1. Forget Floyd: Manny Pacquiao Must Eye a Young Star After Decisive Win

    Before his unanimous-decision win Saturday over the relatively unknown alphabet champion Jessie Vargas, Top Rank aired a highlight package of Manny Pacquiao 's greatest hits. For several minutes, boxing fans were treated to a walk down memory lane...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 21,192 reads 55 comments

  2. Boxing Fans Have Decided: Old Man Manny Pacquiao Is No Longer Must-See TV

    There's no doubt, given enough time, boxing fans will miss the great Manny Pacquiao . His frenetic style, charming smile and surprising craft will one day stamp his ticket to the Hall of Fame...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 7,013 reads 33 comments

  3. Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and Bellator's Delightful Comedy of Errors

    Chael Sonnen signing with Bellator in September was a big deal. Sure, he's 39 years old. And, yeah, his last gasp of relevance came more than three years ago when Jon Jones drubbed him in less than a round...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 23,893 reads 30 comments

  4. The Question: Does Dan Henderson Belong Among the MMA Immortals?

    On Saturday at UFC 204, 46-year-old Dan Henderson will try to fill the only hole in his formidable MMA resume: UFC champion...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 6,749 reads 40 comments

  5. Saying Goodbye to a Friend: MMA Bids Farewell to Josh Samman

    I wanted to write something beautiful for my friend Josh Samman, a UFC fighter who died Wednesday at 28. After lingering for days in a coma that was both heartening and terrifying at the same time, Josh slipped from this world to the next...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 5,650 reads 6 comments

  6. Boxing's First Lady Cecilia Braekhus Finally Finds Her Way Home

    Cecilia Braekhus' road to boxing stardom started on the fourth floor of her childhood home as she scampered down a very dicey fire escape to a gym where she received a very questionable welcome...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 58,735 reads 31 comments

  7. Canelo Alvarez Still Losing the PR War to Gennady Golovkin After Liam Smith Win

    A vicious Saul "Canelo" Alvarez body shot ended the night for Liam Smith at 2:28 of Round 9 on Saturday, reducing the British champion to little more than a brave victim and culminating an assault that lasted more than 26 minutes...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 35,905 reads 87 comments

  8. Canelo Alvarez Battling His Critics and Liam Smith in Quest for Boxing's Crown

    Saul "Canelo" Alvarez should be sitting on top of the world. He's unspeakably rich, handsome and successful, heir to the Mayweather throne as the king of boxing...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 11,290 reads 59 comments

  9. The Case Against CM Punk: Why His UFC Dream Deserved to Die

    On Saturday night, a smug look seemingly perma-etched on his handsome face as 37-year-old former professional wrestler Phil " CM Punk " Brooks made the long walk to the UFC's Octagon...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 102,526 reads 281 comments

  10. Making the Amazing Look Routine: Is Gennady Golovkin Too Good?

    Brondby Hallen, a quaint building on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, is not one of boxing's legendary arenas. Best known for hosting the 1978 World Handball Championship, it's featured boxing only three times in the last decade...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 47,163 reads 135 comments

  11. UFC's Secret Weapon: Matchmaker Joe Silva Leaves Giant Shoes to Fill

    Joe Silva doesn't like attention. After 21 years spent crafting the UFC into a promotional machine beyond compare in the world of combat sports, the brains of the operation wanted simply to disappear into retirement by the end of the year...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 42,635 reads 39 comments

  12. Did Conor McGregor Actually Beat Nate Diaz at UFC 202?

    For 31 months, the great Conor McGregor seemed all but invincible. Five top-flight opponents entered the cage with him. Before the end of the second stanza, all five had fallen to his mighty hands...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 325,041 reads 361 comments

  13. Can UFC Star Conor McGregor Survive Another Embarrassing Loss?

    Conor McGregor , a voluble Irishman with the swagger of a god and a left hand from heaven, talked his way into the spotlight, injecting the UFC right in the heart with a syringe of pure bravado...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 34,635 reads 124 comments

  14. Remembering Usain Bolt's 100M Gold in 2008: The Day He Became a Legend

    Fueled by hundreds of chicken nuggets , and with a shoelace dangling precariously off his left shoe, Usain Bolt strutted into history during the 100-meter final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as only he could...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 28,004 reads 9 comments

  15. The Question: Does Conor McGregor Stand a Chance in the Rematch with Nate Diaz?

    Five months ago, the UFC's best-laid plans came crashing down. Conor McGregor, the sport's brightest star and featherweight kingpin, stepped into the cage at UFC 196 on March 5 for what was supposed to be a fun fight with veteran Nate Diaz ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 94,714 reads 164 comments

  16. 5 Rounds: Stephen Thompson on Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley at UFC 201

    Thousands of fans will flock to the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday to see Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA , 5-2 UFC) challenge Robbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC) for the UFC welterweight championship...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 19,854 reads 40 comments

  17. 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 months ago 16,254 reads 29 comments

  18. 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 11 months ago 11,908 reads 12 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 54,350 reads 64 comments

  20. 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 11 months ago 175,143 reads 240 comments

  21. 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 11 months ago 141,468 reads 25 comments

  22. 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 11 months ago 2,063 reads 8 comments

  23. 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 11 months ago 65,474 reads 168 comments

  24. 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 12 months ago 35,741 reads 32 comments

  25. 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 12 months ago 39,220 reads 58 comments