1. 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 5 months ago 50,412 reads 28 comments

  2. 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 5 months ago 57,151 reads 154 comments

  3. 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 5 months ago 10,647 reads 11 comments

  4. 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 6 months ago 28,755 reads 53 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 22,656 reads 3 comments

  6. 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...

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  7. 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 6 months ago 20,018 reads 104 comments

  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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 6 months ago 37,856 reads 28 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 16,342 reads 39 comments

  12. Controversy Built Adrien Broner's Career and Now Threatens to Destroy It

    It's been a long time since Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KO) made headlines for his boxing exploits. Once considered the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather Jr...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 6 months ago 53,352 reads 119 comments

  13. The Mental Game: Does Ronda Rousey Have What It Takes to Regain Her Throne?

    Holly Holm's left leg did more than take the UFC championship from Ronda Rousey. That emphatic loss changed everything, and not just for Rousey. It was one of the few times a single athlete's performance has effected the landscape of an entire sport...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 52,523 reads 203 comments

  14. Conor McGregor Unable to Flout Convention with Confidence in 1st UFC Loss

    Conor McGregor, in the end, flew a little too close to the sun. The beautiful, boastful Irish brawler let his grand ambitions get the better of him in his attempt to rewrite the time-tested rules of the fight game...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 129,244 reads 428 comments

  15. Can Nate Diaz Shock the World and Actually Beat UFC Champion Conor McGregor?

    The prelude is almost over, with the excitement peaking from a press conference worthy of the presser Hall of Fame...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 68,142 reads 133 comments

  16. The Illusion: Why UFC Star Anderson Silva Is a Danger to Himself

    There were moments Saturday of the kind of effortless brilliance that could only come from the madcap mind of Brazilian fighting god Anderson Silva ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 43,067 reads 89 comments

  17. National Pride and a Chance at Global Stardom on the Line in Frampton vs. Quigg

    Manchester's Scott Quigg and Belfast's Carl Frampton don't agree on much. For almost five years, the top 122-pounders in Europe have squabbled over any and everything. Money ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 2,676 reads 8 comments

  18. B/R MMA Roundtable: Placing Michael Bisping in the Pantheon

    On Saturday in London, a legend of the Octagon makes what may very well be among the last appearances of a storied career. Anderson Silva wasn't just a fighter—for nearly five years, he was the fighter, the very best to have ever done it...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 11,184 reads 58 comments

  19. Is UFC Champion Conor McGregor the Craziest Man in Mixed Martial Arts?

    It's a given that everyone who steps into the cage to compete in a high-level mixed martial arts bout is incredibly tough, both mentally and physically. You have to be in order to walk willingly into the lion's den to face off with another athlete...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 101,985 reads 161 comments

  20. Exclusive: The Godfather Struts All the Way into the WWE Hall of Fame

    It's easy to fail in the business of professional wrestling. Spots at the top of the sport are limited. Competition is cutthroat. It's an industry that demands talent seize the brass ring...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 37,238 reads 69 comments

  21. Manny Pacquiao's Anti-Gay Comments Continue Boxing's Spiral Toward Niche Status

    It should have been so easy for Manny Pacquiao to ride off into the sunset, white hat perched proudly on his head...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 19,410 reads 3 comments

  22. Bellator MMA Star Melvin Guillard Will Fight on for Mentor Kevin Randleman

    Kevin Randleman was special. Whether knocking kickboxing legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic silly with a single punch or defying physics by launching the great Fedor Emelianenko airborne ...

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  23. The Question: Is It Crazy to Think Conor McGregor Might Fight Robbie Lawler?

    “We’re just going to take it one game at a time.” If you’ve watched sports, any sport, you’ve heard that tired cliche thousands of times...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 37,427 reads 224 comments

  24. Marine Turned Top Boxing Prospect Battling for Glory After Fighting in Iraq

    Fighting comes complete with a collection of military metaphors. Fighters don't engage in a back-and-forth contest—they go to war. They don't do their best to land concussive punches—they throw bombs...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 7,870 reads 25 comments

  25. How Elvis, Family and Beating Up a Girl Helped Forge UFC Star Stephen Thompson

    There's a moment in a fighter's life when he knows he's got it. When, after being knocked down hundreds, even thousands of times, suddenly he's the wrecking ball and not the crumbling building...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 13,439 reads 16 comments