Nick is a production editor on the South China Morning Post’s sport desk, where he covers mixed martial arts (MMA). He was previously a sports writer and editor for ESPN.
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Dan Hooker gets split decision on home soil at UFC Fight Night 168 and calls out Justin Gaethje, as Paul Felder hints at retirement following razor-close bout.
Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya mocks Yoel Romero for having ‘audacity’ to appear via live video feed at Spark Arena in Auckland for UFC 248 press conference.
Huang Xiaolong didn’t last long in footage of an embarrassing style-vs-style mismatch that has gone viral on social media.
James Krause rails at ‘disgrace to our sport’ after learning judge Joe Soliz trained at same gym under coach who cornered his opponent, Trevin Giles.
Dustin Poirier believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will be ‘better competitor’ against Tony Ferguson – but backs Justin Gaethje to trouble lightweight champ.
Dustin Poirier says American Top Team founder Dan Lambert urged him to ‘keep everything business’ after seeing Colby Covington – ‘he doesn’t want a fight’.
Asian MMA organisation One Championship will still broadcast ‘King of the Jungle’ live on February 28 after deciding against cancelling the event.
Jorge Masvidal continues feud with ‘bad businessman’ Kamaru Usman – ‘this guy wants to do fantasy matchups with guys in Japan or other organisations’.
Miami Herald retracts story Nate Diaz was ‘hospitalised after he attacked cops at a police station’ as UFC star’s publicist slams ‘utterly irresponsible’ reporting.
Brian Ortega fires back after Jung Chan-sung claims he ‘ducked’ him at UFC Busan, but Korean rapper Jay Park – who translated the interview – says ‘don’t shoot the messenger’.
Kamaru Usman laughs off Jorge Masvidal’s striking pedigree and says ‘BMF’ champ was scared to ‘actually step up and do something’ in Super Bowl skirmish.
Israel Adesanya feels Jon Jones is ‘done’ after UFC 247 with his best years behind him, adding ‘I’ve seen what I needed to see, I’m the guy [to beat him]’.
Jon Jones doubles down in series of tweets, saying controversial unanimous decision against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 was ‘nothing but a win’.
Jon Jones twice replies ‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined’ when Israel Adesanya is brought up after his win against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 post-event press conference.
Two judges score close UFC 247 main event 48-47 in Jon Jones’ favour, but third has the champion winning four rounds, which Joe Rogan says is ‘disrespectful’ to Dominick Reyes.
Jon Jones edges close fight against Dominick Reyes in Houston with one judge scoring it 49-46 for the champion, despite challenger having a case for winning first three rounds.
Valentina Shevchenko dispatches Katlyn Chookagian with third-round TKO to defend her flyweight championship at UFC 247 in dominant display.
Colby Covington says claims he left American Top Team gym are ‘fake news’ and that former training partner and friend Jorge Masvidal ‘knows who owns who’.
Zhang Weili cuts short Thailand stint and heads to Abu Dhabi after abandoning Beijing camp following coronavirus outbreak, but ‘no danger’ to UFC 248 title defence.
Kamaru Usman seemingly angered by Jorge Masvidal’s claim the welterweight champ is out indefinitely with injury – ‘he’s doing everything possible to avoid taking this L’.
Jorge Masvidal confident he could beat Conor McGregor after doing ‘thesis report’ on Donald Cerrone fight – ‘I took my cliff notes, emailed myself all these bullet points’.
Jorge Masvidal says Conor McGregor has got different plans so ‘he’s sealed Kamaru Usman’s fate’ as he warns UFC welterweight champion ‘you’re dead’.
Conor McGregor blasts ‘disrespectful and uneducated’ critics as he showcases sublime skill set in 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
Dana White says Moscow ‘ain’t happening’ for Conor McGregor’s rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov – and Irishman responds ‘how much money is enough?’
Conor McGregor offers trilogy bout after Nate Diaz seemingly criticises his 40-second victory over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246.
UFC president ‘blown away’ by Conor McGregor’s 40-second win against Donald Cerrone – ‘won’t hear another peep out of me about him fighting at 170 pounds’.
Conor McGregor likens Jorge Masvidal’s Versace robe at UFC 246 to ones ‘old ladies in Ireland wear watching the soap operas’.
Conor McGregor says profanity-laden message about his partner, Dee Devlin, on Kamaru Usman’s Twitter ‘had all the hallmarks of that weasel, Ali Abdelaziz’.
Conor McGregor makes quick work of Donald Cerrone on his return to the UFC Octagon in Las Vegas, and seemingly calls out Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman.
UFC president Dana White praises Israel Adesanya for wanting to fight ‘nastiest possible guy out there’ in Yoel Romero, and says ‘it’s incredible, I’m in’.