The Aging Fighter Who May Be Russia’s Favorite American

The Russian, 29-year-old Levan Persaev, apologized for winning and told Mr. Monson that the fight — not a full mixed martial arts bout but a slightly more subdued “grappling” match — should have been declared a draw. “Jeff, I just want to say how much I respect you Read more [...]

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 [...]

Holly Holm, a Top Boxer, Will Be Ronda Rousey’s Next Opponent

Photo Ronda Rousey, right, needed only 34 seconds to beat her last opponent, Bethe Correia, this month. Credit Matthew Stockman/Getty Images The mixed martial arts superstar Ronda Rousey announced Friday that her next opponent would be Holly Holm on Jan Read more [...]