Ultimate Fighting Championship Ends a Long Odyssey to Legalization

Every time a state legalized the sport, Ratner colored it green on an oversized map of the United States that hung in his office in Las Vegas. By 2013, with Connecticut’s and South Dakota’s approval of mixed martial arts, only New York remained red on the map. Read more [...]

U.F.C. Sells Itself for $4 Billion

Before the arrival of the Fertittas, U.F.C. had begun climbing in popularity, thanks to early stars like Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock and a reputation for being just shy of civilized. But opposition loomed from Senator John McCain of Arizona, who derided the sport as “human cockfighting,” and former Governor George E. Read more [...]

There’s ‘Kung Fu,’ and, in ‘Into the Badlands,’ There’s Hong Kong Kung Fu

Photo Daniel Wu, star of AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” Credit James Dimmock/AMC WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. — In AMC’s new martial arts series, “Into the Badlands,†Daniel Wu plays Sunny, a motorcycle-riding, katana-wielding assassin whose loyalty to his flinty-eyed master is matched only by his prodigious kill count (400 and climbing) Read more [...]

Japan Caps Strong Showing at Judo Worlds

Japan completed a superb judo world championships week in Astana, Kazakhstan, winning the men’s and women’s team titles. The team had dominated the individual categories, with victories in six out of 14 divisions. A version of this brief appears in print on August 31, 2015, on page D4 of the New York edition with the headline: Japan Caps Strong Showing. Read more [...]

Frenchman Wins World Judo Championship

Teddy Riner of France won the gold medal in the over-100-kilogram category at the world judo championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, defeating Ryu Shichinohe of Japan in the final. Riner, 26, became the first judoka to win eight world titles, seven of them coming in the over-100-kilogram class. He is unbeaten in 95 bouts, his last loss coming in September 2010 when he dropped a points decision to Japan’s Daiki Kamikawa in the final of the open-category division at the world championships Read more [...]