January 18, 2012 |
A week before the UFC invades the United Center, the fighters head 470 miles south to the land of country music in Nashville. It's the first live "UFC on FX" event and, accordingly, features some pretty good matchups at Bridgestone Arena. A few of the fighters involved are looking to bounce back from recent losses and can't afford another setback or else they might find themselves out of the league. Here are three fighters who need to come out of Nashville with not only a singing voice but also a victory.
January 25, 2012 |
Mike Russow's life sounds like the stuff blockbuster action movies are made of--on paper at least. By day - er, night actually - the 35-year-old works the beat as a police officer in Chicago's Grand Crossing District on the South Side. But when he's not wearing his Chicago Police Department uniform, you might find him in workout gear as he trains for an upcoming mixed-martial arts fight. That's what he's been doing a lot of recently as the 35-year-old of Mount Greenwood prepares for his big hometown debut in the UFC on Saturday night at the United Center.
December 28, 2011 |
2011 might be remembered as the year the UFC made a huge leap toward the mainstream. From buying Strikeforce to inking a seven-year deal with Fox networks, the UFC made plenty of big moves outside of the ring. The fighters held up their end of the bargain too. Here are the awards for some of the best and worst moments of the year. Fighter of the year: Jon Jones Jones finished the year winning four-straight fights, including the light heavyweight championship, making him the youngest champ in the UFC at 24. ...
July 4, 2012 |
It turns out that basketball isn't the only sport that gets Stacey King riled up. The Bulls TV broadcaster is a huge mixed martial arts fan, and he traded a few punches - figuratively, that is - with RedEye ahead of UFC 148 (9 p.m. Saturday, pay-per-view). Oh, and he still can't stand those Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. What first interested you about MMA? I have been a big fan since going back to UFC 1. The format that was you had to fight four people in a night with no weight classes is what drew me to the sport.
January 24, 2013 |
Sure, hockey is back and the Blackhawks are off to a hot start. However, another hard-hitting sport invades the United Center on Saturday: mixed martial arts. Clay Guida of Johnsburg and Ricardo Lamas of Chicago step into the UFC octagon in separate bouts this weekend. Before they trade punches, kicks and chokeholds with their opponents Saturday, they spoke to RedEye about training, working up an appetite and partying - Chicago-style. How is a Chicago UFC event different from others?
January 26, 2012 |
He's received death threats from Brazil. He's pleaded guilty to money laundering. He's had his fighting license suspended. And he's compared his next UFC opponent, Michael Bisping of England, to Pip from "South Park. " Chael Sonnen arguably is the most outrageous figure in an outrageous league. He's also a former classmate of mine. "I don't believe there's respect in fighting," the 34-year-old fighter told me by phone from his home in Oregon last week. "I think fighting is pretty primal.