Nick Atkin

Nick Atkin

Nick is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.

Latest from Nick Atkin

UFC: Stefan Struve on Ben Rothwell low blows – ‘like giving birth to Charizard’

Stefan Struve vents frustrations over controversial TKO by Ben Rothwell, but jumps to defence of UFC referee Dan Miragliotta after criticism.

15 minutes ago

Stefan Struve vents frustrations over controversial TKO by Ben Rothwell, but jumps to defence of UFC referee Dan Miragliotta after criticism.

UFC: Stefan Struve on Ben Rothwell low blows – ‘like giving birth to Charizard’
UFC 245: Max Holloway stills wants Khabib fight – ‘I’m sure we’re gonna meet’

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway says fight with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘excites me’ because it ‘raises a lot of questions’.

40 minutes ago

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway says fight with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘excites me’ because it ‘raises a lot of questions’.

UFC 245: Max Holloway stills wants Khabib fight – ‘I’m sure we’re gonna meet’
UFC: Jorge Masvidal tells Floyd Mayweather to ‘go beat up little guys in Japan’ if he wants easy money

Jorge Masvidal thinks Floyd Mayweather is a ‘bigger lottery ticket’ than Conor McGregor, and says ‘I’m right here’ if boxing star doesn’t just want easy payday.

3 hours ago

Jorge Masvidal thinks Floyd Mayweather is a ‘bigger lottery ticket’ than Conor McGregor, and says ‘I’m right here’ if boxing star doesn’t just want easy payday.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal tells Floyd Mayweather to ‘go beat up little guys in Japan’ if he wants easy money
UFC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik KOs Alistair Overeem, busts his lip wide open with four seconds left

Jairzinho Rozenstruik is down four rounds on all three judges’ scorecards before overhand right busts Alistair Overeem’s lip wide open – ‘one shot, one kill’.

8 Dec 2019 - 2:57PM

Jairzinho Rozenstruik is down four rounds on all three judges’ scorecards before overhand right busts Alistair Overeem’s lip wide open – ‘one shot, one kill’.

UFC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik KOs Alistair Overeem, busts his lip wide open with four seconds left
UFC: Stefan Struve gets up from two low blows then gets TKO’d by Ben Rothwell

Stefan Struve twice left rolling around the Octagon in agony after illegal kicks by Ben Rothwell, who then TKOs ‘Skyscraper’ with three seconds left in round two.

8 Dec 2019 - 1:25PM

Stefan Struve twice left rolling around the Octagon in agony after illegal kicks by Ben Rothwell, who then TKOs ‘Skyscraper’ with three seconds left in round two.

UFC: Stefan Struve gets up from two low blows then gets TKO’d by Ben Rothwell
UFC: Aspen Ladd gets third-round TKO after coach’s rousing speech – ‘don’t stop punching her’

Jim West delivers rousing, expletive-laden speech as Aspen Ladd immediately drops Yana Kunitskaya then finishes her in 33 seconds of final round.

8 Dec 2019 - 1:19PM

Jim West delivers rousing, expletive-laden speech as Aspen Ladd immediately drops Yana Kunitskaya then finishes her in 33 seconds of final round.

UFC: Aspen Ladd gets  third-round TKO after coach’s rousing speech – ‘don’t stop punching her’
UFC: Song Yadong left shaking head as judges deny Cody Stamann win with controversial draw

Song Yadong waves his finger as fight ruled majority draw, despite Cody Stamann seemingly dominating after Chinese star is docked point for early illegal knee.

8 Dec 2019 - 1:17PM

Song Yadong waves his finger as fight ruled majority draw, despite Cody Stamann seemingly dominating after Chinese star is docked point for early illegal knee.

UFC: Song Yadong left shaking head as judges deny Cody Stamann win with controversial draw
One Championship: Martin Nguyen open to fresh ‘champ champ’ tilt but wants title defence first

‘The Situ-Asian’ Martin Nguyen wants to ‘defend my legacy’ at featherweight on Singapore card in February but says ‘option always there’ for lightweight move.

7 Dec 2019 - 5:17PM

‘The Situ-Asian’ Martin Nguyen wants to ‘defend my legacy’ at featherweight on Singapore card in February but says ‘option always there’ for lightweight move.

One Championship: Martin Nguyen open to fresh ‘champ champ’ tilt but wants title defence first
One Championship: Aung La N Sang promises Myanmar MMA protégé Tial Thang will only get better

‘Dragon Leg’ Tial Thang pushes through pain barrier of broken rib to beat Kim Woon-kyoum at One Championship’s Mark of Greatness card in Kuala Lumpur.

7 Dec 2019 - 3:27PM

‘Dragon Leg’ Tial Thang pushes through pain barrier of broken rib to beat Kim Woon-kyoum at One Championship’s Mark of Greatness card in Kuala Lumpur.

One Championship: Aung La N Sang promises Myanmar MMA protégé Tial Thang will only get better
UFC: Joe Rogan says it would be ‘real shame’ if Jorge Masvidal’s next fight isn’t for the title

UFC commentator Joe Rogan says it would be a ‘real shame’ if Jorge Masvidal doesn’t try to win welterweight title ‘in his prime of primes right now’.

6 Dec 2019 - 4:02PM

UFC commentator Joe Rogan says it would be a ‘real shame’ if Jorge Masvidal doesn’t try to win welterweight title ‘in his prime of primes right now’.

UFC: Joe Rogan says it would be ‘real shame’ if Jorge Masvidal’s next fight isn’t for the title
UFC: Dana White says Conor McGregor told him he ‘definitely’ wants Jorge Masvidal fight

UFC president Dana White confirms Conor McGregor told him he’s targeting a mega-money clash at welterweight with ‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal.

6 Dec 2019 - 3:29PM

UFC president Dana White confirms Conor McGregor told him he’s targeting a mega-money clash at welterweight with ‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal.

UFC: Dana White says Conor McGregor told him he ‘definitely’ wants Jorge Masvidal fight
One Championship’s Tial Thang goes from refugee to the ring with Aung La N Sang by his side

Once a refugee picking up trash from the streets in Malaysia, Tial Thang returns to fight with One Championship titleholders Aung La N Sang and Martin Nguyen in his corner.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:36PM

Once a refugee picking up trash from the streets in Malaysia, Tial Thang returns to fight with One Championship titleholders Aung La N Sang and Martin Nguyen in his corner.

One Championship’s Tial Thang goes from refugee to the ring with Aung La N Sang by his side
The Takedown | UFC: Tony Ferguson vs Khabib fight matters most in MMA – Conor McGregor must take a back seat

Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-awaited showdown is the fight that matters most in all of MMA right now – not Conor McGregor’s comeback.

6 Dec 2019 - 3:56AM

Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-awaited showdown is the fight that matters most in all of MMA right now – not Conor McGregor’s comeback.

UFC: Tony Ferguson vs Khabib fight matters most in MMA – Conor McGregor must take a back seat
UFC: Brian Ortega tears ACL, out of Korean Zombie fight in Busan – ‘risk of full rupture was high’

Brian Ortega says he ‘strongly considered’ fighting Jung Chan-sung at UFC Busan ‘but risk of full rupture was high’ and he could have been sidelined for a year.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:40PM

Brian Ortega says he ‘strongly considered’ fighting Jung Chan-sung at UFC Busan ‘but risk of full rupture was high’ and he could have been sidelined for a year.

UFC: Brian Ortega tears ACL, out of Korean Zombie fight in Busan – ‘risk of full rupture was high’
UFC: Georges St-Pierre’s coach says Kevin Lee can become champion ‘if he’s disciplined’

Tristar’s Firas Zahabi says Kevin Lee can win a UFC title if he stays disciplined like Georges St-Pierre – ‘he just didn’t have somebody to put it all together’.

5 Dec 2019 - 12:30PM

Tristar’s Firas Zahabi says Kevin Lee can win a UFC title if he stays disciplined like Georges St-Pierre – ‘he just didn’t have somebody to put it all together’.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre’s coach says Kevin Lee can become champion ‘if he’s disciplined’
UFC: Alistair Overeem opens up on heartbreak for Walt Harris over Aniah Blanchard death

Alistair Overeem discusses his emotions as tragedy over missing Aniah Blanchard unfolded, with UFC Washington main event against Walt Harris cancelled.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:01AM

Alistair Overeem discusses his emotions as tragedy over missing Aniah Blanchard unfolded, with UFC Washington main event against Walt Harris cancelled.

UFC: Alistair Overeem opens up on heartbreak for Walt Harris over Aniah Blanchard death
UFC: Georges St-Pierre could ‘kill anybody’ and step in if Covington or Usman injured, thinks coach

Firas Zahabi says retired Georges St-Pierre is ‘the world’s greatest martial artist’ and would shine as an injury replacement for Colby Covington or Kamaru Usman.

4 Dec 2019 - 6:55PM

Firas Zahabi says retired Georges St-Pierre is ‘the world’s greatest martial artist’ and would shine as an injury replacement for Colby Covington or Kamaru Usman.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre could ‘kill anybody’ and step in if Covington or Usman injured, thinks coach
UFC: Colby Covington says Dana White is ‘afraid’ of him – ‘he’s always making up lies’

Colby Covington renews rift with UFC president Dana White, saying ‘it’s sad he has a platform where people believe everything he says’.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:53PM

Colby Covington renews rift with UFC president Dana White, saying ‘it’s sad he has a platform where people believe everything he says’.

UFC: Colby Covington says Dana White is ‘afraid’ of him – ‘he’s always making up lies’
UFC: Khabib feels ‘fire burning inside again’ for Tony Ferguson fight

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov says he ‘lacked motivation’ for Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier fights – ‘they’re not the same as Tony Ferguson’.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:09PM

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov says he ‘lacked motivation’ for Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier fights – ‘they’re not the same as Tony Ferguson’.

UFC: Khabib feels ‘fire burning inside again’ for Tony Ferguson fight
One Championship: Aung La N Sang calls out Reinier de Ridder – ‘I got something for him’

‘I got something for him,’ says Aung La N Sang, who reveals timetable for injury return after surgery on his right thumb with middleweight title defence up next.

4 Dec 2019 - 4:54PM

‘I got something for him,’ says Aung La N Sang, who reveals timetable for injury return after surgery on his right thumb with middleweight title defence up next.

One Championship: Aung La N Sang calls out Reinier de Ridder – ‘I got something for him’
UFC’s Khabib watches cousin Usman Nurmagomedov destroy opponent in 100 seconds at UAE Warriors 9

Special guest Khabib Nurmagomedov applauds from private box as cousin Usman stretches MMA record to 8-0 with first-round TKO at UAE Warriors 9 in Abu Dhabi.

30 Nov 2019 - 3:13PM

Special guest Khabib Nurmagomedov applauds from private box as cousin Usman stretches MMA record to 8-0 with first-round TKO at UAE Warriors 9 in Abu Dhabi.

UFC’s Khabib watches cousin Usman Nurmagomedov destroy opponent in 100 seconds at UAE Warriors 9
UFC: Tony Ferguson signs agreement to face Khabib, making fight official for April 18

Tony Ferguson flies in to Las Vegas with representatives to meet UFC executives on Friday, with Khabib Nurmagomedov to defend his lightweight title on April 18.

30 Nov 2019 - 1:16PM

Tony Ferguson flies in to Las Vegas with representatives to meet UFC executives on Friday, with Khabib Nurmagomedov to defend his lightweight title on April 18.

UFC: Tony Ferguson signs agreement to face Khabib, making fight official for April 18
Justin Gaethje warns Conor McGregor ‘you can’t jump over me’ by beating Donald Cerrone to get to Khabib

Justin Gaethje tells McGregor he has to go through him or Dustin Poirier to get another shot at UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – ‘that’s the honest truth’.

29 Nov 2019 - 4:01PM

Justin Gaethje tells McGregor he has to go through him or Dustin Poirier to get another shot at UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – ‘that’s the honest truth’.

Justin Gaethje warns Conor McGregor ‘you can’t jump over me’ by beating Donald Cerrone to get to Khabib
UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘not impressed at all’ by Kamaru Usman – ‘he just stalls’

Jorge Masvidal says UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman ‘just stalls’ and ‘is a great kicker for the YMCA or the public club’.

29 Nov 2019 - 3:10PM

Jorge Masvidal says UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman ‘just stalls’ and ‘is a great kicker for the YMCA or the public club’.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘not impressed at all’ by Kamaru Usman – ‘he just stalls’
UFC’s Walt Harris writes emotional tribute to Aniah Blanchard after death confirmed by police

‘My sweet baby girl, thank you for helping me change my life for the better,’ writes UFC heavyweight Walt Harris as police confirm remains found in woods are missing 19-year-old.

29 Nov 2019 - 12:52PM

‘My sweet baby girl, thank you for helping me change my life for the better,’ writes UFC heavyweight Walt Harris as police confirm remains found in woods are missing 19-year-old.

UFC’s Walt Harris writes emotional tribute to Aniah Blanchard after death confirmed by police
The Takedown | UFC: Conor McGregor puts wheels in motion for mega money Jorge Masvidal fight with welterweight return

Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon against Donald Cerrone, but at welterweight – giving him a chance to prove he’s not too ‘small’ and set up Jorge Masvidal showdown.

29 Nov 2019 - 12:05PM

Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon against Donald Cerrone, but at welterweight – giving him a chance to prove he’s not too ‘small’ and set up Jorge Masvidal showdown.

UFC: Conor McGregor puts wheels in motion for mega money Jorge Masvidal fight with welterweight return
UFC: Conor McGregor signs deal to fight Donald Cerrone on January 18 at welterweight

Dana White confirms Conor McGregor has signed to fight Donald Cerrone, with UFC president finalising deal for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on January 18.

29 Nov 2019 - 9:23AM

Dana White confirms Conor McGregor has signed to fight Donald Cerrone, with UFC president finalising deal for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on January 18.

UFC: Conor McGregor signs deal to fight Donald Cerrone on January 18 at welterweight
UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Donald Trump has invited him to White House – ‘Colby Covington had to beg’

Jorge Masvidal says invitation from US president is an ‘honour’, as he mocks former friend and fellow UFC fighter Colby Covington for having to ‘beg’ to go to the Oval Office.

28 Nov 2019 - 6:07PM

Jorge Masvidal says invitation from US president is an ‘honour’, as he mocks former friend and fellow UFC fighter Colby Covington for having to ‘beg’ to go to the Oval Office.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Donald Trump has invited him to White House – ‘Colby Covington had to beg’
UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Ben Askren retired too early – ‘you got two losses, it’s no big deal my brother’

‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal thinks Ben Askren needs to ‘get back on the horse and figure it out rather than quitting MMA – ‘you got two losses, it’s no big deal my brother’.

28 Nov 2019 - 5:58PM

‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal thinks Ben Askren needs to ‘get back on the horse and figure it out rather than quitting MMA – ‘you got two losses, it’s no big deal my brother’.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Ben Askren retired too early – ‘you got two losses, it’s no big deal my brother’
Donnie Yen confirms Ip Man 4 will be his final kung fu film – ‘as an actor, you must keep going forward’

Hong Kong icon Donnie Yen says ‘as an actor, you must keep going forward’, with the 56-year-old revealing Ip Man 4: The Finale will bring curtain down on his martial arts film career.

28 Nov 2019 - 1:06PM

Hong Kong icon Donnie Yen says ‘as an actor, you must keep going forward’, with the 56-year-old revealing Ip Man 4: The Finale will bring curtain down on his martial arts film career.

Donnie Yen confirms Ip Man 4 will be his final kung fu film – ‘as an actor, you must keep going forward’