The Co-Main Event Podcast

The Co-Main Event Podcast prepares to ring in 2014 this week with the first ever installment of CME: After Dark. What’s that mean, you ask? Eh, just that Ben and Chad had to record a couple hours later than normal, it was actually dark outside and they cracked open a couple of the Xmas beers they received in the mail from Danny Downes. So if you feel like this week’s podcast is, I don’t know, sexier than normal, that’s why. With UFC 168 ending in Anderson Silva’s horrible leg injury and Ronda Rousey’s triumph last Saturday night, the MMA talk comes fast and loose. After properly dispensing with event-related talk, the guys look back on 2013 and ahead to the new year, as Ben totally hijacks round three and talks about TRT or something for like seven minutes. So, sorry about that.

All that, plus AYFKM (of the year!) and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 84_master.mp3
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Surprise! Just because the Co-Main Event Podcast wants you fools to have a very happy holiday (and because Chad has to go out of town next week) Dundas and Fowlkes got together to record episode 83 a little early. And why not? It’s not like recording it on Friday rather than the following Monday meant they were going to miss any big news, right? Oh God, they hope they don’t miss any big news. Not like the show needs any more content anyway, with UFC 168 on tap and Chris Weidman defending his middleweight title against Anderson Silva. Here’s hoping that sentence still feels as backward to read as it does to type. Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are going to go at it at that same event as well, which will provide a nice aperitif to the main event. Oh yeah, and also Bigfoot Silva got popped for elevated levels of testosterone, thereby ruining one of the best fights of the year.

Not to paraphrase Boyz N the Hood or anything, but can’t we have one night without nobody testing positive?

Direct download: 83_master.mp3
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UFC on Fox 9 left a lot on the Co-Main Event Podcast’s plate, Ben and Chad don’t mind telling you. First Urijah Faber proves he’s still the man to beat at bantamweight by throttling Michael McDonald. Then, much maligned champion Demetrious Johnson comes out like a house of fire and knocks out Joseph Benavidez to retain his “World Championship.” Oh yeah, and in case you didn’t hear, this fellow by the name of Georges St. Pierre decided to take an indefinite leave from this MMA thing of ours, setting off a feeding frenzy of fresh match-ups in the welterweight division. So, the guys have to reconcile themselves with all that in just over an hour’s time.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 82_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

One show on the Fox family of networks down, another one coming this weekend. Episode 81 of the Co-Main Event Podcast finds Ben and Chad reveling in  the unexpected glory of Mark Hunt’s slugfest with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva last Saturday on Fox Sports 1. Twas that rare heavyweight fight that goes a full five rounds, while seemingly getting better at every step along the way. In addition to that, they inspect Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s revitalizing knockout of James Te Huna, wondering aloud if the “old Shogun” could truly be “back.” With the time remaining, they look forward to next Saturday’s card on Fox Heavy, where Team Alpha Male sends everybody on the roster into the fray.

All that plus MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 81_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

If you had to come up with an official slogan for the Co-Main Event Podcast, it might well be: Motherfuckers be acting silly. In that way, episode 80 dovetails nicely with the week’s MMA news. This week Ben and Chad take on the awesomeness that was Nate Diaz’s performance against Gray Maynard at Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale, before, during and after the actual fight. In addition, they talk about Ronda Rousey’s performance at the same event and try to put a finger on exactly why it didn’t feel quite as steeped in the same awesomeness. Because they are obliged to do so, they then turn their attention to this Friday’s UFC event from Brisbane Australia, where Mark Hunt will take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a fight nobody asked for, but nobody is complaining about.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 80_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT

After the rollercoaster of the last few weeks it feels almost refreshing to return to the normal MMA news cycle, with the Co-Main Event Podcast sleuthing around for suitable topics with which to fill the hour. That is to say, this should be considered a slow week in mixed fighting circles as there is only one UFC event, and it’s sort of a minor one. Nonetheless, Ben and Chad spend a round of episode 79 “breaking down” (in a manner of speaking) Saturday night’s forthcoming main event between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. In addition, they talk about Jon Jones’ recent proclamations that he wants to fight Cain Velasquez “within a year” and that he wants to retire by age 30. Ben Askren’s Monday meeting with the UFC is also a topic of conversation, though the show was recorded before any news could break there.

All that, plus MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 79_master.mp3
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Big week for the Co-Main Event podcast, considering all the fallout from UFC 167. During episode 78, Ben and Chad discuss the hotly contested welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, including the bout’s various twists and turns as well as the somewhat questionable decision. Oh yeah, and then there’s all the other stuff that happened. From GSP’s bizarre sort-of retirement to UFC President Dana White’s Kill-Em-All attitude at the postfight presser, there is a lot to digest. Also, all the OTHER, OTHER things that went down at UFC 167 (remember that?) including Robbie Lawler’s win over Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley sending Josh Koscheck into the spirit world and Rashad Evans handling a disinterested-looking Chael Sonnen.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 78_Master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

For the listener, perhaps the best part of plowing through episode 77 of the Co-Main Event Podcast will be hearing Ben cough and choke his way through the full hour like somebody’s 70-year-old grandma with a carton-a-day habit. Or perhaps not. Tough to say, really. Whatever the case, Ben had a frog in his throat, you guys. Luckily, that didn’t stop the kid and/or Chad from taking on a boatload of MMA news this week. Vitor Belfort’s 2013 career resurgence is the hot topic of conversation, as is next week’s UFC 167 main event between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. If that doesn’t work for you--spoiler: you are probably a weirdo--the guys also do a bit of reminiscing about the early days of the UFC and chop up the pros and cons of the Zuffa-produced vanity peice “Fighting for a Generation” (or whatever) that aired on Fox Sports 1 this past week.

All that, plus MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 77_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

And so the UFC begins its hard push to the new year this week, with shows on both Wednesday and Saturday, to be followed up by two more events this month and then three during the month of December. Not only that, but there’s Bellator 106 to consider, as the bridesmaid fight promotion’s most anticipated event underwhelmed for much of its three-and-a-half hour broadcast over the weekend. Until … until, until ... Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler hit the stage and showed everybody exactly why they were the headlining act. Obviously all that stuff gets discussed in more or less painstaking detail during this week’s episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. Also discussed are Ben’s recent trip to an in-state grappling tournament, Chad’s latest short story publication and how every time they go to the store both guys seem to get stuck behind an old lady who insists on scratching the world’s slowest check. 

All that, plus AYFKM, Tips for the Well-Rounded Fight Fan and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 76_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

Lot of ground to cover during this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. With Tito Ortiz’s “unexpected” neck injury forcing Bellator to scramble to re-book Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez on free TV last Friday, you might’ve thought this CME would double as a eulogy for the dearly departed fight promotion. Not so fast however, as episode 75 finds Ben and Chad discussing whether Bellator’s revamped free card actually puts it in a better position than its terrible PPV one. Aside from that, there’s Lyoto Machida’s big win over Mark Munoz to consider, and then some rampant speculation as to if the “Machida Era” is back on at middleweight. In between, they discuss Chad’s new job and benefit from cameo appearances from dudes like Mayehm Miller and Melvin Guillard, not to mention a few Gracies.

All that, plus MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

 

Direct download: 75_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT