1. Bandits, Bullets and Blood Feuds: The Making of Bellator Champ Patricio Pitbull

    The day after the bandits came, Bellator featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (24-2) became a man. He was five years old. " Someone spread a rumor my father had a collection of guns," his brother Patricky Freire said...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 6,584 reads 5 comments

  2. The Boxer Trying to Save Kids in Detroit's Black Community with Youth Football

    At one point, they called Detroit the " Paris of the Midwest ." The American middle class was born there , in the factories that built shiny steel cars, the ultimate expression of new-world muscle and ingenuity...

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  3. Departing UFC Exec Don Gold on Dana White and Zuffa's Infamous Christmas Parties

    Don Gold did a lot of great things for the UFC in his years with the company, spearheading the development of five top-selling video games, a home video program that helped keep ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 28,826 reads 16 comments

  4. Bullets, Boxing and Love: How Omaha Has Terence Crawford on the Verge of Stardom

    Last year Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KO), who defends his WBO Super Lightweight Championship against Dierry Jean on HBO Saturday night, found himself exactly where every professional boxer wants to be...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 8,948 reads 34 comments

  5. Gennady Golovkin Ready to Rule Boxing as the Anti-Mayweather After Lemieux KO

    During Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s long reign as boxing's pound-for-pound king, fans seemed to deflate after every big event. Mayweather, with his cocky Technicolor persona and reality-television bravado, was great at building interest...

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  6. Beyond the KOs, Gennady Golovkin's Marketing Savvy Driving Unexpected Stardom

    "Jonathan, my friend, I am great. Los Angeles. Beautiful weather. Beautiful people. I love it." You can almost see Gennady Golovkin's goofy, lopsided smile shining, even through the telephone and across thousands of miles...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 20,223 reads 115 comments

  7. The White House Petition and Why UFC Star Nick Diaz Matters

    Nick Diaz , unjustly railroaded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the crime of “maybe smoking marijuana” too close to his January cage fight against Anderson ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 19,221 reads 92 comments

  8. Gerald Washington's Unique Journey: Helicopters, USC Football, Unbeaten Boxer

    There's a part of almost every man that believes, deep down, he's a tough guy. Left over from the days' fight or flight was more than a slogan for text books, it's that devil on ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 14,281 reads 11 comments

  9. After Action Review: Who Really Won the UFC 192 Title Fight?

    Daniel Cormier 's first title defense was very nearly a disaster. After a strong start, the former Olympian faltered, abandoning his wrestling game in favor of slugging it out ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 47,692 reads 79 comments

  10. The Brutal Power of Pride: Ali and Frazier's Final Act, 40 Years Later

    Fourteen years after the famous "Thrilla in Manila," heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton were brought together to have dinner ...

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  11. Don't Call Deontay Wilder the Heavyweight Champion Just Yet

    If you were watching Sunday Night Football on NBC, you could be forgiven for believing Deontay Wilder was defending the heavyweight championship of the world against Johann Duhaupas this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 6,740 reads 32 comments

  12. A Lion in Winter: Former UFC Champion Josh Barnett Confronts His Mortality

    When you're an athlete, at some point birthdays cease being a thing you celebrate. They are, instead, looming reminders that your professional life is quickly coming to an end. Sure, no one likes getting old...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 13,390 reads 8 comments

  13. 5 Rounds with Jonathan Snowden: The Best and Worst of Bellator Dynamite 1

    Bellator President Scott Coker may be facing potentially insurmountable odds in his battle with the UFC —but he's not willing to go down without a fight...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 20,778 reads 36 comments

  14. The Day After: MMA's Most Exciting Fighter Justin Gaethje Happy to Pay the Price

    What follows is a list of things World Series of Fighting Champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) doesn't give a damn about — whether or not he has a Wikipedia page, concern trolls ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 23,982 reads 13 comments

  15. Wrestling as Religion: Alberto Del Rio on His Dad, CM Punk and an MMA Comeback

    Alberto Del Rio , four-time WWE champion and son of beloved Mexican wrestler Dos Caras, is no stranger to the world of competitive sports...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 25,602 reads 34 comments

  16. The Complicated Legacy of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. dropped to his knees as the final bell rang on his career, a lackluster bout against an overmatched Andre Berto his last offering to an increasingly fickle fanbase...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 25,846 reads 206 comments

  17. Dear Floyd: Please Make It Count (Unlike Your Fights) and Stay Retired

    Dear Floyd, Congratulations on your win over Andre Berto. For better or worse, it was exactly what we thought it would be. You gave Berto the opportunity of a lifetime...

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  18. Floyd a Farce? PED Report Further Clouds Mayweather's Legacy

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the parlance of our times, has always been problematic. With Mayweather, you have to close your eyes to a lot of ills in order to enjoy the spectacular thrill of victory...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 122,628 reads 442 comments

  19. Floyd vs. Ronda: The Realities Behind the Biggest Fight We'll Never See

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been the best boxer on the planet for so long you could forgive him if he thought accolades like the ESPY award for "Best Fighter" were simply his due...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 86,886 reads 89 comments

  20. Mayweather vs. Berto: Expert Picks for the Main Event

    Floyd Mayweather , undefeated in 48 professional prize fights, will step into the ring Saturday against Andre Berto, ostensibly for the last time...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 47,457 reads 123 comments

  21. Floyd Mayweather A-Z: Everything You Need to Know About Money's Legendary Career

    While the broader sports world appears willing to ignore Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (48-0) final bid for our attention against the unheralded Andre Berto (30-3) on Saturday, it's impossible ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 9,499 reads 50 comments

  22. 5 Rounds with Jonathan Snowden: The Best and Worst of UFC 191

    "Look at my face," flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson demanded of UFC announcer Joe Rogan after his five-round dismantling of challenger John Dodson on Saturday night at UFC 191...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 36,009 reads 98 comments

  23. Complete Viewer's Guide to Boxing's Biggest September Fights

    Floyd Mayweather is back this month —and he's not alone. Eight different television networks will be airing boxing at some point in September, giving fans plenty of options beyond Money's inevitable dismantling of poor Andre Berto...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 5,854 reads 20 comments

  24. Fedor Emelianenko vs. the UFC's Top 10 Heavyweights: How Would He Fare?

    For the better part of a decade, the baddest man on the planet wasn't an angry ex-street fighter with a grudge against the world, or a collegiate wrestling star groomed for athletic glory...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 45,767 reads 107 comments

  25. Fame, Cocaine and Ego: Bellator Star Melvin Guillard Looks to Bounce Back

    The first time he stepped into a ring, Melvin Guillard was just 13 years old. That's not unusual on the surface...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 29,194 reads 39 comments