Ben Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.
Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with record win over Dillashaw
NEW YORK (AP) — Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York. Cejudo's next defense was a passionate one for the flyweights — and the hope that the pounding he put on T.J. Dillashaw early Sunday was enough to keep a sparkling new UFC title belt around his waist for more than one fight.
Cejudo turned champ vs. champ into a super quick mismatch.
The Latest: Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with 1st-round win
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the UFC card in New York with T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo fighting for the 125-pound title (all times local):
Henry Cejudo did his part to defend the UFC 125-pound title and perhaps the fate of the flyweight division with a punishing first-round win over bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal
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."
A few surprises, and a few shockers in 2019 sports
Don't worry about preparing for the shockers of 2019 because by now there's little in sports that is truly shocking. All we can really do is brace ourselves for what the new year will bring, even if it comes in unexpected ways.
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the fun that may be ahead in 2019:
In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both financial and otherwise, when he moved its traditional end-of-the-year show from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days' notice to keep Jon Jones on the card despite his latest positive drug test.
Some hits are more damaging than others, however. According to White, UFC 232 is going to sell out the famous Forum on Saturday night, even though tickets only went on sale Wednesday.
Trump former staff chief on track to join Navy Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump's former chief of staff is on track to join the Navy Reserve, buoyed by a recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Reince Priebus, 46, served as chief of staff for about six months, beginning at the start of Trump's administration in January 2017. He also was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017.
Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231
TORONTO (AP) — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday night
The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega's left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied.
The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an injury-plagued year, were too much for Ortega, who had rallied in the third round but was unable to take Holloway down or use his vaunted jiu-jitsu.
"Kudos to him," Holloway said of Ortega. "On to the next (opponent)."
Bol Bol set to make debut for No. 14 Oregon Ducks
Let's face it. At least at the start of Oregon's season, all eyes will be on Bol Bol.
The 7-foot-3 son of the late Manute Bol is the highest-ranked prospect ever signed by the Ducks.
Considered the top prospect at center and among the top three recruits in the country, Bol selected Oregon over Kentucky.
UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden.
UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov was the calm, glowering foil to Conor McGregor's antics for six months while the loquacious Irishman built a frenzy of hype around their UFC lightweight title fight.
Conor McGregor makes long-awaited cage return at UFC 229
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last time Conor McGregor was in a UFC cage, he was merely the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts.
In the 23 months since, the loquacious Irishman has become exponentially richer and much more famous. With his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather as the catalyst, McGregor has ascended to a new level of stardom and success outside MMA and outside sports.
Even UFC President Dana White wondered whether McGregor (21-3) would decide to fight on, but he did.
Tyron Woodley defends UFC title, hands Darren Till 1st loss
DALLAS (AP) — Tyron Woodley had the crowd buzzing instead of booing in his latest UFC welterweight title defense.
The champion who keeps on winning likely will avoid the wrath of UFC President Dana White this time as well, while Woodley waits for his next opponent.
Woodley sent Darren Till to the canvas with a right hand early in the second round, then repeatedly punched and elbowed his English opponent in the face and head before finally winning by submission at UFC 228 on Saturday night.
Woodley to defend title again after UFC boss ripped last win
DALLAS (AP) — Tyron Woodley is back to defend his welterweight championship for the first time since UFC President Dana White blasted a winning performance last summer, when Woodley said he injured a shoulder during the fight.
Since that event in California about 13 months ago, Woodley demanded an apology from White, had surgery and dismissed an event for an interim welterweight title as a bout for a "boo-boo belt."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The UFC dramatically announced the matchup Friday with a promotional video to close a news conference promoting its slate of fight cards for the rest of 2018.
"The fight is done," UFC President Dana White said.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC next year, and new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to fight him.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the long-anticipated mixed martial arts return of the popular professional wrestler Saturday night after UFC 226.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Military exercises with other countries in the Pacific will continue.
- The Washington TimesJim Mattis hands Patrick Shanahan Pentagon controlJanuary 2, 2019
- The Washington TimesPentagon scraps another key military drill with South KoreaOctober 19, 2018
- The Washington TimesPentagon scraps another key military drill with South KoreaOctober 19, 2018
- The Washington TimesYou call it a brawl, UFC just calls it marketingOctober 9, 2018
- The Washington TimesConor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov brawl after UFC bout endsOctober 7, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has issued a formal complaint to the Chinese government over the use of high-grade lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two American pilots, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Floyd Mayweather says he would join UFC if he comes out of retirement
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have a surprise final act in him.
Mayweather said Saturday night that if he were to come out of retirement, he would do so to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has refused the Ultimate Fighting Championship's $6 million offer to bring an event to the islands, shuttering communication between the two parties that were in talks to host a UFC card starring Hawaii fighter Max Holloway.
UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday that he had no intention of holding a card in Hawaii "anytime soon" after the authority's refusal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Conor McGregor's run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.
The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday's pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.
Russia tests new ICBM and nuclear weapon called Sarmat amid rising tension with U.S.
Russia tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear weapon called Sarmat Friday for the second time, one day after declaring the expulsion of 60 U.S. diplomats from the nation.
Russia's defense ministry tweeted video of the launch and said Sarmat will "replace the Soviet-era #Voevoda."
Trump, Mattis discuss border wall funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Thursday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has talked with President Donald Trump about the possibility that the Pentagon could fund the long-promised border wall with Mexico.
Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the two "talked about the proposal, potentially." But she said she didn't know when the conversation occurred.
White said that securing the nation is of paramount importance to Mattis.
Navy jet crashes off Key West, killing 2 crew members
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that budget shortfalls have eroded military capabilities, including training and flight hours, but stopped short of blaming those cutbacks for the crash of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that killed both crew members.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says discussions are moving forward on plans to have a military parade around Veterans Day, possibly in conjunction with commemoration of the World War I centennial celebration.
Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White says officials are looking at dates around November 11. She says the parade would be a celebration of current and past service members. World War I ended November 11, 1918.
Does WWE have a Brock Lesnar problem ahead of WrestleMania 34?
CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the better part of a year, WWE has been building to Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34.
Pentagon transgender policy recommendations to reach White House this week
The Pentagon's highly anticipated recommendations to implement President Trump's ban on transgender recruits from serving in the armed forces will be sent to the White House by the end of this week, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday.
Boston homecoming shows White’s rapid rise as head of UFC
BOSTON (AP) — Dana White is looking for a staircase. He remembers there are steps leading to the gym he once rehabilitated, around the corner from the justice building where Will Hunting made a mockery of the court. Had you not known White was UFC's maestro of mayhem, he'd be mistaken for just another guy from Southie. Bald, Patriots jacket and T-shirt, poking around for a way into a building without an invitation. But it's Boston, so of course, White knows a guy.
Boston homecoming shows White’s rapid rise as head of UFC
BOSTON (AP) — Dana White is looking for a staircase. He remembers there are steps leading to the gym he once rehabilitated, around the corner from the justice building where Will Hunting made a mockery of the court. Had you not known White was UFC's maestro of mayhem, he'd be mistaken for just another guy from Southie. Bald, street tough, Patriots jacket and T-shirt, poking around for a way into a building without an invitation.
UFC prez White sounds off on McGregor, Rousey, Punk futures
BOSTON (AP) — Dana White was texted a GIF of a dancing Joel Embiid from a friend who taunted the UFC president for the Philadelphia 76ers' win over the Boston Celtics.
White, who lived in Boston for 10 years and is a diehard fan of the city's sports teams, fired back with something more impressive: a shot of him flashing a Boston Celtics NBA championship ring straight from his courtside seat with team owner Wyc Grousbeck.
UFC’s White unsure how long McGregor can stay idle with belt
DETROIT (AP) — UFC President Dana White is unsure how long Conor McGregor can keep his lightweight title without defending it.
"That's what we have to figure out," White told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday night, three days before UFC 218 in Detroit.
McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC since he knocked out Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 4, 2016.
White said he talks weekly with McGregor, adding he's under contract to fight four more times for UFC.
Transgender service member gets gender reassignment surgery
WASHINGTON (AP) — An active-duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military,
Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said the surgery was done Tuesday in a private hospital and was paid for by the military's health coverage because the doctor deemed it was medically necessary.
Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour
NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.
The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.
He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers' loss to Houston in the World Series.
"Heartbreaker, man," he said. "I'm happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them."
Mattis reaffirms U.S. commitment to Philippines counterterror mission after fall of ISIS-held city
Washington will continue to provide American arms, equipment and personnel to support the Philippines' ongoing war against extremist groups, as Manila continues to battle against Islamic State affiliates looking to gain a foothold in the Pacific nation.
Cheers! Modelo inks multimillion-dollar ad deal with UFC
Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a multiyear deal with Modelo Especial that will make the Mexican import the official beer and malt beverage of the world's largest MMA company.
Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. had held that title since 2008 and its Bud Light logo had frequently stamped the center of the octagon for UFC's biggest fights.
2 title bouts headline UFC 216 in Vegas after shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Demetrious Johnson chasing an unprecedented 11th title defense and a headline fight that could decide Conor McGregor's next opponent top a UFC 216 card set for Saturday in Las Vegas, an event playing out in a city still reeling from a mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and nearly 500 were injured.
DOD Confirms Special Ops Forces Deaths in Niger
US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior."
Ronda Rousey is getting married this weekend.
The UFC fighter is reportedly set to tie the knot with her beau Travis Browne on Saturday (26.08.17).
McGregor’s future is healthy, wealthy and bright after bout
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor has already won.
Even if the loquacious Irishman takes the one-sided beating that most expect him to receive from Floyd Mayweather in the boxing spectacle of the summer, the UFC champion has earned life-changing wealth simply by getting into the Vegas ring. Getting knocked out wouldn't change that the most famous man in mixed martial arts would still have an unprecedented perch as a powerful player in two combat sports.
Jones facing discipline, questions after failing drug test
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career.
Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion's anti-doping policy.
UFC boss Dana White is at ease during his events, intently watching a monitor cageside or hobnobbing with fighters and celebrities. But not Saturday, when his lightweight champion Conor McGregor steps into a pro boxing ring for the first time in a quixotic bid to hand Floyd Mayweather his first loss.
Column: What’s in a smaller glove? More hype for the fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands.
Still, it was enough to make Conor McGregor quite happy. Floyd Mayweather Jr., too, because it likely means more sales for what could be the richest fight ever.
Nevada boxing regulators went out of their way to give a gift to both fighters, approving an exemption to the rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for the 154-pound fight so that both fighters can wear 8-ounce gloves.
US kills Islamic State leader in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that U.S. forces killed the head of the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Kunar province earlier this week.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that killing Abu Sayed is significant because the loss of leadership sets insurgent groups back for days or weeks.
Dana White says President Trump ‘100 percent’ wants to attend the Mayweather-McGregor fight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see.
"Let me show you what a $100 million fighter looks like," he said.
Conor McGregor interrupted from his stool behind the podium: "That's to the tax man."
Mayweather replied: "You're right. I'm the IRS, and I'm going to tax your ass."