Sports

Bellator Fighting Championships returns to the Event Center at L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets remain on sale at L’Auberge or buy online at ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone by calling (800) 745-3000.

shadow

Beaumont native Cody Williams spent eight long weeks training at American Top Team-Beaumont for his second career professional MMA fight — and it paid off with a 1st round knockout. It took Williams just 1:05 into the 1st round to get his job done on opponent Nate Garza at Legacy Fighting Championship 8 inside Houston’s Arena Theatre on Sept. 16.

shadow

After a long eight-week training camp, homegrown talent and Beaumont’s only professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Cody Williams will step into the octagon this Friday, Sept. 16 to compete in Legacy Fighting Championship 8 at the Arena Theatre in Houston.

shadow

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.

shadow

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.

shadow

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.

shadow

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.

shadow

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.

shadow

Four amateur fighters from American Top Team-Beaumont will travel to Louisiana on July 16 to compete at Global Fighting Alliance 13 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, which is approximately 150 miles from Beaumont.

“We will be ready,” said head trainer Mike Berryhill. “These three guys have been training very hard for eight weeks or so. These are going to be exciting fights.”

shadow

Selections for the final racing program of the 2011 quarter horse season at Delta Downs. Thoroughbred season begins in October.

Morning Line (track odds)Winners: 139-440, .315Best Bets: 59-179, .329Longshots: 2-6, .333Top 3 picks in the $: .535

Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)Winners: 139-440, .315Best Bets: 18-42, .428Longshots: 15-37, .405Top 3 picks in the $: .545Total win $, Avg $ per winner: $810.60, $5.83

shadow