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If the season ended today, the Bears would — again — fall just short of the playoffs.
Houston (2-10) at Jacksonville (3-9)
LAS VEGAS | Darren Elkins wanted his next fight to be close to home again. He has his wish.
VALPARAISO | Kevin Nowaczyk has been close to the elite level, and things didn't go his way.
As the first military member fighting in front of the troops on Wednesday's UFC card, Neil Magny was looking to get back on track in front of the perfect audience.
Someone smart a long time ago once said, "Rest and be thankful."
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND | For the third straight year, Chicago will be a crucial part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's broadcast partnership with Fox.
Fighting for the first time in nearly a year, and moving up a weight class, Miguel Torres saw his struggles continue Saturday night.
MANCHESTER, England | With the Bears and Colts both on their bye week, I figured what better time to hop across the pond and take a break from football.
There are a few great games this week, but everyone's talking about the one that is supposed to be an epic blowout.
MERRILLVILE | At the start of the year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's UFC Gym brand extension had five locations. But the Las Vegas-based company sent that number skyrocketing when it acquired the L.A. Boxing franchise.
Sometimes it's a great thing when the week's best game happens early. And this week, it happens close to home.
For five minutes, Eddie Wineland's boxing was on point. But all it took to derail things for him was one kick from Renan Barao.
At long last, Eddie Wineland finally has his opportunity to come full circle.
VALPARAISO | It wasn't the result most of the crowd was expecting, and a fracas in the stands between some fans right after the bout lasted longer than the main event.
For just getting started in his MMA career, Matt Hemry probably could have it worse.
The last time The Times talked to Ray Flores, he was mapping out his future in the world of combat sports behind the microphone.
It looked like Keith Wisniewski might be the fresher fighter starting the third round Wednesday, but Ivan Jorge flipped the script on him.
There's probably something to be said for having your back against the wall, and knowing it.
When your Chicago baseball teams stink equally by the All-Star Game, it's hard to not look forward to football season.
INDIANAPOLIS | There almost certainly were going to be struggles for the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS – Darren Elkins got back on track Wednesday night, and he did so in mostly dominant fashion.
INDIANAPOLIS | Looking to rebound from his first loss after a five-fight win streak, Darren Elkins is on weight for his Wednesday return to the octagon.
INDIANAPOLIS | Unbeaten Belal Muhammad was one of 83 fighters hoping to make enough of a good first impression Tuesday to earn a chance that could change his career.
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Indiana later this month, there will be more than just a fight card going on.
Neil Magny had to have known he was basically walking into the lion's den.
After a lengthy layoff, one of the region's most experienced fighters will return to action next month.
Stephan Bonnar never fought for an Ultimate Fighting Championship title, but he will go down in mixed martial arts history as one of the sport's most important figures.
The waiting game is over for Eddie Wineland, and he likely is more than happy with the result.
Stephan Bonnar glided rather unceremoniously into retirement this past fall.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Indiana in late summer after nearly three years away, and one of the region's elite fighters has found his way onto the card.
VALPARAISO | Josh Shockley has been in big fights before, but Saturday night's might prove to be his biggest – for now.
MUNSTER | In a lot of ways, Paul Vale can't believe things have gotten this far.
It's cliché to say an upcoming bout is the biggest one of a fighter's career.
To celebrate the Hall-of-Fame career of an all-time Bears great, we take a look back at the top five moments in Brian Urlacher's career — with four honorable mentions — for No. 54:
The biggest fight of his career didn't quite go the way Darren Elkins hoped.
Eddie Wineland is two months away from the biggest fight of his career. No pressure or anything.
VALPARAISO | Terry House vowed that he wouldn't be worried about going to the ground with Mike Santiago.
For right now, Josh Shockley's loss is Terry House's gain, and he plans to make the most of it.
A pair of Northwest Indiana's most successful MMA fighters have the biggest opportunities of their careers right in front of them.
MONTREAL | It may not have come without a little bit of controversy, but Darren Elkins certainly won't turn it away.
MONTREAL | Darren Elkins is close, and he knows it.
Everyone knows about flip-flopping when it comes to politics, but this is taking it to another level.
Best Picture — Argo: What happened with "Argo" has been absolutely fascinating to watch. It started out as the frontrunner when it was released in October. But then it cooled down and "Lincoln" started to steal the heat. When Ben Affleck wasn't nominated for Best Director, its hopes really w…
Best Picture — Lincoln: With 12 nominations, "Lincoln" was at one time leading the pack for Best Picture. But now it appears to have taken a backseat to "Argo. Still, Steven Spielberg's brilliant biopic of the 16th president will win some big ones. Spielberg looks like a lock for Best Direct…
Best Picture — Silver Linings Playbook: If I have an emotional favorite this year that I'd love to see win Best Picture, "Silver Linings Playbook" is it. It pulled off a rarity with nominations for Picture, Director, Screenplay and all four acting categories. Heck, just to get nods in the "B…
Best Picture — Les Miserables: Make no mistake, the film adaptation of "Les Miserables" is not for everyone. Fans of the 1862 Victor Hugo novel and eventual Broadway smash-hit musical will consider it a must see, of course. But if you're not into musicals, good luck getting into this. The ca…
Best Picture — Life of Pi: A monumental undertaking, "Life of Pi" may fall short in the Best Picture category. But that shouldn't diminish the importance of it as a film, and I believe as time marches on, it one day will be considered a masterpiece of modern filmmaking. With 11 nominations, …
Best Picture — Zero Dark Thirty: "Zero Dark Thirty" fell back in the pack not long after it was released, joining "Argo" and "Lincoln" as a film with an up and down roller coaster ride when it comes to its chances of winning Best Picture. Before it had its wide release, this story of the cap…
Best Picture — Django Unchained: When it comes to response from real, live moviegoers, no Best Picture nominee this year beat out "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's uber-violent and ultra-controversial nod to the spaghetti westerns of old. It's a middle-of-the-pack longshot to win Best …
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