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MMA with a twist of cannabis: Combat sport meets marijuana at Arizona RUF, Puff & Rumble event

On the heels of the Arizona State Boxing & MMA commission allowing fighters to consume marijuana freely until fight day, promoter RUF 44 hosted “RUF, Puff & Rumble at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, the first time the two industries have collided in the Valley.... Read more»

When a Black boxing champion beat the ‘Great White Hope,’ all hell broke loose

When Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson decisively beat James Jeffries - nicknamed “the Great White Hope” - Johnson’s triumph ignited bloody confrontations and violence between Blacks and whites throughout the country, leaving perhaps two dozen dead, almost all of them Black, and hundreds injured and arrested. ... Read more»

McCain: Pardon of boxer Jack Johnson 'closes shameful chapter'

U.S. Sen. John McCain said that President Trump's pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson for his Mann Act conviction more than a century ago "finally closes a shameful chapter in our nation's history." ... Read more»1

Muhammad Ali to be celebrated at Tucson interfaith service

Tucsonans of all faiths will join together on Saturday to mourn and remember Muhammad Ali at the Islamic Center of Tucson. The service will include Muslim and Christian leaders, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilman Kozachik, and a Ramadan feast.... Read more»

RIP to the Greatest: Muhammad Ali dead at 74

Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer and civil rights icon who proclaimed himself "The Greatest of All Time," died Friday after spending days in a Phoenix-area hospital. The 74-year-old Ali had been public about his Parkinson's disease for years. Although the brash and fleet-footed fighter had trembled for years, Ali never lost his deep dignity and ability to command a crowd.... Read more»1

Boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier dies

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion boxer, has died at 67. Frazier — who in 1971 became the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali, before losing two rematches — was diagnosed with liver cancer just five weeks ago, his manager Leslie Wolff told The Associated Press on Saturday. ... Read more»2

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ontario a mecca for mixed martial arts, despite ban

If you believe Dana White, the charismatic president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the urge to reduce someone to a bloody pulp dates back to the beginning of human time.... Read more»

Manny Pacquiao

Famed Filipino boxer heads to the polls

Famed Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is planning his next knockout, but this time it won't be in the ring. Instead, he is running for a Congressional seat.With many of his most ardent supporters divided over whether they want him to fight outside the ring, it could be his toughest bout yet.... Read more»