Chris Walker Updated at 4 p.m. ET Updated at 4 p.m. ET As we kick off 2019, Sporting News takes a look back at the best of 2018 and give out our combat sports awards for Fighter of the Year (MMA), Fighter of the Year (Boxing), Fight of the Year (MMA), Fight of the Year (Boxing), Knockout of the Year (MMA), Knockout of the Year (Boxing), Submission of the Year (MMA), Match of the Year (Pro Wrestling) and Wrestler of the Year (Pro Wrestling). 2018 saw plenty of fighters breakthrough into the pound for pound ranks while a few others sought to maintain their positions as elite talents in the sweet science. But there was one fighter who had a remarkable year that catapulted him into the upper echelon of the pound for pound list and is now a force to be reckoned with among the giants in the heavyweight division. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 … [Read more...] about Sporting News 2018 Fighter of the Year (Boxing): Oleksandr Usyk
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It may have taken a long road and not much fanfare to get here, but 'The Lioness' runs this jungle by Brian Campbell @BCampbellCBS moments ago • 4 min read LOS ANGELES -- With a flurry of devastating power shots, Amanda Nunes took an impossibly deeper dive into the history books by knocking out Cris "Cyborg" Justino in 51 seconds on Saturday. Yet it was the shocking manner in which she accomplished it that may have won the UFC's first female two-division champion something more.Nunes (17-4), who remains in the midst of her physical prime at age 30, seemed to finally capture the hearts of MMA fans by how violently she demolished Justino (20-2, 1 NC), the reigning "baddest woman on the planet." In the process, by handing the legendary pioneer her first defeat since her pro debut in 2005, Nunes may have provided UFC with its next big star worth investing in.Admittedly, it was a process that probably took longer than it should've. Despite a dominant … [Read more...] about UFC 232: Amanda Nunes cements her legacy as the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time
Boxing is an inherently cinematic sport, with an inbuilt grace and dramatic tension that has made it popular with filmmakers and audiences from the earliest days of movie cameras. It didn't take long for directors to notice the narrative potential of the sport.The Champ, from 1931, follows Wallace Beery as a washed-up boxer battling with alcoholism, who wants to get back on track for the sake of his young son. The movie was a critical smash, packing an emotional punch as hefty as any of the on-screen ones, and won Beery a Best Actor Oscar. The final scene of its 1979 remake by Franco Zeffirelli was deemed so sad that it has been used by scientists to elicit an emotional response during research on crying.In many ways, The Champ was the prototypical boxing movie, in that the hero must battle his emotional demons, as well as his flesh-and-blood opponents in the ring. Boxing movies also take on social ills, too; most frequently class issues, but also racism in 2004’s … [Read more...] about The Greatest: The 50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time
Top 5 / Top 10 60 // 19 Oct 2018, 13:13 IST SHARE Verbal and mental warfare is an integral part of fighting. It's the art of imposing yourself your opponent and destroy the other person's confidence or bring them out of their element and nullify their physical or technical prowess. In a way, it is the art of fighting before the actual fight. Trash talking and trading insults is a legitimate skill in the art of professional fighting and in today's day and age it is a very useful skill to have under one's belt.Talking and trading insults has always been a part of fighting when it is pre-decided as to who will fight whom and this is where the game of trash-talking comes in. It is more so relevant in combat sports and MMA since it's not just about the fight but rather it is also about selling the fight and getting people to watch the actual fight. And people love to watch a trained killer who's also good with words. It is the main reason why Conor … [Read more...] about 10 Best UFC trash talkers of all time
Andreas Hale @AndreasHale Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET When Conor McGregor steps into the Octagon against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6, he won't only be staring an undefeated opponent in the eyes — he will be chasing greatness. For all intents and purposes, should McGregor regain the title that he never lost in a fight against a man who has arguably never lost a round in his 26-fight career, there is a legitimate argument regarding whether or not the Irishman is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the history of the UFC. MORE: UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight date, PPV price, how to watch and live stream It’s an intriguing argument that finds the prideful McGregor in the center of an MMA whirlwind of talent in a relatively new sport where the list of top fighters is constantly evolving. The metric for how greatness … [Read more...] about Is Conor McGregor the greatest MMA fighter of all time if he beats Khabib Nurmagomedov?