March 8, 2012 |
Don't let his name fool you: Chris Tickle doesn't plan on making people laugh. He wants to hurt them. Tickle, of Pontiac, Ill., grew up the "tough guy" in the town about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. That reputation eventually led the 29-year-old to mixed martial arts. Now, with 19 MMA fights under his belt, Tickle is taking the next step in his career and trying to break into the UFC. He's getting that chance on the FX reality competition "Ultimate Fighter Live," premiering Friday.
December 7, 2011 |
The UFC was in town Wednesday to hype up its Jan. 28 event at the United Center, and league president Dana White and his fighters came equipped with their best quotes. Here are some of the best lines and moments from the news conference. Chicago butt-kissing "We never had an event like this here in the United Center and our focus was always on this great arena. I don't see us waiting another three years before coming back to this great city. "--Dana White, UFC president Best smack talk "I guarantee you'll be the first to take a shot, because I'm...
January 24, 2012
Leave your answers in the comment section. You might score an invite to appear in RedEye. 1. How would you trash talk a fellow UFC figher? 2. What would be your UFC finishing move? 3. How would you suggest Luol Deng deal with his wrist pain while playing? 4. If you were a Blackhawk, what would you do on your All-Star break? 5. What surprising development might come out of this weekend's SoxFest? Follow @redeyesportsguy on twitter for information on print openings.
January 4, 2012 |
I'm sure you've noticed 2012 resolution makers hitting the gym, trying to achieve their goals for the new year. The sport of mixed marital arts is no different, as fighters look to find a way to grasp that title shot. In what should be a busy year for the burgeoning sport, here are a few highlights to circle on your shiny new 2012 calendar. UFC returns to Chicago After a three-plus-year absence, the UFC returns to Chicago on Jan. 28 at the United Center - the event also happens to be a Fox broadcast.
January 22, 2012 |
ATTEND Blackhawks vs. Nashville 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, CSN Let's see if the Blackhawks can exact a bit of revenge on the Predators, who just won Saturday night's matchup of the two teams - oh, and also knocked out captain Jonathan Toews. ATTEND Bulls vs. Indiana 7 p.m. Wednesday, CSN The Bulls and Pacers are the only teams to remain undefeated at home. The Pacers would like to change that. RIDE Critical Mass monthly ride 5:30 p.m. Friday, Daley...
February 1, 2012 |
My typical weekend does not involve sports bars. This past weekend, however, I went to six. On a self-induced wing-a-thon at some of Chicago's newest sports bars, I spent my evenings popping aspirin for flatscreen-induced migraines and trying to come off as though I know anything about the NBA, NHL or UFC by mimicking the grunts and groans of people near me wearing jerseys. Overall, I think I did pretty well. By the time Monday rolled around, I'd even managed to come out learning a few things: Everyone looks disgusting eating wings.