At 34, Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights

Sports 02/28/19, 19:08

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.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and ...

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

Sports 01/18/19, 12:12

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. ...

A few surprises, and a few shockers in 2019 sports

Sports 12/31/18, 17:30

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 ...

In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters

Sports 12/28/18, 19:11

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 ...

UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG

Sports 10/09/18, 19:01

Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden.Lewis has won nine of his last 10 bouts and will fight just weeks after he defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas. Cormier ...

UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas

Sports 10/07/18, 14:19

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.When Nurmagomedov forced the biggest star in mixed martial arts to tap out Saturday night to end what's likely to be the ...

Conor McGregor makes long-awaited cage return at UFC 229

Sports 10/05/18, 21:05

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 ...

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