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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Bellator 243: Valerie Loureda says ‘I’m gonna post more TikToks’ after TKO of Tara Graff and celebratory dance

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.

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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.

Bellator 243: Valerie Loureda says ‘I’m gonna post more TikToks’ after TKO of Tara Graff and celebratory dance
Bellator 243: Michael Chandler says he’d make Conor McGregor ‘see Jesus’ as he enters free agency with Benson Henderson KO

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.

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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.

Bellator 243: Michael Chandler says he’d make Conor McGregor ‘see Jesus’ as he enters free agency with Benson Henderson KO
UFC: Khabib’s coach says Conor McGregor ‘toughest’ match-up but GSP, Tony Ferguson ‘better legacy fights’

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.

7 Aug 2020 - 7:17PM

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.

UFC: Khabib’s coach says Conor McGregor ‘toughest’ match-up but GSP, Tony Ferguson ‘better legacy fights’
PFL chief ‘certain’ coronavirus won’t scratch 2021 season as promotion launches free OTT app

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.

5 Aug 2020 - 9:26PM

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.

PFL chief ‘certain’ coronavirus won’t scratch 2021 season as promotion launches free OTT app
ONE Championship’s Marcus Buchecha learning from ‘greatest’ Daniel Cormier as he moves into MMA

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.

5 Aug 2020 - 2:46PM

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.

ONE Championship’s Marcus Buchecha learning from ‘greatest’ Daniel Cormier as he moves into MMA
ONE Championship signs Iranian MMA star Amir Aliakbari – ‘I’m going to invade their heavyweight division’

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’.

4 Aug 2020 - 5:10PM

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’.

ONE Championship signs Iranian MMA star Amir Aliakbari – ‘I’m going to invade their heavyweight division’
UFC: Joanne Calderwood faints backstage, taken to hospital after loss to Jennifer Maia

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.

2 Aug 2020 - 3:43PM

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.

UFC: Joanne Calderwood faints backstage, taken to hospital after loss to Jennifer Maia
UFC: Dana White questions ref, doctor as Derek Brunson TKOs Edmen Shahbazyan – ‘stop the fight or don’t’

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.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:49PM

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.

UFC: Dana White questions ref, doctor as Derek Brunson TKOs Edmen Shahbazyan – ‘stop the fight or don’t’
UFC’s Dana White on Dan Hardy, Marc Goddard incidents – ‘I will fire anyone on the spot who approaches official’

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.

1 Aug 2020 - 6:25PM

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’s Dana White on Dan Hardy, Marc Goddard incidents – ‘I will fire anyone on the spot who approaches official’
UFC boss Dana White says Khamzat Chimaev is the ‘real deal’, but won’t give him Conor McGregor

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’.

1 Aug 2020 - 5:17PM

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’.

UFC boss Dana White says Khamzat Chimaev is the ‘real deal’, but won’t give him Conor McGregor
UAE Warriors fighter shoves veteran UFC referee Marc Goddard after DQ for holding submission too long

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.

1 Aug 2020 - 11:18AM

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.

UAE Warriors fighter shoves veteran UFC referee Marc Goddard after DQ for holding submission too long
ONE Championship: Stamp Fairtex overwhelms Sunisa Srisen to go 5-0 in MMA with TKO at No Surrender

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.

1 Aug 2020 - 4:43PM

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.

ONE Championship: Stamp Fairtex overwhelms Sunisa Srisen to go 5-0 in MMA with TKO at No Surrender
Former ONE Championship exec Loren Mack has eye on helping Professional Fighters League expand into Asia

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.

31 Jul 2020 - 5:28AM

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.

Former ONE Championship exec Loren Mack has eye on helping Professional Fighters League expand into Asia
Tony Ferguson says ‘no animosity any more’ with Khabib; wants Poirier or McGregor on UFC 254 card

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.

30 Jul 2020 - 2:18PM

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.

Tony Ferguson says ‘no animosity any more’ with Khabib; wants Poirier or McGregor on UFC 254 card
ONE Championship’s Aung La N Sang is pound for pound ‘martial artist’ No 1, says Ali Abdelaziz

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’.

29 Jul 2020 - 8:22PM

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’.

ONE Championship’s Aung La N Sang is pound for pound ‘martial artist’ No 1, says Ali Abdelaziz
Ali Abdelaziz on ONE Championship partnership – ‘I’m bringing my Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Singapore’

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.

29 Jul 2020 - 4:01PM

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.

Ali Abdelaziz on ONE Championship partnership – ‘I’m bringing my Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Singapore’
ONE Championship’s Cosmo Alexandre is ‘all taken care of’ after signing with Dominance, says Ali Abdelaziz

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’.

29 Jul 2020 - 8:28PM

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’.

ONE Championship’s Cosmo Alexandre is ‘all taken care of’ after signing with Dominance, says Ali Abdelaziz
Ali Abdelaziz reacts as UFC confirms Khabib vs Justin Gaethje – ‘I’m sad one is gonna lose’

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’.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:50PM

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’.

Ali Abdelaziz reacts as UFC confirms Khabib vs Justin Gaethje – ‘I’m sad one is gonna lose’
UFC: Khabib vs Justin Gaethje lightweight title fight official for October 24

UFC president Dana White announces Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend lightweight title against interim champ Justin Gaethje on October 24.

29 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

UFC president Dana White announces Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend lightweight title against interim champ Justin Gaethje on October 24.

UFC: Khabib vs Justin Gaethje lightweight title fight official for October 24
UFC ref Herb Dean hits back at Dan Hardy for ‘putting on Superman shirt’ over Fight Island stoppage

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.

28 Jul 2020 - 2:27PM

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.

UFC ref Herb Dean hits back at Dan Hardy for ‘putting on Superman shirt’ over Fight Island stoppage
Hong Kong MMA star Alain Ngalani talks viral MTR face mask stunt – ‘I’ve had enough of this coronavirus’

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’.

28 Jul 2020 - 10:59PM

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’.

Hong Kong MMA star Alain Ngalani talks viral MTR face mask stunt – ‘I’ve had enough of this coronavirus’
UFC commentator Dan Hardy tells referee Herb Dean ‘do your job’ in Fight Island KO row

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.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:58PM

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.

UFC commentator Dan Hardy tells referee Herb Dean ‘do your job’ in Fight Island KO row
UFC: Darren Till says Israel Adesanya ‘easier fight’ than Robert Whittaker; promises he will face champ ‘one day’

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.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:57PM

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.

UFC: Darren Till says Israel Adesanya ‘easier fight’ than Robert Whittaker; promises he will face champ ‘one day’
UFC: Alexander Gustafsson taps to Fabricio Werdum’s first-round arm bar on Fight Island heavyweight debut

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.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:35PM

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.

UFC: Alexander Gustafsson taps to Fabricio Werdum’s first-round arm bar on Fight Island heavyweight debut
UFC: Khamzat Chimaev mauls Rhys McKee in three minutes on Fight Island for second win in 10 days

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’.

27 Jul 2020 - 12:27PM

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’.

UFC: Khamzat Chimaev mauls Rhys McKee in three minutes on Fight Island for second win in 10 days
UFC icon Georges St-Pierre says ‘not worth’ risking legacy against Kamaru Usman – ‘I better stay retired’

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’.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:32AM

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’.

UFC icon Georges St-Pierre says ‘not worth’ risking legacy against Kamaru Usman – ‘I better stay retired’
Dustin Poirier only taking ‘big names or title fights’ in UFC twilight years – ‘I want it to mean something’

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.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:08AM

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.

Dustin Poirier only taking ‘big names or title fights’ in UFC twilight years – ‘I want it to mean something’
Paige VanZant looks to sign ‘quick’ with new promotion and fight this year after UFC career ends with whimper

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.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:09AM

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.

Paige VanZant looks to sign ‘quick’ with new promotion and fight this year after UFC career ends with whimper
Alexander Gustafsson says training partner Khamzat Chimaev is a future UFC champion – ‘gonna go all the way’

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.

22 Jul 2020 - 4:43PM

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.

Alexander Gustafsson says training partner Khamzat Chimaev is a future UFC champion – ‘gonna go all the way’
Darren Till says he’d be on EA Sports UFC 4 cover if he stuck to game plan vs Jorge Masvidal

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.’

22 Jul 2020 - 4:33PM

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.’

Darren Till says he’d be on EA Sports UFC 4 cover if he stuck to game plan vs Jorge Masvidal