Aaron Pico is immune to boring fights. He’s fought three times, and each time, someone was getting peeled off the mat to the collective horror of the audience. (The first time, it was him.) Pico is one of the biggest prospects in the sport, owing largely to his impressive showing at the 2016 Olympic freestyle…
South African bantamweight Zolani Tete has always had serious knockout power. He started his pro career off with seven straight knockouts, and now he holds the all-time record for fastest KO in a major title fight.
Deontay Wilder came into tonight’s WBC heavywight title fight having knocked out every opponent of his professional career, save one: Bermane Stiverne, who surrendered the title after going the distance with Wilder two years ago. Wilder struck that blemish from his record tonight, crushing Stiverne into submission in…
Ovince St. Preux kayo’d Corey Anderson in a prelim for tonight’s big UFC event in New York, leaving Anderson looking... not great.
Tywan “Speedy” Claxton made his pro MMA debut at Bellator 186 tonight after a stellar wrestling career as an Ohio Bobcat, and he finished his bout against Jonny Bonilla-Bowman in style with a first-round flying knee. BAH GAWD.
Aaron Pico was one of the most heavily hyped MMA fighters outside of UFC when the former freestyle wrestler made a disastrous debut in June, losing less than half a minute into the fight. He made up for that tonight at Bellator 183, and poor Justin Linn was the beneficiary of his left fist. MAMA MIA!
Alex Reyes’s night in the octagon with Mike Perry ended...poorly.
There’s a reason the referee tells fighters to “protect yourselves at all times.”
Rick Ogden, seen exiting stage right straight through the ropes in the following video, hasn’t had much a professional career. The poor dude has lost all eight of his professional fights by knockout and seems to have been fed to a number of debutantes around the Midwest. One of those dudes is Mikey Dahlman, who sent…
Anthony Joshua overcame being knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko in the sixth round to pummel the Ukrainian legend and earn an 11th-round TKO, improving his career record to 19-0 with 19 knockouts.
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.