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: Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson fights bust myths about Asian martial arts

Stacked card featuring former UFC fighters brought a global audience for the company’s first event in Japan

12 Apr 2019 - 11:40AM

Stacked card featuring former UFC fighters brought a global audience for the company’s first event in Japan

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson fights bust myths about Asian martial arts
Hong Kong’s booming craft beer scene goes ‘Insane’ with Heart of Darkness brewery

Joseph Conrad, cucumber Pilsners and eye-catching artwork – this Vietnamese craft beer brewery is taking Hong Kong by storm.

10 Apr 2019 - 12:00PM

Joseph Conrad, cucumber Pilsners and eye-catching artwork – this Vietnamese craft beer brewery is taking Hong Kong by storm.

Hong Kong’s booming craft beer scene goes ‘Insane’ with Heart of Darkness brewery
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji beat France to win historic fifth title in a row

Fiji dedicate win to victims of Christchurch shootings after 21-7 victory over France in Sunday’s final, as USA beat Samoa to finish third at Hong Kong Stadium.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:55AM

Fiji dedicate win to victims of Christchurch shootings after 21-7 victory over France in Sunday’s final, as USA beat Samoa to finish third at Hong Kong Stadium.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji beat France to win historic fifth title in a row
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji hold off USA to reach final against France for shot at history

Series leaders put up a fight but defending Hong Kong champions win 29-19, and will play French underdogs in Sunday’s final as they look for fifth title in a row.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:59AM

Series leaders put up a fight but defending Hong Kong champions win 29-19, and will play French underdogs in Sunday’s final as they look for fifth title in a row.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji hold off USA to reach final against France for shot at history
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji survive Argentina scare as France shock New Zealand

Defending champions come from behind to beat Argentina and will play the USA in semi-finals, with France pulling off a huge shock against the All Blacks Sevens.

7 Apr 2019 - 7:32PM

Defending champions come from behind to beat Argentina and will play the USA in semi-finals, with France pulling off a huge shock against the All Blacks Sevens.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji survive Argentina scare as France shock New Zealand
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 highlights: all the weekend’s action as Fiji go for five in a row

Keep up to date with full highlights from all three days at Hong Kong Stadium, with the World Series and Qualifier poised for thrilling finales on Sunday.

7 Apr 2019 - 10:59AM

Keep up to date with full highlights from all three days at Hong Kong Stadium, with the World Series and Qualifier poised for thrilling finales on Sunday.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 highlights: all the weekend’s action as Fiji go for five in a row
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji thrash New Zealand to stay perfect in pool C

Defending champions thrill Hong Kong Stadium with sublime display in 24-5 win, and will play Argentina in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

7 Apr 2019 - 7:36PM

Defending champions thrill Hong Kong Stadium with sublime display in 24-5 win, and will play Argentina in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji thrash New Zealand to stay perfect in pool C
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: England hold off USA, but both go through in pool D

Eagles fight back but England survive to top group and set up Samoa quarter-final – the US will play South Africa in the last eight, despite also losing to Wales.

6 Apr 2019 - 5:48PM

Eagles fight back but England survive to top group and set up Samoa quarter-final – the US will play South Africa in the last eight, despite also losing to Wales.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: England hold off USA, but both go through in pool D
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: South Africa, Samoa move into quarter-finals; Scotland beat Japan

Blitzboks see off Scotland and Samoa on Saturday, making it three wins from three as they look for their first Hong Kong Sevens title.

6 Apr 2019 - 5:27PM

Blitzboks see off Scotland and Samoa on Saturday, making it three wins from three as they look for their first Hong Kong Sevens title.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: South Africa, Samoa move into quarter-finals; Scotland beat Japan
Hong Kong Sevens 2019: Fiji power past Kenya as New Zealand thrash Australia

Four-time defending champions Fiji got campaign off to perfect start with a 22-5 win over Kenya, while New Zealand beat Australia 40-14 on Friday.

5 Apr 2019 - 10:33PM

Four-time defending champions Fiji got campaign off to perfect start with a 22-5 win over Kenya, while New Zealand beat Australia 40-14 on Friday.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019: Fiji power past Kenya as New Zealand thrash Australia
Hong Kong Sevens 2019: USA Eagles hammer Spain as England survive Wales scare

Eagles run in six tries to live up to their tag as tournament favourites, as England recover from sluggish start to see off Wales in pool D.

5 Apr 2019 - 10:29PM

Eagles run in six tries to live up to their tag as tournament favourites, as England recover from sluggish start to see off Wales in pool D.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019: USA Eagles hammer Spain as England survive Wales scare
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 scores: South Africa smash Japan as Scotland are beaten by Samoa

Blitzboks fight back from first-half deficit to seal comfortable win, while Scotland’s campaign is off to a stuttering start with defeat by Samoa.

5 Apr 2019 - 10:27PM

Blitzboks fight back from first-half deficit to seal comfortable win, while Scotland’s campaign is off to a stuttering start with defeat by Samoa.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 scores: South Africa smash Japan as Scotland are beaten by Samoa
Hong Kong Sevens 2019 pools and teams: World Series standings, points, tries for all the contenders

Taking a look at the key stats and takeaways for every team heading into this weekend at Hong Kong Stadium.

4 Apr 2019 - 11:29AM

Taking a look at the key stats and takeaways for every team heading into this weekend at Hong Kong Stadium.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019 pools and teams: World Series standings, points, tries for all the contenders
Hong Kong Sevens 2019: schedule, dates, tickets, odds, how to watch

The biggest party of the year is about to descend on the city once again – here’s how you can keep up to date with all of the action.

3 Apr 2019 - 5:00PM

The biggest party of the year is about to descend on the city once again – here’s how you can keep up to date with all of the action.

Hong Kong Sevens 2019: schedule, dates, tickets, odds, how to watch
One Championship: Eddie Alvarez’s eye ‘exploded from the inside’ – punch ‘instantly blinded me’, says former UFC champion

Former UFC champion’s eyelids ‘split in half’ by Timofey Nastyukhin in Tokyo, with Alvarez ‘confused in my ability to pull the trigger and my hesitancy’ on debut.

3 Apr 2019 - 12:32PM

Former UFC champion’s eyelids ‘split in half’ by Timofey Nastyukhin in Tokyo, with Alvarez ‘confused in my ability to pull the trigger and my hesitancy’ on debut.

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez’s eye ‘exploded from the inside’ – punch ‘instantly blinded me’, says former UFC champion
World Rugby Sevens: the story so far as series comes to Hong Kong with US dominating

The US are the team to beat with four finals and one title this season, but New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa are hot on their heels.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:00AM

The US are the team to beat with four finals and one title this season, but New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa are hot on their heels.

World Rugby Sevens: the story so far as series comes to Hong Kong with US dominating
Heart of Darkness: a craft beer journey from Vietnam to Hong Kong
Heart of Darkness: a blindfolded taste test of the craft beer taking Hong Kong by storm
Hong Kong Sevens: Gwen Stefani headlines entertainment but fans in stadium won’t get a glimpse

The ‘Hollaback Girl’ hit maker will perform at Central Harbourfront on Friday night but won’t play Saturday half-time show inside the stadium, with tribute bands set to fill in.

2 Apr 2019 - 12:05PM

The ‘Hollaback Girl’ hit maker will perform at Central Harbourfront on Friday night but won’t play Saturday half-time show inside the stadium, with tribute bands set to fill in.

Hong Kong Sevens: Gwen Stefani headlines entertainment but fans in stadium won’t get a glimpse
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson used to be ‘scared’ to fight in Japan – but Tokyo debut blows him away

Former UFC champion feels ‘tight” in nervous first round and admits he left himself open to get hit by Japan’s Yuya Wakamatsu

2 Apr 2019 - 11:10AM

Former UFC champion feels ‘tight” in nervous first round and admits he left himself open to get hit by Japan’s Yuya Wakamatsu

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson used to be ‘scared’ to fight in Japan – but Tokyo debut blows him away
One Championship: Angela Lee sorry for Xiong Jingnan defeat – ‘I didn’t have anything left in the tank’

Lee says she ‘put it all on the line’ in fourth round and ‘gave it all I had’ trying to submit Chinese ‘Panda’ with armbar in Tokyo

2 Apr 2019 - 11:12AM

Lee says she ‘put it all on the line’ in fourth round and ‘gave it all I had’ trying to submit Chinese ‘Panda’ with armbar in Tokyo

One Championship: Angela Lee sorry for Xiong Jingnan defeat – ‘I didn’t have anything left in the tank’
One Championship: Eddie Alvarez’s career at a crossroads after shock defeat

Former UFC fighter’s ego looked as bruised as his face after Tokyo humbling – ‘I’m pretty sure everyone knows who Timofey Nastyukhin is now’ says Demetrious Johnson

1 Apr 2019 - 11:52AM

Former UFC fighter’s ego looked as bruised as his face after Tokyo humbling – ‘I’m pretty sure everyone knows who Timofey Nastyukhin is now’ says Demetrious Johnson

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez’s career at a crossroads after shock defeat
One Championship: Aung La N Sang smashes Ken Hasegawa – then sets up Tokyo title fight with Brandon Vera

Brandon Vera gets into the cage to challenge the ‘Burmese Python’ – who agrees to fight the Filipino heavyweight champion in Tokyo in October.

31 Mar 2019 - 10:03PM

Brandon Vera gets into the cage to challenge the ‘Burmese Python’ – who agrees to fight the Filipino heavyweight champion in Tokyo in October.

One Championship: Aung La N Sang smashes Ken Hasegawa – then sets up Tokyo title fight with Brandon Vera
One Championship: Bibiano Fernandes refuses title after Kevin Belingon fight ends in controversy

Bantamweight champion gets disqualified for illegal blows in Tokyo but the Brazilian challenger appears not to accept the win after wild trilogy fight.

31 Mar 2019 - 9:55PM

Bantamweight champion gets disqualified for illegal blows in Tokyo but the Brazilian challenger appears not to accept the win after wild trilogy fight.

One Championship: Bibiano Fernandes refuses title after Kevin Belingon fight ends in controversy
One Championship: Eddie Alvarez suffers shock loss to Timofey Nastyukhin on debut; Demetrious Johnson wins

Former UFC champion goes to Tokyo hospital after getting dropped by Timofey Nastyukhin, but Demetrious Johnson gets the job done with submission win.

1 Apr 2019 - 12:23PM

Former UFC champion goes to Tokyo hospital after getting dropped by Timofey Nastyukhin, but Demetrious Johnson gets the job done with submission win.

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez suffers shock loss to Timofey Nastyukhin on debut; Demetrious Johnson wins
One Championship live stream, results: Angela Lee fights Xiong Jingnan; Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson debut

Angela Lee is back and faces her toughest challenge in ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan on most stacked Asian mixed martial arts card in history.

31 Mar 2019 - 8:39PM

Angela Lee is back and faces her toughest challenge in ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan on most stacked Asian mixed martial arts card in history.

One Championship live stream, results: Angela Lee fights Xiong Jingnan; Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson debut
One Championship: Demetrious Johnson is playing second fiddle for the first time in his life … and he’s loving it

Mixed martial arts legend Demetrious Johnson is used to being top of the bill, but is channelling his inner ‘fanboy’ for One Championship’s Tokyo debut.

31 Mar 2019 - 7:04PM

Mixed martial arts legend Demetrious Johnson is used to being top of the bill, but is channelling his inner ‘fanboy’ for One Championship’s Tokyo debut.

One Championship: Demetrious Johnson is playing second fiddle for the first time in his life … and he’s loving it
Opinion | One Championship’s Angela Lee is bringing martial arts back home to Asia – and they say it’s about time

The queen of Asian mixed martial arts takes centre stage as One Championship goes global, with stars flocking to Tokyo for blockbuster event.

30 Mar 2019 - 10:20PM

The queen of Asian mixed martial arts takes centre stage as One Championship goes global, with stars flocking to Tokyo for blockbuster event.

One Championship’s Angela Lee is bringing martial arts back home to Asia – and they say it’s about time
One Championship: Angela Lee reflects on ‘really tough’ journey back to the cage
One Championship: Eddie Alvarez looks to banish the ghost of Conor McGregor on return to Japan

Former UFC champion’s return to Tokyo is 13 years in the making – ‘I made a name for myself here’ says Alvarez, who looks in rude health as he begins quest for One lightweight title.

30 Mar 2019 - 11:31AM

Former UFC champion’s return to Tokyo is 13 years in the making – ‘I made a name for myself here’ says Alvarez, who looks in rude health as he begins quest for One lightweight title.

One Championship: Eddie Alvarez looks to banish the ghost of Conor McGregor on return to Japan