BOXING & MMA

BOXING & MMA

Tito Ortiz wins ‘by choke,’ ends career

Tito Ortiz capped his legendary mixed-martial-arts career Saturday night with a fitting, impressive submission victory, and insisted the end is real. The Huntington Beach product reversed out of chokehold danger applied by rival Chael Sonnen and forced Sonnen to tap out by rear-naked chokehold...

  • While Ronda Rousey shrank in defeat, Dominick Cruz shined

    While Ronda Rousey shrank in defeat, Dominick Cruz shined

    The harshness of Ronda Rousey’s 48-second technical-knockout loss to Amanda Nunes was amplified Friday night by the contrast in grace and sportsmanship that fallen UFC champion Dominick Cruz showed in his defeat. “Loss is part of life,” Cruz said, opening a post-fight news conference that followed...

  • UFC 207: Amanda Nunes ends Ronda Rousey's comeback bid in first-round stunner

    UFC 207: Amanda Nunes ends Ronda Rousey's comeback bid in first-round stunner

    Ronda Rousey returned to the octagon Friday for the first time since her beat-down loss 13 months earlier, and she was victimized again by a head-rattling flurry of fists that finished her in even quicker form. Forty-eight seconds into the first round, following a four-punch combination that capped...

  • Cody Garbrandt out to stop Dominick Cruz's head games with a finishing punch

    Cody Garbrandt out to stop Dominick Cruz's head games with a finishing punch

    Cody Garbrandt wants to let his fists fly, but Dominick Cruz keeps finding ways to avoid and annoy. For Garbrandt, Friday’s UFC 207 co-main event at T-Mobile Arena is an opportunity to escape the bodyguards and separating walls and land the blows he says will make him the new bantamweight champion....

  • Which Rousey will show up at UFC 207?

    Which Rousey will show up at UFC 207?

    There’s a saying around combat sports that every fighter has a screw loose.   So, the intrigue of Friday’s  UFC 207 main event at T-Mobile Arena is what’s bouncing around the mortal mind of the once invincible Ronda Rousey, and how the results inside the octagon will determine the future of one...

  • Conor McGregor heads The Times' Top 10 UFC rankings

    Conor McGregor heads The Times' Top 10 UFC rankings

    Since Ronda Rousey surrendered her women’s bantamweight belt 13 months ago, Conor McGregor has fought four times and seven new champions have emerged in the 10 UFC divisions. Before she was vanquished by Holly Holm in Australia, Rousey was the UFC’s top draw and its top pound-for-pound fighter...

  • Ronda Rousey's top 5 fights

    Ronda Rousey's top 5 fights

    5. Sarah Kaufman, armbar submission, first round, Aug. 18, 2012, San Diego Competing in the Strikeforce organization with UFC President Dana White watching, 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist Rousey applied her famed armbar to defend her Bantamweight  title in just 54 seconds, prompting White to...

  • UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz is confident going into Friday's title bout

    UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz is confident going into Friday's title bout

    Dominick Cruz took another hard look at the small window of his fighting career when he shook hands goodbye with retiring longtime foe Urijah Faber earlier this month. “Of course, when I see him stop, it’s like, ‘Whoa, my No. 1 rival is gone. Who else is there to beat?’” said Cruz, 31, the UFC...

  • Nunes jabs at Rousey ahead of UFC 207 bout

    Nunes jabs at Rousey ahead of UFC 207 bout

    Amanda Nunes was informed by the UFC that since Ronda Rousey was not participating in Wednesday’s news conference and public workout, Nunes didn’t have to, either. “I don’t know what is wrong with this girl, I’m going to be honest with you,” Nunes told a small group of reporters Tuesday. “If she...

  • Will Ronda Rousey regain the top of the women's rankings after Friday's fight?

    Will Ronda Rousey regain the top of the women's rankings after Friday's fight?

    The Times’ MMA rankings for December, as compiled by Todd Martin: Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Fabricio Werdum 3. Cain Velasquez 4. Alistair Overeem 5. Junior Dos Santos 6. Ben Rothwell 7. Vitaly Minakov 8. Josh Barnett 9. Derrick Lewis 10. Andrei Arlovski Derrick Lewis breaks into the top 10...

  • What's behind Ronda Rousey's reclusive behavior? One UFC champion weighs in.

    What's behind Ronda Rousey's reclusive behavior? One UFC champion weighs in.

    Ronda Rousey has been swarmed by an avalanche of criticism following her mystique-shattering knockout loss to Holly Holm last year. The piling on has intensified due to her reclusive behavior, including comments restricted to chummy, high-profile chats on network television. Seeking to interpret...

  • UFC: Cris 'Cyborg' Justino drug sample is flagged by USADA as a potential violation

    UFC: Cris 'Cyborg' Justino drug sample is flagged by USADA as a potential violation

    Days after the UFC created a new women’s featherweight division that seemed ripe for domination by Orange County-trained Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the organization announced Thursday that a sample she submitted Dec. 5 has been flagged as a potential doping violation. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified...

  • Boxer Leo Santa Cruz pauses at holidays to appreciate family

    Boxer Leo Santa Cruz pauses at holidays to appreciate family

    It hasn’t been the best of years for former three-division boxing world champion Leo Santa Cruz, who suffered his first pro loss while surrendering his World Boxing Assn. featherweight belt to Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton in July. But there’s something about this time of year for Santa Cruz...

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