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.

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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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Gdansk, Gdansk, Gdansk is where the UFC journeys this weekend for Fight Night 118. The main event of that card features Donald Cerrone against Darren Till, which is kind of a strange marquee matchup until you consider that Till might well have his eye on being the new Donald Cerrone. On this week’s episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad discuss what matchmakers might want to get from Cerrone vs. Till. They also look at Mark Hunt’s latest falling out with the UFC, which bubbled over in a profane and emoji-filled war of words this week. Also, did you know it’s only three weeks until UFC 217 and Michael Bisping’s encounter with Georges St-Pierre? So, like, only 100 staredowns to go before those guys get in the cage and do the damn thing over the middleweight title.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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No big deal, you guys. Demetrious Johnson is just going to toss Ray Borg up in the air like a small child and then armbar him as he plummets to earth (which is something we absolutely do NOT recommend doing to a child). If you are one of these people who insists on continuing to try to cast aspersions on the UFC men’s flyweight champ--well--you starting to feel sheepish yet? Clearly, Johnson is on some otherworldly shit … and that’s why this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast wholeheartedly endorses him taking on the winner of Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw next. Ben and Chad agree, it’s sort of a “been there, done that” feel with Mighty Mouse fighting other flyweight contenders at this point. Time to see how high the Mouse can fly, you know? In addition to that, your dudes talk about Tony Ferguson’s interim lightweight title win over Kevin Lee and then look at the notion of Lee fighting this fight with a big ol’ staph infection on his chest. So you might say there’s a little something in this episode for everyone.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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UFC 216 comes our way this weekend from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will go on, the UFC says, just days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history struck the Las Vegas strip. It casts a macabre shadow from which to try to view an evening of MMA action, but that’s where we are in this country at the moment. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad look at Demetrious Johnson finally getting his chance to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses. They also talk about Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee squaring off for an interim lightweight title and perhaps the opportunity to be a future opponent for Conor McGregor. Speaking of McGregor, the fighting Irishman made his first public appearance since losing to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. He had some ideas about who he’ll fight next. A lot of ideas, actually.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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A pretty low-quality UFC event and a pretty high-quality Bellator event paced the weekend in MMA and you know that kind of role reversal is enough to get the creative juices flowing for the CME. On this episode, Ben and Chad talk about Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha having a crackerjack women’s strawweight contender fight at UFC Fight Night 117. They also puzzle over the debut of Gokhan Saki and wonder if it’s good enough to be a fun fighter without being a terribly good one. They also take a broad look at what Bellator did, including a second fight for Aaron Pico, a highlight reel knockout for Paul Daley and a very Benson Henderson fight to cap things off.

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

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Luke Rockhold returns from more than a year away, takes some time to shake off the rust and ultimately emerges from UFC Fight Night 116 with a second-round win via strikes over Dave Branch. Pretty much just what the doctor ordered for Rockhold, who got some decent work in, faced some adversity and then nonetheless re-established himself as one of the very best middleweights in the UFC. Interesting thing is going to see what happens now, what with Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre still on tap near the end of the year. Depending on who wins that bad boy, the 185-pound division might still have some time to kill before anybody gets a chance to take on the champion. In addition to Rockhold, Mike Perry had himself a night on Saturday, and then went ahead and called out Robbie Lawler. As if that what wasn’t enough hot Octagonal action for you, UFC Fight Night 117 comes at you this week, featuring Ovince St. Preux vs. Yushin Okami as its main event. Ben and Chad talk about all this stuff and more on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast.

Plus, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

 

 

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Demetrious Johnson didn’t get his chance to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses after all. Not when Ray Borg got pulled from their scheduled UFC 215 main event just prior to the weigh-in, owing to a “viral infection.” So instead, company brass turned the marquee attraction of this fight card over to the women’s bantamweight title bout pitting Amanda Nunes against Valentina Shevchenko and it … well, it was a thing that totally happened. It wasn’t terrible by any stretch. It also wasn’t great. Some people seemed to like it. The absence of DJ vs. Borg didn’t keep the men’s flyweight division from being interesting, however, after Henry Cejudo showed up to do his best Conor McGregor impression on Wilson Reis’ face. In addition to all this hot action, your dudes Ben and Chad look ahead to next week’s fight card, headlined by Luke Rockhold’s return against Dave Branch.

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

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Back to business, Co-Mainiacs! After the months-long fever dream that was Mayweather vs. McGregor this week finds Ben and Chad thrust back into sober (and somewhat sobering) MMA action. For Episode 271 of our beloved CME, your dudes look at some storylines leftover from UFC Fight Night 11, including the emergence of Zabit Magomedsharipov as well as the suddenly divergent careers of Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. In addition to that, they look ahead to this weekend’s UFC 215 card, where two under-the-radar championships will be on the line. Demetrious Johnson looks to make history, vying to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses as he puts his flyweight title on the line against Ray Borg. Also, Amanda Nunes calls a do-over in her women’s bantamweight scrap against Valentina Shevchenko.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Welp, here it is, CME Universe, the last episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast where you have to listen to Chad and Ben spend any significant time talking about Mayweather-McGregor. And really, is that so wrong? Heck, the damn fight turned out to be more fun than anyone expected, with Conor McGregor outperforming everyone’s expectations and Floyd Mayweather letting him do it for as long as he felt like it (but not a second longer). So this week your dudes talk about McGregor’s surprising performance as well as what’s next for the UFC lightweight champion. A UFC lightweight championship defense perhaps? LOL. Don’t make them laugh. Oh, also, your dudes hold heartbreaking discussion on Jon Jones’ lastest positive drug test and spend some cursory time contemplating this weekend’s UFC Fight Night.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Well, Co-Mainiacs, here we are. The moment is upon us. History unfolds before our very eyes. On this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad take a last, pre-fight look at the boxing match pitting Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor. How did we get here? How will it go? What’s next for the UFC lightweight champion and the fight company’s biggest draw? All of this stuff gets discussed. Don’t worry though, MMA purists, some of mixed-rules fighting’s biggest weekly headlines see the light of day as well. Junior dos Santos flagged by USADA? Masvidal vs. Wonder Man? Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez? All this stuff is on the schedule.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff.

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Perhaps you thought it was an ain’t shit going on kind of week, eh Universe? If that’s what you did anticipate, Ben and Chad don’t blame you. With the UFC clearing the lane for Aug. 26’s Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match the waters are relatively quiet in the MMA world. Still, there was #enoughshitgoinon that your dudes managed to fill three rounds with it for this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. For starters they try to break down all the relevant storylines suddenly cropping up with just 12 days to go before Mayweather-McGregor. In addition to that, they talk about Ben’s latest story on MMA Junkie, about whether UFC fighters should still be considered independent contractors. On top of that, Georges St-Pierre’s middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping is now official for UFC 217, so you better believe that also gets some consideration.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Did you enjoy UFC Fight Night 114, CME Universe? Your dudes Ben and Chad hope you did because that’s all the live MMA action inside the Octagon that you’re going to get between now and Sept. 2. Fortunately, you’ll be able to fill you empty weeks listening to dudes TALK about fighting, at least. On this episode, for example, the guys turn their attention to big wins for Sergio Pettis and Alexa Grasso on the UFN 114 card. In addition to that they discuss the budding feud between Conor McGregor and boxer-turned-sparring-partner Paulie Maglignaggi. The Magic Man! They also take a long moment to consider August and whether it’s a good or bad thing that the month will give fans a break in the UFC’s hard-charging live event schedule.

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

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After Saturday night’s UFC 214, the Co-Main Event Podcast is spent. Following the drama and the comedy, the triumph and the heartbreak, the entire MMA community should probably be cooling its heels somewhere on beach right now, toes in the sand, bottle of Coors Lite balanced precariously on our knees. But that’s not how we roll, is it? Nope, Ben and Chad are strapped in and ready to debrief this week, taking on all aspects of the UFC 214 main event. Firstly, there was Jon Jones, who rose to a new level of greatness when confronted by his fiercest rival and, now once again light heavyweight champion, has solidified the notion he’s the greatest ever to do the damn thing. Secondly, there was Daniel Cormier, whose title reign ended in heartbreak but whose character and contributions to the sport should also sew-up his hall of famer status. Thirdly, there was Brock Lesnar. Wait, what? That’s right, Jonny Bones may next take on the Mayor of Suplex City. Because we can’t go one single weekend without things getting weird.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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The Co-Main Event Podcast returns this week with a gargantuan show to handle an MMA news cycle that doth overfloweth with insane action. Ben and Chad convene to discuss Chris Weidman’s potentially career-saving victory over Kelvin Gastelum at last weekend’s UFC on Fox 25. They also look ahead to the ultra-stacked UFC 214 on Saturday night, where light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will finally rematch with former champ Jon Jones. And yes, it still feels weird to say it in that order. In addition to that, your dudes look at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title fight against Demian Maia, Cris Cyborg finally getting her shot to wear UFC gold vs. Tonya Evinger and whether or not we should all be real quiet and let the MMA gods slumber until Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone finally get in the cage.

All that plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Can you hear us, Co-Main Event Universe? Look, we realize you may be confused since A) This episode of the CME is dropping a day later than normal and B) Your ears may still be ringing from last week’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor press “world tour” but here--in all its glory--is episode 264 of our little podcast. In it, your guys Ben and Chad spend a while talking about the silliness of the May-Mac Press Excursion and whether the sometimes ugly rhetoric will help or hurt pay-per-view sales. They also talk about a big win over the weekend for Santiago Ponzinibbio (of all people) at UFC Fight Night 113 and then turn their attention to next weekend’s UFC on Fox 25. At that event, Chris Weidman faces Kelvin Gastelum in a main event that shapes up as a must-win, lest Weidman complete a fall from grace that can only be described as “Johny-esque.”

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff.

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Well, Universe, Robert Whittaker and Justin Gaethje both had pretty damn good weekends, huh? Amanda Nunes? Maybe not quite so hot. On this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad look at Whittaker’s big win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 to become UFC interim middleweight champion. They also talk a fair amount about Gaethje having his Octagon debut in a fight-of-the-year caliber victory over Michael Johnson the night before at the TUF 5,476 Finale. Then there’s Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, who had to bow out of a scheduled title defense against Valentina Shevchenko due to on-going sinus troubles. So that was bad and maybe casts her future with the company into doubt. Oh, and speaking of lacking futures with the company: Gegard Mousasi. Where did that dude go? Oh, there he is! In Bellator!

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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It’s International Fight Week, CME Universe, and you know what that means: The UFC will produce back-to-back events this weekend--both of them from the same building in Las Vegas, which makes you wonder about the “international” part, but whatevs. Why spend time hashing out the details when there is so much honest to goodness MMA action to discourse? On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad talk about the expectations for former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje, debuting in the main event of the TUF: Redemption finale on Friday opposite Michael Johnson. After that, they look ahead to Saturday’s UFC 213 and inspect the co-main events (get it?), where Yoel Romero takes on Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight strap and Amanda Nunes defends her women’s bantamweight title in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko.

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

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On paper, maybe it looked like kind of a ho-hum weekend in the world of mixed martial arts, but in practice--boy, howdy--it brought the weird. In other words, Bellator: NYC and UFC Fight Night 112 are both right in the Co-Main Event Podcast’s wheelhouse as far as discussion purposes are concerned. On this episode, Ben and Chad do their best to break down near everything that happened at the Bellator PPV, including but not limited to: Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva both looking old in their own ways, Matt “Mattrione” Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko almost pulling off the rare double knockout, Michael Chandler being awesome even as his foot forcibly separated from the rest of his body, and Zach Freeman’s awesome email skills. Oh, and Heather Hardy, who seems nice. As far as the UFC event is concerned? There is slightly less to talk about, though the weirdness surrounding Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee would be fine on its own in the wake of a normal weekend. Buckle up, internet, it’s gonna be a ride.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Whoa there, partner! This is part 2 of episode 260 of the CME. If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, you'll want to double-back and do that. If you have, proceed. If you haven't, no need to be embarrassed. It's an easy mistake to make.

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After another week where the Co-Main Event Podcast was off again, your dudes are back in full effect this week with a super-sized episode of the CME. On this show, Ben and Chad are in a mad scramble to touch on all the stuff they missed while taking a week off. Turns out, there was a lot of shit going on. For one thing, the long-discussed boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor actually got confirmed. So, that was kind of a big deal. On top of that, two UFC events are in the books, with Mark Hunt defeating Derrick Lewis and Holly Holm taking out Bethe Correia, respectively. Then, there is this weekend's Bellator PPV card to try to get our arms around AND a Sunday UFC event to discuss. Oh, and on top of that the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association finally went public too, and both your dudes are on the interim board of directors. As a result this episode of the CME will be broken into two parts for your listening enjoyment. Don't forget to download both parts!

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The world has a new "undisputed" UFC featherweight champion, as Jerome Max "Blessed" Holloway rolled up to UFC 212, took the best Jose Aldo had to offer over the course of two rounds and then laid out Jose Aldo via third round TKO. In addition to that, Mighty Mouse Johnson waited until Monday to blast his UFC bosses for what he called "bullying" tactics around booking his next fight. Ben and Chad talk about all that and more!

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After a week off to collect themselves--and in Ben's case go on vacation with his family--the Co-Main Event Podcast is back with a vengeance. It doesn't hurt that there are oodles of high-level MMA happenings to discuss, either. That's right, we said oodles. This week, Ben and Chad take a look at Alexander Gustafson's 21-minute beatdown of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which may have rekindles Gustafsson's title hopes after a few rough years. They also talk about Germaine de Randamie's declaration that she won't be defending her women's featherweight title against Cris "Cyborg" Justino and what that means both for the future of GDR and the division at large (spoiler: nothing good!). Lastly, they discourse on the upcoming main event of UFC 212, where Jose Aldo and Max Holloway look to unify the men's featherweight title and finally move that weight class away from Conor McGregor.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin' Stuff. 

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UFC 211 was a barnburner, Universe, and this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast has your wall-to-wall coverage. Stipe Miocic’s first-round TKO over Junior dos Santos to put a second successful defense of the heavyweight title in the bank? Check. Joanna Jedrzejczyk foiling the brute strength of Jessica Andrade by breaking a bunch of her own already insane UFC striking records? Yuuuuup. Demian Maia eking out a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal and reportedly sewing up that long-sought-after welterweight title shot by turning himself into a human backpack for 15 minutes? Got that too.

All of that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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Not gonna lie to you, Universe, parts of this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast don’t sound great. This week’s recording session was beset by technical difficulties, mostly with Ben’s microphone. Fact is, the ol’ Behringer C-1 may be on its way out. Can’t blame it, really, what with Fowlkes sitting there breathing on it for 256 episodes. In any case, you’ll run into some terrible hiss, which gets gradually worse toward the end of the first half of the show. Good news is, it gets a little better from there. If you can force your ears to stand it, you’ll hear Ben and Chad discuss this weekend’s UFC 211 main event, pitting Stipe Miocic in a rematch with Junior dos Santos, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's title defense against Jessica Andrade and Yair Rodriguez taking a massive leap up in competition to fight Frankie Edgar. You know what? We’ll go ahead and get this audio situation figured out before next week. How’s that?

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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Another relatively slow week in mixed martial arts means another #aintshitgoinon episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. This week, Ben and Chad fill an hour, 15 minutes with almost nothing but your listener mail questions. Well, your listener mail questions and one episode of MasterTweet Theatre featuring the inimitable Sir Nigel Longstock. So buckle in for that. Per usual, you guys bring the heat with your questions, slanging fire queries about Justin Gaethje’s move to the UFC, whether Yoel Romero should use this lull in the middleweight division to challenge Daniel Cormier and whether it’s OK to like to watch bad people fight and more!

Oh, yeah, and did we mention MasterTweet Theatre?

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Artem Lobov didn’t beat Cub Swanson on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 108 main event. In fact, at no point in their five-round fight did it even look like Lobov was about to win. Still, dude did better than a lot of people--including Ben and Chad--thought he might do. Does that mean Lobov will be back in an Octagon main event again? Ehhhh … I guess that’s why they record the podcast. In addition to Swanson vs. Lobov, your guys talk about Ragin’ Al Iaquinta knocking out Diego Sanchez and then shouting out his own real estate business. They also discuss where Sanchez goes from here which, yeah, that is as depressing as it sounds. Oh, but did you hear the World Series of Fighting is rebranding itself as the Professional Fighters League? So, that’s more accurate if nothing else.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin Stuff.

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Just in case you needed a reminder how comparatively shitty you are at whatever it is you do for a living, Demetrious Johnson fought last weekend. Johnson, the UFC’s inimitable flyweight champion, painted what might end up being considered his career masterpiece in a defeat of Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24. It’s kind of humbling to watch the dude do it, really. Johnson is so far ahead of his competition, it’s as if he’s been sent here from the future to teach the world a new brand of fighting. If that’s the plan, though, it still needs some work, seeing as how the world somehow still doesn’t really like to watch Johnson fight. In any case, Ben and Chad talk about all things Mighty Mouse. They also discuss Robert Whittaker’s reluctance to embrace the “Bobby Knuckles” nickname and Rose Namajunas teeing up another title shot.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

There was simply no end to the hijinks, controversy and out-and-out skullduggery surrounding Saturday night’s UFC 210. In other words, it was an event tailor made for Ben and Chad to discuss on the CME. From Daniel Cormier getting a little help from a beach towel at the official weigh-in to Pearl Gonzalez being ruled out and then ruled back in due to breast implants (WTF. SERIOUSLY, NYSAC?) things had gotten weird before the fights even started. Once they did, fans got to see Gegard Mousasi’s co-main event bout against Chris Weidman ruined by … situations beyond our control … and then saw Anthony Johnson abruptly retire inside the cage after losing to Cormier a second time. This one was a doozy, my dudes. Oh yeah, and NEXT week we get UFC on Fox 24, featuring a card chock full of sure-fire goodness. What could possibly go wrong!

All that, plus Just Sayin’ Stuff and AYFKM.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Muhammed Lawal and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ran it back on Saturday at Bellator 175, renewing their rivalry of 2014 by putting on a second fight that looked nearly identical to the first. Except that this time King Mo managed to get the better of the third round and salt away a unanimous decision win. As another wrinkle to this already stimulating match-up, turns out this was the last fight on Rampage’s Bellator contract. So you know Ben and Chad aren’t going to miss out on the chance both to break down this fight and to speculate about where your guy Q-Jack might be headed next. In addition to that, they look ahead to the top two fights on this weekend’s UFC 210 card, pitting Chris Weidman against Gegard Mousasi and Daniel Cormier against Anthony Johnson. The latter in a rematch for the 205-pound title we all assume those dudes are just keeping warm for Jon Jones.

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

Direct download: 251_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Ain’t shit goin’ on, you guys. Aside from Tonya Evinger getting that sweet, sweet revenge on Yana Kunitskaya at InvictaFC 22 over the weekend, it's been a fairly quiet couple weeks in the MMA Bubble. You know what that means. That's right, Ben and Chad turn the programming of this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast over to all the little Co-Mainiacs out there. It’s listener mail for the whole hour on episode 250. Per usual, that means the guys touch on a number of different topics, including but not limited to: the chances of Evinger closing out her career with a UFC run, Cyborg challenging Ronda Rousey to a rasslin’ match, what Bellator needs to accomplish on pay-per-view and how to internally justify being a fan (or drawing a paycheck) from a sport that leaves so many broken bodies in its wake. No, really, it’s fun. You’ll like it.

Direct download: 250_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Will UFC Fight Night 107 be remembered as the evening in London when Jimi Manuwa stomped into the collective consciousness of the light heavyweight division and announced he wasn’t there to make friends? Perhaps. Perhaps. What is an undeniable fact, at least according to Ben and Chad, is that Manuwa did about as good a job utilizing his screen time on The Fight Pass Dot Com as anyone could have imagined on Saturday. First, Manuwa put Corey Anderson to sleep with a left hand, then got on the mic to call for a title shot, then went to the press conference to say Jon Jones tarnished his legacy with steroids. So, yeah, all in a night’s work for The Paper Boy. In addition to that, your dudes discuss Gunnar Nelson’s win over Alan Jouban and also, goddamn it, they were just kidding about having Kelvin Gastelum fight Anderson Silva.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

At Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 106, Vitor Belfort lost to up-and-coming middleweight Kelvin Gastelum in such lopsided fashion that even Belfort himself thinks it might be time to set an end date for his career. Maybe. Depending on how things go. On this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad look at Gastelum’s victory as well as Belfort’s loss and discuss where these two fighters may be headed on obviously divergent paths. In addition to that, they turn the page to this weekend’s Fight Night 107, where Jimi “Paper Boy” Manuwa takes on Corey “Beastin’ Overtime” Anderson exclusively on The Fight Pass Dot Com. So, yeah, you could say it’s a full show.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Yeah, that UFC 209 main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderman” Thompson pretty much stunk up the joint, huh? Just a couple of dudes out there walking in circles for 25 minutes. And this after the unceremonious, last-minute removal of Khabib Nurmagomedov from the card on Friday and the cancellation of his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson. Aside from that, though? It was honestly a pretty good card. On this week’s CME, your guys Ben and Chad breakdown the particulars of the welterweight championship clash between Woodley and Thompson, such as they were, Nurmy’s inability to show up on fight night and then look ahead to next week’s action, featuring Vitor Belfort taking on Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 106.

Al that, plus JSS and AYFKM.

Direct download: 247_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

With an actual, honest-to-goodness interesting pay-per-view card coming on Saturday at UFC 209, the Co-Main Event Podcast has much to talk about. Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson prepare to rematch over the welterweight title, after their initial meeting at UFC 205 ended in a hard-fought majority draw. In addition to that, Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on Tony Ferguson in a bout that feels like a No. 1 contender fight long in the making--but is actually another weirdo interim title fight, since the UFC seems to have no idea what is going on with its regular 155-pound champion. The evening’s curtain-jerker will feature Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem as they attempt to have the perfect UFC heavyweight fight. So yeah, Ben and Chad are ready. Let’s do this.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

Direct download: 246_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

The President’s Day episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast is exactly what you might expect: slapdash, thrown-together, even less organized than usual. See, what had happened was, Chad had to take his 4-year-old daughter to a birthday party Monday morning, so he didn’t have the chance to give this episode of the CME its normal, meticulous planning and brainstorming session. So, when Ben rolled in that afternoon smelling like booze and dirty strippers they decided just to do an All Question Considered episode of the show, anyway. And you know what? It comes off pretty OK. This week, the guys take on Derrick Lewis’ come-from-behind victory over Travis Browne, the last-minute cancellation of Fedor Emelianenko’s bout with Matt Mitrione as well as a host of other timely topics. Seriously, you’ll like it. We were just kidding about it being disorganized.

Direct download: 245_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Ooof, UFC 208, right? That was rough. This week the entire Co-Main Event Podcast Universe is likely reevaluating how it spends its Saturday nights after shelling out $60 for the worst pay-per-view fighting event this side of WFA: King of the Streets. You better believe Ben and Chad gots some shit to say. From the overall depressing nature of the fight card itself and what it might mean for the immediate future of the UFC to how we’re supposed to come to grips with Anderson Silva so gleefully getting old, this is an emotional ride you won’t want to miss. Oh also, did you forget that Matt Mitrione is fighting Fedor Emelianenko in Bellator this weekend? That is also discussed.

All that, plus AYFKM, JSS and MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download: 244_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

UFC Fight Night 104 ended with decidedly divergent fortunes for main and co-main event favorites Chan Sung Jung and Alexa Grasso. Jung returned from three years away from the cage to triumphantly knock out Dennis Bermudez in the first round, while Grasso--yeah, we’re not totally sure what happened there. In any case, this week’s CME podcast takes a look at Jung’s return and Grasso’s tepid unanimous decision loss to Felice Herrig. In addition to that, Ben and Chad look ahead to this weekend’s UFC 208, including Anderson Silva taking on Derek Brunson (we know, weird, right?) and Holly Holm fighting Germaine de Randamie for the women’s featherweight title originally meant for Cyborg Justino.

All that, pus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

The Octagon touched down in the Mile High City on Saturday for UFC on Fox 23 and things went well for some people and … not so well for others. On this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad look at the surging Valentina Shevchenko and her presumed women’s bantamweight championship meeting with Amanda Nunes, after Shevchenko dispensed with Julianna Pena over the weekend. They also talk about the strange career of Donald Cerrone and what--if anything--we are to make of his momentum shattering loss to Jorge Masvidal. Also, did you know Conor McGregor had a pay-per-view event where he just talked? So that’s weird enough to be discussed here for free.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

Direct download: 242_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen had the MMA spotlight all to themselves last Saturday night at Bellator 170 and the two of them delivered a fight that can only be described as a complete stinker. Sonnen’s performance especially was so bad that some observers were left crying “fix!” though the Co-Main Event Podcast does not necessarily condone such heedless accusations. Ben and Chad discuss the outcome of the fight, Ortiz’s send off into retirement and what exactly honchos at Bellator can do with Sonnen now. In addition to that, they look ahead to Saturday’s UFC on Fox 23 and its women’s bantamweight title eliminator main event, pitting Valentina Shevchenko against Juliana Pena.

All that, plus JSS, AYFKM and MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download: 241_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

A new beginning for Yair Rodriguez, perhaps a sad end for BJ Penn and another weekly episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. With Rodriguez’s second-round TKO over Penn still fresh in the minds from Sunday night, Ben and Chad spend a couple of rounds on this week’s show discussing each guy. Rodriguez seems like he has all the potential in the world, but is he also a fellow UFC matchmakers might have to protect a bit as they build his legacy? Penn, meanwhile, finds himself likely at the end of the road in the UFC. Your dudes both agree it wouldn’t be bad at all to see him walk away after a legendary career, but both admit now somebody has to go convince BJ of the same thing. In addition to that fight, this week’s CME looks at Saturday night’s Bellator 170 main event between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz and wonders, “What was Chael thinking when he saw Tito smash that juice box?”

All that, plus Just Sayin Stuff and AYFKM.

Direct download: 240_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Naturally, this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast was recorded just as the announcement that Tyron Woodley will face Stephen Thompson in a welterweight title rematch at UFC 209 was going down. Which is just about typical, right, you guys? Fortunately, this episode of the CME is also an #AintShitGoinOn installment, so while Ben and Chad discuss in passing what next will happen to the UFC 170-pound title, it’s far from the focus of the entire show. So take THAT breaking news curse! As usual, the CME Universe comes particularly strong with its emails this week. Ben and Chad’s only regret is that they can’t sit there answering email questions all day. But an hour and 15 minutes ain’t bad. Yeah?

Direct download: 239_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

It was a weird weekend in the world of MMA, Universe. For starters, we saw perhaps the final fall of Ronda Rousey as she collapsed into dust under the pressure (and the fists) of women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Where Her Rowdiness goes from here is anyone’s best guess. You know who else was surprising? Your boy Cody Garbrandt, that’s who. After spending a week or more looking completely ill-prepared to fight Dominick Cruz on Friday night, he came out of the gate appearing, shall we say, VERY FUCKING PREPARED INDEED. Long story short: new champion. So Ben and Chad spend this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast talking about those things. Oh, yeah, and they do it all while choking back tears over the loss of their beloved Baruto to Mirko Cro Cop in the Rizin Open Weight Grand Prix. Such is life.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

Direct download: 238_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

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