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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Valerie Loureda quips she’s ‘just an Instagram model’ after Bellator 243 win over Tara Graff, as she hits back at critics for saying she ‘demoralised’ MMA with dancing videos.
Michael Chandler promises he would make UFC’s Conor McGregor ‘see Jesus’ as he enters free agency following impressive first-round KO of Benson Henderson at Bellator 243.
Javier Mendez thinks hardest match-up for UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is still Conor McGregor but Georges St-Pierre, Tony Ferguson more ‘enticing’ to go 30-0.
Professional Fighters League CEO Peter Murray ‘very certain we’ll execute 2021 season,’ as promotion looks to ‘grow brand globally in the meantime’ with free OTT platform.
ONE Championship’s new star signing Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida relishing chance to train with ‘one of greatest heavyweights of all time’ as he helps Daniel Cormier prepare for UFC 252.
Ali Abdelaziz brings Amir Aliakbari into ONE Championship’s heavyweight ranks, with the former Rizin star vowing ‘I’m the best in the world, I’m unstoppable … no one is safe’.
Joanna Calderwood falls ill backstage after fight at the Apex in Las Vegas after her first-round arm bar submission defeat by Jennifer Maia at UFC Vegas 5.
Dana White says ‘stop the fight or don’t’ as doctor allows Edmen Shahbazyan to continue following lengthy check, before Derek Brunson gets third-round TKO in UFC Vegas 5 main event.
Dana White says UFC employees approaching referees, judges or officials ‘can never happen again’ after commentator Dan Hardy’s spat with Herb Dean on Fight Island.
UFC president Dana White says he’s trying to figure out another fight for Khamzat Chimaev after he challenged Conor McGregor – ‘he wants to fight every weekend, he’s not joking’.
Marc Goddard gets in heated exchange with Ahmad Al Damarki when the fighter refuses to let go of a rear-naked choke at UAE Warriors 12 in Abu Dhabi.
Stamp Fairtex marches on with a dominant first-round TKO of Sunisa Srisen as ONE Championship returns to action, and is keen to fight again soon on another Bangkok card.
Professional Fighters League’s new VP of communications Loren Mack hopes to help the promotion tap into the ‘incredible’ talent pool in Asia after leaving ONE Championship.
Tony Ferguson insists he ‘squashed a lot of the potatoes’ with Khabib Nurmagomedov after losing to Justin Gaethje a UFC 249, but is as hell-bent as ever on fighting him.
ONE Championship double champ Aung La N Sang is the ‘one fighter in the whole world’ that Ali Abdelaziz would show as ‘an example of martial arts’.
Ali Abdelaziz is ‘bringing a lot of muscle, a lot of killers’ to ONE Championship and teases some big signing announcements as he details expansion into Asia.
Dominance MMA Management CEO Ali Abdelaziz says Cosmo Alexandre has signed with him and finally agreed a new deal with ONE Championship – ‘now there’s no problem’.
Dominance MMA Management CEO Ali Abdelaziz will be ‘on the sidelines’ for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – ‘I don’t cheer for my people if they fight each other’.
UFC president Dana White announces Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend lightweight title against interim champ Justin Gaethje on October 24.
Herb Dean insists Francisco Trinaldo’s TKO over Jai Herbert ‘by no means late stoppage’, and says commentator Dan Hardy screaming ‘stop the fight’ was potentially dangerous.
ONE Championship’s Alain Ngalani explains motivation for viral video that’s racked up millions of views on social media – ‘I’ve had enough of not working, of not competing’.
Former UFC fighter Dan Hardy and broadcast colleague Paul Felder irate at Herb Dean’s officiating in Francisco Trinaldo’s controversial stoppage of Jai Herbert on Fight Island.
Darren Till says ‘give me a little time’ and promises he’ll face Israel Adesanya ‘one day’ after middleweight champ praises display in UFC Fight Island 3 loss to Robert Whittaker.
Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum welcomes Alexander Gustafsson to the division with the 12th submission victory of his career on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Khamzat Chimaev gets dominant first-round TKO against Rhys McKee on Fight Island for quickest turnaround win in UFC history, and says ‘where is my belt? Soon’.
Georges St-Pierre admits ‘I better stay retired’ rather than put his welterweight legacy on the line against Kamaru Usman after call-out from UFC champ – ‘more cons than pros’.
Former interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier knows he’s on ‘back nine’ of career and wants his last four or five years in the UFC ‘to really mean something’ for his legacy.
Paige VanZant wants to fight again this year and ‘delete’ her final bout in the UFC after ‘hitting rock bottom’ with a first-round submission loss to Amanda Ribas.
Alexander Gustafsson is confident Khamzat Chimaev will ‘go all the way’ in the UFC as Chechen-born Swede gets set for second bout in 10 days on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Darren Till laments reckless approach in his final UFC welterweight fight when he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal – ‘I sort of overlooked him because he was a bit tiny.’