Egyptian Judo Athlete Refuses Handshake After Losing to Israeli

Photo Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby, in blue, with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match Friday. Credit Markus Schreiber/Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — An Egyptian judoka declined to shake hands with his Israeli opponent after their match on Friday, eliciting jeers from the crowd. Read more [...]

New York to Require $1 Million Brain-Injury Coverage for Mixed Martial Artists

Photo Jose Aldo taking a shot from Frankie Edgar during a mixed martial arts bout at U.F.C. 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Credit John Locher/Associated Press ALBANY — New York will require $1 million coverage for life-threatening brain injuries and other new health insurance for both professional boxers and its first group of licensed mixed martial artists under state regulations expected to take effect in September. 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 [...]

Ronda Rousey’s U.F.C. Dominance Evokes a Young Mike Tyson

Photo Ronda Rousey is 11-0 in her career, and 5-0 since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Credit Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Ronda Rousey spends some of her time posing for magazine covers, filming television ads and movies, sitting for interviews, winning awards and generally continuing a rapid ascent to sports superstardom. Read more [...]

The YouTube Brawler Kimbo Slice Tries an M.M.A. Comeback

Photo Kimbo Slice in an Elite XC fight league match in 2008. Credit Rich Schultz/Associated Press It seems like an eternity ago in the fast-maturing world of mixed martial arts , but there was a time when a man named Kimbo Slice was the most talked about fighter in the country. Slice made his reputation in the early 2000s, appearing in unsanctioned street fights that were taped and uploaded to the Internet in the days when seeing a video on your computer still seemed really neat Read more [...]

A Face of a Brutal Sport Is Trying to Change Its Image

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