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Zuckerberg Hurts Himself Training for Match

Meta chief says he underwent ACL surgery

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has had a setback on his way to competing in a mixed martial arts match next year. "Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to replace it," the Meta boss posted Friday on Instagram . Zuckerberg included photos documenting a hospital stay for the...

Musk, Zuckerberg Agree to Cage Fight

'Send me location,' Meta CEO says in response to Twitter owner's challenge

(Newser) - Two of the most high-profile tech billionaires have just agreed to a cage fight. Twitter's executive chairman Elon Musk initially challenged Mark Zuckerberg, tweeting that he was "up for a cage match" with the Meta CEO, who's been training in jiu jitsu. Zuckerberg then shared a screenshot...

MMA Prodigy Victoria Lee Dies at 18
MMA Prodigy
Victoria Lee
Dies at 18

MMA Prodigy Victoria Lee Dies at 18

'Life will never be the same,' says sister Angela Lee, a ONE champion

(Newser) - An undefeated mixed martial arts prodigy has died at 18. Victoria Lee, a junior world champion in a form of ancient Greek wrestling called pankration who notched a 3-0 record in ONE Championship's atomweight division, died Dec. 26, her sister Angela Lee announced Saturday on Instagram. Nicknamed "the...

Man Hunting for Antlers Solves 2-Year-Old Mystery

Skeletal remains of missing MMA fighter turn up instead

(Newser) - A man looking for deer antlers in the Missouri woods came across something much more grim—the skeletal remains of a missing amateur MMA fighter. The fighter, David Koenig, was staying at a friend’s motel in Branson, Missouri, when he texted friends that he might be in trouble, NBC...

MMA Fighter Dies Weeks After Knockout
MMA Fighter
Justin Thornton
Dead at 38

MMA Fighter Justin Thornton Dead at 38

He was knocked out in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in August

(Newser) - A veteran MMA fighter has died more than six weeks after he was knocked out in his final fight. Justin Thornton, 38, was knocked out by Dillon Cleckler 18 seconds into a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event on Aug. 20 in Mississippi, People reports. BKFC president Dave Feldman confirmed the...

Conor McGregor's New Title: 'Worst First Pitch' Thrower

MMA fighter's pitch hit barrier some 20 feet right of home plate

(Newser) - The world's highest-paid athlete can throw a punch with accuracy, but apparently not a baseball. Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor joined the long list of celebrities who've bungled a ceremonial first pitch at an MLB game after he took to the mound Tuesday at Wrigley Field ahead...

Bout Canceled After Fighter Collapses Twice at Weigh-In

UFC's Julija Stoliarenko left on a stretcher

(Newser) - A routine part of the drill for competitive fighters turned into a scary scene in Las Vegas on Friday and forced the cancellation of a weekend bout. Julija Stoliarenko, a mixed martial arts fighter, collapsed twice during her weigh-in, reports CBS Sports . The 27-year-old Lithuanian was helped to her feet...

Conor McGregor Gets Taken Into Custody

The MMA fighter allegedly attempted sexual assault

(Newser) - UFC superstar Conor McGregor was collared in Corsica on Saturday and accused of attempted sexual assault, TMZ reports. The 32-year-old, who's been cruising the Mediterranean on his yacht with fiancee Dee Devlin, apparently lost his cool Thursday. One report has the alleged attack occurring in a bar. "Following...

UFC's Conor McGregor Says Goodbye ... Again

In his words: 'What a ride it's been!'

(Newser) - Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the UFC on Sunday for the third time in four years, telling ESPN that "I'm a bit bored of the game. I'm just not excited about the game. I don't know if it's no crowd. I don't know...

Sports World Shut Down, but This Event Is Still Scheduled

UFC 249 still expected to be held April 18, though there are questions

(Newser) - UFC 249 is still on schedule for April 18, with Tony Ferguson fighting Justin Gaethje for an interim lightweight title in the main event, the AP reports. Although UFC President Dana White hasn’t announced a venue for his promotion's biggest pay-per-view show of the spring, he remains determined...

Conor McGregor Makes Big Announcement

Irish superstar says he is retiring

(Newser) - Superstar UFC fighter Conor McGregor has announced on social media that he is retiring from mixed martial arts. McGregor's verified Twitter account had a post early Tuesday that said the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion was making a "quick announcement," the AP reports. The tweet says:...

MMA Star Conor McGregor Arrested After Fan Altercation

Conor McGregor allegedly smashed person's phone

(Newser) - Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has been arrested in the US again, this time for allegedly stealing and smashing a fan's phone outside a Florida hotel. According to a police report seen by the BBC , the 30-year-old was involved in an altercation outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach...

MMA Fighter Recaptured After Escaping Prison Van

Cedric Marks is suspected of 2 killings

(Newser) - An MMA fighter suspected of killing at least two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities say. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said...

Guy Tries to Rob Female MMA Fighter. It Does Not Go Well

MMA fighter Polyana Viana wasn't about to give up her cellphone

(Newser) - What's worse than running into a karate dojo while trying to abduct someone? Trying to rob an MMA fighter is right up there. "#badf---ingidea" is how UFC President Dana White framed it, posting on Instagram a picture of 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Polyana Viana next to...

UFC Fighter Charged With Assault After NYC Mayhem

Witnesses say Conor McGregor attacked bus at media event

(Newser) - Conor McGregor has been charged with assault and mischief over what Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White says was the "most disgusting thing that has ever happened" in the organization's history. The mixed martial arts fighter turned himself in to police in New York City on Thursday night,...

Experts Say McGregor Won't Be Safe Fighting Mayweather

Fight doctors say it is a dangerous mismatch

(Newser) - It's one of the most keenly anticipated fights in years—but doctors say it should be stopped before it's too late. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas Saturday night in a bout that the Association of...

Former UFC Fighter Dies After Boxing Match

Tim Hague fatally injured in Edmonton bout

(Newser) - The world of mixed martial arts is mourning former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Hague, who was fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. His sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Sunday that the 34-year-old, who was knocked out and suffered a brain hemorrhage, had died, the CBC reports. "...

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...

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...

MMA Legend Kimbo Slice Dead at 42
 MMA Legend 
 Kimbo Slice 
 Dead at 42 

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'...

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