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 241: Daniel Cormier says ‘I didn’t do what I was trained to do’ against Stipe Miocic – ‘let my coaches down’

Cormier’s coaches ‘beg’ him to wrestle in fourth round before resurgent Miocic secures TKO to regain title – ‘I paid the ultimate price for not listening to them’.

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Cormier’s coaches ‘beg’ him to wrestle in fourth round before resurgent Miocic secures TKO to regain title – ‘I paid the ultimate price for not listening to them’.

UFC 241: Daniel Cormier says ‘I didn’t do what I was trained to do’ against Stipe Miocic – ‘let my coaches down’
UFC 241: Nate Diaz wants to fight Jorge Masvidal for the ‘baddest in the game’ belt

‘That’s mine, I’d like to defend it against Jorge,’ Diaz says. ‘You got to recognise the best in this game and it’s not who they say it is, it’s who I’m saying it is.’

6 hours ago

‘That’s mine, I’d like to defend it against Jorge,’ Diaz says. ‘You got to recognise the best in this game and it’s not who they say it is, it’s who I’m saying it is.’

UFC 241: Nate Diaz wants to fight Jorge Masvidal for the ‘baddest in the game’ belt
UFC president Dana White says Hong Kong protests are ‘messing with’ Shenzhen event

Ongoing demonstrations are ‘making it even more challenging’ for the August 31 show, says UFC chief Dana White.

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Ongoing demonstrations are ‘making it even more challenging’ for the August 31 show, says UFC chief Dana White.

UFC president Dana White says Hong Kong protests are ‘messing with’ Shenzhen event
UFC 241: Stipe Miocic stops Daniel Cormier by TKO to regain heavyweight title

Daniel Cormier dominates but Stipe Miocic adjusts and lands some nasty body shots before getting the TKO in fourth round, as ‘DC’ admits he could retire.

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Daniel Cormier dominates but Stipe Miocic adjusts and lands some nasty body shots before getting the TKO in fourth round, as ‘DC’ admits he could retire.

UFC 241: Stipe Miocic stops Daniel Cormier by TKO to regain heavyweight title
UFC 241: Nate Diaz beats Anthony Pettis – then calls out ‘gangster’ Jorge Masvidal

Diaz gets unanimous decision win against ‘Showtime’ in Anaheim, California and says ‘it’s good to be back’ after ending three-year lay-off.

18 Aug 2019 - 3:47PM

Diaz gets unanimous decision win against ‘Showtime’ in Anaheim, California and says ‘it’s good to be back’ after ending three-year lay-off.

UFC 241: Nate Diaz beats Anthony Pettis – then calls out ‘gangster’ Jorge Masvidal
UFC 241: Paulo Costa beats Yoel Romero by unanimous decision in explosive fight

Brazilian phenom demands a middleweight title shot after biggest win of his UFC career against No 2-ranked ‘Soldier of God’.

18 Aug 2019 - 2:02PM

Brazilian phenom demands a middleweight title shot after biggest win of his UFC career against No 2-ranked ‘Soldier of God’.

UFC 241: Paulo Costa beats Yoel Romero by unanimous decision in explosive fight
Quentin Tarantino’s Bruce Lee depiction is ‘somewhat racist’ says NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Los Angeles Lakers legend writes emotional Hollywood Reporter column, and says ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could ‘corrupt’ the memory of Lee.

17 Aug 2019 - 2:08PM

Los Angeles Lakers legend writes emotional Hollywood Reporter column, and says ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could ‘corrupt’ the memory of Lee.

Quentin Tarantino’s Bruce Lee depiction is ‘somewhat racist’ says NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
One Championship live stream: Dreams of Gold in Bangkok – watch all 14 fights

Petchdam defends flyweight kick-boxing title as Stamp Fairtex takes on Asha Roka in atomweight MMA bout, with grand prix semi-finals also on the card.

16 Aug 2019 - 6:00PM

Petchdam defends flyweight kick-boxing title as Stamp Fairtex takes on Asha Roka in atomweight MMA bout, with grand prix semi-finals also on the card.

One Championship live stream: Dreams of Gold in Bangkok – watch all 14 fights
Bruce Lee’s daughter says Quentin Tarantino ‘could shut up’ as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood row escalates

Shannon Lee hits back after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director says her father was ‘kind of an arrogant guy’.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:50AM

Shannon Lee hits back after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director says her father was ‘kind of an arrogant guy’.

Bruce Lee’s daughter says Quentin Tarantino ‘could shut up’ as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood row escalates
Jackie Chan’s comments on Hong Kong protests spark social media anger as martial arts star calls for peace

Hong Kong martial arts icon tells Chinese state media that recent events in his home city are ‘sad and depressing’.

16 Aug 2019 - 10:54AM

Hong Kong martial arts icon tells Chinese state media that recent events in his home city are ‘sad and depressing’.

Jackie Chan’s comments on Hong Kong protests spark social media anger as martial arts star calls for peace
One Championship: Angela Lee slices finger cutting avocado and needs five stitches

Lee goes to hospital after lucky escape as kitchen knife misses arteries, but injury disrupts training with Xiong Jingnan rematch just eight weeks away.

15 Aug 2019 - 3:25PM

Lee goes to hospital after lucky escape as kitchen knife misses arteries, but injury disrupts training with Xiong Jingnan rematch just eight weeks away.

One Championship: Angela Lee slices finger cutting avocado and needs five stitches
Could Gene LeBell beat up Bruce Lee? Meet the real life Cliff Booth from ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

‘Toughest man alive’ and legendary Hollywood stuntman recalls incident with Lee on set of ‘The Green Hornet’ – which may have inspired Quentin Tarantino.

15 Aug 2019 - 9:28AM

‘Toughest man alive’ and legendary Hollywood stuntman recalls incident with Lee on set of ‘The Green Hornet’ – which may have inspired Quentin Tarantino.

Could Gene LeBell beat up Bruce Lee? Meet the real life Cliff Booth from ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Floyd Mayweather gloats he’s the greatest – but Manny Pacquiao drives him ‘mad’, says Filipino’s camp

‘Money’ tops prestigious list of greatest boxers of all time, but Filipino icon’s resurgence in the ring is driving Mayweather ‘a little bonkers’ says Pacquiao confidante

15 Aug 2019 - 2:02PM

‘Money’ tops prestigious list of greatest boxers of all time, but Filipino icon’s resurgence in the ring is driving Mayweather ‘a little bonkers’ says Pacquiao confidante

Floyd Mayweather gloats he’s the greatest – but Manny Pacquiao drives him ‘mad’, says Filipino’s camp
What happens when Bruce Lee jeet kune do disciple in jumpsuit meets ‘Muay Thai’ fighter in the ring?

Tony Valente tests jeet kune do skills against Japanese karateka for kick-boxing promotion K-1 in 2003 fight, causing a social media stir after resurfacing.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:11AM

Tony Valente tests jeet kune do skills against Japanese karateka for kick-boxing promotion K-1 in 2003 fight, causing a social media stir after resurfacing.

What happens when Bruce Lee jeet kune do disciple in jumpsuit meets ‘Muay Thai’ fighter in the ring?
Demetrious Johnson denies One Championship ‘conflict of interest’ over coach Matt Hume

Matt Hume is a matchmaker and senior vice-president at One but no longer corners ‘Mighty Mouse’ for his fights – ‘I don’t see that’s the case at all,’ says Johnson

13 Aug 2019 - 5:16PM

Matt Hume is a matchmaker and senior vice-president at One but no longer corners ‘Mighty Mouse’ for his fights – ‘I don’t see that’s the case at all,’ says Johnson

Demetrious Johnson denies One Championship ‘conflict of interest’ over coach Matt Hume
Bruce Lee was ‘kind of arrogant’, says Quentin Tarantino after ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ criticism

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ director defends his depiction of martial arts icon, saying Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth ‘is a fictional character so he could beat Bruce Lee up’

13 Aug 2019 - 1:45PM

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ director defends his depiction of martial arts icon, saying Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth ‘is a fictional character so he could beat Bruce Lee up’

Bruce Lee was ‘kind of arrogant’, says Quentin Tarantino after ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ criticism
Manny Pacquiao turns down Keith Thurman, Jeff Horn rematches – ‘we want Mayweather’

Keith Thurman ‘had his shot’ says Manny Pacquiao’s camp, with the Filipino boxing icon also open to facing Mikey Garcia or Danny Garcia next.

10 Aug 2019 - 9:33PM

Keith Thurman ‘had his shot’ says Manny Pacquiao’s camp, with the Filipino boxing icon also open to facing Mikey Garcia or Danny Garcia next.

Manny Pacquiao turns down Keith Thurman, Jeff Horn rematches – ‘we want Mayweather’
English Premier League transfer window’s biggest signings – who are the most expensive players?

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is the costliest signing of the summer in England – see who else makes the list with the Post’s handy infographic.

10 Aug 2019 - 1:47PM

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is the costliest signing of the summer in England – see who else makes the list with the Post’s handy infographic.

English Premier League transfer window’s biggest signings – who are the most expensive players?
Joe Rogan says Tarantino makes Bruce Lee look like a ‘dummy’ in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

UFC commentator says martial arts icon Lee was ‘brilliant’ and ‘insightful’ and the new film makes him a caricature – ‘I didn’t like that’

8 Aug 2019 - 7:38PM

UFC commentator says martial arts icon Lee was ‘brilliant’ and ‘insightful’ and the new film makes him a caricature – ‘I didn’t like that’

Joe Rogan says Tarantino makes Bruce Lee look like a ‘dummy’ in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
UFC’s Joe Rogan on Hong Kong protests – ‘China is so rigid, authoritarian and scary’

UFC commentator says ‘the most insane crowd of people are filling the streets’ and thinks protesters are ‘very unhappy’ with shift from British rule to Chinese

9 Aug 2019 - 7:46AM

UFC commentator says ‘the most insane crowd of people are filling the streets’ and thinks protesters are ‘very unhappy’ with shift from British rule to Chinese

UFC’s Joe Rogan on Hong Kong protests – ‘China is so rigid, authoritarian and scary’
One Championship: Team Lakay lick their wounds after Manila mauling but vow to come back stronger

Filipino stars go 1-4 on a chastening night in Manila, but Lito Adiwang soothes Lakay’s pain by winning contract at One Warrior Series on Tuesday

7 Aug 2019 - 6:15PM

Filipino stars go 1-4 on a chastening night in Manila, but Lito Adiwang soothes Lakay’s pain by winning contract at One Warrior Series on Tuesday

One Championship: Team Lakay lick their wounds after Manila mauling but vow to come back stronger
One Championship’s Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get the credit he deserves, says Aljamain Sterling

‘People don’t realise just how good Mighty Mouse was in the UFC,’ claims the bantamweight. ‘He was dispatching guys like it was nothing.’

6 Aug 2019 - 5:00PM

‘People don’t realise just how good Mighty Mouse was in the UFC,’ claims the bantamweight. ‘He was dispatching guys like it was nothing.’

One Championship’s Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get the credit he deserves, says Aljamain Sterling
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson hails ‘amazing’ Eddie Alvarez as coach reveals ‘messed up ankle’

‘It’s no secret he gets in a little trouble when he fights,’ says fellow former UFC champ on injured Alvarez’s comeback win against Eduard Folayang.

3 Aug 2019 - 5:11PM

‘It’s no secret he gets in a little trouble when he fights,’ says fellow former UFC champ on injured Alvarez’s comeback win against Eduard Folayang.

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson hails ‘amazing’ Eddie Alvarez as coach reveals ‘messed up ankle’
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson says ‘I expect more from myself’ after laboured win over Tatsumitsu Wada

‘Mighty Mouse’ still adapting to height difference in One as absence of coach Matt Hume contributes to flat display against Tatsumitsu Wada in Manila.

4 Aug 2019 - 1:17PM

‘Mighty Mouse’ still adapting to height difference in One as absence of coach Matt Hume contributes to flat display against Tatsumitsu Wada in Manila.

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson says ‘I expect more from myself’ after laboured win over Tatsumitsu Wada
One Championship: Eddie Alvarez taken to hospital after submitting Eduard Folayang in comeback win

Former UFC star survives early onslaught before making Filipino tap with rear-naked choke in Manila, but misses press conference to get treatment on injury.

3 Aug 2019 - 2:28PM

Former UFC star survives early onslaught before making Filipino tap with rear-naked choke in Manila, but misses press conference to get treatment on injury.

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez taken to hospital after submitting Eduard Folayang in comeback win
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson struggles to decision win over Tatsumitsu Wada in Manila

‘I couldn’t get my game going,’ says former UFC star, who comes through stern test against his much bigger Japanese opponent Tatsumitsu Wada.

3 Aug 2019 - 3:55PM

‘I couldn’t get my game going,’ says former UFC star, who comes through stern test against his much bigger Japanese opponent Tatsumitsu Wada.

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson struggles to decision win over Tatsumitsu Wada in Manila
One Championship live stream: Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson in action at Dawn of Heroes in Manila

American Alvarez goes into lion’s den to fight Filipino hero Eduard Folayang on stacked Manila card, with ‘Mighty Mouse’ back and Martin Nguyen defending title.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:43PM

American Alvarez goes into lion’s den to fight Filipino hero Eduard Folayang on stacked Manila card, with ‘Mighty Mouse’ back and Martin Nguyen defending title.

One Championship live stream: Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson in action at Dawn of Heroes in Manila
‘Maybe I was born in Myanmar in another life’: Canadian lethwei fighter Dave Leduc turns Burmese hero

‘King of lethwei’ Dave Leduc is a superstar celebrity in Myanmar, mobbed wherever he goes by locals who now see him as one of their own.

2 Aug 2019 - 1:32PM

‘King of lethwei’ Dave Leduc is a superstar celebrity in Myanmar, mobbed wherever he goes by locals who now see him as one of their own.

‘Maybe I was born in Myanmar in another life’: Canadian lethwei fighter Dave Leduc turns Burmese hero
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson feels the love in Asia after Dana White jibe

UFC president claims ‘no one cared whatsoever about Demetrious Johnson’ but ‘Mighty Mouse’ thinks One simply does a better job promoting flyweights.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:48PM

UFC president claims ‘no one cared whatsoever about Demetrious Johnson’ but ‘Mighty Mouse’ thinks One simply does a better job promoting flyweights.

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson feels the love in Asia after Dana White jibe
One Championship: Team Lakay channel Manny Pacquiao as Filipino brotherhood targets Manila clean sweep

Team Lakay hope to inspire the people of the Philippines in the same way as legendary boxing icon at One’s monumental Manila event on Friday night

2 Aug 2019 - 12:35PM

Team Lakay hope to inspire the people of the Philippines in the same way as legendary boxing icon at One’s monumental Manila event on Friday night

One Championship: Team Lakay channel Manny Pacquiao as Filipino brotherhood targets Manila clean sweep