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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Eddie Alvarez on One Championship lifeline: ‘the fight gods don’t always give victory to immediate winner’

Former UFC star says ‘whether I feel deserving is not important’ after surprise return to lightweight grand prix, as Eduard Folayang bout becomes semi-final.

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Former UFC star says ‘whether I feel deserving is not important’ after surprise return to lightweight grand prix, as Eduard Folayang bout becomes semi-final.

Eddie Alvarez on One Championship lifeline: ‘the fight gods don’t always give victory to immediate winner’
One Championship ‘treated Eddie Alvarez better after debut loss than UFC did after title win’

Brandon Vera recalls Alvarez saying he ‘felt like cattle’ in UFC and was shocked by his warm welcome at One Championship’s elite athlete retreat in Thailand

16 Jul 2019 - 6:24PM

Brandon Vera recalls Alvarez saying he ‘felt like cattle’ in UFC and was shocked by his warm welcome at One Championship’s elite athlete retreat in Thailand

One Championship ‘treated Eddie Alvarez better after debut loss than UFC did after title win’
Manny Pacquiao compares himself to Tom Brady ahead of Keith Thurman fight

Filipino boxing icon says he’s defying father time just like the 41-year-old NFL superstar – ‘why is he still winning if he’s so old?’

16 Jul 2019 - 1:37PM

Filipino boxing icon says he’s defying father time just like the 41-year-old NFL superstar – ‘why is he still winning if he’s so old?’

Manny Pacquiao compares himself to Tom Brady ahead of Keith Thurman fight
The Takedown | One Championship: Angela Lee faces the weight of expectations after Michelle Nicolini defeat

The despondent 23-year-old says ‘I’ll have to do a lot of thinking’ after getting a reality check in Kuala Lumpur – but there is no clear way forward for the face of the Asian MMA company.

13 Jul 2019 - 9:30PM

The despondent 23-year-old says ‘I’ll have to do a lot of thinking’ after getting a reality check in Kuala Lumpur – but there is no clear way forward for the face of the Asian MMA company.

One Championship: Angela Lee faces the weight of expectations after Michelle Nicolini defeat
One Championship: Angela Lee suffers shock defeat by Michelle Nicolini in Kuala Lumpur

Brazilian gets unanimous decision with Lee giving a brief and emotional post-fight interview before making a quick exit from the Axiata Arena.

13 Jul 2019 - 11:56AM

Brazilian gets unanimous decision with Lee giving a brief and emotional post-fight interview before making a quick exit from the Axiata Arena.

One Championship: Angela Lee suffers shock defeat by Michelle Nicolini in Kuala Lumpur
One Championship live stream: Angela Lee fights Michelle Nicolini in Kuala Lumpur

‘Unstoppable’ Lee faces Brazilian grappling veteran in Malaysia, while Giorgio Petrosyan takes on Petchmorakot in controversial featherweight kick-boxing rematch.

12 Jul 2019 - 7:15PM

‘Unstoppable’ Lee faces Brazilian grappling veteran in Malaysia, while Giorgio Petrosyan takes on Petchmorakot in controversial featherweight kick-boxing rematch.

One Championship live stream: Angela Lee fights Michelle Nicolini in Kuala Lumpur
One Championship: Angela Lee ‘broke my feelings’, says Michelle Nicolini ahead of Kuala Lumpur clash

The Brazilian says ‘I’m mentally and physically stronger than her now’ as they get set for Friday’ fight after contentious Muay Thai sparring session in 2016.

11 Jul 2019 - 6:55PM

The Brazilian says ‘I’m mentally and physically stronger than her now’ as they get set for Friday’ fight after contentious Muay Thai sparring session in 2016.

One Championship: Angela Lee ‘broke my feelings’, says Michelle Nicolini ahead of Kuala Lumpur clash
Canadian wing chun master Pierre Flores turns up outside Xu Xiaodong’s gym in Beijing to issue challenge

Pierre Francois Flores says outspoken Chinese MMA fighter is a ‘brave warrior’ but is confident he can beat him – ‘I’m here to prove another version of wing chun’.

11 Jul 2019 - 4:48PM

Pierre Francois Flores says outspoken Chinese MMA fighter is a ‘brave warrior’ but is confident he can beat him – ‘I’m here to prove another version of wing chun’.

Canadian wing chun master Pierre Flores turns up outside Xu Xiaodong’s gym in Beijing to issue challenge
One Championship: Christian Lee says Eddie Alvarez has to ‘work his way up’ for a title shot

Lightweight champion is open to defending title against Eduard Folayang if the Filipino beats the former UFC star in Manila.

11 Jul 2019 - 12:51PM

Lightweight champion is open to defending title against Eduard Folayang if the Filipino beats the former UFC star in Manila.

One Championship: Christian Lee says Eddie Alvarez has to ‘work his way up’ for a title shot
One Championship’s Angela Lee on ‘beating up’ Michelle Nicolini: ‘that was me being nice’

Atomweight champion says ‘it’s gonna be a lot worse on Friday’ when she takes on Brazilian grappling veteran at One Championship’s Kuala Lumpur show.

12 Jul 2019 - 8:38PM

Atomweight champion says ‘it’s gonna be a lot worse on Friday’ when she takes on Brazilian grappling veteran at One Championship’s Kuala Lumpur show.

One Championship’s Angela Lee on ‘beating up’ Michelle Nicolini: ‘that was me being nice’
UFC 239: Joe Rogan enjoys Jorge Masvidal’s Whole Foods threat to Ben Askren – ‘he’s ice cold, man’

‘The guy flatlines you, and he’s promising if he sees you looking for Brussels sprouts he’s gonna smack you in the face,’ says UFC commentator.

10 Jul 2019 - 12:28PM

‘The guy flatlines you, and he’s promising if he sees you looking for Brussels sprouts he’s gonna smack you in the face,’ says UFC commentator.

UFC 239: Joe Rogan enjoys Jorge Masvidal’s Whole Foods threat to Ben Askren – ‘he’s ice cold, man’
One Championship: Bi Nguyen is hell bent on proving she belongs – and chasing down the title

A former star of US TV show Survivor, Bi Nguyen returns for her second One Championship fight and looks to show she’s more than just a famous name.

10 Jul 2019 - 10:08AM

A former star of US TV show Survivor, Bi Nguyen returns for her second One Championship fight and looks to show she’s more than just a famous name.

One Championship: Bi Nguyen is hell bent on proving she belongs – and chasing down the title
UFC 239: ‘inferior’ Ben Askren should ‘go back to Asia’, says Colby Covington after Masvidal KO

‘CM Punk spent more time in the Octagon,’ says Colby Covington after former One Championship star is KO’d in five seconds by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239.

9 Jul 2019 - 2:14PM

‘CM Punk spent more time in the Octagon,’ says Colby Covington after former One Championship star is KO’d in five seconds by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239.

UFC 239: ‘inferior’ Ben Askren should ‘go back to Asia’, says Colby Covington after Masvidal KO
One Championship snaps up John Lineker after abrupt UFC release for ‘not being professional’

‘Thank you One for having me!’ says the Brazilian fan favourite after signing with the Asian MMA organisation, just six days on from his split with the UFC

9 Jul 2019 - 11:48AM

‘Thank you One for having me!’ says the Brazilian fan favourite after signing with the Asian MMA organisation, just six days on from his split with the UFC

One Championship snaps up John Lineker after abrupt UFC release for ‘not being professional’
The Takedown | UFC 239: Jorge Masvidal serves Ben Askren some humble pie – and ‘the whole MGM Grand buffet to his face’

‘Gamebred’ says it ‘wasn’t personal’ between them after his sensational five second flying knee KO – but it clearly was.

7 Jul 2019 - 8:23PM

‘Gamebred’ says it ‘wasn’t personal’ between them after his sensational five second flying knee KO – but it clearly was.

UFC 239: Jorge Masvidal serves Ben Askren some humble pie – and ‘the whole MGM Grand buffet to his face’
UFC 239: Jon Jones gets decision over Thiago Santos; Amanda Nunes takes out Holly Holm with huge head-kick

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones retains his light-heavyweight title with decision in main event of a thrilling show as Amanda Nunes gets a first-round TKO over Holly Holm.

7 Jul 2019 - 10:40PM

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones retains his light-heavyweight title with decision in main event of a thrilling show as Amanda Nunes gets a first-round TKO over Holly Holm.

UFC 239: Jon Jones gets decision over Thiago Santos; Amanda Nunes takes out Holly Holm with huge head-kick
UFC 239: Chinese phenom Song Yadong knocks Alejandro Perez out cold on emphatic US debut

The 21-year-old Team Alpha Male prospect is on a seven-fight win streak after highlight reel knockout of Alejandro Perez in first round.

7 Jul 2019 - 8:07PM

The 21-year-old Team Alpha Male prospect is on a seven-fight win streak after highlight reel knockout of Alejandro Perez in first round.

UFC 239: Chinese phenom Song Yadong knocks Alejandro Perez out cold on emphatic US debut
One Championship’s ‘Panther’ Alain Ngalani crushes the Bottle Cap Challenge – and Joe Rogan is a fan

Hong Kong-based heavyweight Alain Ngalani is the latest MMA star to take on the craze that is sweeping social media – and his efforts even earn praise from Joe Rogan.

6 Jul 2019 - 7:08PM

Hong Kong-based heavyweight Alain Ngalani is the latest MMA star to take on the craze that is sweeping social media – and his efforts even earn praise from Joe Rogan.

One Championship’s ‘Panther’ Alain Ngalani crushes the Bottle Cap Challenge – and Joe Rogan is a fan
Hong Kong trail running awards live stream: see all the winners from Saturday’s ceremony

Celebrate the end of another great trail running season by watching the best, most deserving and most improved runners receive recognition for their efforts

6 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

Celebrate the end of another great trail running season by watching the best, most deserving and most improved runners receive recognition for their efforts

Hong Kong trail running awards live stream: see all the winners from Saturday’s ceremony
One Championship: Joe Rogan says ‘it’s like Sage Northcutt was set up’ against Cosmo Alexandre

UFC commentator weighs in again on Northcutt's brutal knockout on debut in Singapore – ‘this kid is just not ready for this yet’

6 Jul 2019 - 5:22PM

UFC commentator weighs in again on Northcutt's brutal knockout on debut in Singapore – ‘this kid is just not ready for this yet’

One Championship: Joe Rogan says ‘it’s like Sage Northcutt was set up’ against Cosmo Alexandre
Joe Rogan loves One Championship’s ‘no weight cutting deal’ as it stops ‘legal cheating’

UFC commentator believes weight cutting in MMA is ‘legal cheating’ but says ‘it’s a different world’ in Asian organisation One

6 Jul 2019 - 1:23PM

UFC commentator believes weight cutting in MMA is ‘legal cheating’ but says ‘it’s a different world’ in Asian organisation One

Joe Rogan loves One Championship’s ‘no weight cutting deal’ as it stops ‘legal cheating’
Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan eight shots off the lead at Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Hong Kong’s top golfer follows first-round 64 with second-round 71 on Friday, and is 9-under par in a tie for 20th place with world No 1 Park Sung-hyun out in front.

6 Jul 2019 - 10:11PM

Hong Kong’s top golfer follows first-round 64 with second-round 71 on Friday, and is 9-under par in a tie for 20th place with world No 1 Park Sung-hyun out in front.

Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan eight shots off the lead at Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
One Championship: Angela Lee beat me up in training after I submitted her, says Michelle Nicolini

‘After that, I didn’t want to be friends,’ says Michelle Nicolini, who submitted Lee in 2016 grappling contest before getting a rough introduction to Muay Thai from ‘Unstoppable’ in Singapore.

5 Jul 2019 - 3:45PM

‘After that, I didn’t want to be friends,’ says Michelle Nicolini, who submitted Lee in 2016 grappling contest before getting a rough introduction to Muay Thai from ‘Unstoppable’ in Singapore.

One Championship: Angela Lee beat me up in training after I submitted her, says Michelle Nicolini
One Championship’s Aung La Nsang wins international fighter of the year at World MMA Awards

The ‘Burmese Python’ beats out UFC champions Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya to the prize at World MMA Awards.

4 Jul 2019 - 4:40PM

The ‘Burmese Python’ beats out UFC champions Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya to the prize at World MMA Awards.

One Championship’s Aung La Nsang wins international fighter of the year at World MMA Awards
Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios enjoys late-night pub visit on eve of Rafael Nadal clash

Australian ‘relaxed, laughing with friends, chatting with girls, drinking’, says tennis journalist who shares toast with the star at Wimbledon Village watering hole the Dog & Fox.

4 Jul 2019 - 2:59PM

Australian ‘relaxed, laughing with friends, chatting with girls, drinking’, says tennis journalist who shares toast with the star at Wimbledon Village watering hole the Dog & Fox.

Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios enjoys late-night pub visit on eve of Rafael Nadal clash
Manny Pacquiao ‘crucify’ taunt explained as Keith Thurman gets biblical again with his trash talk

‘I wanted to stab him a bit’ with controversial comments, says the unbeaten American – who compares ageing Filipino’s return with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

4 Jul 2019 - 1:16PM

‘I wanted to stab him a bit’ with controversial comments, says the unbeaten American – who compares ageing Filipino’s return with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Manny Pacquiao ‘crucify’ taunt explained as Keith Thurman gets biblical again with his trash talk
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer says Keith Thurman is ‘slower than Heinz ketchup’

‘I’m faster than him – I’m going to teach him,’ Filipino boxing icon vows ahead of Las Vegas fight against unbeaten American.

3 Jul 2019 - 4:06PM

‘I’m faster than him – I’m going to teach him,’ Filipino boxing icon vows ahead of Las Vegas fight against unbeaten American.

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer says Keith Thurman is ‘slower than Heinz ketchup’
Canadian wing chun master Pierre Flores wants to strike a blow for martial arts against Xu Xiaodong

‘The way he does it is wrong. It is not right to assume all martial arts are fake,’ says Pierre Flores of outspoken ‘Mad Dog’.

3 Jul 2019 - 2:41PM

‘The way he does it is wrong. It is not right to assume all martial arts are fake,’ says Pierre Flores of outspoken ‘Mad Dog’.

Canadian wing chun master Pierre Flores wants to strike a blow for martial arts against Xu Xiaodong
Joe Rogan in awe of Hong Kong protests ambulance gesture – ‘these people are so polite’

‘If this happened in America, good luck – you can blow your horn all you want,’ UFC commentator says of protesters parting for ambulance during June 16 march.

3 Jul 2019 - 12:43PM

‘If this happened in America, good luck – you can blow your horn all you want,’ UFC commentator says of protesters parting for ambulance during June 16 march.

Joe Rogan in awe of Hong Kong protests ambulance gesture – ‘these people are so polite’
Xu Xiaodong mocks ‘acupuncture master’ Huo Yanshan for ‘fake’ win over Chinese Sanda fighter

Huo Yanshan ‘beats’ a supposed Chinese Sanda fighter with a comical blow to the chest – and gives him some acupressure karate chops to alleviate the pain.

2 Jul 2019 - 7:44PM

Huo Yanshan ‘beats’ a supposed Chinese Sanda fighter with a comical blow to the chest – and gives him some acupressure karate chops to alleviate the pain.

Xu Xiaodong mocks ‘acupuncture master’ Huo Yanshan for ‘fake’ win over Chinese Sanda fighter