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Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’

Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
March 8
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

At 8 p.m. last Thursday night, 28-year-old Ryan “Rhino” Bourland — Global Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion — was at the Pro-Faction Martial Arts and Fitness gym in Benicia training his last student of the night. The champion has been training for the past eight weeks in preparation for h...

Women’s mixed martial arts braces for change

Women’s mixed martial arts braces for change

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
January 11
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

If it wasn’t clear before, it is now thanks to UFC 207; it’s the end of an era. The pioneers of women’s MMA are phasing out to make room for new blood. First it was wrestler Miesha Tate, who briefly held the bantamweight belt last year after three years in the UFC, and stunned fa...

A fight without fists: McGregor vs. White for UFC 200

A fight without fists: McGregor vs. White for UFC 200

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
April 28
Filed under Opinion, Sports

Even in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the old adage is true: “the show must go on.” On July 9, thousands of people will be flooding to Las Vegas — or at least busting out the credit card to watch UFC 200 on pay-per-view. Predicted to be the biggest draw since UFC 100 in 2009, which pu...

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