1. UFC Icon Chael Sonnen Looks to Reinvent Grappling with Submission Underground

    Chael Sonnen reinvented the mixed martial arts game, at least from a promotional point of view, during his decade-plus career as a perennial UFC contender...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 days ago 15,442 reads 29 comments

  2. Champion of the World: Wrestling Finally Gets Its First Great Novel

    Sports movies are a dime a dozen. There are great ones, like The Natural or Raging Bull , indifferent ones, like My All American, and truly dreadful and ponderous ones, like The Legend of Bagger Vance ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 14 days ago 11,698 reads 12 comments

  3. For Dana White and Fertittas, UFC Sale Leaves Behind Complex Legacy

    After months of intense negotiations, the deal has finally closed. As first reported by TMZ , the Ultimate Fighting Championship was sold for $4 billion to talent agency WME-IMG in the single biggest transaction in sports history...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 15 days ago 53,555 reads 64 comments

  4. The Gilded Age: UFC 200 an Ultimate Bust in the Era of the Celebrity Fighter

    For years, the UFC's calling card was its top-to-bottom action. Even if they had never heard of the fighters in the cage, fans knew on any given night someone was bound to do the spectacular...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 16 days ago 174,479 reads 240 comments

  5. The Survivor: Cat Zingano on Life, Death and Her UFC Future

    Cat Zingano has rarely been afraid. It's something for people who weren't the only girls on their high school wrestling team. For girls who didn't jump whenever dared. Those who didn't risk everything to achieve a dream...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 18 days ago 139,102 reads 25 comments

  6. Patricky "Pitbull" Freire Finally Ready to Sit the Bellator Lightweight Throne

    After five years of settling for "almost," Bellator lightweight Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (16-7) is finally fighting for the promotion's top prize. Twice Freire advanced to the finals of a tournament to decide the top contender...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 2,041 reads 8 comments

  7. The Once-Great Fedor Emelianenko and His Embarrassing Fall from Grace

    In his glory days, the "Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko was the most feared man in the world's most violent sport...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 64,990 reads 168 comments

  8. Muhammad Ali's Odd, Innovative and Important Tumble into the World of Wrestling

    Perched in the corner, legs held up in the air to avoid a battering that ended up lasting 15 long rounds, Muhammad Ali roared...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 35,278 reads 32 comments

  9. Civil War: Chavez-De La Hoya and the Latino World's Great Divide, 20 Years Later

    Barely a minute into his 100th professional prize fight against Oscar De La Hoya on June 7, 1996, the great Julio Cesar Chavez reached up with his bright red boxing glove to confirm a sickening fear...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 38,779 reads 58 comments

  10. The Upset That Shocked the World: How Michael Bisping Beat Luke Rockhold

    Michael Bisping has been on the verge of great things for more than a decade. His UFC tenure, beginning with a triumphant 2006 star turn during the third season of The Ultimate Fighter ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 26,437 reads 60 comments

  11. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: George Foreman and the Rumble in the Jungle

    As a huge paw sent him flying into the ropes, it was obvious to all 60,000 fans in the Stade du 20 Mai in Kinshasa, Zaire, and millions more watching live on closed-circuit television, ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 96,702 reads 107 comments

  12. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Is the Only Meaningful Fight for Either Man

    WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez dropped to his knees after he dropped Amir Khan unconscious on his back Saturday in Las Vegas. It was a human moment, his concern for a fallen foe touching even the hardest heart...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 35,829 reads 108 comments

  13. Canelo Alvarez's Coronation Still Not Complete Despite Stunning KO vs. Amir Khan

    There's a lot to love about lineal middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. He's young, handsome, rich and pretty darn good at his chosen profession. With the retirements of Floyd Mayweather Jr...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 95,886 reads 287 comments

  14. Canelo Alvarez's Uphill Climb: Will a Mexican Fighter Be America's Boxing King?

    Oscar De La Hoya was teetering, his long reign as boxing's biggest star in serious jeopardy as he stepped into the ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr., a brash fighter in the beginning stages of reinventing how boxing is promoted in America...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 48,345 reads 84 comments

  15. From Bones to Meat: How UFC 197 Star Jon Jones Reinvented Himself in the Gym

    Jon Jones , the deposed UFC champion who fights for the interim light heavyweight title against Ovince Saint Preux on Saturday at UFC 197, has been the best mixed martial arts fighter on the planet for more than five years...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 50,295 reads 28 comments

  16. The Challenges of Making a Fight for Gennady Golovkin, Boxing's Boogeyman

    In the last four years, Tom Loeffler, the California-based promoter for HBO's rising boxing star Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO), has been in desperate need of an international phone plan...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 57,071 reads 154 comments

  17. Human Highlight Reel: Bellator Star Michael Page Is Looking to Change the Game

    Mixed martial arts inspires the unbelievable. Being locked in a cage with another martial arts master forces a level of concentration, willpower and mental dexterity that is incomparable...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 10,633 reads 11 comments

  18. UFC on Fox 19 Results: The Real Winners and Losers of Teixeira vs. Evans

    A month ago this looked like a card worthy of network television. Going against boxing on NBC and the NBA playoffs, the UFC and Fox pulled out the big guns...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 28,733 reads 53 comments

  19. Lost, Broke, and Broken: Bellator's Patricky Pitbull and a Fighter's Lot in Life

    Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, the lightweight striker who headlines Bellator's first European expansion Saturday against Kevin Souza, had a point to prove back in 2012...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 22,614 reads 3 comments

  20. Rising Boxing Star Errol Spence Jr. Has Dreams Beyond Chris Algieri

    Athletics is often described as a grind. There's a mythology built around hard work that's hard for some to resist...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 6,559 reads 23 comments

  21. Pressure Is on Canelo and Golovkin to Make Fans Care About Boxing's Next Era

    The two best, most popular fighters in boxing compete in the same weight class. Fans, o f course, are clamoring to see them do battle...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 20,018 reads 104 comments

  22. Manny Pacquiao Delivers Glimpses of Glorious Past: Is It Enough to Keep Going?

    There were moments in his unanimous-decision win over Timothy Bradley on Saturday when the legendary Manny Pacquiao ( 58-6-2, 38 KOs) looked like he'd turned the clock back at least a decade...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 96,460 reads 106 comments

  23. The End of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Era Can't Come Soon Enough

    On Saturday night, 37-year-old Manny Pacquiao will walk into the ring for the 66th time when he faces Timothy Bradley...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 71,241 reads 0 comments

  24. Pacquiao vs. Bradley III: Expert Picks for the Main Event

    A little less than 48 months ago, Manny Pacquiao, among the greatest boxers the world has ever seen, was the victim of a blatant robbery...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 37,792 reads 28 comments

  25. Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and the State of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division

    Way back in 1997, as the UFC was entering what fans called "the dark ages," a single bright light shined with an intensity then unknown in the world of mixed martial arts...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 16,317 reads 39 comments