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.
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.

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UFC: Justin Gaethje knocks out Donald Cerrone in first round – and calls for Tony Ferguson or Khabib

‘The Highlight’ berates ref for not stopping fight early enough after dropping his friend ‘Cowboy’ twice – then says he wants the winner of Ferguson-Khabib.

15 Sep 2019 - 11:33AM

‘The Highlight’ berates ref for not stopping fight early enough after dropping his friend ‘Cowboy’ twice – then says he wants the winner of Ferguson-Khabib.

UFC: Justin Gaethje knocks out Donald Cerrone in first round – and calls for Tony Ferguson or Khabib
UFC: Tyron Woodley wants to fight Khabib at catchweight – ‘I gotta see what it feels like’

Former welterweight champion thinks Nurmagomedov only has one or two more fights that ‘make sense for him’ in the lightweight division.

14 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

Former welterweight champion thinks Nurmagomedov only has one or two more fights that ‘make sense for him’ in the lightweight division.

UFC: Tyron Woodley wants to fight Khabib at catchweight – ‘I gotta see what it feels like’
UFC: ‘BMF’ belt makes Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal fight seem like WWE, says Miesha Tate

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion thinks Diaz-Masvidal bout should be for a trophy instead – ‘what does the belt mean, exactly?’

14 Sep 2019 - 4:53PM

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion thinks Diaz-Masvidal bout should be for a trophy instead – ‘what does the belt mean, exactly?’

UFC: ‘BMF’ belt makes Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal fight seem like WWE, says Miesha Tate
Tyron Woodley mocks ‘dumb’ Colby Covington for passing up another UFC title shot

Former welterweight champion says Covington ‘does a good job of putting his foot in his mouth’ after missed opportunity to fight Kamaru Usman.

14 Sep 2019 - 3:11PM

Former welterweight champion says Covington ‘does a good job of putting his foot in his mouth’ after missed opportunity to fight Kamaru Usman.

Tyron Woodley mocks ‘dumb’ Colby Covington for passing up another UFC title shot
UFC: Tony Ferguson deserves Khabib fight, says Cerrone – ‘give the dude his dues’

Donald Cerrone thinks Conor McGregor skipping the line for a UFC lightweight title shot would be ‘tough for Tony to swallow’.

13 Sep 2019 - 5:53PM

Donald Cerrone thinks Conor McGregor skipping the line for a UFC lightweight title shot would be ‘tough for Tony to swallow’.

UFC: Tony Ferguson deserves Khabib fight, says Cerrone – ‘give the dude his dues’
UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Colby Covington’s trash talk has ‘consequences’ as he opens up on feud

‘Gamebred’ claims Covington ripped off their American Top Team coach – ‘I’ll walk in the gym, take a guess who leaves right away through the back door?’

13 Sep 2019 - 4:35PM

‘Gamebred’ claims Covington ripped off their American Top Team coach – ‘I’ll walk in the gym, take a guess who leaves right away through the back door?’

UFC: Jorge Masvidal says Colby Covington’s trash talk has ‘consequences’ as he opens up on feud
UFC: Khabib and Vladimir Putin throw shade at Conor McGregor as Russian president praises chokehold

Russian president congratulates UFC lightweight champion in Makhachkala meeting after win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:55AM

Russian president congratulates UFC lightweight champion in Makhachkala meeting after win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

UFC: Khabib and Vladimir Putin throw shade at Conor McGregor as Russian president praises chokehold
UFC: Conor McGregor is a bad influence on his children, says Justin Gaethje – ‘I’ll never respect you’

American doubles down on criticism of former UFC champion – ‘you cannot represent yourself like that and expect your child to respect you’.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:15PM

American doubles down on criticism of former UFC champion – ‘you cannot represent yourself like that and expect your child to respect you’.

UFC: Conor McGregor is a bad influence on his children, says Justin Gaethje – ‘I’ll never respect you’
Khabib facing George St-Pierre next, not Tony Ferguson, says UFC champion’s manager

Ali Abdelaziz says a title bout with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre will make ‘a lot more money, and people will care more’ than if Khabib fights Ferguson.

12 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

Ali Abdelaziz says a title bout with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre will make ‘a lot more money, and people will care more’ than if Khabib fights Ferguson.

Khabib facing George St-Pierre next, not Tony Ferguson, says UFC champion’s manager
Conor McGregor has ‘0.0 per cent’ chance of Khabib rematch, says UFC champion’s manager

Ali Abdelaziz shuts down talk of ‘The Notorious’ getting next UFC lightweight title shot – ‘Conor is like a sour ex-girlfriend … the train has left without him’.

12 Sep 2019 - 4:15PM

Ali Abdelaziz shuts down talk of ‘The Notorious’ getting next UFC lightweight title shot – ‘Conor is like a sour ex-girlfriend … the train has left without him’.

Conor McGregor has ‘0.0 per cent’ chance of Khabib rematch, says UFC champion’s manager
UFC: Dustin Poirier promises to deal with Colby Covington ‘when I see you at the gym’

War of words between two American Top Team fighters escalates after ‘Chaos’ mocked ‘The Diamond’ for his emotional reaction to Khabib defeat.

11 Sep 2019 - 7:15PM

War of words between two American Top Team fighters escalates after ‘Chaos’ mocked ‘The Diamond’ for his emotional reaction to Khabib defeat.

UFC: Dustin Poirier promises to deal with Colby Covington ‘when I see you at the gym’
UFC: Tony Ferguson says he ‘owes’ Khabib Nurmagomedov over hotel altercations with team

‘These dudes are just a bunch of bullies,’ says Ferguson, who alludes to several run-ins with Russian’s camp – ‘him and his team circled my family at the hotel’.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

‘These dudes are just a bunch of bullies,’ says Ferguson, who alludes to several run-ins with Russian’s camp – ‘him and his team circled my family at the hotel’.

UFC: Tony Ferguson says he ‘owes’ Khabib Nurmagomedov over hotel altercations with team
UFC ring girls should be scrapped for Melbourne show, Australian politicians say – ‘time to move on’

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor wants octagon girls ditched for UFC 243 on October 6 – ‘do we really still need scantily clad women to wander around a fighting ring?’

11 Sep 2019 - 1:17PM

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor wants octagon girls ditched for UFC 243 on October 6 – ‘do we really still need scantily clad women to wander around a fighting ring?’

UFC ring girls should be scrapped for Melbourne show, Australian politicians say – ‘time to move on’
Conor McGregor tells Dustin Poirier ‘I’ll think about’ UFC rematch after social media call-out

‘The Diamond’ appears to end questions over possible retirement by calling out the Irishman – who responds in typical McGregor style.

11 Sep 2019 - 12:04PM

‘The Diamond’ appears to end questions over possible retirement by calling out the Irishman – who responds in typical McGregor style.

Conor McGregor tells Dustin Poirier ‘I’ll think about’ UFC rematch after social media call-out
UFC 242: Tony Ferguson demands Khabib Nurmagomedov fight him in December – or vacate title

Former interim champion wants title shot at UFC 245 in Las Vegas – ‘he’s got nowhere else to run … just accept the fight or tell everybody you’re scared’.

10 Sep 2019 - 7:15PM

Former interim champion wants title shot at UFC 245 in Las Vegas – ‘he’s got nowhere else to run … just accept the fight or tell everybody you’re scared’.

UFC 242: Tony Ferguson demands Khabib Nurmagomedov fight him in December – or vacate title
UFC 242: Dustin Poirier’s comments ‘childish’ and ‘distasteful’, says Colby Covington

Covington hits back after Poirier calls him a ‘sell out’ for trash talking Jorge Masvidal – ‘Dustin needs to stop making excuses and blaming me for his loss’.

10 Sep 2019 - 6:25PM

Covington hits back after Poirier calls him a ‘sell out’ for trash talking Jorge Masvidal – ‘Dustin needs to stop making excuses and blaming me for his loss’.

UFC 242: Dustin Poirier’s comments ‘childish’ and ‘distasteful’, says Colby Covington
UFC 242: Tony Ferguson says he knows how to break ‘lazy’ Khabib’s code – ‘he’s one dimensional’

Former UFC interim champion thinks Nurmagomedov’s fighting style is boring – ‘I believe my style could outsmart him … he’s got a lot of holes in his game’.

10 Sep 2019 - 3:20PM

Former UFC interim champion thinks Nurmagomedov’s fighting style is boring – ‘I believe my style could outsmart him … he’s got a lot of holes in his game’.

UFC 242: Tony Ferguson says he knows how to break ‘lazy’ Khabib’s code – ‘he’s one dimensional’
UFC: The Rock wants to put ‘BMF’ title belt around Jorge Masvidal’s waist if he beats Nate Diaz

Hollywood icon and WWE legend Dwayne Johnson says he’s ‘doing all I can’ to make it to UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden and ‘can’t wait’ for Diaz fight.

10 Sep 2019 - 3:01PM

Hollywood icon and WWE legend Dwayne Johnson says he’s ‘doing all I can’ to make it to UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden and ‘can’t wait’ for Diaz fight.

UFC: The Rock wants to put ‘BMF’ title belt around Jorge Masvidal’s waist if he beats Nate Diaz
UFC 242: Dustin Poirier suggests he could retire after Khabib Nurmagomedov loss

‘The Diamond’ hints at imminent retirement in emotional social media video, after saying defeat by lightweight champion will haunt him for rest of his life.

9 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

‘The Diamond’ hints at imminent retirement in emotional social media video, after saying defeat by lightweight champion will haunt him for rest of his life.

UFC 242: Dustin Poirier suggests he could retire after Khabib Nurmagomedov loss
UFC 242: Dustin Poirier slams ‘sell out’ Colby Covington for Jorge Masvidal trash talk

‘Jorge is a buddy of mine, I don’t talk bad about people I roll with,’ Poirier says as another American Top Team rift opens.

8 Sep 2019 - 7:15PM

‘Jorge is a buddy of mine, I don’t talk bad about people I roll with,’ Poirier says as another American Top Team rift opens.

UFC 242: Dustin Poirier slams ‘sell out’ Colby Covington for Jorge Masvidal trash talk
UFC 242: Dana White says Khabib ‘couple fights away from potential GOAT status’ after Poirier win

‘To go undefeated this long with this many fights, in a division that stacked, he’s looking down the barrel of a pretty special career,’ says UFC president.

8 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

‘To go undefeated this long with this many fights, in a division that stacked, he’s looking down the barrel of a pretty special career,’ says UFC president.

UFC 242: Dana White says Khabib ‘couple fights away from potential GOAT status’ after Poirier win
UFC 242: Conor McGregor says ‘book my rematch for Moscow’ as Khabib calls for Russia event

Lightweight champion keen to fight at 80,000-seat stadium in Russian capital, and ‘The Notorious’ is all too happy to oblige, calling out old rival on Twitter.

8 Sep 2019 - 5:27PM

Lightweight champion keen to fight at 80,000-seat stadium in Russian capital, and ‘The Notorious’ is all too happy to oblige, calling out old rival on Twitter.

UFC 242: Conor McGregor says ‘book my rematch for Moscow’ as Khabib calls for Russia event
UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov says Tony Ferguson ‘deserves this’ next title shot

‘It’s gonna be a good fight,’ undisputed lightweight champion says after victory over Dustin Poirier – ‘UFC make the decisions, but I think yes, he’s in line’.

8 Sep 2019 - 4:27PM

‘It’s gonna be a good fight,’ undisputed lightweight champion says after victory over Dustin Poirier – ‘UFC make the decisions, but I think yes, he’s in line’.

UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov says Tony Ferguson ‘deserves this’ next title shot
UFC 242: ‘BMF’ title belt a ‘one and done’ for Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, says Dana White

UFC president Dana White says special belt to crown ‘the baddest’ will not be defended after the Madison Square Garden headliner.

8 Sep 2019 - 7:18AM

UFC president Dana White says special belt to crown ‘the baddest’ will not be defended after the Madison Square Garden headliner.

UFC 242: ‘BMF’ title belt a ‘one and done’ for Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, says Dana White
UFC 242: Dana White says Conor McGregor rematch ‘makes sense’ if Tony Ferguson doesn’t want Khabib

UFC president reiterates Tony Ferguson will be offered next shot, but ‘Conor wants that fight really badly and I’m sure a lot of fans would want to watch it’.

8 Sep 2019 - 6:26AM

UFC president reiterates Tony Ferguson will be offered next shot, but ‘Conor wants that fight really badly and I’m sure a lot of fans would want to watch it’.

UFC 242: Dana White says Conor McGregor rematch ‘makes sense’ if Tony Ferguson doesn’t want Khabib
UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov mauls Dustin Poirier to retain his lightweight title in Abu Dhabi

The Dagestan-born Russian moves to 28-0 with victory over ‘The Diamond’, submitting Poirier with a rear-naked choke in the third round.

8 Sep 2019 - 5:16AM

The Dagestan-born Russian moves to 28-0 with victory over ‘The Diamond’, submitting Poirier with a rear-naked choke in the third round.

UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov mauls Dustin Poirier to retain his lightweight title in Abu Dhabi
Forget Manny Pacquiao rematch – Floyd Mayweather ‘to fight Chinese boxer in 2020’

‘Money’ heading to Hainan on September 18 to announce exhibition bout, says Mission Hills Group, with recruitment campaign to find opponent in China.

8 Sep 2019 - 2:30AM

‘Money’ heading to Hainan on September 18 to announce exhibition bout, says Mission Hills Group, with recruitment campaign to find opponent in China.

Forget Manny Pacquiao rematch – Floyd Mayweather ‘to fight Chinese boxer in 2020’
UFC 242: Dana White confirms Tony Ferguson next in line for title shot after Khabib vs Poirier

UFC president denies he has ‘screwed over’ Ferguson. saying former interim champion has ‘had opportunities to take fights which he turned down’.

7 Sep 2019 - 2:50PM

UFC president denies he has ‘screwed over’ Ferguson. saying former interim champion has ‘had opportunities to take fights which he turned down’.

UFC 242: Dana White confirms Tony Ferguson next in line for title shot after Khabib vs Poirier
UFC 242 time, card, how to watch as Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s big show in Abu Dhabi, as Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from an 11-month lay-off to defend his title.

7 Sep 2019 - 12:33PM

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s big show in Abu Dhabi, as Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from an 11-month lay-off to defend his title.

UFC 242 time, card, how to watch as Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi
Manny Pacquiao goes back to school in Manila – ‘never stop learning because life never stops teaching’

Filipino icon posts picture of University of Makati student ID card, as fans have fun on social media – ‘imagine Pacquiao joining the university boxing team’

7 Sep 2019 - 11:33AM

Filipino icon posts picture of University of Makati student ID card, as fans have fun on social media – ‘imagine Pacquiao joining the university boxing team’

Manny Pacquiao goes back to school in Manila – ‘never stop learning because life never stops teaching’