Alan Dawson, Business Insider

Alan Dawson

Combat sports correspondent, MMA Journalists Association member, BWAA member, Hall of Fame voter.

Alan Dawson

Alan Dawson is Insider's combat sports correspondent.

He joined the team as a reporter in 2017 after years-long stints at BT Sport and Goal. He is a full Boxing Writer's Association of America member, a boxing Hall of Fame voter, and an MMA Journalists Association member.

Dawson was promoted to senior reporter in 2019, and then again to a correspondent in 2020, having established Insider Inc. as one of the best independent publications to follow in the fight sports industries. He is read by millions of people around the world every month.

His journalism has been credited by the Press Gazette and the Sports Journalists Association, as he reached the finals of these UK national awards providers in 2020.

Dawson is renowned for his work rate on assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and America.

Dawson is also known for his investigation into the suspected $1.1 billion drug boss Daniel Kinahan's involvement in boxing.

He has been interviewed by the BBC regarding his combat sports journalism, and his work has been cited by CNN, The Telegraph, Forbes, USA Today, IB Times, Boxing Scene, World Boxing News, Sherdog, Bloody Elbow, The Sun, The Mirror, and Metro, as well as national media in Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Check his pound-for-pound lists for the best 15 fighters in boxing and the 15 best fighters in MMA here, as he updates his rankings on a near-monthly basis.

Reach him by email adawson@businessinsider.com and follow him on Twitter at @alandawsonsport.

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