Latest Martial arts News

Oscar De La Hoya announces boxing comeback vs UFC's Belfort

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya says he is returning to the boxing ring for a bout against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort. The 48-year-old De La Hoya announced Thursday that he will end his nearly 13-year ring retirement Sept. 11 in Las Vegas for what is expected...

Bellator books Forum for 1st domestic show outside bubble

Jun. 17, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bellator has chosen the Forum in Inglewood, California, for its first domestic show outside of its Connecticut bubble since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Patrício “Pitbull” Freire will take on unbeaten AJ McKee for the Bellator...

López positive for COVID-19; Kambosos fight moved to August

Jun. 15, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lightweight champion Teófimo López is symptomatic after testing positive for COVID-19, and his bout with mandatory challenger George Kambosos has been postponed until Aug. 14. López and Kambosos were scheduled to fight Saturday night at the Miami...

Sturgis native ready for Olympic taekwondo after virus delay

Jun. 14, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Sturgis native Paige McPherson’s Olympic dream to participate in taekwondo is still alive. McPherson was supposed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the "Summer Olympics” to be postponed until 2021. ...

Adesanya beats Vettori to defend title at UFC 263

Jun. 13, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Israel Adesanya did not like the way his first fight against Marvin Vettori went despite winning in a split decision. The crafty UFC middleweight star left no doubt in the rematch, pummeling Vettori with a flurry of kicks to the head and legs to...

Adesanya puts UFC belt on the line in rematch with Vettori

Jun. 11, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Marvin Vettori walked to the center of the octagon expecting to have his arm raised. It wasn't. Israel Adesanya won the fight in a split decision, yet wasn't satisfied. The fight was far closer than he expected. The two...

Olympic, professional boxing champ Shields wins MMA debut

Jun. 11, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Claressa Shields found herself pinned on her back, stuck against a cage and she absorbed so many strikes to the head that the undefeated boxer seemed on the brink of defeat in MMA. “I could have went home with an L like that,” Shields...

Olympic medalist, boxing champ Shields to make PFL debut

Jun. 09, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Claressa Shields has narrowed her walkout music for her MMA debut down to three songs. She needs a tune she can dance to on the way to the cage, though the gold gladiator costume and her customary entrance theatrics will be left behind with her boxing gloves. “I...

Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 08, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics will have 29 athletes competing in 12 sports, including a medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games who left Iran citing institutional sexism. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was...

Water polo players get $14 million in sex abuse settlement

Jun. 07, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dozen female water polo players who accused their coach of sexual abuse will split nearly $14 million after settling a lawsuit against USA Water Polo and a California club. The athletes alleged that International Water Polo Club and the national...