Barao retains belt against Faber at UFC 169

Frank Mir, bottom, and Alistair Overeem, of the Netherlands, fight during the third round of a UFC 169 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Overeem won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Renan Barao was on a tear, trying to put away Urijah Faber with a series of fists to the head. Faber attempted to flash a thumbs up — a sign he could still fight. Barao and an early stoppage didn’t let him get that chance. Barao made quick work of Faber in … Continue reading →

Faber steps in for Cruz, gets UFC 169 title shot

Urijah Faber celebrates his win over Michael McDonald in a UFC Mixed Martial Arts bantamweight fight in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Urijah Faber is stepping in for injured Dominick Cruz to face UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao in the main event at UFC 169 on Feb. 1. The UFC announced the changes Monday to its Super Bowl weekend show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Cruz (19-1) was the UFC’s first 135-pound … Continue reading →

Georges St. Pierre retains title at UFC 167

Johny Hendricks, right, exchanges punches with Georges St. Pierre, of Canada, during a UFC 167 mixed martial arts championship welterweight bout on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. St. Pierre won by split decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Georges St. Pierre retained his welterweight title with split decision over top contender Johny Hendricks on Saturday night in UFC 167. Hendricks seemed to have the upper hand over the Canadian champion for most of the five rounds, landing the more significant blows and limiting any damage inflicted. St. Pierre was able … Continue reading →

Jones beats Gustafsson at UFC 165 to retain title

American Jon Jones (right) lands a kick on Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson during their World Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 165 in Toronto on Saturday Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

TORONTO (AP) — A bloody Jon Jones won a unanimous decision against hard-charging Alexander Gustafsson to retain his light-heavyweight title at UFC 165 on Saturday night. Jones (19-1) won with his closest margin with the judges scoring the five-round fight 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46. Gustafsson (15-2) gave a remarkable effort, getting the best of the early … Continue reading →

Chael Sonnen submits Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Chael Sonnen, left, speaks with Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, of Brazil, after their UFC on Fox Sports 1 mixed martial arts light heavyweight bout in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 17,2013.  Sonnen won via first-round tapout via guillotine choke. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

BOSTON (AP) — Chael Sonnen snapped a two-fight losing streak with a first-round submission victory over former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Saturday night at the TD Garden in a scheduled five-round non-title bout. Sonnen (29-13-1) earned the victory at 4:47 of the first round when he applied a guillotine choke. … Continue reading →

Anderson Silva defends title in UFC 162

Anderson Silva

The best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, will face No. 1 contender Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on Saturday, July 6, in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's UFC 162. The co-main event will feature former three-time lightweight champion Frankie Edgar facing off against Charles Oliveira. Two middleweight kingpins, Tim Boetsch and Mark Munoz, will … Continue reading →

‘Summer Knockouts' this Saturday in Denham Springs

Well, the summer is here, and Gladiator Promotions is heating up the North Park Center in Denham Springs with a "Summer Knockouts" mixed martial arts event this Saturday, June 22. "We have a lot of local talent on the card this Saturday," Tony Jarreau, president of Gladiator Promotions, said. "We will feature many fighter debuts and … Continue reading →

Evans outpoints Henderson at UFC 161

Rashad Evans backs Dan Henderson into a corner during UFC 161 in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday June 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Rashad Evans outpointed Dan Henderson in a split decision Saturday night in a heavyweight bout at UFC 161. The 42-year-old Henderson connected with the first solid punches late in the first round, attacking so eagerly he could hardly keep his feet against the 33-year-old Evans. "I said, 'What hit me,'" said Evans, who approached Henderson with a lot … Continue reading →

Nogueira faces Werdum in 'Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' finale

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, top, lands a blow on Tito Ortiz during UFC 140 in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

The two coaches of the "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil II," Antonio Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, face-off in a rematch this Saturday, June 8, in Fortaleza, Brazil. In their previous bout, which dates back to their Pride Fighting Championship days, Nogueira defeated Werdum by unanimous decision. Nogueira has also dominated Werdum in the coaching challenge of this "Ultimate Fighter," as the … Continue reading →

UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2

UFC 160

If you like heavyweights, this card is for you as four of the Top 10 heavyweights will do battle this Saturday, May 25, in Las Vegas. The main event will feature heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in his first title defense after winning the belt back from Junior Dos Santos. This will be rematch against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, a man he … Continue reading →

UFC Fight: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

An overall, general view of the Octagon at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013.   (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will face off against Strikeforce’s final middleweight champion Luke Rockhold live and free on network cable television on Saturday, May 18. This UFC main event will have a lot of eyes on it from the sports world as the debate continues to heat up over the legal use of TRT, or … Continue reading →

USA-MMA: Stacked 3 official fight results

USA-MMA Stacked 3 weigh-ins on Thursday, May 2

The Thomas Webb and Calvin Miller fight was well worth the hype at the USA-MMA: Stacked 3 event last night at the Baton Rouge River Center. The bout had the crowd going for three solid, brutal rounds. Below are the results for all “Stacked 3” fights. - George Frangie defeated Mike Espein by unanimous decision … Continue reading →

USA-MMA hosts ‘Stacked 3’ at the BR River Center

USA-MMA Stacked 3

USA-MMA is bringing mixed martial arts back to the Baton Rouge River Center on Friday, May 3 to showcase the top local and regional fighters on an 11- bout fight card that features three title fights. “It has been a while since we have featured fights in Baton Rouge,” Gil Guillory, president and … Continue reading →

Jones retains light heavyweight title at UFC 159

Champion Jon Jones, top, lands an elbow against Chael Sonnen during their UFC 159 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight title bout in Newark, N.J., Saturday, April 27,2013.  Jones retained his title via  first round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With one awkward lunge, Jon Jones’ big toe about popped off his left foot. Before he hobbled out of the octagon, Jones had one more spectacular title defense to finish, returning to the site of his championship win and staking his claim as perhaps the greatest UFC light heavyweight of all time. … Continue reading →

Hammond featherweight Kurt Holobaugh fighting in UFC 159

UFC 159

Hammond featherweight Kurt Holobaugh will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut this Saturday night, April 27, in Newark, N.J., on UFC 159, one of the biggest cards of the year. Holobaugh moves back down to his natural weight class after fighting in the lightweight division facing lightweight journeyman Pat Healy, who is also on the undercard. Taking … Continue reading →

Cage fighting comes to the Pontchartrain Center

Hilia Fights at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

Hilia Fights will host its first Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting event in the Greater New Orleans area Friday, April 26. Hilia Fights is the largest MMA promotional company that has showcased an all-professional MMA event in the Greater New Orleans area with the exception of the Ultimate Fighting Championships and Bellator Fighting Championships. Hilia Fights will … Continue reading →

Henderson retains crown with split decision.

Benson Henderson, right, kicks Gilbert Melendez during the second round of a UFC lightweight championship mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Henderson won by split decision to retain the championship. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Benson Henderson kept his UFC lightweight crown, outpointing Gilbert Melendez with a split decision Saturday night in a fight that lived up to its promise. Both fighters raised their fists in triumph and pointed to the crowd as the final bell sounded. When the decision was announced, the crowd roared its … Continue reading →

Lafayette heavyweight champion making UFC debut

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 19:  (R-L) Daniel Cormier punches Josh Barnett during the Strikeforce event at HP Pavilion on May 19, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship looks to put a cap on some unfinished business it has with its partner Strikeforce when Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce’s lightweight champion, will face off against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson this Saturday night, April 20, in San Jose, Calif. … Continue reading →

Faber faces Jorgensen in ‘Ultimate Fighter 17’ finale

Scott Jorgensen slams Jeff Curran to the mat during a mixed martial arts bantamweight bout, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Las Vegas. Jorgensen won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

It comes down to this: As Coach Chael Sonnen has soundly defeated Jon “Bones” Jones in the coaching tournament style known as “The Ultimate Fighter,” this Saturday, April 13, will feature an all Team Sonnen finale in the co-main event. Heading up the card in the main event will be former six-time featherweight champion Urijah Faber facing off against … Continue reading →

Mousasi makes his UFC debut on April 6

Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir “The Sledgehammer” Latifi

Once again the injury bug has ruined another main event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sending president Dana White scrambling to find a last minute replacement to keep the April 6 fight card alive. What could have been an exciting main event with a No. 1 contender bout has resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a local … Continue reading →

UFC fighter Nick Diaz says he doesn’t pay taxes

Nick Diaz from the United States, speaks to media following his welterweight title fight against Georges St-Pierre from Canada at UFC 158 in Montreal Saturday March 16, 2013. St-Pierre won the match by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Neil Davidson)

MONTREAL (AP) — American welterweight Nick Diaz says he has never paid taxes. The revelation came after he talked about how poor his preparations were for UFC 158, a lopsided loss to champion Georges St-Pierre on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Diaz was asked whether he was considering changing fight camps. “I can’t be jumping … Continue reading →

St-Pierre manhandles Diaz at UFC 158

Georges St-Pierre, right, from Canada lands a kick to the body of Nick Diaz from the United States during their UFC 158 welterweight mixed martial arts title fight in Montreal, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL (AP) — UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre manhandled Nick Diaz for five rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision at UFC 158 on Saturday night. St-Pierre (24-2) pitched a shutout, winning 50-45 on all three judges’ cards. “Nick Diaz is a good guy,” said the champion, looking to end the bad blood between the … Continue reading →

St-Pierre finally faces off against Diaz

Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, along with four of the top six welterweights in the world, will headline the main card of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 158th installment this Saturday night, March 16, in St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal. It’s a log jam of fierce competition at the top of the welterweight division, but it will become … Continue reading →

Ultimate cage fighting at the Texas Club

Friday, March 1, Gladiator Promotions will present “Rise and Fall” at the Texas Club in Baton Rouge.

Football is over, and now it is time for mixed martial arts to go full blast on a local level. Expect to see many MMA caged events in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas now through the fall season. Gladiators Promotions is the first to kick off the cage fighting for this year in Baton Rouge. … Continue reading →

UFC: Wanderlei Silva takes on Brian Stann in Japan

Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le in UFC 139

This Saturday night, March 2, from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will host six bouts live and free on TV. A stacked main card full of future No. 1 contenders will have the viewers worn out by the end of the night. So put the kids to bed early, grab some popcorn … Continue reading →

Ronda Rousey wins historic women’s UFC debut

Ronda Rousey, top, grapples with Liz Carmouche during their UFC 157 women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts match in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Rousey won the first womens bout in UFC history, forcing Carmouche to tap out in the first round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche made history just by stepping into the UFC cage. When Rousey recorded another savage victory with her signature move, she demonstrated why she could be a trailblazer in women’s sports for years to come. Rousey won the UFC’s first women’s bout Saturday night, beating Carmouche on an armbar … Continue reading →

Aldo wins decision over Edgar

Jose Aldo, of Rio de Janeiro, left, trades punches with Frankie Edgar during their UFC 156 featherweight mixed martial arts title match, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Aldo won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Featherweight champion Jose Aldo retained his title with a victory over Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 156 on Saturday night. Aldo used his precise striking and effective leg kicks to neutralize the constant pressure from the former lightweight champion, winning a unanimous decision for his 15th consecutive victory. “I’m … Continue reading →

Frankie Edgar looks to make history in UFC 156

UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns home to Sin City this Saturday, Feb. 2, to host UFC 156, a featherweight championship fight. A four-time lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar has a chance to do something only two other fighters have done in the UFC: win a championship in two different weight classes. A win for Jose Aldo could solidify … Continue reading →

Former LSU fullback Shawn Jordan fighting in UFC event

Johnson vs. Dodson in a UFC flyweight championship bout.

For the second Saturday night in a row, this Jan. 26, The Ultimate Fighting Championship will host another free card live from the Windy City on network cable television. Some of the best fights of the year will be live and free, so don't miss out. Once again, former Louisiana State University fullback Shawn Jordan will be fighting in the heavyweight … Continue reading →

Six of UFC’s Top 10 welterweights on UFC 158 fight card

Carlos Condit, right, trades punches with Georges St-Pierre during their UFC welterweight title fight Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Montreal. A relentless St-Pierre celebrated his comeback by winning a five-round decision over Condit to unify the welterweight title in a bloody battle at UFC 154. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Toronto, Canada – UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has posted an impressive 10-fight win streak during his reign atop the 170-pound division. On Saturday, March 16, he will look to extend that streak by one more as he steps back into the Octagon in his hometown to face former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz at Montreal’s Bell … Continue reading →

UFC bout: Bisping faces Belfort in Brazil

Michael Bisping (left) and Brian Stann (right) have to be separated by UFC president Dana White.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads out to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the first time since 1998 to host another live UFC bout -- this time for free live on network cable television. As expected the card will feature a slew of Brazilian competitors, including former UFC heavyweight tournament champion Vitor Belfort. All bouts will be shown at … Continue reading →

Strikeforce MMA event will feature Lafayette native

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 19:  (R-L) Daniel Cormier punches Josh Barnett during the Strikeforce event at HP Pavilion on May 19, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The great run of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization Strikeforce will come to a finish this Saturday, Jan. 12, in Oklahoma City. The Strikeforce promotion will cease operations and the fighters on the current roster will be merged with the Ultimate Fighter Championship. Strikeforce will go out with guns blazing with two champions on the main card, … Continue reading →

Cain Velasquez reclaims UFC heavyweight title

Cain Velasquez of San Jose celebrates after his UFC 155 heavyweight championship mixed martial arts match against Junior dos Santos of Brazil at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec, 29, 2012 in Las  Vegas. Velasquez won with a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cain Velasquez waited 13 miserable months for the chance to put the UFC heavyweight belt back around his waist. When he finally got Junior Dos Santos back in the cage, Cain didn’t waste another minute. Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight title Saturday night, thoroughly battering Dos Santos on the way to a … Continue reading →

Velasquez looks to regain heavyweight title at UFC 155

Junior dos Santos, right, of Brazil, takes down Cain Velasquez in the UFC mixed martial arts heavyweight title bout in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Dos Santos won by knockout in the first round. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ends the year with the heavyweight championship on the line this Saturday, Dec. 29. Cain Velasquez looks to regain his title in a rematch against Junior Dos Santos. Local New Orleans native Melvin Guillard will also be on the undercard facing Jamie Varner. This fight was previously scheduled for Dec. 15, but Varner … Continue reading →

Full card announced for final Strikeforce event on Showtime

Marquardt and Cormier headline Strikeforce card

Las Vegas, Nevada – Strikeforce welterweight champion and seasoned UFC veteran Nate Marquardt will defend his title against current No. 1 contender Tarec Saffiedine on Saturday, Jan. 12 as Strikeforce visits Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. In the night’s co-main event, Oklahoma State University All-American wrestler and Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier takes … Continue reading →

Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz to settle unfinished business

UFC 158

Las Vegas, Nevada – Fresh off unifying the welterweight title in November following an 18-month absence due to injury, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns to Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 to face former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz. St-Pierre (23-2) has scored 10 consecutive victories in his dominant reign atop … Continue reading →

Louisiana fighters fill UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale card

Ultimate Fighter Finale 16

This Saturday, Dec 15, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will host the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Three Louisiana-based fighters will be on the main card, which will be shown live for free on network cable television. Heavyweight fan favorite Roy Nelson and ex-college teammate of Drew Brees from Purdue Matt Mitrione … Continue reading →

Season’s Beatings at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium

Season's Beatings

Looking to give an early Christmas gift to friends or loved ones? Take them to live ultimate cage fighting at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium this Saturday, Dec. 8, for a unique experience. Felix’s LA Bad Boy Promotions LLC is debuting “Season’s Beatings,” a mixture of amateur and professional mixed martial arts … Continue reading →