Kevin Iole is an award-winning journalist who covers MMA and boxing for Yahoo Sports. Iole has been on staff at Yahoo Sports since 2007, where he has focused on the combat sports. He began writing about fighting while still in college at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and the first major bout he covered at ringside was the WBC heavyweight title match between Larry Holmes and Renaldo Snipes on June 11, 1981. Iole has won numerous awards, including Sportswriter of the Year in Nevada and Vermont multiple times each from the National Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association. He was chosen Outstanding Journalist by the Nevada Press Association in 1999, becoming the first sportswriter to be so honored. In 2007, Iole was selected by past winners as the Nat Fleischer Award winner, given for career excellence in boxing journalism. A native of Pittsburgh, Iole resides in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife, Betsy, and their Basset Hounds. When not watching fights, Iole is an avid golfer and loves to attend NHL hockey games.


  • Hi Kevin,
    Josh Gross here from Discovery Channel pr. Wanted to let you know that Kenny Florian is back calling all the action on a new season of BattleBots, which has moved to Discovery and premieres May 11. If you’d like to catch up with him to talk about the show, just let me know.

  • In your Cormier-Lewis article, did you really just call Jon Jones the greatest fighter ever? Are we talking about the same Jon Jones? You know, the one that got busted for PEDs…twice?

    Well, anyways, do you think you could send me the contact info for your editor? I’d like to file a complaint.

    • I take it you have not done any research on Jon Jones’ two PED busts. Did you read the independent arbiter’s decision that came after 10 months of investigation? I did. Maybe you should read that first.

  • Chuck from Vegas: Kevin is true this farce if a fight with Floyd Mayweather is back on?

    • He told TMZ that it is, but that it’s going to be a three-round exhibition with no kicks. So he’s going to box a guy 30 pounds later. Hard pass.

  • Hi Kevin! I’m a fan of your work and have reached out the last couple times I visited to Vegas to see if you wanted a playing partner for a round at @realpuregolf. Schedules haven’t worked out though. Headed back over there from Germany in a couple of weeks if you have the time. I’ll also be taking in my first VGK game with the family!

    Take care.

  • Weather looks good this week. Let me know if there’s a day that works best.

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