1. 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 1 year ago 58,898 reads 31 comments

  2. 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 1 year ago 35,920 reads 87 comments

  3. 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 1 year ago 11,307 reads 59 comments

  4. 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 1 year ago 102,575 reads 281 comments

  5. 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 1 year ago 47,196 reads 135 comments

  6. 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 1 year ago 42,685 reads 39 comments

  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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 over 1 year ago 28,159 reads 9 comments

  10. 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 over 1 year ago 94,804 reads 164 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 19,862 reads 40 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 16,338 reads 29 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 11,938 reads 12 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 54,386 reads 64 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 175,163 reads 240 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 142,075 reads 25 comments

  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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...

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  21. 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 ...

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  22. 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, ...

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  23. 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...

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  24. 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 over 1 year ago 95,946 reads 287 comments

  25. 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...

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