BOXING & MMA

BOXING & MMA

Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world." Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave...

  • Saturday's UFC 200 card will cap a week of MMA madness

    Saturday's UFC 200 card will cap a week of MMA madness

    It makes perfect sense that the sport popularized by surprise outcomes has been checkered all week by unexpected, dramatic happenings setting up Saturday’s UFC 200. Even Friday’s weigh-in took an alarming turn when the seconds ticked toward a 10 a.m. deadline and main-event fighter Miesha Tate...

  • Gennady Golovkin to venture to England for fight with welterweight champion Kell Brook

    Gennady Golovkin to venture to England for fight with welterweight champion Kell Brook

    Gennady Golovkin is scheduled to defend his three middleweight belts against welterweight world champion Kell Brook of England at O2 Arena in London on Sept. 10, Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told The Times on Friday. HBO is to televise the 160-pound bout, a week before the network airs a pay-per-view...

  • Cat Zingano's road to happiness takes her to a title position at UFC 200

    Cat Zingano's road to happiness takes her to a title position at UFC 200

    How do you find happiness? Books have been devoted to the subject. This city has been part of the search, and yet the elusive answer remains. So, if you’re Cat Zingano, how do you find happiness? Zingano, 34, suffered the suicide death in 2014 of her estranged husband, Mauricio, then was rocked...

  • Legend Anderson Silva to fill for Jon Jones at UFC 200

    Legend Anderson Silva to fill for Jon Jones at UFC 200

    After losing the UFC’s current top pound-for-pound fighter to a positive drug test, the organization turned to perhaps its top pound-for-pound fighter of all time as the replacement. Anderson Silva, who was middleweight champion from 2006 to 2013, stepped in for Jon Jones Thursday night and will...

  • UFC legend Anderson Silva will be Daniel Cormier's replacement opponent

    UFC legend Anderson Silva will be Daniel Cormier's replacement opponent

    Former long-reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva has emerged as the replacement for Jon Jones to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 Saturday. UFC President Dana White confirmed speculation of the bout on television Thursday night, as a source involved in negotiations told the Los Angeles...

  • Jon Jones' positive drug test 'devastating' blow to UFC's once-dominant champion

    Jon Jones' positive drug test 'devastating' blow to UFC's once-dominant champion

    When Jon Jones was a young, strong, acrobatic prospect at UFC 100 in 2009, the heights he might scale with his fighting talent seemed infinite. Thursday, a day after being pulled off the UFC 200 main event due to a positive drug test for a performance-enhancing substance, Jones stood on the precipice...

  • Miesha Tate's new belt inspires persistent ferocity

    Miesha Tate's new belt inspires persistent ferocity

    All of those comforting sayings that can be leaned on through adversity — “Good things come to those who wait,” “Patience is a virtue,” — came true for Miesha Tate. Tate, 29, was a championship-level fighter without the validation of a belt for nearly five years as Ronda Rousey absorbed the perks...

  • Jon Jones off UFC 200 card due to positive drug test

    Jon Jones off UFC 200 card due to positive drug test

    Jon Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event Wednesday after being notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he has submitted a positive sample for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Jones’ bid to recapture the light-heavyweight belt that was stripped from him and won by his scheduled...

  • Brock Lesnar embracing the realness of his UFC comeback

    Brock Lesnar embracing the realness of his UFC comeback

    Just over a month since he announced his return to combat fighting, Brock Lesnar doesn’t appear to be as prepared as he’d like for his UFC 200 appearance. Yet, after more than a five-year absence from the sport, he’s enthused as never before. And though the comeback of the former UFC heavyweight...

  • Hard lessons a constant in reaching UFC 200

    Hard lessons a constant in reaching UFC 200

    The financial success that UFC 200 is expected to become Saturday night is rooted in some trial and error, including a recent media relations controversy. UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White provided the Los Angeles Times an extended interview Tuesday in Fertitta’s office here,...

  • Video: Watch UFC leaders discuss Ronda Rousey and a possible Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight

    Video: Watch UFC leaders discuss Ronda Rousey and a possible Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight

    It’s not enough to discuss the three nights of cards connected to UFC 200 fight week. There’s also Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre. In an extended conversation with The Times on Tuesday, UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White addressed their organization’s most...

  • Lorenzo Fertitta occupied this week by details of UFC 200, not rumored sale

    Lorenzo Fertitta occupied this week by details of UFC 200, not rumored sale

    For a man who has been reported on his way out of the company he built from a $2-million niche event to a $2-billion mainstream sporting entity in 15 years, Lorenzo Fertitta was highly engaged Tuesday in the daily activity of finalizing Saturday’s UFC 200. “We need a song with ‘Crazy’ in it,” Fertitta...

  • Manny Pacquiao has an Oct. 15 fight date, but can he keep it?

    Manny Pacquiao has an Oct. 15 fight date, but can he keep it?

    Manny Pacquiao’s promoter has reserved Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for what could be the fighter’s comeback bout from a short-lived retirement. However, promoter Bob Arum attached a sizable asterisk to his reservation Wednesday, telling The Times he hasn’t yet confirmed with Pacquiao (58-6-2,...

  • Jon Jones ready for UFC 200

    Jon Jones ready for UFC 200

    Jon Jones’ rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200 has been propped up by their talent, Jones’ steep fall from grace and Cormier’s holier-than-thou resistance to forgiveness. “It’s pretty powerful. It’s a story people want to see,” Jones said Tuesday in a visit with reporters at...

  • Tony Harrison and Paulie Malignaggi round out July 30 Showtime card

    Tony Harrison and Paulie Malignaggi round out July 30 Showtime card

    After Saturday’s Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welterweight title fight drew the largest television audience of the year on CBS, promoter Lou DiBella said he’s secured more action fights for the next card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. On Tuesday morning, Showtime announced the remainder of the undercard leading...

  • Keith Thurman wants to build pedigree beyond riveting victory over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman wants to build pedigree beyond riveting victory over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman’s thirst for exposure wasn’t quenched by his latest welterweight title defense or a prime-time CBS audience. “You’ve got to ride the train,” Thurman said at his post-fight news conference early Sunday morning after enduring the pressure of challenger Shawn Porter to win a narrow unanimous...

  • Keith Thurman retains welterweight title with unanimous decision over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman retains welterweight title with unanimous decision over Shawn Porter

    Keith Thurman can throw a heavy right hand, but what’s made him an unbeaten world champion is instinct. So when he encountered a rabid Shawn Porter pursuing him heavily, pressing him to the ropes, throwing damaging punches to the body and head, Thurman reacted with calculation. And by employing...

  • Sources: Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin strike verbal deal to fight in 2017

    Sources: Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin strike verbal deal to fight in 2017

    Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have struck a verbal agreement to stage their anticipated middleweight fight in the fall of 2017, according to their promoters, who connected with talks that began two days ago in Los Angeles. The 25-year-old Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 knockouts) is granted a reprieve...

  • Tate prepares for UFC title defense, with Rousey looming large

    Tate prepares for UFC title defense, with Rousey looming large

    Ever since Miesha Tate won the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight belt from Holly Holm in March,  she has done a lot of talking. Interviews and speaking engagements continue to pile up. Her podcast, “The Miesha Tate Show,” now has 17 episodes. After lunch with reporters in West...

  • MMA rankings: It's moving day for Michael Bisping

    MMA rankings: It's moving day for Michael Bisping

    In one of the most historic upsets in the history of the sport, Michael Bisping won the UFC middleweight crown with a first round knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and vaulted to the top of the middleweight rankings. The MMA rankings for June: Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Alistair Overeem ...

  • Stephen Thompson defeats Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision

    Stephen Thompson defeats Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision

    Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson won a unanimous five-round decision over Rory “Red King” MacDonald in a battle of top welterweight contenders at UFC Fight Night 89 on Saturday night.  As promised, it was a technical fight with both men looking to control the range. Thompson kept on the move and was...

  • New York commission cancels Abner Mares' title fight due to medical condition

    New York commission cancels Abner Mares' title fight due to medical condition

    The June 25 featherweight title shot of former three-division world champion Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens has been canceled by the New York State Athletic Commission because of Mares’ medical condition. Mares was to fight current World Boxing Assn. featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar of Argentina...

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