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MMA puts on a great show

Mixed martial arts is big business in Las Vegas and not only with male fighters. The female fighters are a big draw too. Ronda Rousey, a former 2008 Judo bronze medalist, is now the reigning UFC 170 Bantam Weight Division Champion after easily putting away challenger Sara McMann in less than a minute into the first round. This action I find way better than boxing.

Rousey is still undefeated after defending her title three times and reportedly took in $160,000 for her fight. She is probably one of the top earners in all of UFC and puts on a good show.

Pahrump has its own MMA fight club started at Mix it Up Academy on Basin by Robert Wilson and Brian Thelaner. This club has a motley crew of fighters that enjoy a good face pounding. That comes with the territory. I equate this pain to having your finger sawed off by a saw. Fighting MMA takes a certain breed and who knows if this takes off it might put Pahrump on the map.

As far as Brandon Schneider is concerned, the lead fighter for this club, we wish you a speedy recovery. Schneider suffered some injuries to his body on Feb. 14 in a motorcycle accident. Thelaner said he is badly bruised and suffered some internal injuries, which means he will have to cancel a fight scheduled in late March. He must be frustrated at this point and I wish him well.

Have you been having problems with getting the sports programs you want to watch on your cable or satellite dish? First Direct TV ruins my college football viewing by refusing to pick up the Pac-12 Network, then they get rid of my “Good mornings with Al” on the Weather Channel and now I just heard they may not pick up the new Dodger channel. I really don’t need this aggravation. Pahrump has to get something better than Direct TV.

Big time NASCAR racing will be here in Las Vegas for next weekend. The weekend starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

A young Las Vegas NASCAR racer and a graduate of Faith Lutheran High School, Dylan Kwasniewski, will be racing in the Boyd Gaming 300. At the young age of 18, Kwasniewski is racing for Turner Scott Motorsports and has a secured a place on the team for 2014. He recently won a pole position at Daytona and started racing at 4 1/2-years old.

Sportsman’s Quest: The Story Teller

The time of hunting and fishing conventions has come to an end and the hunting guides-outfitters have returned home to prepare for another season. I’m left with my head full of new stories and my sides still aching from laughing at the crazy tales and humorous, if sometimes dangerous, adventures we’ve shared at vendor booths, in the hallways, hotel rooms and yes, while sipping a beverage in the local “watering holes.”

JIM BUTLER DAYS: Horseshoes group honors Tonopah founder

Six competitive horseshoe pitchers met in a Nevada town with roughly 2,000 residents and home of the Clown Motel, which is next to a cemetery that dates back to 1901 in Tonopah.

Pahrump Valley baseball | 3 Trojans make top 100 in division

The defending state champion Pahrump Valley baseball weren’t able to bring home another title this season, but three standouts for the Trojans ranked in the top 100 players in the 3A division for their batting averages.

Off-roaders compete in 60-mile Beatty poker run

Beatty was filled with off-road enthusiasts for last month’s BigHorn Outback Explorers’ annual Poker Run. In all, 176 vehicles, including ATV’s, UTV’s, Jeeps, and trucks, took to the 60-mile route through Beatty’s outback backyard

Pahrump Valley baseball gets fifth straight win

Sitting undefeated in the 3A South-Mountain baseball standings, the Pahrump Valley Trojans got their fifth win in a row.

PVHS slowly catching up to No. 1 The Meadows

Kayne Horibe (8) has been essential in the last two games the Pahrump Valley baseball team has played, earning the most RBIs on the team.

Trojans home run isn’t enough for win

A home run from Madison Rodriguez (6) wasn’t enough for the Pahrump Valley softball team to beat the Sports Leadership & Management (SLAM) Bulls in a conference game on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL: Trojans top Moapa, fall to Needles

The Trojans softball team suffered their first loss this season against a school from a neighboring state on Monday, but it also added a win in a weekend game against Moapa Valley (2-1) at home.