Nevada regulators postpone Nurmagomedov, McGregor hearings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada fight regulators have postponed hearings on the suspensions of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for a brawl after UFC 229 in Las Vegas. State Athletic Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell III cited continuing negotiations with Nurmagomedov’s attorneys toward a settlement that could avoid a public hearing Jan. 29. Commission executive Bob Bennett says McGregor’s attorneys also received a continuance. Marnell has said fines and punishment up to a lifetime ban could be considered for the Irishman and the Russian from Dagestan. He says the suspensions will…

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LA native Brian Ortega drops shot at UFC belt, TKO’ed by Max Holloway

TORONTO (AP) — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday night The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega’s left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied. The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an injury-plagued year, were too much for Ortega, who had rallied in the third round but was unable to take Holloway down or use his vaunted jiu-jitsu. Valentina Shevchenko, a native of Kyrgyzstan fighting out of Peru, overpowered a game, but outmatched Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, for…

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Wave of the future: Women’s boxing headlines HBO’s last show

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Although HBO has decided to put boxing in its past, the network is leaving the sport by showcasing a possible vision of its future. Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO , and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes. On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans. Any discussion of the world’s top female…

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UFC 231: LA native Brian Ortega, Max Holloway exchange words ahead of main event

Brian Ortega is finally getting his shot at a UFC title. The Los Angeles area native, Ortega was all set to fight for the belt this summer when an injury to his opponent, Max Holloway, pushed the fight back to Saturday. All smiles from @BlessedMMA & @BrianTcity… for now 😈. pic.twitter.com/ozksVUBtxb — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 6, 2018 Fast forward to yesterday and the two rivals met on stage … and that’s where the fun began. Watch the video up top for more.

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Curry, McGirt among 9 picked for boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Two-division champions Donald Curry, Julian Jackson and James “Buddy” McGirt have been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also to be enshrined are welterweight champion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer category, promoter Don Elbaum, referee/judge Guy Jutras, publicist Lee Samuels and broadcaster Teddy Atlas in the nonparticipants and observers category. Journalist Mario Rivera Martino was selected posthumously in the observer category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. The induction ceremony…

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