The Co-Main Event Podcast

Lorenzo Fertitta was gone: to begin with. There was no doubt about that. He’d sold his ownership stake and unfollowed the ring girls on Twitter and flown away on his private jet, richer than God and secure in the knowledge that he’d never have to learn how to spell Santiago
Ponzinibbio. Dana White watched him go. The UFC President was alone now, on Christmas Eve, with only his hardworking independent contractors still bustling around the office.

Thus begins the Co-Main Event Podcast's 2017 Christmas Spectacular. Gather round for a fable of mixed rules fighting, dear listener, and follow one sport's most powerful man as he explores his own past, present and future, hoping to discover the true reason for the season.

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Rafael dos Anjos’ dominant win over Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 26 was yet another reminder to the Co-Main Event Podcast (or, at least, one half of it) to stop sleeping on dos Anjos. At this point, your boy RDA shapes up as the consensus pick as No. 1 contender to Tyron Woodley’s UFC welterweight title. That actually tees Ben and Chad up nicely for this week’s show, wherein they discuss both dos Anjos’ win as well as the current awesome status of the welterweight “wilderness” (Ben’s word) and ask whether 170 pounds is the best thing MMA has going right now--even if Woodley doesn’t seem to notice. Oh, yeah, due to the impending Christmas holiday, this will be the last traditional CME of the year, so the guys talk about Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s upcoming fight against Holly Holm for the women’s featherweight title at UFC 219. Don’t fret, however, because the fabulous CME Christmas Special will still drop next week. What is that, exactly? That’s for Ben, Chad and Sir Nigel to know and you to find out.

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

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Brian Ortega snatched Cub Swanson’s neck (twice) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123, perhaps along with it snatching future No. 1 contender status in the men’s featherweight division. This week, Ben and Chad search every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in T-City to break down how it happened. Oh, and did you hear Georges St-Pierre won’t defend the middleweight title after all? Sad but true. Don’t worry though, because Dana White is totally NOT MAD about it. Also, UFC on FOX 26 is this weekend, featuring Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos. So suffice to say there is a lot to talk about.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 285_master.mp3
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As investigators continue to comb downtown Detroit looking for Alistair Overeem’s jaw, the Co-Main Event Podcast returns with another action-packed episode. On this week’s show, Ben and Chad discuss Max Holloway’s impressive third-round stoppage over Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 218. What, they wonder, needs to happen to continue to elevate Holloway’s star? In addition, they talk about Francis Ngannou’s knockout of Overeem, which is still making everybody feel a little tingly and unsettled even on Monday. Oh yeah, and remember a few weeks ago when they asked just how worried they should be getting about Conor McGregor? Yeah, things haven’t gotten any *better* for the UFC lightweight champion since then.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin' Stuff.

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As feared, things turned even sadder this week for Michael Bisping. That short-notice fight with Kelvin Gastelum went as poorly as Ben and Chad worried it might. Just a few weeks after getting stunned by a punch and choked out by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, The Count was knocked out by Gastelum at the mid-way point of the first round during their meeting at UFC Fight Night 122. That’s a bummer, man. Luckily, this week features two UFC events with the promise of lifting our spirits. First, the TUF 26 live finale on Friday will be headlined by the ol’ TBA vs. TBD, fighting for the inaugural women’s flyweight title. Then UFC 218 comes through with a palette cleanser of awesome fights. So that should be good. This week, your dudes talk about Bisping’s demise and then look ahead to such endeavors as Alvarez vs. Gaethje, Ngannou vs. Overeem and Holloway vs. Aldo.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct downloaders can listen to Ben railed against late-night tire commercials right here.

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Show of hands if a couple weeks ago you predicted that a boomerang toss would take up a good portion of Co-Main Event Podcast episode 282? Yeah, Ben and Chad did not see that coming either. In the wake of Fabricio Werdum’s confrontation with Colby Covington on the streets of Sydney, that’s where we’re at. That little scuffle didn’t stop Werdum from making it to the cage to decision Marcin Tybura at Fight Night 121, naturally. In addition to talking about the fight and the fling, your dudes discuss Michael Bisping making a quick turnaround to fight Kelvin Gastelum next weekend. Oh, and what the devil is up with UFC 219?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct downloaders can wake up with the baby and watch fights right here.

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Seriously, how worried should we be about Conor McGregor? After another weekend where the UFC lightweight champion attended an MMA event as a fan and ended up causing a borderline international incident, the Co-Main Event Podcast is starting to wonder. This week, Ben and Chad take a look at McGregor’s recent behavior and ask if they should shrug it off like they would Michael Bisping showing up drunk to a press conference or if this stuff signals more serious, Jon Jones-style troubles ahead. There were also fights this weekend, so your dudes talk about the futures of Dustin Poirier, Anthony Pettis, Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez. And are they hype for the Bellator heavyweight grand prix? THEY ARE HYPE FOR THE BELLATOR HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX.

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

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The happenings of Saturday night’s UFC 217 were simply too big to fit inside a normal episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, so for this week’s show Ben and Chad have decided to supersize it. Ninety minutes of pure MMA goodness straight from their mouths to your ears, how does that strike you? They hope you like it, because at this point they can’t change it. From Georges St-Pierre’s shocking comeback victory over Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight title to T.J. Dillashaw and Rose Namajunas both dethroning champions most people expected to be dominant, this episode has it all. Was this the single greatest night in UFC history? Did GSP salt away GOAT status? And what of next weekend’s Fight Night 120, featuring Dustin Porier vs. Anthony Pettis and Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez. Buckle up, kids.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Batten down the hatches, CME Universe, it’s UFC 217 fight week. With just a week or so left before Michael Bisping actually defends his UFC middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre, Ben and Chad take a comprehensive look at what should end up being one of the biggest UFC events of late 2017. Aside from GSP-Bisping, they talk about the very real blood feud between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw as well as Joanna Jedrzejczyk taking on Rose Namajunas for the women's strawweight belt. Also can’t forget last weekend’s action, which saw Derek Brunson KO Lyoto Machida and Colby Covington outdistance Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Darren Till made the most of his first real spotlight moment in the Octagon on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, blowing through Donald Cerrone via first round TKO. Now it seems as though Till might be looking at a future matchup with Mike Perry, provided Platinum Mike gets past Santiago Ponzinibbio. So that could be something to look forward to watching. Also this weekend, Gegard Mousasi made his Bellator MMA debut, sneaking past Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision after getting his eye all kinds of wrecked by a Shlemenko left hand. Did you know next weekend marks the return of Lyoto Machida? Your dudes Ben and Chad talk about all that stuff. Oh, plus Conor McGregor’s ugly remarks to Artem Lobov. They talk about that, too.

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