1. Conor McGregor, CM Punk, Ronda Rousey and the Best MMA Moments of 2016

    With less than a week separating 2017 from it's predecessor, it's easy to look back and pick out the best fights and overall cards of the year gone by. After all, it's relatively fresh in our minds, vivid and visceral as only combat sports can be...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 27,520 reads 38 comments

  2. Can Judo Star Kayla Harrison Be the Next Ronda Rousey?

    Kayla Harrison knows the questions are coming. She doesn't know when and doesn't know exactly what form they will take. But in any interview she does about her burgeoning mixed martial arts career, Ronda Rousey will make an appearance...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 42,353 reads 54 comments

  3. Is Ronda Rousey Broken or Ready to Roar Back? Her Past May Offer Some Clues

    The kick the UFC doesn't want you to see landed squarely on the neck, immaculately timed and perfectly placed. The result was instantaneous—the complete removal of UFC champion Ronda Rousey 's motor skill and higher-level functioning...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 103,944 reads 73 comments

  4. Bleacher Report's Boxing Awards for 2016

    There's something special about fighters — men and women who are willing to step into the spotlight and test their will, stamina, courage and skill against each other...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 7,145 reads 15 comments

  5. Gray Maynard on the Most Exasperating Fight of His UFC Career with Ryan Hall

    Professional prizefighters are not, typically, morning people. They conduct their business at night, whether in glitzy casinos, Indian reservations or National Guard armories...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 32,954 reads 77 comments

  6. Boxing Virtuoso Vasyl Lomachenko Might Really Be Inside the Matrix

    Vasyl Lomachenko is in The Matrix . That's the premise posited in a YouTube video that spread across the boxing internet this summer. Despite being absurd on its face, it begs some serious reflection...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 19,227 reads 28 comments

  7. Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev Deliver Drama, Controversy and an Instant Classic

    LAS VEGAS — On the Las Vegas strip you're constantly being sold something. Everywhere you go, there's a cacophony of noise, lights and creepy men trying to convince you that they have exactly what you need to feel good...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 35,841 reads 125 comments

  8. Main Events' Kathy and Nicole Duva Are Leading Boxing's Feminist Revolution

    LAS VEGAS — Main Events promoter Kathy Duva sits in the heart of Las Vegas, in an unmarked secret compound at the sprawling MGM Grand Hotel and Casino...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 19,300 reads 13 comments

  9. Minute by Minute: How Conor McGregor Beat Eddie Alvarez to Make UFC History

    On Saturday night at UFC 205, in the glittering heart of the American empire, an Irishman conquered the combat sports world. Before, there had always been doubts...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 30,715 reads 71 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 21,209 reads 55 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 7,044 reads 33 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 23,911 reads 30 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 6,766 reads 40 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 5,673 reads 6 comments

  15. 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 11 months ago 58,862 reads 31 comments

  16. 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 11 months ago 35,915 reads 87 comments

  17. 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 11 months ago 11,301 reads 59 comments

  18. 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 11 months ago 102,562 reads 281 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 47,184 reads 135 comments

  20. 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 12 months ago 42,677 reads 39 comments

  21. 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 12 months ago 327,378 reads 361 comments

  22. 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 12 months ago 34,669 reads 124 comments

  23. 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 12 months ago 28,120 reads 9 comments

  24. 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 12 months ago 94,781 reads 164 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 19,861 reads 40 comments