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Olympic champ Harrison looks to win big, grow upstart PFL

Jul. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Kayla Harrison made an Army veteran tap out and moved closer to cashing in on the richest fight of her pro career: her search for gold over, Harrison can stake her claim to $1 million in the PFL Championship. Harrison, a two-time judo Olympic gold medalist, has been pushed as the...

MMA great Ken Shamrock starts bare-knuckle boxing promotion

Jul. 9, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mixed martial arts great Ken Shamrock is jumping into bare-knuckle boxing promotion. Shamrock is starting a promotional company in the growing combat sport, he announced Tuesday. Valor Bare Knuckle will hold its first fight card Sept. 21 at 4 Bears Casino in North Dakota, with plans for...

Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239

Jul. 7, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes won in spectacular fashion. Jon Jones barely hung on. Both champions still emerged from UFC 239 with their belts around their waists. Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago...

The Latest: Jon Jones edges Santos by decision at UFC 239

Jul. 7, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on UFC 239 (all times local): 9:49 p.m. Jon Jones retained his UFC light heavyweight title with a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos, who nearly pulled off a spectacular upset at UFC 239, despite apparently fighting on an injured leg. Jones remained unbeaten since 2009,...

The best ever? Jones, Nunes could make cases at UFC 239

Jul. 5, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Any attempt to choose the most dominant active fighter in mixed martial arts inevitably leads to a choice between two champions: Jon Jones or Amanda Nunes. Any discussion of the greatest fighters in MMA history must include Jones and Nunes as well. They simply have been too good for too...

Model fighter: Luke Rockhold back at new weight for UFC 239

Jul. 5, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Luke Rockhold is a successful model with a Ralph Lauren contract and New York Fashion Week experience. He's also an elite competitor in a sport where terrible things can happen to pretty faces. Rockhold has taken remarkably little permanent damage during his 12 years in professional mixed...

MMA fighter Desmond Green charged in crash that killed 2

Jun. 26, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Mixed martial arts fighter Desmond Green is facing DUI manslaughter and other charges for a South Florida crash that killed two women last year. Court records show that Green, who competes as a lightweight for the UFC, was arrested Tuesday in Broward County. Florida Highway...

One Championship plans 80 shows, big roster expansion in '20

Jun. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

One Championship plans to stage about 80 martial arts shows in 2020, and the MMA promotion will roughly double its roster of fighters to do it. One CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed his latest plans for ambitious expansion to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The promotion is putting on 45 events this year in Asia,...

MacDonald wins, Sonnen quits in Bellator return to MSG

Jun. 15, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rory MacDonald found the conviction needed to keep fighting. Chael Sonnen realized it was time to call it quits. MacDonald shook off his crisis of conscience and defeated Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision to retain his welterweight championship on Friday night in the main event of...

Ferguson beat Cerrone by TKO in lightweight fight at UFC 238

Jun. 9, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony Ferguson's path to the lightweight title is becoming clear. Ferguson won by technical knockout after a medical stoppage in a lightweight fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 on Saturday night. Ferguson (26-3) won his 12th straight fight, the longest active streak in the UFC, after a...