Kevin Harvick’s management firm signs UFC fighter ‘Cupcake’ Tate

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Kevin Harvick is the kind of driver who won’t walk away from a fight.

He’s also a big fan of mixed martial arts fighting.

With all that in mind, Harvick’s KHI Management firm – which represents athletes in business dealings – announced Saturday that it has signed its second MMA fighter.

This is no development fighter. No sir … or should we say, no ma’am.

Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, the No. 2-ranked female in the Ultimate Fighting Championship series, has signed a multi-year agreement with KHI, the company announced.

Tate, who has developed one of the UFC’s biggest rivalries with series women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, is based and trains in UFC. She’s a former Strikeforce Women’s bantamweight champion.

Having made her UFC debut in April 2013, the 27-year-old Tate is the second MMA fighter in the KHI stable, joining UFC No. 4-ranked fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.”

Others represented by KHI include NASCAR driver Jeff Burton (who will become a full-time analyst on NASCAR on NBC telecasts next season), PGA golfer Jason Gore and country music artists Jake Owen and Matt Stillwell.

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How Hamilton, Mercedes can clinch F1 titles at the United States GP

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Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).

Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.

However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

  • If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
  • If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.

While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.

The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.

As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.

The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.