1. 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 6 months ago 34,578 reads 124 comments

  2. 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 6 months ago 27,940 reads 9 comments

  3. 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 6 months ago 94,671 reads 164 comments

  4. 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 7 months ago 19,840 reads 40 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 15,939 reads 29 comments

  6. 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 8 months ago 11,886 reads 12 comments

  7. 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 8 months ago 54,306 reads 64 comments

  8. 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 8 months ago 175,117 reads 240 comments

  9. 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 8 months ago 140,998 reads 25 comments

  10. 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 8 months ago 2,058 reads 8 comments

  11. 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 8 months ago 65,413 reads 168 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 35,705 reads 32 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 39,105 reads 58 comments

  14. 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 9 months ago 26,621 reads 60 comments

  15. 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 9 months ago 97,996 reads 107 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 35,926 reads 108 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 95,923 reads 287 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 48,421 reads 84 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 50,591 reads 28 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 57,255 reads 154 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 10,668 reads 11 comments

  22. 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 11 months ago 28,766 reads 53 comments

  23. 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 11 months ago 22,685 reads 3 comments

  24. 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 11 months ago 6,644 reads 23 comments

  25. 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 11 months ago 20,031 reads 104 comments