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Pettis promises 'showtime' when PFL opens playoffs at MSG

Aug. 04, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

Anthony Pettis felt pain rocket through his ribs and had moments to consider fighting his way out of a submission hold or tapping out and walking out of the cage healthy enough to fight again only weeks later. Maybe with $1 million and a 155-pound championship at stake, Pettis might...

Nunes beats Peña to regain UFC women's bantamweight belt

Jul. 31, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes won a unanimous five-round decision over Julianna Peña in the main event of UFC 277 on Saturday night to regain the women’s bantamweight championship that she lost last December. Nunes (22-5), nicknamed “The Lioness,” also holds the featherweight...

Peña seeks to back up shocker in UFC title rematch vs. Nunes

Jul. 29, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Julianna Peña stunned pretty much everyone but herself when she took the bantamweight title from two-division champion Amanda Nunes in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. “I’m the champion of the world. This is what I wanted,” Peña said. “Now there’s...

Russia eyes 2024 Paris Olympics despite sports bans

Jul. 26, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With two years to go until the Paris Olympics open, Russia is making plans for its athletes to live and compete in the French capital even though many remain barred from upcoming qualification events because of the war in Ukraine. Russian Olympic Committee president...

Column: Welcome to the Island of Misfit Sports

Jul. 15, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Like a fish out of water, Elisabeth Hammerstad tracks down a simple garden hose to wash off the sand and drench herself in a bit of relief from the blistering Alabama heat. The fair-skinned Hammerstad, her hair tied back in a French braid, has just helped...

Pandemic-delayed World Games open in Birmingham a year late

Jul. 07, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Games open Thursday in Alabama featuring more than 3,600 athletes participating in non-Olympic events including sumo wrestling, gymnastics, martial arts and tug of war. The opening ceremony, set for...

Adesanya's UFC title reign still lacks something special

Jul. 03, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Israel Adesanya has the otherworldly fighting ability and the personal charisma necessary to become mixed martial arts' next crossover superstar. What the UFC middleweight champion doesn’t have are the highlight-reel performances that would make him famous in the...

Volkanovski, Adesanya easily defend their titles at UFC 276

Jul. 03, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski left no doubt about his supremacy in the UFC featherweight division while wrapping up his trilogy against Max Holloway with style. Volkanovski defeated Holloway for the third time Saturday night, defending his 145-pound title by unanimous...

Volkanovski, Holloway complete title trilogy at UFC 276

Jul. 01, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski has already beaten Max Holloway twice in UFC featherweight title fights, and that still wasn't enough to settle this rivalry. That's a measure of the excitement generated by the first two bouts between these two electrifying strikers. It's...

UFC star charged in shooting sues man over alleged molesting

Jun. 29, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cain Velasquez, the former UFC heavyweight champion accused of trying to kill the man he claims molested his 4-year-old son, is suing the man and his family who own a day care where the alleged molestation occurred. Velasquez was arrested in San Jose,...