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.

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ONE Championship’s Aung La N Sang mourns death of Burmese taekwondo champion Kyal Sin, 19, at hands of Myanmar military

‘She loved martial arts … my heart aches for her family,’ says ONE Championship star Aung La N Sang after Kyal Sin is shot in head in Mandalay protests against military coup.

‘She loved martial arts … my heart aches for her family,’ says ONE Championship star Aung La N Sang after Kyal Sin is shot in head in Mandalay protests against military coup.

ONE Championship’s Aung La N Sang mourns death of Burmese taekwondo champion Kyal Sin, 19, at hands of Myanmar military
4 Mar 2021 - 5:21PM
UFC: Ciryl Gane puts on a clinic for clean sweep vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik in heavyweight main event

Ciryl Gane gets scores of 50-45 across the board in dominant unanimous decision win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Vegas 20.

Ciryl Gane gets scores of 50-45 across the board in dominant unanimous decision win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Vegas 20.

UFC: Ciryl Gane puts on a clinic for clean sweep vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik in heavyweight main event
28 Feb 2021 - 1:19PM
ONE Championship: Angela Lee ‘so proud’ of sister Victoria after 16-year-old’s debut MMA win

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee’s famous MMA champion siblings Angela and Christian congratulate their 16-year-old sister on ONE Championship victory.

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee’s famous MMA champion siblings Angela and Christian congratulate their 16-year-old sister on ONE Championship victory.

ONE Championship: Angela Lee ‘so proud’ of sister Victoria after 16-year-old’s debut MMA win
27 Feb 2021 - 5:09PM
ONE Championship: Victoria Lee, 16, ‘the future of martial arts’, says boss Chatri after debut win

ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong says Victoria Lee ‘definitely lived up to the hype’ in debut win – ‘I still can’t believe she’s only 16 years old’.

ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong says Victoria Lee ‘definitely lived up to the hype’ in debut win – ‘I still can’t believe she’s only 16 years old’.

ONE Championship: Victoria Lee, 16, ‘the future of martial arts’, says boss Chatri after debut win
27 Feb 2021 - 4:44PM
ONE Championship: Wondergirl Fairtex suffers two facial fractures, double vision from Jackie Buntan punch

Wondergirl Fairtex reveals dizziness, double vision following first-round knockdown by Jackie Buntan at ONE Championship’s Fists of Fury card in Singapore.

Wondergirl Fairtex reveals dizziness, double vision following first-round knockdown by Jackie Buntan at ONE Championship’s Fists of Fury card in Singapore.

ONE Championship: Wondergirl Fairtex suffers two facial fractures, double vision from Jackie Buntan punch
27 Feb 2021 - 2:41PM
ONE Championship: Jackie Buntan stuns Wondergirl Fairtex in dominant debut at Fists of Fury

Filipino-American Jackie Buntan knocks Wondergirl Fairtex down in first round before securing unanimous strawweight Muay Thai decision at Fists of Fury.

Filipino-American Jackie Buntan knocks Wondergirl Fairtex down in first round before securing unanimous strawweight Muay Thai decision at Fists of Fury.

ONE Championship: Jackie Buntan stuns Wondergirl Fairtex in dominant debut at Fists of Fury
27 Feb 2021 - 3:08AM
ONE Championship: Victoria Lee, 16, submits Sunisa Srisen in second round on debut at Fists of Fury

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee makes perfect start to pro career with second-round choke of Sunisa Srisen at ONE Championship: Fists of Fury in Singapore.

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee makes perfect start to pro career with second-round choke of Sunisa Srisen at ONE Championship: Fists of Fury in Singapore.

ONE Championship: Victoria Lee, 16, submits Sunisa Srisen in second round on debut at Fists of Fury
26 Feb 2021 - 10:01PM
ONE Championship: Sage Northcutt opens up on UFC boss Dana White saying he should retire after horror KO

Sage Northcutt returns vs Shinya Aoki at lightweight in April, nearly two years after suffering eight facial fractures in 29-second loss on ONE Championship debut.

Sage Northcutt returns vs Shinya Aoki at lightweight in April, nearly two years after suffering eight facial fractures in 29-second loss on ONE Championship debut.

ONE Championship: Sage Northcutt opens up on UFC boss Dana White saying he should retire after horror KO
25 Feb 2021 - 2:26PM
ONE Championship reveals atomweight grand prix field, and confirms Ham Seo-hee is included

ONE Championship announces eight competitors for tournament starting on May 28, with winner to face atomweight champ Angela Lee in November.

ONE Championship announces eight competitors for tournament starting on May 28, with winner to face atomweight champ Angela Lee in November.

ONE Championship reveals atomweight grand prix field, and confirms Ham Seo-hee is included
25 Feb 2021 - 12:00PM
UFC signs exclusive Chinese media distribution deal with Migu; more events in China planned

China Mobile subsidiary Migu to exclusively broadcast all UFC events including pay-per-views and Fight Nights, as well as Dana White’s Contender Series Asia.

China Mobile subsidiary Migu to exclusively broadcast all UFC events including pay-per-views and Fight Nights, as well as Dana White’s Contender Series Asia.

UFC signs exclusive Chinese media distribution deal with Migu; more events in China planned
24 Feb 2021 - 7:08PM
ONE Championship: Angela Lee ‘so bummed out’ she can’t corner 16-year-old sister Victoria for debut

Victoria Lee makes her ONE Championship debut at Fists of Fury in Singapore but pregnant atomweight champ Angela Lee will be watching from home in Hawaii.

Victoria Lee makes her ONE Championship debut at Fists of Fury in Singapore but pregnant atomweight champ Angela Lee will be watching from home in Hawaii.

ONE Championship: Angela Lee ‘so bummed out’ she can’t corner 16-year-old sister Victoria for debut
24 Feb 2021 - 3:46PM
ONE Championship: Jackie Buntan vows upset win vs Wondergirl Fairtex, and dreams of Muay Thai title

Jackie Buntan admits her ONE Championship Muay Thai debut vs Wondergirl Fairtex is a ‘big jump’, but insists ‘I’m ready to show the world what I can do’.

Jackie Buntan admits her ONE Championship Muay Thai debut vs Wondergirl Fairtex is a ‘big jump’, but insists ‘I’m ready to show the world what I can do’.

ONE Championship: Jackie Buntan vows upset win vs Wondergirl Fairtex, and dreams of Muay Thai title
24 Feb 2021 - 10:29AM
UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov shuts door on Georges St-Pierre fight – ‘he’s 40 years old, let’s just leave it’

Retired UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov insists ‘it’s all over’ when it comes to a dream fight with legendary Georges St-Pierre.

Retired UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov insists ‘it’s all over’ when it comes to a dream fight with legendary Georges St-Pierre.

UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov shuts door on Georges St-Pierre fight – ‘he’s 40 years old, let’s just leave it’
23 Feb 2021 - 3:36PM
UFC: Derrick Lewis knocks Curtis Blaydes out cold to put himself in heavyweight title mix

‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis gets 20th career KO with a second-round uppercut against Curtis Blaydes in UFC Vegas 19 main event.

‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis gets 20th career KO with a second-round uppercut against Curtis Blaydes in UFC Vegas 19 main event.

UFC: Derrick Lewis knocks Curtis Blaydes out cold to put himself in heavyweight title mix
21 Feb 2021 - 2:52PM
ONE Championship: Wondergirl Fairtex wants Muay Thai title, then MMA move

Wondergirl Fairtex gets her jiu-jitsu blue belt ahead of ONE Championship return vs Jackie Buntan at Fists of Fury in Singapore.

Wondergirl Fairtex gets her jiu-jitsu blue belt ahead of ONE Championship return vs Jackie Buntan at Fists of Fury in Singapore.

ONE Championship: Wondergirl Fairtex wants Muay Thai title, then MMA move
22 Feb 2021 - 10:54AM
Burmese MMA champion Aung La N Sang calls for reversal of ‘unlawful’ Myanmar coup

ONE Championship light heavyweight king Aung La N Sang says ‘I kindly request the world to hear Myanmar’s voice’ and asks for release of elected leaders and restoration of democracy.

ONE Championship light heavyweight king Aung La N Sang says ‘I kindly request the world to hear Myanmar’s voice’ and asks for release of elected leaders and restoration of democracy.

Burmese MMA champion Aung La N Sang calls for reversal of ‘unlawful’ Myanmar coup
18 Feb 2021 - 10:31AM
ONE Championship: Victoria Lee ‘can’t accept’ Angela Lee saying 16-year-old sister better at same age

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee makes her professional MMA debut for ONE Championship on February 26, but says ‘no way’ is she better than Angela Lee at the same age.

‘The Prodigy’ Victoria Lee makes her professional MMA debut for ONE Championship on February 26, but says ‘no way’ is she better than Angela Lee at the same age.

ONE Championship: Victoria Lee ‘can’t accept’ Angela Lee saying 16-year-old sister better at same age
17 Feb 2021 - 3:51PM
UFC 258: Kamaru Usman tells Jorge Masvidal ‘it’s not done’, reigniting feud – ‘next time I’ll finish you’

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman reignites feud with Jorge Masvidal, and Dana White is open to the idea – ‘if he wants to run his mouth, step in here and see me’.

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman reignites feud with Jorge Masvidal, and Dana White is open to the idea – ‘if he wants to run his mouth, step in here and see me’.

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman tells Jorge Masvidal ‘it’s not done’, reigniting feud – ‘next time I’ll finish you’
14 Feb 2021 - 4:46PM
UFC 258: Kamaru Usman TKOs Gilbert Burns to break Georges St-Pierre record – ‘put some respect on my name’

Kamaru Usman retains welterweight title with third-round TKO of former teammate Gilbert Burns at UFC 258, breaking Georges St-Pierre’s record for consecutive wins.

Kamaru Usman retains welterweight title with third-round TKO of former teammate Gilbert Burns at UFC 258, breaking Georges St-Pierre’s record for consecutive wins.

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman TKOs Gilbert Burns to break Georges St-Pierre record – ‘put some respect on my name’
14 Feb 2021 - 4:42PM
UFC: Dana White ‘not buying’ Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement talk – ‘I can see it in his face’

UFC president Dana White says a certain Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight again, and blasts ‘weirdos’ criticising him for trying to entice lightweight champ out of retirement.

UFC president Dana White says a certain Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight again, and blasts ‘weirdos’ criticising him for trying to entice lightweight champ out of retirement.

UFC: Dana White ‘not buying’ Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement talk – ‘I can see it in his face’
13 Feb 2021 - 12:47PM
One Championship’s Bi Nguyen roasts Stephen A. Smith for women’s MMA remarks

Vietnamese-American MMA star Bi Nguyen posts video comparing Stephen A. Smith’s boxing technique to hers after ESPN analyst says ‘I don’t want to see women fighting’.

Vietnamese-American MMA star Bi Nguyen posts video comparing Stephen A. Smith’s boxing technique to hers after ESPN analyst says ‘I don’t want to see women fighting’.

One Championship’s Bi Nguyen roasts Stephen A. Smith for women’s MMA remarks
4 Feb 2021 - 9:52PM
UFC: Kamaru Usman has open invitation to join Justin Gaethje’s Team Elevation

If welterweight champ Kamaru Usman wants a permanent team switch after UFC 258, Elevation striking coach Sean Madden says ‘we can have that conversation’.

If welterweight champ Kamaru Usman wants a permanent team switch after UFC 258, Elevation striking coach Sean Madden says ‘we can have that conversation’.

UFC: Kamaru Usman has open invitation to join Justin Gaethje’s Team Elevation
3 Feb 2021 - 4:05PM
UFC: Dan Hooker admits ‘I was done with the sport’ in moment after Michael Chandler loss

Dan Hooker clears up confusion over whether he is retiring having thrown his gloves down in the Octagon after TKO by Michael Chandler at UFC 257.

Dan Hooker clears up confusion over whether he is retiring having thrown his gloves down in the Octagon after TKO by Michael Chandler at UFC 257.

UFC: Dan Hooker admits ‘I was done with the sport’ in moment after Michael Chandler loss
3 Feb 2021 - 3:01PM
ONE Championship’s Vitor Belfort calls for Chris Jericho cross-promotional clash with AEW

Vitor Belfort wants ‘legendary fights’ that will ‘shake the market’ – starting with All Elite Wrestling icon Chris Jericho after ONE Championship signs new deal with TNT.

Vitor Belfort wants ‘legendary fights’ that will ‘shake the market’ – starting with All Elite Wrestling icon Chris Jericho after ONE Championship signs new deal with TNT.

ONE Championship’s Vitor Belfort calls for Chris Jericho cross-promotional clash with AEW
2 Feb 2021 - 3:43PM
WWE legend Lilian Garcia loving new lease of life as MMA cage announcer with Professional Fighters League

Lilian Garcia relishing crossing combat sports divide into MMA with the Professional Fighters League, after 15 years as a ring announcer in WWE.

Lilian Garcia relishing crossing combat sports divide into MMA with the Professional Fighters League, after 15 years as a ring announcer in WWE.

WWE legend Lilian Garcia loving new lease of life as MMA cage announcer with Professional Fighters League
29 Jan 2021 - 3:13PM
UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Conor McGregor ‘needs to be reborn’ like he was after Matt Serra loss

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre backs fellow former double champ to come back from shock defeat by Dustin Poirier – ‘he needs to change things in training and his life’.

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre backs fellow former double champ to come back from shock defeat by Dustin Poirier – ‘he needs to change things in training and his life’.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Conor McGregor ‘needs to be reborn’ like he was after Matt Serra loss
28 Jan 2021 - 2:35PM
Manny Pacquiao not interested in Conor McGregor fight after UFC 257 loss – ‘it’s a bummer’

Demand for money-spinning Conor McGregor boxing match ‘not there presently’, says Manny Pacquiao rep Sean Gibbons – ‘it’s a bummer, it could’ve been fun’.

Demand for money-spinning Conor McGregor boxing match ‘not there presently’, says Manny Pacquiao rep Sean Gibbons – ‘it’s a bummer, it could’ve been fun’.

Manny Pacquiao not interested in Conor McGregor fight after UFC 257 loss – ‘it’s a bummer’
28 Jan 2021 - 1:20PM
UFC: Justin Gaethje says it’s ‘preposterous’ if Conor McGregor gets title shot, and blasts ‘idiot’ coach

Justin Gaethje vows ‘I’ll never fight in the UFC again’ if Conor McGregor competes for vacant lightweight belt in trilogy with Dustin Poirier.

Justin Gaethje vows ‘I’ll never fight in the UFC again’ if Conor McGregor competes for vacant lightweight belt in trilogy with Dustin Poirier.

UFC: Justin Gaethje says it’s ‘preposterous’ if Conor McGregor gets title shot, and blasts ‘idiot’ coach
28 Jan 2021 - 1:19PM
UFC signs China academy graduates ‘Dragon Girl’ Na Liang and ‘The Mongolian Murderer’ Aori Qileng

Na Liang and Aori Qileng become second and third stars to join UFC from Shanghai Performance Institute – ‘this is only the beginning,’ says APAC chief Kevin Chang.

Na Liang and Aori Qileng become second and third stars to join UFC from Shanghai Performance Institute – ‘this is only the beginning,’ says APAC chief Kevin Chang.

UFC signs China academy graduates ‘Dragon Girl’ Na Liang and ‘The Mongolian Murderer’ Aori Qileng
27 Jan 2021 - 2:24PM
The Takedown | Time to put some respect on Dustin Poirier’s name after UFC 257 – he’s ‘The Boss’ now

Dustin Poirier’s stunning TKO win at UFC 257 makes mockery of the haters, doubters and bookmakers who pegged him as an afterthought in The Conor McGregor Show.

Dustin Poirier’s stunning TKO win at UFC 257 makes mockery of the haters, doubters and bookmakers who pegged him as an afterthought in The Conor McGregor Show.

Time to put some respect on Dustin Poirier’s name after UFC 257 – he’s ‘The Boss’ now
25 Jan 2021 - 10:53PM