Nick Atkin

Nick Atkin

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.

Latest from Nick Atkin

UFC: Paul Felder says he ‘might be done’ as Dan Hooker edges five-round war in Auckland

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.

23 Feb 2020 - 2:03PM

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.

UFC: Paul Felder says he ‘might be done’ as Dan Hooker edges five-round war in Auckland
UFC 248: Israel Adesanya slams ‘disrespectful’ Yoel Romero for no-showing Auckland press conference

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.

22 Feb 2020 - 4:27PM

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.

UFC 248: Israel Adesanya slams ‘disrespectful’ Yoel Romero for no-showing Auckland press conference
Chinese taekwondo black belt challenges Muay Thai fighter; gets KO’d in seven seconds

Huang Xiaolong didn’t last long in footage of an embarrassing style-vs-style mismatch that has gone viral on social media.

21 Feb 2020 - 5:34PM

Huang Xiaolong didn’t last long in footage of an embarrassing style-vs-style mismatch that has gone viral on social media.

Chinese taekwondo black belt challenges Muay Thai fighter; gets KO’d in seven seconds
Fresh UFC 247 controversy as James Krause blasts judge Joe Soliz’s ‘conflict of interest’

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.

19 Feb 2020 - 12:53PM

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.

Fresh UFC 247 controversy as James Krause blasts judge Joe Soliz’s ‘conflict of interest’
UFC: Dustin Poirier thinks Khabib beats Tony Ferguson – but backs Justin Gaethje to trouble champ

Dustin Poirier believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will be ‘better competitor’ against Tony Ferguson – but backs Justin Gaethje to trouble lightweight champ.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:29PM

Dustin Poirier believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will be ‘better competitor’ against Tony Ferguson – but backs Justin Gaethje to trouble lightweight champ.

UFC: Dustin Poirier thinks Khabib beats Tony Ferguson – but backs Justin Gaethje to trouble champ
UFC: Colby Covington gym return prompts Dustin Poirier meeting with owner – ‘he doesn’t want a fight’

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’.

18 Feb 2020 - 12:43PM

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’.

UFC: Colby Covington gym return prompts Dustin Poirier meeting with owner – ‘he doesn’t want a fight’
Coronavirus forces One Championship to put Singapore MMA show behind closed doors

Asian MMA organisation One Championship will still broadcast ‘King of the Jungle’ live on February 28 after deciding against cancelling the event.

18 Feb 2020 - 10:54AM

Asian MMA organisation One Championship will still broadcast ‘King of the Jungle’ live on February 28 after deciding against cancelling the event.

Coronavirus forces One Championship to put Singapore MMA show behind closed doors
UFC: Jorge Masvidal says he’s the ‘A-side’ of fight with ‘phoney’ Kamaru Usman

Jorge Masvidal continues feud with ‘bad businessman’ Kamaru Usman – ‘this guy wants to do fantasy matchups with guys in Japan or other organisations’.

15 Feb 2020 - 1:43PM

Jorge Masvidal continues feud with ‘bad businessman’ Kamaru Usman – ‘this guy wants to do fantasy matchups with guys in Japan or other organisations’.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal says he’s the ‘A-side’ of fight with ‘phoney’ Kamaru Usman
UFC’s Nate Diaz considers legal action after false report of arrest, police altercation in Miami

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.

13 Feb 2020 - 1:23PM

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.

UFC’s Nate Diaz considers legal action after false report of arrest, police altercation in Miami
UFC: Brian Ortega warns Korean Zombie, Jay Park after trash talk – ‘don’t let me see you’

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’.

12 Feb 2020 - 3:51PM

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’.

UFC: Brian Ortega warns Korean Zombie, Jay Park after trash talk – ‘don’t let me see you’
UFC: Kamaru Usman ridicules Jorge Masvidal’s striking – ‘he couldn’t knock out Nate Diaz’

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.

12 Feb 2020 - 2:36PM

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.

UFC: Kamaru Usman ridicules Jorge Masvidal’s striking – ‘he couldn’t knock out Nate Diaz’
UFC 247: Israel Adesanya says Jon Jones is ‘washed up’ after Dominick Reyes fight

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]’.

12 Feb 2020 - 12:04PM

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]’.

UFC 247: Israel Adesanya says Jon Jones is ‘washed up’ after Dominick Reyes fight
UFC 247: Jon Jones calls out Dominick Reyes for having ‘the audacity to be mad at the judges’

Jon Jones doubles down in series of tweets, saying controversial unanimous decision against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 was ‘nothing but a win’.

12 Feb 2020 - 11:08AM

Jon Jones doubles down in series of tweets, saying controversial unanimous decision against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 was ‘nothing but a win’.

UFC 247: Jon Jones calls out Dominick Reyes for having ‘the audacity to be mad at the judges’
UFC 247: Jon Jones ignores Israel Adesanya questions – ‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined’

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.

9 Feb 2020 - 6:15PM

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.

UFC 247: Jon Jones ignores Israel Adesanya questions – ‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined’
UFC 247: Dana White, Joe Rogan blast judge’s ‘insane’ 49-46 scorecard for Jon Jones against Dominick Reyes

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.

9 Feb 2020 - 4:43PM

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.

UFC 247: Dana White, Joe Rogan blast judge’s ‘insane’ 49-46 scorecard for Jon Jones against Dominick Reyes
UFC 247: Jon Jones beats Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision amid judging controversy

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.

9 Feb 2020 - 10:22PM

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.

UFC 247: Jon Jones beats Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision amid judging controversy
UFC 247: Valentina Shevchenko dispatches Katlyn Chookagian with third-round TKO

Valentina Shevchenko dispatches Katlyn Chookagian with third-round TKO to defend her flyweight championship at UFC 247 in dominant display.

9 Feb 2020 - 2:42PM

Valentina Shevchenko dispatches Katlyn Chookagian with third-round TKO to defend her flyweight championship at UFC 247 in dominant display.

UFC 247: Valentina Shevchenko dispatches Katlyn Chookagian with third-round TKO
UFC: Colby Covington says he’s Jorge Masvidal’s ‘daddy’ and threatens gym showdown

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’.

8 Feb 2020 - 4:47PM

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’.

UFC: Colby Covington says he’s Jorge Masvidal’s ‘daddy’ and threatens gym showdown
UFC’s Chinese champ Zhang Weili moves training camp again amid coronavirus fears

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.

8 Feb 2020 - 4:14PM

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.

UFC’s Chinese champ Zhang Weili moves training camp again amid coronavirus fears
UFC: Kamaru Usman says ‘bum’ Jorge Masvidal is ducking him for Conor McGregor

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’.

21 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

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’.

UFC: Kamaru Usman says ‘bum’ Jorge Masvidal is ducking him for Conor McGregor
Jorge Masvidal says he has ‘formula to eliminate’ Conor McGregor after UFC 246

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’.

21 Jan 2020 - 3:20PM

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 he has ‘formula to eliminate’ Conor McGregor after UFC 246
UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘moving on’ from Conor McGregor; ‘leaning towards’ Kamaru Usman fight

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’.

21 Jan 2020 - 3:21PM

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’.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘moving on’ from Conor McGregor; ‘leaning towards’ Kamaru Usman fight
The Takedown | Conor McGregor proves he’s more than just a left hand (though that’s still killer) in UFC 246 clinic

Conor McGregor blasts ‘disrespectful and uneducated’ critics as he showcases sublime skill set in 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

20 Jan 2020 - 2:04AM

Conor McGregor blasts ‘disrespectful and uneducated’ critics as he showcases sublime skill set in 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

Conor McGregor proves he’s more than just a left hand (though that’s still killer) in UFC 246 clinic
UFC: Conor McGregor blasts Dana White’s refusal to put Khabib rematch in Moscow

Dana White says Moscow ‘ain’t happening’ for Conor McGregor’s rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov – and Irishman responds ‘how much money is enough?’

19 Jan 2020 - 8:17PM

Dana White says Moscow ‘ain’t happening’ for Conor McGregor’s rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov – and Irishman responds ‘how much money is enough?’

UFC: Conor McGregor blasts Dana White’s refusal to put Khabib rematch in Moscow
Conor McGregor responds to Nate Diaz’s UFC 246 ‘fake’ jibe – ‘let’s go Nathan, we’re right here’

Conor McGregor offers trilogy bout after Nate Diaz seemingly criticises his 40-second victory over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246.

19 Jan 2020 - 7:21PM

Conor McGregor offers trilogy bout after Nate Diaz seemingly criticises his 40-second victory over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246.

Conor McGregor responds to Nate Diaz’s UFC 246 ‘fake’ jibe – ‘let’s go Nathan, we’re right here’
UFC 246: Dana White takes back Conor McGregor welterweight criticism – ‘won’t hear another peep’

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’.

19 Jan 2020 - 6:49PM

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’.

UFC 246: Dana White takes back Conor McGregor welterweight criticism – ‘won’t hear another peep’
Conor McGregor says ‘weird’ Jorge Masvidal ‘blew it’ with UFC 246 outfit – ‘my grandma wears that’

Conor McGregor likens Jorge Masvidal’s Versace robe at UFC 246 to ones ‘old ladies in Ireland wear watching the soap operas’.

19 Jan 2020 - 5:36PM

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 ‘weird’ Jorge Masvidal ‘blew it’ with UFC 246 outfit – ‘my grandma wears that’
UFC 246: Conor McGregor doubts Kamaru Usman was hacked after derogatory girlfriend tweets

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’.

19 Jan 2020 - 5:07PM

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’.

UFC 246: Conor McGregor doubts Kamaru Usman was hacked after derogatory girlfriend tweets
UFC 246: Conor McGregor TKOs Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in 40 seconds

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.

19 Jan 2020 - 10:50PM

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 246: Conor McGregor TKOs Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in 40 seconds
UFC: Dana White admits Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero ‘makes no sense’ – but ‘it’s incredible, I’m in’

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’.

18 Jan 2020 - 7:14PM

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’.

UFC: Dana White admits Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero ‘makes no sense’ – but ‘it’s incredible, I’m in’