Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 predictions by Sun-Times staff ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Sun-Times’ John Silver and Joe Fernandez break down the main card and provide their predictions for this Saturday’s UFC 160, which is live on pay-per-view starting at 9 p.m. CT. Sun-Times readers can also leave their predictions below in the comment section. DONALD “COWBOY” CERRONE vs. K.J. NOONS SILVER: Cerrone has looked great in his last few fights and expect this trend to continue. Cowboy is a top lightweight and more of a well-rounded fighter than Noons. The Hawaiian has lost four of his last five bouts and could be a one-and-done after his UFC debut. Both fighters should … ]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:22:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ VIDEO: Crystal Lake MMA world champ Pat Curran shaves head for St. Baldrick’s ]]>

A day of sparring and shaving for Crystal Lake product and Bellator MMA world champion Pat Curran. ]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:37:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ UFC 157: Ronda Rousey-Liz Carmouche Primetime episodes 1&2 ]]> Lead story image

UFC Primetime follows fighters Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche as they prepare to fight in the first women’s match in UFC history. The historic bout will take place at UFC 157 as bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defends against Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche on Saturday, February 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. ]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:34:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ VIDEO: The Ultimate Fighter’s Uriah Hall ends UFC fight with amazing spin kick KO ]]> Lead story image

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What can you say about Clay Guida? Other than that he’s such a nice, ­verbal, polite, law-abiding lunatic. In his UFC fight, which I just witnessed from cageside at the sold-out United Center on Saturday night, the wild-haired, mustachioed Guida stood toe-to-toe against Hatsu Hioki of Japan, trading boxing-style blows with those tiny, free-fingered gloves these mixed-martial-arts guys wear. One straight-on punch from one of those little leather things and your nose would explode like a burst tangerine. Which sometimes happens. Almost everything painful and hideous that can be done to the body is guaranteed to occur in the UFC. … ]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:17:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Demetrious Johnson keeps title; ‘Rampage’ Jackson loses last UFC fight ]]> Lead story image

A strong finish enabled Demetrious Johnson to retain his UFC flyweight championship Saturday at the sold-out United Center. The 125-pounders — the UFC’s newest weight class — took center stage before a crowd of 16,091, with Johnson defeating John Dodson by unanimous decision  (49-46, 48-47, 49-46) in his first title defense. Dodson (15-6, 3-1 UFC) started well, knocking down Johnson twice. But Johnson (17-2-1, 5-1-1) used a combination of strong takedowns, Muay Thai skills and endurance to outpoint Dodson in the final three rounds. Johnson said he wasn’t too worried about the knockdowns. ‘‘It’s going to happen,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re … ]]> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:21:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ UFC Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson ready for title defense at United Center ]]> Lead story image

Nothing much bothers Demetrious Johnson. As the newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight champion prepares for Saturday’s first title defense against John Dodson at the United Center, it is hard to rattle the affable titleholder. Is he worried about the unorthodox striking and explosiveness of Dodson (15-5, 3-0 UFC)? “No, I believe with great technique and sound fundamentals, that’s how you negate that.” Is Johnson (16-2-1, 4-1-1 UFC) annoyed that the flyweights aren’t promoted as much as they should? “I’m grateful that they gave us that time slot and they advertised the fight in general. They could have not advertised … ]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:43:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Round Lake fighter Clay Guida hungry for UFC featherweight debut at United Center ]]> Lead story image

For the first time in his professional career, Clay Guida watches what he eats. Last month, Guida had lunch with the media to promote his upcoming fight. The longtime lightweight will make his featherweight debut this Saturday in Chicago and a fighter ordering lunch during a weight cut must remain vigilant. The Caesar salad gets sent back — no Parmesan cheese or dressing, please. Salmon rather than steak. And hold the cheesecake. “I could tear through that salad in two bites, but I have to be careful what I eat,” Guida said. Before he never had to watch his diet … ]]> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:46:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cain Velasquez regains UFC heavyweight title, looks ahead ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS -- Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White fully expects top heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos to meet in a rubber match, but it could be a while. Following Velasquez’s spectacular five-round domination of Dos Santos (15-2, 9-1), White said the Brazilian slugger will need rest and a win or two before renewing his rivalry with the new champ. “I think trilogies are always awesome, especially when both these fights went the way that they did,” White said. “I mean, I want to see the third fight. It will be interesting. “But this isn’t like losing a … ]]> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:06:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three Chicago-area fighters confirmed for UFC on FOX card at United Center ]]> Lead story image

Clay Guida visited the United Center Tuesday night as a fan. The UFC fighter and Round Lake native watched as his hometown Bulls clipped the Magic in front of a modestly sized but surprisingly raucous home crowd. “It was super loud [Tuesday] night,” Guida said. “I can only imagine when there are 20,000-plus people in here cheering on a bunch of local fighters.” He’ll have to wait until only January to find out. The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be heading back to Chicago for the sixth edition of UFC on FOX. The Sun-Times has confirmed that Guida, and two other … ]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:40:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Chicago-based MMA promotion returns to Hammond for Bellator 75 ]]> Lead story image

This Friday night, Bellator Fighting Championships, a Viacom-owned mixed martial arts company which was founded in Chicago but is now operated out of Southern California, heads to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana for Bellator 75. Bellator, the tournament-based MMA organization where fighters earn title shots by winning eight-person tournament brackets in their respective weight class, was last in Hammond for Bellator 60, which was in March and saw Crystal Lake product Pat Curran defeat Joe Warren for the Bellator featherweight championship. Once again, the card features plenty of locals, including MMA veterans Chase Beebe and Brett Rogers. Chicago’s Beebe … ]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:09:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jon “Bones” Jones retains title at UFC 152; Johnson first-ever UFC flyweight champion ]]> Lead story image

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones submitted former champion Vitor Belfort in the fourth round Saturday night at UFC 152 in Toronto, and successfully defended his title for the fourth time. ]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:09:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fans, favorite: Curran has it all going for him ]]> Lead story image

Bellator’s tournament king returns Friday night, seeking the featherweight title in front of his hometown fans. Crystal Lake’s Pat Curran has done better than any other mixed martial artist in Bellator’s tournament format by winning the 2010 lightweight tournament and last summer’s featherweight tourney. By winning the featherweight tournament, Curran (16-4, 6-1 Bellator) earned a title shot against champion Joe Warren (7-2, 6-1 Bellator), the former Michigan wrestler. They’ll headline Bellator 60 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The first of an 11-fight card begins at 6 p.m. and will be streamed at The main card starts at … ]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:48:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Join our live chat now with Bellator fighter Pat Curran ]]> Lead story image

Join our live chat with Bellator fighter Pat Curran. Ask questions about his fight Friday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. ]]> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:29:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rashad Evans earns shot at UFC title by beating Phil Davis ]]> Lead story image

“Suga’’ finally earned another title shot. Rashad Evans defeated Phil Davis by unanimous decision Saturday at UFC on FOX before a sellout crowd of 17,425 at the United Center. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion first gained another title shot in May 2010, but one injury after another forced him to wait for another chance. Evans hurt his knee, then his thumb. When he was healthy, a hand injury to champion Jon Jones interfered with another potential title matchup. Now the timing is finally right. He will face Jones at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta. ‘‘I’m excited to get … ]]> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:35:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ UFC bringing bright lights — Rashad Evans, Phil Davis — to United Center ]]> Lead story image

In and out of the Octagon, the fighters at Saturday’s ‘‘UFC on FOX 2’’ event are destined to entertain Chicago fight fans. After a 3½-year absence, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Chicago with a sold-out card at the United Center. The three-fight, two-hour card will be broadcast on Fox-32 beginning at 7 p.m. It marks the second fight on the Fox network, following up on November’s fight in which Junior Dos Santos won the heavyweight title by knocking out champion Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds. UFC president Dana White said he’s ­excited for the follow-up fights. ‘‘The first one … ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:23:46 -0500