MMA

Winner’s victory over opponent at UFC 235 comes with a chilling moment

LAS VEGAS — Of the many tense moments during UFC 235 March 2, the seconds after Jon Jones kneed Anthony Smith in the head while he was defenseless on the canvas made time stand still the most.

Rising star with spectacular fighting style wins unanimous decision at UFC 234

Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end.

Russian fighter gets WBO title back, rolling in rematch

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Sergey Kovalev made it through the seventh round just fine in his attempt to take back the WBO light heavyweight championship he lost to Eleider Alvarez six months ago.

Flyweight defends defends 125-pound belt with record win over opponent

NEW YORK (AP) — Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York. Cejudo’s next defense was a passionate one for the flyweights — and the hope that the pounding he put on T.J. Dillashaw early Jan. 20 was enough to keep a sparkling new UFC title belt around his waist for more than one fight.

Mayweather stops Nasukawa early in bout, flooring him multiple times

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve.

Spectacular first round knockout ends featherweight champion’s unbeaten streak

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Amanda Nunes pulled off one of the most surprising wins in mixed martial arts history when she left the world’s most feared female fighter face-down on the canvas, Dec. 29.

One twin keeps title, while other twin loses his

NEW YORK (AP) — Jermall Charlo had every reason to be distracted when he entered the ring to defend his WBC interim middleweight championship.

Holloway Stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231

The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega’s left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied.

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.

Champion knocks out challenger in eighth round to retain cruiserweight titles

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester Nov. 10.