1. 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 7 days ago 35,672 reads 87 comments

  2. 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 9 days ago 11,182 reads 59 comments

  3. 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 13 days ago 102,045 reads 281 comments

  4. 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 14 days ago 46,908 reads 135 comments

  5. 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 24 days ago 41,116 reads 39 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 320,940 reads 361 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 34,292 reads 124 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 27,803 reads 9 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 94,490 reads 164 comments

  10. 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 month ago 19,809 reads 40 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 15,599 reads 29 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 11,848 reads 12 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 53,821 reads 64 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 174,927 reads 240 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 139,372 reads 25 comments

  16. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 2,045 reads 8 comments

  17. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 3 months ago 65,101 reads 168 comments

  18. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 35,395 reads 32 comments

  19. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 38,941 reads 58 comments

  20. 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 ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 26,519 reads 60 comments

  21. 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, ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 months ago 97,272 reads 107 comments

  22. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 35,872 reads 108 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 95,903 reads 287 comments

  24. 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...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 48,367 reads 84 comments

  25. 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 50,383 reads 28 comments