Nicolas Atkin

Nicolas 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.
Nicolas Atkin
Nicolas 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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One Championship: Christian Lee stuns Shinya Aoki to win lightweight title on night of huge shocks in Singapore

Christian Lee and Angela Lee make history as first brother and sister world champions in MMA as Singaporean 20-year-old gets TKO victory against Japanese icon to win One lightweight title.

18 May 2019 - 6:24AM

Christian Lee and Angela Lee make history as first brother and sister world champions in MMA as Singaporean 20-year-old gets TKO victory against Japanese icon to win One lightweight title.

One Championship: Christian Lee stuns Shinya Aoki to win lightweight title on night of huge shocks in Singapore
One Championship: Sage Northcutt knocked out cold in 29 seconds by Cosmo Alexandre on debut in Singapore

Brazilian veteran Cosmo Alexandre beats former UFC star with his first punch – a monstrous overhand right in the first round.

17 May 2019 - 11:43PM

Brazilian veteran Cosmo Alexandre beats former UFC star with his first punch – a monstrous overhand right in the first round.

One Championship: Sage Northcutt knocked out cold in 29 seconds by Cosmo Alexandre on debut in Singapore
One Championship live stream, results: Sage Northcutt debuts in Singapore; Shinya Aoki fights Christian Lee

Former UFC star faces tough test in Brazilian veteran Cosmo Alexandre, while Japan’s Shinya Aoki defends lightweight title against Christian Lee in the main event.

17 May 2019 - 11:45PM

Former UFC star faces tough test in Brazilian veteran Cosmo Alexandre, while Japan’s Shinya Aoki defends lightweight title against Christian Lee in the main event.

One Championship live stream, results: Sage Northcutt debuts in Singapore; Shinya Aoki fights Christian Lee
Manchester United’s new kit celebrating 1999 treble gets colour of goalkeeper shirt wrong

New kit commemorates 20-year anniversary of treble-winning season, and features a purple goalkeeper shirt – except Peter Schmeichel wore a green shirt during the 1998-99 campaign.

16 May 2019 - 5:50PM

New kit commemorates 20-year anniversary of treble-winning season, and features a purple goalkeeper shirt – except Peter Schmeichel wore a green shirt during the 1998-99 campaign.

Manchester United’s new kit celebrating 1999 treble gets colour of goalkeeper shirt wrong
One Championship: Miesha Tate says Asia ‘still pretty far behind’ in accepting women’s MMA

Women ‘still fighting to get on mainstream platform’ in Asia, says UFC legend, who hopes to grow the sport here as One Championship’s vice-president.

16 May 2019 - 2:16PM

Women ‘still fighting to get on mainstream platform’ in Asia, says UFC legend, who hopes to grow the sport here as One Championship’s vice-president.

One Championship: Miesha Tate says Asia ‘still pretty far behind’ in accepting women’s MMA
Tearful little boy, cheered on by karate classmates, rallies to break board – and the internet’s hearts

Heart-warming viral video shows crying youngster struggling to break wooden plank with repeated kicks – but he perseveres and succeeds as martial arts class erupts with joy.

15 May 2019 - 11:58AM

Heart-warming viral video shows crying youngster struggling to break wooden plank with repeated kicks – but he perseveres and succeeds as martial arts class erupts with joy.

Tearful little boy, cheered on by karate classmates, rallies to break board – and the internet’s hearts
One Championship: Sage Northcutt looks to avoid Eddie Alvarez’s fate on Singapore debut

‘Super’ Sage Northcutt is the latest big-name former UFC star to make his debut for the Asian MMA organisation in Singapore on Friday

14 May 2019 - 8:40PM

‘Super’ Sage Northcutt is the latest big-name former UFC star to make his debut for the Asian MMA organisation in Singapore on Friday

One Championship: Sage Northcutt looks to avoid Eddie Alvarez’s fate on Singapore debut
Liverpool fan who pushed elderly Asian man into fountain pulls Anfield steward’s trousers down in fresh video shame

Club investigating Martin Mullen, the Liverpool supporter filmed dumping an Asian man into a fountain in Barcelona, after his latest antics.

14 May 2019 - 2:59PM

Club investigating Martin Mullen, the Liverpool supporter filmed dumping an Asian man into a fountain in Barcelona, after his latest antics.

Liverpool fan who pushed elderly Asian man into fountain pulls Anfield steward’s trousers down in fresh video shame
UFC 237: Jessica Andrade body slam KOs Rose Namajunas; Anderson Silva suffers brutal knee injury

Scary and violent finish to Brazil main event as Namajunas is knocked out after being dropped on her head, while Anderson Silva’s knee buckles in first-round TKO.

12 May 2019 - 2:55PM

Scary and violent finish to Brazil main event as Namajunas is knocked out after being dropped on her head, while Anderson Silva’s knee buckles in first-round TKO.

UFC 237: Jessica Andrade body slam KOs Rose Namajunas; Anderson Silva suffers brutal knee injury
Lewis Hamilton reveals how he turned to martial arts to take on school bullies in emotional Instagram post

Formula One world champion opens up on the ‘sadness’ of his tough childhood as ‘one of three black kids in my school’ – but karate helped him stand up for himself.

12 May 2019 - 12:23PM

Formula One world champion opens up on the ‘sadness’ of his tough childhood as ‘one of three black kids in my school’ – but karate helped him stand up for himself.

Lewis Hamilton reveals how he turned to martial arts to take on school bullies in emotional Instagram post
Opinion | Ander Herrera leaving Manchester United shows just how much of a mess club is in

Allowing a player of the Spaniard’s qualities and character to leave is a monumental mistake given the state of the club.

11 May 2019 - 6:35PM

Allowing a player of the Spaniard’s qualities and character to leave is a monumental mistake given the state of the club.

Ander Herrera leaving Manchester United shows just how much of a mess club is in
Opinion | Naomi Osaka struggling to quell the ‘drama’ in her head with world No 1 spot slipping away

Japanese-Haitian star is clearly distracted and agitated amid turbulent time on and off court – keeping the world No 1 ranking is now out of her hands.

10 May 2019 - 9:03PM

Japanese-Haitian star is clearly distracted and agitated amid turbulent time on and off court – keeping the world No 1 ranking is now out of her hands.

Naomi Osaka struggling to quell the ‘drama’ in her head with world No 1 spot slipping away
Mauricio Pochettino cries as Spurs complete incredible Champions League comeback against Ajax

Spurs manager breaks down in tears after Lucas Moura’s 96th-minute winner sinks Ajax in Champions League semi-final, saying ‘without football it is impossible to live’.

9 May 2019 - 1:02PM

Spurs manager breaks down in tears after Lucas Moura’s 96th-minute winner sinks Ajax in Champions League semi-final, saying ‘without football it is impossible to live’.

Mauricio Pochettino cries as Spurs complete incredible Champions League comeback against Ajax
Lionel Messi airport incident as angry Barcelona fans confront star after Liverpool defeat

Barca captain is dragged away by his personal manager according to report, after responding to heckling from supporters by asking: ‘What did I do wrong?’

9 May 2019 - 11:08AM

Barca captain is dragged away by his personal manager according to report, after responding to heckling from supporters by asking: ‘What did I do wrong?’

Lionel Messi airport incident as angry Barcelona fans confront star after Liverpool defeat
Opinion | Tiger Woods deserves his Presidential Medal of Freedom – so stop bashing Donald Trump for the sake of it

Golfing legend’s award at White House gives Trump haters another excuse to vent their fury, but people need to put politics aside as Woods is a worthy recipient.

7 May 2019 - 4:27PM

Golfing legend’s award at White House gives Trump haters another excuse to vent their fury, but people need to put politics aside as Woods is a worthy recipient.

Tiger Woods deserves his Presidential Medal of Freedom – so stop bashing Donald Trump for the sake of it
Ben Askren loses 11-0 to Jordan Burroughs as UFC star is humbled on wrestling return

Olympic gold medallist dominates MMA fighter with shut out in New York exhibition match, and jokes with Burroughs ‘my plan was to choke you out’.

7 May 2019 - 11:20AM

Olympic gold medallist dominates MMA fighter with shut out in New York exhibition match, and jokes with Burroughs ‘my plan was to choke you out’.

Ben Askren loses 11-0 to Jordan Burroughs as UFC star is humbled on wrestling return
UFC Fight Night 151: Donald Cerrone beats Al Iaquinta in five-round war – then calls out Conor McGregor

‘Raging Al’ shows heart in Ottawa but Cerrone gets the unanimous decision – then says he wants a title shot or a showdown with Conor McGregor.

5 May 2019 - 11:35AM

‘Raging Al’ shows heart in Ottawa but Cerrone gets the unanimous decision – then says he wants a title shot or a showdown with Conor McGregor.

UFC Fight Night 151: Donald Cerrone beats Al Iaquinta in five-round war – then calls out Conor McGregor
Chinese shopping mall brawl breaks out between taekwondo school and gym staff

Taekwondo practitioners confronted after giving noisy demonstration in busy Jiangsu shopping centre – and the fists and feet start flying in front of stunned onlookers.

5 May 2019 - 11:55AM

Taekwondo practitioners confronted after giving noisy demonstration in busy Jiangsu shopping centre – and the fists and feet start flying in front of stunned onlookers.

Chinese shopping mall brawl breaks out between taekwondo school and gym staff
Liverpool fans name supporter who pushed elderly Asian into Barcelona fountain as new video emerges

New video appears to show the same Liverpool supporter pouring jugs of water and juice over a restaurant diner’s head

3 May 2019 - 2:20PM

New video appears to show the same Liverpool supporter pouring jugs of water and juice over a restaurant diner’s head

Liverpool fans name supporter who pushed elderly Asian into Barcelona fountain as new video emerges
Game of Thrones fans are comparing Lionel Messi to the Night King after Barcelona’s win over Liverpool

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi gets the Game of Thrones treatment with memes doing the rounds on Twitter after his stunning Champions League free kick.

2 May 2019 - 4:56PM

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi gets the Game of Thrones treatment with memes doing the rounds on Twitter after his stunning Champions League free kick.

Game of Thrones fans are comparing Lionel Messi to the Night King after Barcelona’s win over Liverpool
Lionel Messi’s magical free-kick against Liverpool makes it 600 goals as Barcelona fans bow down

Argentine maestro scores sublime free-kick in Champions League semi-final to reach incredible milestone – 14 years to the day after his first goal for Barca.

2 May 2019 - 6:08AM

Argentine maestro scores sublime free-kick in Champions League semi-final to reach incredible milestone – 14 years to the day after his first goal for Barca.

Lionel Messi’s magical free-kick against Liverpool makes it 600 goals as Barcelona fans bow down
Liverpool fans irate as Luis Suarez celebrates goal for Barcelona in Champions League semi-final

Barca striker beams with delight after opening at Nou Camp against his former club, with Reds fans annoyed as fiery Uruguayan clashes with Liverpool players.

2 May 2019 - 6:03AM

Barca striker beams with delight after opening at Nou Camp against his former club, with Reds fans annoyed as fiery Uruguayan clashes with Liverpool players.

Liverpool fans irate as Luis Suarez celebrates goal for Barcelona in Champions League semi-final
Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool, as it happened: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi score in Champions League semi-final first leg rout

Relive all the action as La Liga giants Barcelona thrash English Premier League title contenders Liverpool in the first leg of their huge Champions League semi-final clash.

2 May 2019 - 6:06AM

Relive all the action as La Liga giants Barcelona thrash English Premier League title contenders Liverpool in the first leg of their huge Champions League semi-final clash.

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool, as it happened: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi score in Champions League semi-final first leg rout
Police probe Liverpool fans in Barcelona as elderly Asian man is pushed into fountain and called ‘Mr Miyagi’

Riot vans descend on Placa Reial with travelling supporters trashing famous Barcelona tourism spot, as police reportedly arrest several Liverpool fans for abusing hotel workers.

2 May 2019 - 6:11AM

Riot vans descend on Placa Reial with travelling supporters trashing famous Barcelona tourism spot, as police reportedly arrest several Liverpool fans for abusing hotel workers.

Police probe Liverpool fans in Barcelona as elderly Asian man is pushed into fountain and called ‘Mr Miyagi’
Champions League: Ajax run Spurs ragged in first-half blitz as Donny van de Beek goal earns semi-final advantage

Donny van de Beek strikes early on for 1-0 win in semi-final first leg, with Tottenham looking lost early on and forced into going route one.

1 May 2019 - 5:04AM

Donny van de Beek strikes early on for 1-0 win in semi-final first leg, with Tottenham looking lost early on and forced into going route one.

Champions League: Ajax run Spurs ragged in first-half blitz as Donny van de Beek goal earns semi-final advantage
Opinion | Neymar ‘punching’ a fan shows his selfish side again – PSG could lose him for another eight games

Brazilian faces lengthy ban over scuffle with supporter after French Cup final loss as PSG manager Thomas Tuchel says, ‘you just can’t do that’

30 Apr 2019 - 1:08PM

Brazilian faces lengthy ban over scuffle with supporter after French Cup final loss as PSG manager Thomas Tuchel says, ‘you just can’t do that’

Neymar ‘punching’ a fan shows his selfish side again – PSG could lose him for another eight games
As it happened: Asia CrossFit Championship -- leader board, highlights and results from Saturday's workouts in Shanghai

Inaugural China 'Sanctional' kicks off in Shanghai on Saturday -- keep up to date with all the workouts and updated leader boards 

29 Apr 2019 - 12:48PM

Inaugural China 'Sanctional' kicks off in Shanghai on Saturday -- keep up to date with all the workouts and updated leader boards 

As it happened: Asia CrossFit Championship -- leader board, highlights and results from Saturday's workouts in Shanghai
Opinion | Liverpool winning the Premier League title would be the best thing for Manchester United

Beating Manchester City could hand Liverpool the title but it’s time to forget about rivalry with Reds – United must accept their inferiority and get fired up to protect their ‘perch’

24 Apr 2019 - 5:30PM

Beating Manchester City could hand Liverpool the title but it’s time to forget about rivalry with Reds – United must accept their inferiority and get fired up to protect their ‘perch’

Liverpool winning the Premier League title would be the best thing for Manchester United
Opinion | Son Heung-min’s success with Tottenham a game-changer for perception of Asian footballers

Spurs’ South Korean star is eclipsing Park Ji-sung, Shinji Kagawa and Hidetoshi Nakata, while dispelling stereotypes about Asian players at the top level.

24 Apr 2019 - 9:50AM

Spurs’ South Korean star is eclipsing Park Ji-sung, Shinji Kagawa and Hidetoshi Nakata, while dispelling stereotypes about Asian players at the top level.

Son Heung-min’s success with Tottenham a game-changer for perception of Asian footballers
Rodrigo de Lima, former UFC fighter, dies at 26 in dispute with Uber driver

Brazilian MMA fighter Rodrigo de Lima killed in hit-and-run incident after leaving vehicle on foot, with police still searching for ride-share driver.

23 Apr 2019 - 12:12PM

Brazilian MMA fighter Rodrigo de Lima killed in hit-and-run incident after leaving vehicle on foot, with police still searching for ride-share driver.

Rodrigo de Lima, former UFC fighter, dies at 26 in dispute with Uber driver