1. The Ronda Rousey Sweepstakes: How Cris Cyborg Lost More Than a Fight

    It's not really fair to say MMA standout Cris "Cyborg" Justino lost big at Lion Fight 14 Friday night in Las Vegas...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 37,716 reads 516 comments

  2. Dear Ronda Rousey: Enough with the Four Horsewomen Stuff—You Don't Measure Up

    Mixed martial arts, the velvet painting of the sports world, is coated with a sheen of the ridiculous. Like its artistic counterpart, it's something you're likely to see at a country fair...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 68,022 reads 257 comments

  3. The Cult of Nick Diaz: Why Some Fans Are Obsessed with the UFC Star

    Sometimes you miss something without even consciously knowing it was gone. It's a nagging feeling, one that tickles the back of your brain...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 24,202 reads 248 comments

  4. Valiant in Defeat: Robbie Lawler Reached His Full Potential and Still Fell Short

    Robbie Lawler flashed his pearly whites throughout his UFC title fight with Johny Hendricks. All but forgotten, one foot out the door just two years ago after a loss to Lorenz Larkin ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 21,060 reads 112 comments

  5. Knockout Kings: Why It's Smart to Wait Before Going All in on Deontay Wilder

    Deontay Wilder has the kind of power that doesn't come along too often. Against part-time fighters, has-beens and never-wills, Wilder is particularly impressive. He's stepped into the ring as a professional 31 times...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 12,683 reads 79 comments

  6. UFC 171's Robbie Lawler Says He's Finally Ready to Live Up to the Hype

    Robbie Lawler , circa 2001, was a fight promoter's dream. Raw-boned, corn-fed and lily white, the 19-year-old Iowan prodigy appeared to be cut from granite as he laid waste to Saburo Kawakatsu at a long-forgotten extravaganza in Hawaii...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 6,934 reads 14 comments

  7. American Gladiators Meets MMA in 'Hip Show: Arena Combat' on AXS TV

    Eldarhan Machukaev, nicknamed "Sniper 95," attempted to build speed as he scrambled across a series of obstacles, with his flight-or-fight instinct on overload...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 47,780 reads 25 comments

  8. WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 10

    WrestleMania is no mere destination event. It's more than an iconic spectacle, more, even, than a piece of legitimate Americana. It's bigger, in fact, than the sum of its pieces. WrestleMania isn't just a wrestling show—it's a state of mind...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 138,477 reads 809 comments

  9. Is UFC Champion Jon Jones Trying to Duck Top Contender Alexander Gustafsson?

    Alexander Gustafsson , the recently minted Swedish superstar, doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 45,745 reads 457 comments

  10. Did Showtime Make the Right Call Putting Canelo vs. Angulo on Pay-Per-View?

    Within 10 seconds of the opening bell, all of our questions about Saul "Canelo" Alvarez were answered in definitive fashion. As he rang a jab, left hook and straight right off the head of a game Alfredo Angulo, all doubts were washed away...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 25,414 reads 157 comments

  11. Canelo vs. Angulo: Expert Predictions for Main Event

    When Saul "Canelo" Alvarez walks into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, March 8, in Las Vegas, the boxing world will be meeting a brand-new fighter for the first time...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 13,215 reads 44 comments

  12. Why Is UFC Star Alexander Gustafsson Relegated to an Online Fight?

    There was legitimate tension the last time we saw Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC Octagon. A single question lingered in the air...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 29,338 reads 128 comments

  13. Canelo vs. Angulo: Alfredo Angulo Goes from the Pen to Pay-Per-View

    In 2012, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo, a former Mexican Olympian and the kind of all-action boxer who leaves an imprint on fans even when he comes up short, walked into the El Centro ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 32,097 reads 43 comments

  14. TUF China Finale Results: UFC Star Dong Hyun Kim on a Long, Ugly Road to Nowhere

    The end was beautiful, a startling bit of violence that made even the most hardened fight fan wake up, shake off the ennui and feel...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 23,923 reads 66 comments

  15. Did Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Get Boxing Fans' Respect Back with Win vs. Bryan Vera?

    This is a statement guaranteed to earn eye rolls from the hardcore boxing community. It runs so counter to the conventional wisdom that it likely will sound a bit heretical if you let it roll off your tongue...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 15,566 reads 33 comments

  16. Why Ronda Rousey, and Women's MMA, Need a Fight with Cris Cyborg to Happen

    Excellence. Fundamentally, it's why we watch sports, to see human beings reach their ultimate potential, to see the body and mind pushed to their absolute limits...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 64,879 reads 337 comments

  17. Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana: Is Lackluster Matchup Still Money?

    After months of steamy speculation, impromptu Internet polls and persistent pipe dreams that he would at long last fight Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather finally stopped teasing the world...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 52,431 reads 341 comments

  18. Winter Olympics 2014: Top 10 Breakout Stars from Sochi

    As a nation, as a world, every four years we sit down together to watch some of the best athletes on Earth compete in obscure and often dangerous sports...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 13,977 reads 8 comments

  19. UFC 170: Why Cormier vs. Cummins Could Be the Worst Thing for MMA

    Imagine this unlikely scenario—a week before the Super Bowl the entire roster of the Seattle Seahawks comes down with Legionnaires' disease . The NFC champions, without a doubt, will be medically unable to perform...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 30,766 reads 140 comments

  20. How Gay Figure Skating Icon Johnny Weir Has Owned the Sochi Olympics

    Every four years, the world falls in love with a figure skater. These mite-sized dynamos, women in the shortest of skirts and dashing gentlemen with just a flash of flare, dominate ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 47,358 reads 33 comments

  21. Enough with Lolo Jones Already: Why Should We Care About Team USA Bobsledder?

    With her cascading brown locks, bright shining eyes and a body built for the skintight suits of American amateur sport, Lolo Jones is every bit the femme fatale. That alone is nothing special...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 19,710 reads 49 comments

  22. The Greatest Olympian You've Never Heard of: Eddie Eagan and an Unlikely Double

    Eddie Eagan did a lot with his 69 years. Starting life as the poor son of a railroad worker, he served with honor in World War I, put himself through Yale and then Harvard Law, ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 9,062 reads 7 comments

  23. Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Team USA Highlights for Day 9

    It's a tight battle at the top of the medal count, as the Cold War duo of the United States and Russia compete for the top spot, just a smidgen ahead of traditional Olympics powerhouse Norway and a single medal behind the Netherlands...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 65,200 reads 10 comments

  24. Gold Medal Chance Finally Here for 16-Year Partners Meryl Davis, Charlie White

    Cooties. We have them to thank for the amazing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, ice dancing partners who have been competing together for 16 years , seeing each other through braces, puberty and the stresses of international competition...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 24,561 reads 23 comments

  25. Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Day 8 Winners and Losers

    And on the eighth day, they rested. While Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and the wonderful sprites on ice got a day off, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games somehow soldiered on...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 10 months ago 69,845 reads 19 comments