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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BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.