• There won’t be any more family game nights at the VanZant household.

    It’s not that the superstar of the family, UFC strawweight Paige VanZant, isn’t around anymore. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite being one of the most popular fighters in her division, the 21-year-old still makes it a point to spend ‘almost every weekend’ with her parents.

    But as much as she loves her family, that doesn’t stop Paige from flying off the rails when bragging rites are on the line.

    “I’m a naturally competitive, aggressive person,” VanZant admitted to Yahoo Sports. “We used to have family game nights, and if I lost, I would get violent and punch my brother, and I would throw the board in people’s faces…”

    Yikes.

    “Yeah, so we canceled family game night.”

    It might all seem a little extreme, getting that worked up over a harmless board game.

    But then again, when you’re a professional fighter, what’s extreme?Paige VanZant is only 21, but she's considered one of the UFC's top rising stars. (Getty)Paige VanZant is only 21, but she's considered one of the UFC's top rising stars. (Getty)

    Plus, it’s not like Paige is still that way. She is reformed. She has matured. She is wiser.

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  • Monique Bastos' years of training Brazilian jiu-jitsu really paid off for her on Tuesday night when Bastos was the victim of an attempted robbery outside of her home gym in Açailândia, Brazil.

    "I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones," Bastos recalled to MMAFighting.com in an exclusive interview. "I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one."

    Not only did she “get” the other one, Bastos actually subdued the assailant for nearly 15 minutes until authorities arrived.

    Check it out:

    It’s hard saying just what is the best part of the video: Bastos getting the best of her attacker and calmly cradling him in a modified triangle, or the suspect screaming at the top of his lungs, like he is somehow the person being wronged.

    Making matters more

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  • They say if you’re looking for a date, your best bet is to ask 100 girls out because even if 99 say no, all you need is that special one to say yes.

    For U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert, he skipped that whole ’99’ thing and went straight for the gold – so to speak.Ronda Rousey most recently laid waste to Bethe Correia. (Getty)Ronda Rousey most recently laid waste to Bethe Correia. (Getty)

    Haschert went viral last week when a video of him was shared via social media asking UFC champion Ronda Rousey to his annual Marine Corps Ball later this winter.

    It was a gutsy move on behalf of the active-duty soldier, but what else would you expect from a Marine?

    Haschert needs to find his Rolodex (do people still use those?) immediately, because, well, the young man is about to get a number he doesn’t want to lose.

    "I just saw it the other day,” Rousey admitted to TMZ in a recent interview about the viral proposal. “I saw screenshots of it before and I was like, 'Oh, I can't go anyway because I'm in camp,' but the fight got moved and I actually can go, but I don't know how

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  • One of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts made his retirement official today as Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira stepped away from the sport he helped establish over the last 20 years.

    Serving as the only man to ever hold both PRIDE and UFC world titles, “Big Nog” is the definition of a pioneer.

    Starting his career in 1999 in DeLand, Florida at World Extreme Fighting 6, Nogueira would go on to wreak havoc on the heavyweight division with his innovative blend of offensive ground wizardry and precise striking.Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira lost six of his last nine career fights. (Getty)Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira lost six of his last nine career fights. (Getty)

    Nogueira, along with his twin brother Rogerio (aka: ‘Little Nog’) used their all-world ground attack, and Olympic-level boxing training to carve out a special place in the heart of fight fans all across the globe.

    There’s an old saying in fight sports: “It’s not about who you fought, it’s about when you fought ‘em,” and Minotauro fought them all.

    And he did it during a time in divisional history that will likely never be seen again.

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  • Ronda Rousey has a reputation for speaking her mind.

    Whether it's her thoughts on 9/11, Floyd Mayweather, or having Fedor Emelianenko’s babies, “Rowdy” has had more than her fair share of newsworthy sound bites. Ronda Rousey (L) only has 12 fights under her belt but doesn't want to linger in MMA. (Getty)Ronda Rousey (L) only has 12 fights under her belt but doesn't want to linger in MMA. (Getty)

    But on the most recent episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," Rousey dropped a bombshell on her future plans as a fighter.

    And, according to the 28-year-old star, that "future" may be coming sooner than people might have previously thought.

    “I’m not going to be doing this in my 30s,” Rousey admitted to Rogan. “I don’t want to be fighting in my 30s, [and] by 30s, I mean, like, 31, 32. If you’re actually 30 years old, that’s 30, not 30s. Once you add the one, that’s 30s, plural. I’m 28 – I don’t know.”

    Rousey made clear, however, that her career in the UFC is still very much "unfinished." The same passion that brought the bantamweight champ to 12-0 with 11 first-round finishes was still obvious as she spoke to Rogan.

    Even so, this is a late 20-something who is talking about not

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  • The World Series of Fighting on Tuesday hired ex-UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen as an analyst for its NBC Sports Network television broadcasts. He will debut in his new job on Sept. 18 for WSOF 23 from Phoenix, when Justin Gaethje defends his lightweight belt in a rematch against Luis Palomino.

    Sonnen's broadcast career began while he was still an active fighter in the UFC, not long after the UFC began its deal with Fox in 2012. Sonnen was the host of UFC Tonight and became very popular for his in-studio work.

    But Sonnen failed multiple drug tests prior to a planned fight last year in Las Vegas against Wanderlei Silva, and lied about it repeatedly. Both the UFC and Fox cut ties with him.

    In November, ESPN hired Sonnen to serve as a part-time MMA analyst. He's done studio analysis on all of the big fights since the deal was done.

    Sonnen praised the WSOF and the quality of its fighters in a statement.

    “I am stoked to join the powerhouse team at World Series of Fighting, and call their

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  • FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012, file photo, Southern California pays against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles has agreed to a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will make it America's bid city for the 2024 Olympics if the city council signs off on it next week. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012, file photo, Southern California pays against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles has agreed to a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will make it America's bid city for the 2024 Olympics if the city council signs off on it next week. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)The city of Los Angeles has begun its campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously, 15-0, in support of the city's attempt to join other locales hoping to host the Games. While light on specifics, an announcement highlighting the city's plans did note that Los Angeles is planning to have 85 percent of proposed venues already in place or planned, and will have five primary venue clusters within 30 minutes of the proposed Athletes' Village. Los Angeles already boasts numerous arenas and stadiums in its immediate vicinity, with more potentially on the way as the city seeks to attract an NFL team.

    Los Angeles stepped into the vacuum left by Boston, which abandoned its plans for a 2024 candidacy amid fears of cost overruns and a divided public. While cost specifics are an issue, Los Angeles officials noted that the city is not currently on the hook for any overruns. "This is the engagement, not the wedding," Los Angeles Council President

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  • For Usain Bolt, it was another 4x100 relay victory over the United States and another gold medal at the world championships in Beijing.

    For the Americans, it was a missed opportunity that ended up being a complete and total disaster.

    Bolt claimed his third gold at the worlds on Saturday, running his customary anchor leg to lead Jamaica to a winning time of 37.36 seconds. The 100- and 200-meter champion was headed for a surprising silver medal as the U.S. appeared to have built up enough of a lead going into the fourth and final leg, but a botched handoff of the baton between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers cost the Americans dearly as Bolt gained ground and cruised to victory.

    It got worse for the U.S. While Trayvon Bromell, Justin Gatlin, Gay and Rodgers were jogging around the Bird's Nest track to celebrate their silver medal, they were informed that Rodgers was ruled to have stepped out of his lane. The infraction disqualified the Americans, moving China up to second and Canada to

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  • An injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler forced a postponement of his Nov. 15 title defense against Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. 

    As he often does, UFC president Dana White turned to women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to fill the void. White said Friday on "SportsCenter" that Rousey's title defense against Holly Holm, which was previously announced as the headliner for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, will now headline UFC 193 in the 90,000-seat Etihad Stadium.

    White told Yahoo Sports on Friday he is not certain when Lawler will fight again, but said it is not a serious injury.

    UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has an injured thumb and is out of UFC 193. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has an injured thumb and is out of UFC 193. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)He said when he heard that Lawler needed time to recover, he had no problem granting it. But he needed Rousey to bail him out given the importance the company is placing on UFC 193.

    "I swear on my life, I called her today when I thought something might happen and I said to her, 'Hypothetically speaking, ... '" White said. "She interrupts me and said, 'I'll do

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  • The UFC reinstated heavyweight Travis Browne on Friday following a seven-week suspension after the results of an investigation into allegations of domestic violence were inconclusive.

    Browne was suspended July 9 after his wife, Jenna Renee Webb, posted pictures to her Instragram account showing marks and bruises on her arms, neck and face that she said were the result of a beating from her 6-foot-7 husband. The UFC immediately suspended Browne and barred him from all International Fight Week activities he was scheduled for at the time the incident became public.

    The UFC hired the highly regarded Las Vegas law firm of Campbell & Williams to investigate. Donald Campbell, the firm's partner, hired an FBI agent with more than 25 years of experience to head the investigation. On Friday, the UFC reinstated Browne after the results were deemed inconclusive:

    From the UFC's statement announcing Browne's suspension had ended:

    UFC announced today that an investigation into allegations of

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