MMA fighter pleads no contest to assaulting fighter wife
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii mixed martial arts fighter pleaded no contest Thursday to assaulting his wife, a fellow fighter who said he left her with a fractured eye socket.
MMA fighter Conor McGregor sued in South Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is facing a civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his...
MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in Florida
MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn't been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night, overcoming a two-point deduction for an illegal...
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.
Asia’s One Championship visits LA, considers global future
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Franklin joined One Championship as a vice president nearly five years ago, and the former UFC champion has enjoyed the ride during the Singapore-based mixed martial arts...
Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37
MONTREAL (AP) — Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC's worldwide expansion.
MMA coach Jackson seeks ‘nominations’ for New Mexico push
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mixed martial arts coach who has trained fighters like Jon Jones and Holly Holm is inviting New Mexico businesses to join his effort to promote the American Southwestern state.
Greg Jackson, who co-owns Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced Monday he is asking for people to nominate businesses and organizations to join his "New Mexico Experience" push.
Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234
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.
MMA coach Greg Jackson launches effort to promote New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mixed martial arts coach who has trained fighters like Jon Jones and Holly Holm has announced he will launch an effort to promote New Mexico businesses and tourism.
Greg Jackson, who co-owns Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said Tuesday he will push the "New Mexico Experience" in Melbourne, Australia while coaching at UFC 234 this weekend.
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."
Gotti Jr. defends MMA fighter accused of robbing bank
NEW YORK (AP) — Mobster John Gotti's namesake son was in court to provide support for a mixed martial arts fighter accused of robbing a Queens bank.
The New York Post reports that John Gotti Jr. showed up during jury deliberations Tuesday saying that his son, also a mixed martial arts fighter, has trained with the accused bank robber, Sergio DaSilva, and that he's innocent.
One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States
How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none.
OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace.
Man jailed in shooting death of friend in western Kansas
GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old man is jailed in the shooting death of a mixed martial arts fighter in western Kansas.
Olympic judo champ Harrison set to prove she belongs in PFL
Take a stroll around New York for the holidays or grab a seat at Madison Square Garden and the promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: "Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women's mixed martial arts."
UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes would surely resent that declaration.
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Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jones wins at UFC 232
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Amanda Nunes pulled off one of the most surprising wins in mixed martial arts history when she left the world's most feared female fighter face-down on the canvas.
Jon Jones merely did exactly what everyone expects him to do whenever he manages to get out of his own way.
Nunes knocked out Cris "Cyborg" Justino 51 seconds into the first round at UFC 232 on Saturday night, ending the featherweight champion's 13-year unbeaten run in spectacular fashion.
BJ Penn taps out for 1st time in his MMA career at UFC 232
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn has tapped out for the first time in his 17-year mixed martial arts career.
Penn lost to Ryan Hall in the first round at UFC 232 on Saturday night, dropping the Hall of Famer to 0-6-1 in his last seven fights since 2010.
Penn tapped instantly after getting caught in a heel hook by Hall, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
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.
Cuomo: Boxing, wrestling, MMA generate $97M in NY in 2 years
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sports such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling have generated $97 million in New York state since lawmakers voted to legalize mixed martial arts two years ago.
MMA fighter pleads not guilty to beating UFC fighter wife
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii mixed martial arts fighter accused of assaulting his wife has pleaded not guilty.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 27-year-old Arnold Berdon was arraigned Thursday in state Circuit Court after he was recently indicted on a second-degree assault charge.
One Championship sets Mighty Mouse, Alvarez debuts for Japan
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts at the mixed martial arts promotion's first show in Japan on March 31.
One Championship on Wednesday revealed several bout matchups to The Associated Press for its landmark event in Tokyo.
UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26 postponed indefinitely
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The UFC has indefinitely postponed a pay-per-view event previously scheduled for Jan. 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim.
The mixed martial arts promotion announced the postponement of UFC 233 on Wednesday.
The UFC apparently had trouble putting together a main event for what would have been its first pay-per-view show of 2019.
Old foes Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk meet for UFC flyweight belt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were teenagers when they first fought at the muay Thai world championships in 2006.
They met again in 2007 and 2008. Shevchenko won every time.
A decade later, the fighters are meeting once again Saturday night, this time under the bigger, brighter spotlight of mixed martial arts at UFC 231.
MMA fighter plans to fight after doctor gives OK
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii mixed martial arts fighter will fight in a bout next month even after suffering a broken eye socket when her fellow fighter and husband allegedly hit her.
Rachael Ostovich Berdon's manager Brian Butler Au said on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday that her fight against Paige VanZant scheduled for Jan. 19 is on.
MMA fighter pleads not guilty to beating UFC fighter wife
HONOLULU (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter accused of punching his wife and fellow fighter has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault in Hawaii.
Arnold Berdon, 27, appeared Monday in Honolulu District Court for the first time following his arrest last week.
Police arrest MMA fighter for beating UFC fighter wife
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police arrested mixed martial arts fighter Arnold Berdon on charges of attempted murder after he allegedly punched his wife and fellow fighter in the head, face and ribs, fracturing her eye socket.
Former WWE star Punk’s fight future could be in TV booth
CM Punk's next move in mixed martial arts is assuredly safer than stepping inside the cage.
Punk, who made the ballyhooed move from WWE straight to UFC in 2014 , is set to turn in headlocks for a headset when he takes the microphone for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships card next month in New Jersey .
Cormier chokes out Lewis; defends 2nd title at UFC 230
NEW YORK (AP) — The "DC" initials that flashed on the Madison Square Garden marquee have a deeper meaning for Daniel Cormier.
Cormier draped himself in two title belts, history-making bling that cemented the 39-year-old as one of the greats in the mixed martial arts game.
"Two belts for each shoulder! I get to look at this again," Cormier said. "It's history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time."
One Championship trades Askren to UFC for Mighty Mouse
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The One Championship mixed martial arts promotion says it has traded welterweight veteran Ben Askren to the UFC for former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced what is thought to be the first major trade in MMA history Saturday on Twitter.
Both fighters were released from their current contracts, allowing them to sign with their new promotions.
Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones returns Dec. 29 vs Alex Gustafsson
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to regain his belt when he returns from suspension Dec. 29 in a rematch with Alex Gustafsson.
The UFC announced the main event for its traditional year-ending show in Las Vegas on Friday.
Jones (22-1) is widely considered the greatest talent in mixed martial arts, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career with mistakes outside the cage.
Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for UFC brawl
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.
Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett said Thursday.
Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.
Putin hailed Nurmagomedov's "convincing" victory in the highly anticipated mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, and said the champion's decision to then climb over the cage and fight with members of McGregor's corner had been provoked by insults.
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.
Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few seconds after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov's arm and submitted to the champion's choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor's corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the octagon.
A seminal moment in mixed martial arts was immediately overshadowed by a tawdry ending Saturday night when the UFC's infuriated lightweight champion took his conflict with McGregor beyond their bout.
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.
UFC’s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is eligible to return to competition by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday announced the length of Jones' ban for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy. He has been suspended since testing positive for a steroid metabolite last summer, and the ban will conclude Oct. 28 — 15 months after the collection of the positive sample.
Macfarlane, Machida to headline Bellator’s Hawaii debut
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hawaii will host its first major mixed martial arts event in 10 years when the Bellator promotion stages a show in Honolulu on Dec. 15.
Bellator announced a partial lineup of fighters Monday for the card at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
Unbeaten Honolulu native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will defend her Bellator flyweight title against No. 1 contender Valerie Letourneau in the main event.
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.
Column: Pay to watch golf? Tiger and Phil in a money grab
It's probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history.
You might remember a year ago when Conor McGregor went from mixed martial arts into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the gullible fans of UFC couldn't wait to plunk down $100 to see all the action unfold on their TV screens at home.
One Championship announces 1st show in Japan for March 2019
TOKYO (AP) — One Championship will stage its first live event in Japan next year, extending the Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion's reach into one of the sport's ancestral homes.
The debut show will be held March 31, 2019, in Tokyo, One Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Cejudo pulled off one of the most impressive upsets in mixed martial arts history at UFC 227.
T.J. Dillashaw simply repeated himself, only quicker.
Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson's nearly six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night at Staples Center, earning a split-decision victory over the most dominant active champion in the sport.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demetrious Johnson has been the UFC flyweight champion for the entire existence of the weight class, becoming the longest-reigning champion in the promotion's 25-year history. He has won 13 consecutive bouts and cleaned out the 125-pound division so thoroughly that previously trounced opponents are getting second chances.
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.
MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in melee case
NEW YORK (AP) — This time, Conor McGregor didn't put up a fight.
The mixed martial arts star pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters.
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.