Joe Harding tried his best Ali, or at least Broner, during a British Challenge MMA match against Frenchman Johan Segas tonight. It did not go well for Mr. Harding, who spent several minutes on the canvas.
Mikey Garcia seized the WBC lightweight world title by knocking out the previously-undefeated champion Dejan Zlaticanin with a horrifying punch that left the Montenegran unconscious on the canvas for several minutes.
Amanda Nunes obliterated Ronda Rousey tonight, ending the former champ’s comeback attempt in a mere 48 seconds. Here’s how the fight looked through the lens of MMA’s best photojournalists:
Ronda Rousey’s comeback came to a grinding halt as reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes demolished the former champ in less than 50 seconds.
Alex Garcia took care of Mike Pyle tonight in their UFC welterweight bout. The night did not end well for Mike Pyle, or his brain cells.
Joe Smith Jr. retained his WBC light heavyweight title after knocking 51-year-old Bernard Hopkins out of the ring tonight in Inglewood. Smith earned a TKO after Hopkins landed on his head and could not continue the bout:
Jordan “The Terror” Tai improved his career professional record to 8-1 with a first-round knockout of “Smokin’” Joe Blackbourn Saturday in South Auckland, but made a fool of himself after the super middleweight’s attempt at celebrating an early knockdown resulted in the boxer taking an L against the ropes.
Dominic Wade lasted 335 seconds before being knocked out by Gennady Golovkin in a fashion not unlike the previous 31 men who fell by the Kazakhstani middleweight champion’s fists and didn’t get back up.
What the hell did boxing fans do before still video? (Or, for that matter, still photography?) It’s no coincidence, I think, that the sport peaked long before people could actually see what was happening in the ring, sometimes even when they were watching it in real time. Take this KO from a lightweight bout on…
Tonight’s Bellator 150 middleweight fight between Kendall Grove and “Kiko” France ended with Grove knocking out his opponent. That part was exciting, though what came after might have been more frightening than thrilling.
Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000, was stretchered out of the ring yesterday after Kimbo Slice knocked him out in the third round (or more accurately, after he just sort of woozily collapsed and fell down). It was a strange ending to a strange fight, the line on which moved all the way to a pick ‘em after a few people bet…
Tonight’s much-hyped Bellator match between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 ended the way you probably expected: with one of the fighters being knocked out by his own girth and being stretchered out of the ring.
We don’t know much about when or where this video was originally filmed, nor who it depicts, but we do know that this guy’s reaction to getting knocked clean out is absolutely hysterical. If fighting doesn’t work out for him, he probably can fall back on a career in hurdling.
We told you Holly Holm was no match for Ronda Rousey, and the challenger made us look like idiots tonight in Melbourne as Holm knocked out Rousey a minute into the second round with a head kick —ripping the title from who we previously considered the world’s most dominant athlete.
Peter Quillin improved his career record to 32-0-1 after a knockout of Michael Zerafa so brutal his opponent had to be stretchered out of the ring.
Robbie Lawler will keep his UFC welterweight title after a brutal bout against Rory MacDonald that made it to the fifth round before the challenger finally conceded due to extreme face rearrangement—punctuated by the above-seen punch.
Here are some of our favorite photos from UFC 189:
Despite holding Kimbo Slice in a rear naked choke for 45 seconds, Ken Shamrock lost his catch-weight Bellator bout tonight after Slice escaped and leveled the former UFC and WWF champion with a crushing right hand.
44-year-old Dan Henderson quickly dispatched Tim Boetsch tonight in New Orleans: