated hernia.
Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.
To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — CBS is betting big on "The World's Best," handing over the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot to the new talent competition shepherded by reality TV titans Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.
Burnett has a track record following the NFL's showcase game. In 2001, his "Survivor: The Australian Outback" debuted in that slot, drawing more than 45 million viewers.
CBS scored again in 2010 when "Undercover Boss" followed the Super Bowl and lured more than 38 million viewers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.
This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on "SportsCenter."
"I was out there all the time," White said of his trips to ESPN's Connecticut headquarters. "For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his flyweight title for a record-breaking 11th time, stopping Ray Borg by armor submission at 3:15 of fifth round Saturday night at UFC 216.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Demetrious Johnson joked earlier this week that the UFC owes him nine more title belts, one for each time "Mighty Mouse" has successfully defended his flyweight championship.
NEW YORK (AP) — Anderson Silva strode onto the stage toward his opponent, extended his hand and went for the hearty shake. He flashed a wide smile and threw his arm around Derek Brunson. Brunson slapped Silva on the back, they laughed, hugged and mugged for the cameras.
Silva and Brunson seemed more amped for a night on the town than a few rounds in the cage.
Where was the chair swinging? Where were the fur coats? The fighters storming off stage?
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar returned from a 4 1/2-year UFC absence with a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Hunt, and Nunes took the bantamweight title from Miesha Tate with a stunning first-round stoppage at UFC 200 on Saturday night.
Jose Aldo also won a competitive decision over Frankie Edgar to claim the interim featherweight title on the UFC's star-studded landmark show.
Daniel Cormier dominated a decision over Anderson Silva, who took the fight on two...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200, taking on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on two days' notice.
One day after Jones apparently failed a doping test, the UFC decided to replace him with one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history for the promotion's biggest show of the summer.
The 41-year-old Silva (33-7) reigned as the middleweight champion for nearly seven years, but he hasn't earned a victory in four...