1. Gray Maynard on the Most Exasperating Fight of His UFC Career with Ryan Hall

    Professional prizefighters are not, typically, morning people. They conduct their business at night, whether in glitzy casinos, Indian reservations or National Guard armories...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 4 days ago 31,714 reads 77 comments

  2. Boxing Virtuoso Vasyl Lomachenko Might Really Be Inside the Matrix

    Vasyl Lomachenko is in The Matrix . That's the premise posited in a YouTube video that spread across the boxing internet this summer. Despite being absurd on its face, it begs some serious reflection...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 16 days ago 18,110 reads 28 comments

  3. Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev Deliver Drama, Controversy and an Instant Classic

    LAS VEGAS — On the Las Vegas strip you're constantly being sold something. Everywhere you go, there's a cacophony of noise, lights and creepy men trying to convince you that they have exactly what you need to feel good...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 18 days ago 35,707 reads 125 comments

  4. Main Events' Kathy and Nicole Duva Are Leading Boxing's Feminist Revolution

    LAS VEGAS — Main Events promoter Kathy Duva sits in the heart of Las Vegas, in an unmarked secret compound at the sprawling MGM Grand Hotel and Casino...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 20 days ago 18,596 reads 13 comments

  5. Minute by Minute: How Conor McGregor Beat Eddie Alvarez to Make UFC History

    On Saturday night at UFC 205, in the glittering heart of the American empire, an Irishman conquered the combat sports world. Before, there had always been doubts...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 24 days ago 29,862 reads 71 comments

  6. Forget Floyd: Manny Pacquiao Must Eye a Young Star After Decisive Win

    Before his unanimous-decision win Saturday over the relatively unknown alphabet champion Jessie Vargas, Top Rank aired a highlight package of Manny Pacquiao 's greatest hits. For several minutes, boxing fans were treated to a walk down memory lane...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 21,152 reads 55 comments

  7. Boxing Fans Have Decided: Old Man Manny Pacquiao Is No Longer Must-See TV

    There's no doubt, given enough time, boxing fans will miss the great Manny Pacquiao . His frenetic style, charming smile and surprising craft will one day stamp his ticket to the Hall of Fame...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 6,968 reads 33 comments

  8. Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and Bellator's Delightful Comedy of Errors

    Chael Sonnen signing with Bellator in September was a big deal. Sure, he's 39 years old. And, yeah, his last gasp of relevance came more than three years ago when Jon Jones drubbed him in less than a round...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 1 month ago 23,341 reads 30 comments

  9. The Question: Does Dan Henderson Belong Among the MMA Immortals?

    On Saturday at UFC 204, 46-year-old Dan Henderson will try to fill the only hole in his formidable MMA resume: UFC champion...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 2 months ago 6,714 reads 40 comments

  10. Saying Goodbye to a Friend: MMA Bids Farewell to Josh Samman

    I wanted to write something beautiful for my friend Josh Samman, a UFC fighter who died Wednesday at 28. After lingering for days in a coma that was both heartening and terrifying at the same time, Josh slipped from this world to the next...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 2 months ago 5,550 reads 6 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 58,401 reads 31 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 35,856 reads 87 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 11,258 reads 59 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 102,357 reads 281 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 47,064 reads 135 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 41,930 reads 39 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 322,873 reads 361 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 34,486 reads 124 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 27,868 reads 9 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 94,597 reads 164 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 19,825 reads 40 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 15,671 reads 29 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 11,868 reads 12 comments

  24. 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 5 months ago 54,019 reads 64 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 175,055 reads 240 comments