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MMA Fighter's Baby Dies After Being Plowed Down by SUV

72-year-old arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges in crash that killed Marcus Kowal's toddler

(Newser) - A Saturday walk turned tragic in Hawthorne, Calif., when a 15-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy in a stroller were plowed into by an SUV, PIX11 reports. Toddler Liam Mikael Kowal, the son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his partner, Mishel Eder, died Sunday from his injuries, and a... More »

UFC Sale May Be Biggest Sports Deal in History

WME-IMG buying company for $4B

(Newser) - The UFC has been sold for $4 billion in what sources say is the biggest sports deal in history, per Las Vegas Now . After months of rumors, UFC President Dana White announced the sale to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG—which boasts UFC stars like Ronda Rousey... More »

MMA Legend Kimbo Slice Dead at 42

Street fighter's cause of death still unknown

(Newser) - Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his Internet popularity into a mixed-martial-arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42. Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was taken to a hospital in Margate, Fla., near his home Monday, Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek says. Slice'... More »

MMA Fighter Dies After Getting Knocked Out

He spent two days in critical condition following brain surgery

(Newser) - A 28-year-old MMA fighter from Portugal died Monday night, 48 hours after he was knocked out during the third round of a fight in Dublin, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Washington Post , graphic video from the fight on Saturday shows Joao Carvalho tipping over after being... More »

Why Everyone Is Talking About This UFC Champ

Ronda Rousey continues to dominate UFC with 34-second knockout

(Newser) - In just 34 seconds early yesterday, Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey showed yet again why UFC president Dana White opened the doors of the Ultimate Fighting Championship to women. At HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, the 135-pound American women's bantamweight champ faced off against undefeated Brazilian Bethe Correia, who... More »

'Dog' Joins Hunt for MMA Fighter

'War Machine' wanted for savage attack on ex-gf Christy Mack

(Newser) - "Dog the Bounty Hunter" has a message for the mixed martial arts fighter on the run after his ex-girlfriend was savagely beaten: "Time's up!" The reality TV star says he plans to help hunt down Jonathan Koppenhaver, whose ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, was left with... More »

'Fight Churches' Let Pastors Duke It Out

Hundreds of evangelical churches allow fighting: film

(Newser) - "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?" That question is posed in Fight Church, a new documentary about churches that promote mixed martial arts fighting among pastors, Huffington Post reports. The film's directors... More »

UFC Fighter on Transgender Fighter: 'Sick Freak'

He gets suspended for 'transphobic' dig

(Newser) - Matt Mitrione didn't hold back when discussing fellow mixed-martial arts fighter Fallon Fox, who is transgender. Fox is a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," Mitrione said Monday on the MMA Hour. As a result, the UFC suspended his contract today and will investigate the matter, USA Today... More »

Canadian Doctors Want to Ban Mixed Martial Arts

It's too savage, they say

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada have decided to push for a ban on mixed martial arts. "The aim is to disable and maim your opponent,” the internist leading the charge told his colleagues at the Canadan Medical Association's annual meeting. “We should not tolerate this so-called sport in a... More »

Fighter Rips Heart Out of 'Possessed' Friend's Chest

Says he feared devil was in his training partner

(Newser) - Mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt has been arraigned on first degree murder and torture charges after allegedly ripping his training partner's heart out of his chest while he was still alive and ripping off much of his face. Wyatt, 26, told police that he had recently ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms,... More »

Churches Ask Men to Fight Like Jesus

The latest trend combines Christianity with mixed martial arts

(Newser) - Jesus just too wimpy for you? Fear not: A new crop of churches that combine religion with mixed martial arts could solve all your spiritual problems. "Compassion and love—we agree with all that stuff, too," one pastor tells the New York Times , "but what led me... More »

Shaq Challenges MMA Fighters

'I'm coming for you' after retirement, he says

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal may be headed into the fighting ring after retirement. The 7-foot-1 NBA star posted a video challenging Mixed Martial Arts star Chuck Liddell and Korean kickboxer Hong Man Choi to matches. Choi—who’s an inch taller than Shaq—recently crushed retired baseball player Jose Conseco within... More »

Fighter, Wife Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Levens had been banned from mixed martial arts circuit for pain killer

(Newser) - An extreme martial arts fighter known as "the executioner" and his wife have been found dead in their California home in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide, reports the Los Angeles Times. A gun was found next to the body of Justin Levens, 28, who died from a... More »

Military's New Recruiting Tool: Ultimate Fighting

Demographics, skills of mixed martial arts appeal to recruiters

(Newser) - The US military is mining an unlikely new recruiting ground: the 18- to 30-year-old devotees of mixed martial arts. MMA, which John McCain once labeled human cockfighting, has surged in popularity while instituting rules to appease lawmakers. The armed forces have begun organizing ultimate fighting championships of their own, not... More »

Kimbo Slice: Where Rage Meets Honor

YouTube helped fighter Kevin Ferguson pull himself up from homeless to famous

(Newser) - ESPN takes the measure of Kimbo Slice, streetfighting YouTube star and soon-to-be network TV darling, when mixed martial arts makes its broadcast TV debut Friday."Kimbo combines Mike Tyson's mystique and Mr. T's personality," Dan le Batard writes of the man who hit it big when a video... More »

Mixed Martial Arts Coming to Network TV

CBS takes plunge, with first two-hour special slated for April 26

(Newser) - CBS is juicing up its Saturday night prime-time programming with mixed martial arts, Variety reports. ProElite, a company that has worked with CBS cable sister Showtime, will produce the show, with a first airing aimed for April 26. With the coveted 18-to-34-year-old male demographic in its crosshairs, CBS plans to... More »

Martial Arts Champ Takes on Ultimate Fight

The Tiger Woods of mixed martial arts defects from league

(Newser) - Not unlike a real-life version of Soviet pain machine Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Russian mixed martial arts fighter Fedor Emelianenko is, pound-for-pound, the world's best fighter, Esquire reports, and now he's set to give the MMA industry a run for its money. Or maybe his money. Emelianenko's decision to... More »

Fighters Throw Down With UFC

Nice guy Randy Couture calls it quits

(Newser) - Ultimate Fighting's most public face, Randy Couture, recently sucker-punched the UFC when he unexpectedly quit, saying he was "tired of being taken advantage of." But Couture isn’t the only disenchanted fighter, reports Time. UFC president Dana White blames fame—and a “puke Hollywood agent”—for... More »

Pakistan Mosque Battle Kills 9

Islamic students clash with security forces in shootout; 140 wounded

(Newser) - A heavy gun battle between Pakistan's government and armed students at a radical mosque has left nine dead, the BBC reports. The melee lasted throughout the day as soldiers traded fire with militant students at Islamabad's controversial Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque. Among the dead were three female students, a... More »

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