In what’s been called one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history, Sacramento-based UFC fighter T.J. Dillashaw defeated the heavily favored Renan Barao with a fifth-round TKO in May for the bantamweight title. With Dillashaw hoping to defend his belt against challenger Joe Soto this Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas, we look back at our conversation with the hometown MMA champ when he was costarring on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter in 2011. Here’s an excerpt from that interview. First things first: For the uninitiated, can you explain what mixed martial arts—or MMA—is? It combines all forms of martial arts, so not only is it boxing, but it’s also kickboxing, jujitsu, Muay Thai—[the list] is endless. And wrestling,...
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A number of our little furry and feathered friends at the Sacramento Zoo will have a shiny new home next month when the Small Wonders of Africa exhibit opens Sept. 27. The project broke ground in January, promising renovated habitats for the zoo’s African straw-colored fruit bats, Wolf’s guenon monkeys, aardvarks, red-billed hornbills, crested guineafowl and other creatures. The exhibit was originally scheduled to open over Labor Day weekend, but was placed on hold after the sudden passing of zoo director Mary Healy, who suffered a cerebral aneurysm earlier this month while traveling to the Galapagos Islands. Small Wonders will comprise three large living spaces for mixed species of East African animals, allowing zoo-goers to watch the animals interact with...
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With the unofficial end of summer almost here, here are 10 ways to make the most of the season's final days, with outdoor movie screenings, concerts under the stars, and more. Movie in Fremont Park: Back to the Future (Aug. 22) Head to midtown Sacramento’s Fremont Park and feel the power of love at this free outdoor movie screening of the ’80s classic Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past via a time-traveling DeLorean. Prior to the film, which will be shown at dusk, groove to tunes from the local rock band Rebel Punk or grab a pizza to go from Hot Italian across the street. Free. 6 p.m. Fremont Park. 16th & Q streets. Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow (Aug. 22) At this co-headlined...
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Summer is more than halfway behind us, and the promise of dropping temperatures means weather cool enough to run in the sun—and there are plenty of fun, themed runs around town to help you stay fit while having a great time. From crazy obstacle races to a doughnut-centric 5K and Oktoberfest-themed races for dogs, these 10 runs will keep you on your feet. Race for the Arts Aug. 23 Strap on your trainers at this 16th annual event benefiting local school programs, arts organizations and institutions. Talented performers from groups like the Sacramento Youth Symphony and El Dorado Musical Theatre will entertain participants along the 5K route in William Land Park, and youngsters can hit the ground running in quarter- and half-mile fun runs. The day will end on the right foot...
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