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The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau has planned the fourth annual Showdown on the Sabine for Sept. 24-25 at the Orange Boat Ramp located at 1000 Simmons Dr.

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Shortly after announcing a multi-year deal with FOX, believed to be seven or eight years worth at least $90 million per, the UFC announced that its first broadcast on the major network would be Nov. 12, and one fight will be shown — heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0) vs. No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos (13-1).Why just one fight? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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A weekend of odd behavior continued for former Ozen High School graduate and current NBA star Kendrick Perkins.

After canceling his appearance at his own celebrity basketball game on Friday at Ozen High School, the 26-year-old starter for the Oklahoma City Thunder was arrested early Saturday morning for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Perkins bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail for $150 on each charge.

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According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, former NFL star and actor Bubba Smith died on Wednesday. He was 66. There was no immediate determination of death, but officials believe he died of natural causes.

Born Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith in Orange on Feb. 28, 1945, Smith attended Beaumont Pollard High School and played football under his late father, the legendary Willie Ray Smith.

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Cody Williams, Beaumont’s only professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, has recently announced his second pro fight will come Friday, Sept. 16 against Nate Garza at Legacy Fighting Championships the Arena Theatre in Houston. A portion of the card will be shown live on HDNet.

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