Zhang is from the coastal province of Hebei, China, and will defend her strawweight title at UFC 248 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
In a week’s time across the sports landscape, that which is globally accepted as fake proved far more honest than a major professional league struggling to admit what it really is.
It was the longest of long weekends for Las Vegas sports fans. But there’s a long way to go to catch Cleveland.
Nurmagomedov (26-0-0), a Russian grappler, is a minus 160 favorite over McGregor, the popular plus 140 underdog from Ireland.
Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, sat at ringside for many famous championship fights in Las Vegas. In 1998, he also introduced the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act which helped protect prizefighters from being exploited.
The cases of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor connect in a way that those who will ultimately decide their fates are well aware of the financial jackpots both represent.
No one can deny the level of worldwide enthusiasm Saturday delivered. Boxing has never been dead, and perhaps it even gained more popularity with the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.
If those prop bets about Conor McGregor landing one more punch than a dead man even come close to cashing, the last acceptable response from a paying public should be displeasure.
If you’re an action junkie like me, Nevada is the only place to be this weekend.
A William Hill bettor placed a $1.2 million wager on Floyd Mayweather on Thursday, and a Bellagio bettor made a $1 million wager on the undefeated boxer.