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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...

  • Robert Guerrero drops split decision to David Peralta

    Robert Guerrero drops split decision to David Peralta

    Whether it was the toll of age, an eye on a future fight or slipping talent, Robert Guerrero couldn’t hold off anonymous Argentine journeyman David Peralta on Saturday.  The questions now aimed at former two-division champion Guerrero, 33, are stark after Peralta’s split-decision triumph at Honda...

  • Ranking the top 10 boxers in California

    Ranking the top 10 boxers in California

    California is loaded with boxing star power. The Golden State not only boasts a slew of native boxing talent, it also has new residents such as Kazakhstan’s three-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who resides in Los Angeles and trains in Big Bear, and former two-division champion Canelo...

  • Record PBC ratings for Errol Spence's Coney Island fight on NBC

    Record PBC ratings for Errol Spence's Coney Island fight on NBC

    Errol Spence’s victory Sunday to clinch a welterweight title shot is a big deal among devout boxing fans, and it became an ever better-known news item to a massive number of mainstream sports followers. Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions reported Monday that the NBC-televised sixth-round knockout...

  • Conor McGregor camp not fretting six-month medical suspension

    Conor McGregor camp not fretting six-month medical suspension

    Conor McGregor received a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday, but his team quickly expressed confidence it won’t keep him from fighting later this year. McGregor complained of shin pain following his majority-decision triumph over Nate Diaz on Saturday in...

  • Nate Diaz discusses his news conference exit and bottle-throwing incident

    Nate Diaz discusses his news conference exit and bottle-throwing incident

    A day after his news-conference exit and plastic bottle-throwing incident with Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz addressed Thursday why it happened . “I want to handle myself right, but I’ve got keep it real too,” Diaz said. “If I’m not going to keep it real and stay true to myself…. “If some [guy] comes...

  • 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...

  • Brock Lesnar welcomes his promotion to main-event status at UFC 200

    Brock Lesnar welcomes his promotion to main-event status at UFC 200

    “Merry Christmas to Brock Lesnar,” Brock Lesnar said Thursday, reacting to news that Jon Jones’ positive drug test has elevated Lesnar’s comeback heavyweight fight against veteran Mark Hunt to main-event status at Saturday’s UFC 200. “It’s a milestone for the company and it’s a milestone for me,”...

  • Revisiting his dream — and pain — boxing champ Sergey Kovalev returns to Russia

    Revisiting his dream — and pain — boxing champ Sergey Kovalev returns to Russia

    It might be unbelievable now, considering the lack of mercy Sergey Kovalev shows in the boxing ring, but there was a time he was a bit of a crybaby. “My first two years in boxing, my coach would tell me, ‘You must be a champion, don’t cry,’ after each workout,” Kovalev said, reflecting on the excruciating...

  • 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,...

  • UFC's Daniel Cormier has no apologies over his treatment of Jon Jones

    UFC's Daniel Cormier has no apologies over his treatment of Jon Jones

    Although Jon Jones has submitted a positive test for cocaine, hurt a pregnant woman in a car crash where marijuana paraphernalia was found and he’s been stripped of his UFC belt, it’s light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier who’s being treated as the heel in their bitter rivalry. Cormier’s response...

  • Brock Lesnar not looking past UFC 200 for now

    Brock Lesnar not looking past UFC 200 for now

    Brock Lesnar isn’t returning to the UFC after a near five-year absence to lose, but if the victory he envisions July 9 at UFC 200 transpires, the former heavyweight champion doesn’t have an answer for how he’ll proceed. “I haven’t given it much thought, I really haven’t,” Lesnar said Thursday on...

  • 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...

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