The Co-Main Event MMA Podcast (general)

We're told UFC 249 is a go. We're told the main event will be Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. We're told it will be for an interim title. We're told the venue you will be ... wait for it ... "somewhere on EARTH." So, yeah.

Direct download: Episode_396.mp3
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is "stuck at home" in Dagestan, which makes him a lot like the rest of us, when you think about it. So, he's probably out, but the UFC insists 249 is still on. Plus, Jon Jones in trouble again.

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Well, here's something completely different. This week, from self-isolation and without much MMA happening worldwide, we went back and rewatched UFC 1. It was weird. Then we talked about it.

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Both our families are self isolating this week, which causes a number of challenges for the CME podcast. Still, here we discuss Charles Oliveira's win over Kevin Lee at UFC Brasilia, the UFC's weird declaration it will carry on in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and what will ultimately befall UFC London?

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Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk tore the house down in their women's strawweight title fight at UFC 248. Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero? Weeeeeell, that's a different story. This week, we discuss those two fights and look ahead to a weekend full of MMA action.

Direct download: Episode_392.mp3
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Deiveson Figueiredo smashed UFC Norfolk's main event title fight when he missed weight last week. Then he damn near smashed the whole flyweight division by defeating Joseph Benavidez via second-round TKO. What's do be done? Also, we look ahead to UFC 248's two title fights.

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What are Dan Hooker's prospects among the lightweight elite after defeating Paul Felder at UFC Auckland? Can Joseph Benavidez finally make good on his flyweight potential? Are we really doing Cejudo vs. Aldo? And did Ben consume too many edibles before the weekend's big boxing match?

Direct download: Episode_390.mp3
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Jan Blachowicz crashes the light heavyweight title picture with his three-minute KO of Corey Anderson, Diego Sanchez mystifies us with an unusual performance against Michel Pereira and, up next week, Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker.

Direct download: Episode_389.mp3
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Jan Blachowicz crashes the light heavyweight title picture with his three-minute KO of Corey Anderson, Diego Sanchez mystifies us with an unusual performance against Michel Pereira and, up next week, Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker.

Direct download: Episode_389.mp3
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How about that UFC 247, eh people? Specifically, how about that thriller main event between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes? On this episode of the CME, we discuss that fight, the judging controversy that has emerged after it and why Valentina Shevchenko is just too damn good.

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Jonny Bones returns for the fourth time in roughly 13 months on Saturday to take on Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. If he wins, is this the last time we see Jones at light heavyweight? Can Reyes pull off the impossible? Is there anything else of interest on this card? These and other questions await.

Direct download: Episode_387.mp3
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Curtis Blaydes looked good en route to second round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos Saturday at UFC: Raleigh. Yet, is there a huge, Francis Ngannou-shaped roadblock between him and the title? Also, Cris Cyborg pulls off the MMA grand slam and Joe Rogan beefs with ... Stephen A. Smith???

Direct download: Episode_386.mp3
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Conor McGregor blew through Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in the UFC 246 main event, which seemed like exactly what matchmakers and promoters wanted. But with such a top-heavy main card and a $70 price tag, were consumers satisfied with the outcome?

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Conor McGregor returns to the cage for the first time since 2018, for a bout against Donald Cerrone at Saturday's UFC 246. What do we expect from Conor and from Cowboy? And what else is worth watching on this card?

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We're back with an All Questions Considered episode of the podcast, as we wrap-up the action from Bellator 237 and look ahead to what 2020 might bring in MMA. Also, Tyron Woodley got mad at Leon Edwards so he threatened NOT to fight him???

Direct download: Episode_383.mp3
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With Christmas just a couple days away, we went ahead and moved our normal Patreon Live Chat from Wednesday to Monday and opened it up to all listeners. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope the rest of you can make it next time.

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All three UFC 245 title fights nearly went the distance, pushing the pay-per-view run time up around four hours. Here we talk about how it all went for Usman, Covington, Volko, Holloway, Nunes and GDR.

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You wanna talk about painful? How about Jairzinho Rozenstruik destroying Alistair Overeem's lip in the final seconds of a heavyweight main event Overeem was on the verge of winning at UFC on ESPN 7? Also, how about Stefan Struve getting punted in the junk twice by Ben Rothwell and THEN losing via TKO? We talk about that, then look ahead to UFC 245.

Direct download: Episode_381.mp3
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Conor McGregor returns from his lengthy, uh, sabbatical to fight Donald The Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246 in January and, among other things, the CME wants to know: Why now? Why the Cowboy? Why welterweight? And what about these sexual assault investigations? Plus, we discuss the fifth time being the charm for Khabib vs. Tony and this weekend's UFC on ESPN 7.

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The dreaded Patreon Power Rankings take over the CME proper for the first time ever! Plus ... uh ... what's going on with Ben's face?

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Zabit Magomedsharipov edged Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC: Moscow on Saturday night, but not without a bit of intrigue. Magomedsharipov seemed to be fading down the stretch of their three-round main event, while Kattar appeared to just be coming on. So, what if it had been five rounds? We discuss that, Volkov vs. Hardy and Jacare Souza's impending move to 205.

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Well, we spent part of UFC 244 at Buffalo Wild Wings eating the special one-night-only BMF wings. It didn't go that great for us. We talk about that, plus Jorge Masvidal being crowned the BMF king, Nate Diaz getting stopped on cuts and Darren Till getting an important, if not exactly thrilling, win.

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Ben returns from England and we attempt to catch up on everything we missed while he was gone. As usual, it was a lot: Nate's "atypical" drug test. Maia vs. Askren. Greg Hardy. Dom Reyes. Douglas Lima. Yair and Jeremy. It's all happening right here.

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk is back and maybe (?) better than ever, but is she "back" enough to coast into an immediate title shot against Zhang Weili? Plus, what to make of Kron Gracie at this point, is "Horizontal Niko Price" one of the most destructive forces in the universe and shouldn't we all be about done with Conor McGregor at this point?

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We talk about Israel Adesanya's second round knockout over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to unify the middleweight championship. Where do both the new champ and the old go from here? And, damn it, we really gotta start thinking about going to Tampa already next weekend?

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Ben got up early for us on what was his Thursday morning and Chad's Wednesday afternoon. We catch up with him about what it's like to be on the ground in Australia for UFC 243 and answer some listener mail questions.

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With Ben traveling to Australia to cover UFC 243 for The Athletic, there won't be a normal CME this Monday. We hope to be able to deliver a long-distance podcast for you later in the week, depending on his schedule and whether the internet with cooperate with us. For now, please accept this latest episode of the CME Movie Club to keep you entertained. If you like it and want to hear more like it, head over to our Patreon page and sign up: https://www.patreon.com/comainevent

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We discuss Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens' main event fight from UFC: Mexico City ending in a no-contest after just 15 seconds. Due to Ben's travel schedule, we also look ahead to UFC 243's Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya and try to preview a loaded weekend of MMA action.

Direct download: Episode_373.mp3
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We discuss Justin Gaethje's first-round TKO victory over Donald Cerrone and his ensuing call-out of the winner of a championship fight that hasn't even been booked yet. In addition to that, we look at Tristan Connelly's surprise win over Michel Pereira and then turn our attention to UFC: Mexico City.

Direct download: Episode_372.mp3
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After Khabib Nurmagomedov tapped-out Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, we all have to give it up for the guy. He remains one of MMA's more complex and polarizing figures, but he's really good at this stuff. We discuss that, plus what one listener refers to as "some real Bellator-ass shit" and Cerrone vs. Gaethje is this weekend!

Direct download: Episode_371.mp3
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We discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov's and Dustin Poirier's bout to unify the UFC lightweight title this weekend in Abu Dhabi, plus what Zhang Weili's strawweight title win over Jessica Andrade means for the UFC and why you -- yes, you -- should watch the Bellator featherweight grand prix.

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We discuss Conor McGregor's apology and the MMA world's appetite to see him return to the cage, Matt Mitrione's loss via mouthpiece distraction at Bellator 225 and look ahead to UFC on ESPN+ 15.

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In the wake of Stipe Miocic reclaiming the title from Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, we talk about what's next for the heavyweight division. We also marvel at the return of Nate Diaz and discuss Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero getting weird.

Direct download: Episode_368.mp3
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We discuss Mike Perry's terrible broken nose (and his reaction) after his fight with Vicente Luque, the return of Nate Diaz and what Daniel Cormier is going to have to do to beat Stipe Miocic a second time.

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We talk about Colby Covington’s suffocating victory over Robbie Lawler and how important Covington’s odious schtick has been to getting him where he is today. Plus, Cris Cyborg’s “production team” undercuts our goodwill for her and the UFC heads to Uruguay.

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We talk about Max Holloway's impressive decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, where Cris Cyborg might land next and try not to get our hopes up for possible schadenfreude from Covington vs. Lawler.

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We talk about Leon Edwards' unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos from UFC on ESPN 4 and what it's going to take "Rocky" to break through in the minds of MMA fans. Plus, UFC 240 goes down Saturday in Edmonton and -- sigh -- Jon Jones is in trouble again.

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Sometimes it seems like Germaine de Randamie is forever shrouded in controversy. Even her 16-second TKO win over Aspen Ladd Saturday at UFC Fight Night 155 likely won't be good enough to make her a No. 1 contender, owing to outcry over an early stoppage. In addition to that, we talk about Urijah Faber's surprise win over Ricky Simon and look ahead to UFC on ESPN 4.

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We discuss all things UFC 239, including: Jon Jones' lack of urgency against an injured Thiago Santos, Amanda Nunes pulling a Holly Holm on Holly Holm, Jorge Masvidal becoming a "breakout" star after 16 years and 47 fights and much, much more!

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After Francis Ngannou dusted Junior dos Santos in 71 seconds at UFC on ESPN 3, is he a little bit of takedown defense away from being a transformative figure in the heavyweight division? Plus, we look at UFC 239's dueling title fights.

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We look at Chan Sung Jung's big win over Renato Moicano, investigate the buyers' remorse of the people who tuned in to see Artem Lobov vs. Paul Malignaggi at BKFC 6 and look forward to the heavyweight banger at UFC on ESPN 3.

Direct download: Episode_360.mp3
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We discuss Rory MacDonald advancing to the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix, Chael Sonnen calling it a career all over again and Fedor Emelianenko announcing his "farewell tour." Wait, is that a thing?

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A full slate of UFC 238 recap, including Cejudo's shocking come-from-behind men's bantamweight title win and Donald Cerrone losing a fight by blowing his nose. Plus, Bellator 222 is a snapshot of everything Scott Coker loves, for better and worse.

Direct download: Episode_358.mp3
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Ben and Chad talk about their decisions to join The Athletic as senior writers. Plus, Lusty Gusty calls it quits, Cowboy and El Cucuy prepare to throw down and Henry Cejudo attempts to become the champ champ champ champ champ champ champ ... 

Direct download: Episode_357.mp3
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We take listener questions about the UFC release of Justin Willis and Elias Theodorou, which fights we're looking forward to at UFC 238 and which items we'd choose for an MMA time capsule.

Direct download: Episode_356.mp3
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Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee journeyed to hell and back in the main event of UFC: Rochester. Or, at least, RDA made it back. Lee didn't sound like he was so sure in his post-fight comments. That, plus Felicia Spencer's win over Megan Anderson and Sage Northcutt's painful OneFC debut on this week's show.

Direct download: Episode_355.mp3
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Rose Namajunas was piecing-up Jessica Andrade until the new champ knocked her out cold with a slam. What does that say for the future of both fighters in the 115-pound division? Plus, it was a crazy weekend in MMA and we discuss all of it.

Direct download: Episode_354.mp3
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Donald Cerrone ages like a fine wine against Al Iaquinta, the way forward at lightweight seems as straight forward as ever (though is it ever easy?) and Jessica Andrade opens as a slight favorite over champion Rose Namajunas at Saturday's UFC 237.

Direct download: Episode_353.mp3
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Ben and Chad discuss Jack Hermansson crashing the middleweight title picture with his surprising victory over Jacare Souza, the newly gentle-of-spirit Rory MacDonald retaining his Bellator welterweight title after a majority draw with Jon Fitch--maybe not GREAT for the ongoing tournament, you guys--and this weekend's upcoming UFC card from Ottawa.

Direct download: Episode_352.mp3
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With Bellator 220 airing on DAZN and UFC: Jacare vs. Hermansson airing ... somewhere, it shapes up as a big weekend for hardcore MMA fans. Also, in no great surprise to anyone--including, it seemed, Aleksei Oleinik--Alistair Overeem got a big win in St. Petersburg.

Direct download: Episode_351.mp3
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Ben and Chad discuss UFC 236's stellar interim title fights, including what should rightfully happen next for Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. In addition to that, they look at a number of Classic Dana Moments from the weekend.

Direct download: Episode_350.mp3
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Ben and Chad talk UFC 236's two interim title fights--Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier and Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya. In addition to that, they talk about Bareknuckle FC successfully setting up its own version of a superfight.

Direct download: Episode_349.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

Is Jon Jones just messing with us? Teasing a July matchup with Stipe Miocic only to almost immediately ink this deal to fight Thiago Santos? Well, that's just mean spirited. Also, Justin Gaethje knows who he is, One FC Championship apparently does not and Conor McGregor is ... well, things aren't great for him right now.

Direct download: Episode_348.mp3
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Stephen Thompson was winning right up until he lost. Anthony Pettis was losing right up until he won. Big Pretty talked big but fought ugly. Plus, Gaethje vs. Barboza seems destined to be a certain kind of fight on ESPN.

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Jorge Masvidal serves Darren Till AND Leon Edwards some tasty vittles at UFC Fight Night 147. Plus, Anthony Pettis moves up to welterweight ... and, wait, UFC pay-per-views are available exclusively where now?

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Junior dos Santos defeats Derrick Lewis after Lewis allegedly shows up at UFC Fight Night 146 with a serious knee injury. Then, dos Santos says anybody but Brock Lesnar should fight next for the heavyweight title. So, let's just say there is a lot of talk about--and that doesn't even include next week's Fight Night 147.

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With Jon Jones saying he's just now getting comfortable feeling like a UFC fighter (lol, wut?!?), we discuss the outlook for the rest of Bones' 2019 in the wake of his victory over Anthony Smith. Plus, a welterweight title fight that was a nightmare for one guy and a dream for the other. Oh, and say one thing for Ben Askren's UFC debut: It was not boring.

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We talk about what the heck is happening at lightweight, where Dustin Poirier went from tweeting a middle finger emoji to landing in a 155-pound interim title fight. Also, a look ahead to UFC 235, the ACTUAL welterweight and light heavyweight titles are on the line.

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Did Francis Ngannou knock Cain Velasquez out with the shortest uppercut ever seen by man? Did Velasquez's knee spontaneously self-destruct? Is Mirko CroCop back? Have Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov made amends? On this AQC episode of the CME, the heavyweight division is back to its old tricks!

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So, wait ... WHAT happened to Robert Whittaker just before UFC 234? And how did Kelvin Gastelum play it? And did how we feel about Adesanya vs. Silva have mostly to do with our own fears?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

A free sample of Ben and Chad's new podcast "Road Agents" which will be available to top-tier patrons at the CME's Patreon page. Like what you hear? Go sign up: https://patreon.com/comainevent

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Jose Aldo and Marlon Moraes each got big wins at UFC Fight Night 144. Plus, your dudes look ahead to UFC 234's Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum and Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya.

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Ryan Bader becomes the Bellator champ champ with his quick and easy victory over Fedor Emelianenko in the heavyweight grand prix final. Did Scotty Cokes and Co. just hit a towering home run? Plus, what to look for at UFC on ESPN+ 2.

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Ben and Chad break down the action from UFC on ESPN+1, as instructed by the huge amounts of listener mail they received.

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The UFC's broadcast deal with ESPN is upon us, so Ben and Chad break down Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw, talk about how a streaming-only product will affect fans and then nod to Nate Diaz jumping into the Conor-Khabib feud.

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After holiday break, Ben and Chad are back like Francis Ngannou after knocking out Curtis Blaydes. On this episode: UFC 232 wrap-up plus UFC 235 goes from the outhouse to the penthouse.

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ICYMI, the CME put out a Christmas Spectacular last year about this time. Here it is again.

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Chad and Ben discuss the divergent directions of Frank Mir and Lyoto Machida, then look ahead to UFC 232's dueling title fights. 

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Ben and Chad breakdown the two title fights from UFC 231 and ask what happens next at men's featherweight and women's flyweight. Plus, with the UFC's deal with Fox about to end, what did we learn?

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Recapping the hot heavyweight action from Adelaide, Australia over the weekend (and Shogun!), plus Ben and Chad look ahead to the two awesome title fights on tap Saturday at UFC 231.

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Ben and Chad discuss one of their favorite books, Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, with some help from the CME listening audience.

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The outcome of Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz 3 leaves everybody out of sorts and wondering, among other things, if Golden Boy is one-and-done in MMA. Also, just how "back" is Francis Ngannou?

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Are we ready to accept Santiago Ponzinibbio as welterweight No. 1 contender? Also, Bellator throws it back to the early 2000s with a tape delay from Israel and Francis Ngannou prepares to fight Curtis Blaydes. In the middle of the night. From China.

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The UFC celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Fight Night event in Denver. Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung have a crackerjack. Mike Perry and Donald Cerrone settle their rivalry ... for now.

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Stunning news this week, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces he'll be doing ... something ... at Rizin 14 on New Years Eve. Plus, UFC 230 wrap-up and a Fight Night 139 preview.

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Derrick Lewis will cash in on his balls being hot against Daniel Cormier at UFC 230, Anthony Smith seems like a good little light heavyweight contender and, wait, you can make *trades* in MMA?

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Ben and Chad try not to jinx the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Plus, new fights for DC, The Black Beast, Jonny Bones, Lusty Gusty, Shev-champ-o and Joanna Former Champion.

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CANNONBALL!!! After Khabib Nurmagomedov goes into the crowd to brawl with Dillon Danis, Ben and Chad question whether anything really goes when you're "selling the fight."

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Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is almost upon us! Plus, your dudes break down much of the action from Bellator 206.

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Jon Jones back. Conor McGregor back. Plus, why is Bellator trying to hide Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald from us?

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All listener mail all the time on this AQC episode. Ben and Chad talk results from UFC: Moscow and answers questions on all things under the MMA sun.

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On tap this week: UFC 228's main event turned out to be a showcase fight for Tyron Woodley, Nicco Montano loses her title without even fighting and wild times afoot at strawweight.

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Are we hyped for Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till? Is Valentina Shevchenko the uncrowned champ? And is Dana White right to expect two million buys for UFC 229?

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Special guest Sarah Aswell joins the CME to discuss Fletch and how much author Gregory MacDonald may or may not have been fucking with us.

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Justin Ray Gaethje KOed James Vick in 1:27 on Saturday, Bareknuckle FC starts to reveal its flaws and Buffer vs. Diaz is the hottest feud of the summer.

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Dana White says he won't let Georges St-Pierre fight the Conor-Khabib winner (*knowing wink*), Justin Gaethje and James Vick prepare to do terrible things and James Gallagher gets kicked. Right. In. The. Face.

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For the first time ever, Ben and Chad open the livestream up to everyone and take questions from the audience.

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UFC 227 provided twists and turns--Henry Cejudo and Tilly Dills reigned--and Conor McGregor is set to return against the dude he through that hand truck at, so ...

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UFC on Fox 30 looked great on paper and the fights themselves turned out to be banging on Saturday night in Calgary. Dustin Poirer defeated Eddie Alvarez in a rematch in order to become … the guy who gets to wait and see if Khabib Nurmagomedov gets injured. In other action, Jose Aldo and Joanna Jedrzejczyk both notched victories that were essentially finger wags at anybody trying to write them off. With that event in the rear view, Ben and Chad must now turn their attention to the rematch-centric UFC 227. On that card T.J. Dillashaw faces Cody Garbrandt for a second time and Demetrious Johnson meets up with Henry Cejudo once again. Because … well … it’s all anybody could think to do.

All that, plys AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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After nearly seven painstaking hours of UFC: Hamburg on Sunday, Anthony Smith made short work of Shogun Rua in their main event light heavyweight fight. Merciful, perhaps, if you were one of the superfans who sat through the whole thing, but not so for Rua himself. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad talk about the rise of Smith into a fun character on the 205-pound landscape, but also the politics of Shogun getting KOed at an event that felt like filler content. They also discuss the stakes of Nick Newell’s upcoming fight at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and next Saturday’s UFC on Fox 30 card. On Fox, Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier will hook up for a rematch of their UFC 211 “no contest” and Jose Aldo faces a must win against Jeremy Stevens.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

Junior dos Santos outdueled Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 133 on Saturday, though the unanimous decision win wasn’t exactly the home run needed to declare the former champion well and truly “back.” Elsewhere, Stipe Miocic is hopping mad at the notion Daniel Cormier might actually face Brock Lesnar instead of giving him an immediate rematch. On this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad discuss the state of the heavyweight division, Miocic’s beef and what the heck is going on with Lesnar’s teeth. In addition, they discuss the Brendan Schaub-Dana White feud, which veered into truly regrettable territory this week. Also, did you know Shogun Rua fights this weekend in Hamburg, Germany? And, uh, are we seriously talking about this dude for potential light heavyweight title shot?

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Now that we’ve all stopped hyperventilating following UFC 226, the Co-Main Event Podcast is here to break down all of the action. On this episode, Ben and Chad discuss the catharsis of seeing Daniel Cormier win the heavyweight title, even if it meant toppling somewhat likeable dude Stipe Miocic. They also talk about the reemergence of Brock Lesnar, who strode back into MMA with his suit pants tucked into his cowboy boots, his potty mouth blazing and his bro-shove skills as wicked hot as ever. He’s here to rake in another pile of money and take a final swipe at becoming UFC heavyweight champion all over again. Is that a GOOD thing, though? Oh, and what the heck is going on with Francis Ngannou? Your dudes chop it up.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

The Big Daddy is finally here--it’s UFC 226 fight week. Your dudes are pretty hyped for what may well turn out to be the biggest fight card of the year. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad look at the bonafide superfight that is Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier. It’s champion vs. champion in a bout that also happens to be an interesting matchup of athletic traits, but will it deliver at the box office? Not to be outshined, the co-main event contest pitting Max Holloway against Brian Ortega for the men’s featherweight strap is also bananas. Oh, and did you catch it last week when the guys tried to jinx the UFC 226 undercard, only to have the ensuing injury (sorry, Yancy Medeiros!) perhaps IMPROVE things? Yeah, Ben and Chad really push their luck this week.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

An unexpectedly busy MMA weekend leaves the Co-Main Event Podcast with plenty to talk about this week. Donald Cerrone dropped to 1-4 in his last five after a hotly contested unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC: Singapore. So, why do Ben and Chad feel like he’s embodying the “Cowboy” mystique more than ever? Plus, the Professional Fighters League showed off its wares and Bellator made a flurry of intriguing moves. Could it be that the two smaller organizations are outmaneuvering the UFC in the short term? Oh yeah, plus UFC 226 is coming up in a couple weeks. That show is so damn big your dudes have no choice but to start breaking it down a little early.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

With Chad newly returned from his family trip, the CME is back to its normal schedule this week with a lot of stuff to catch up on. Firstly, there was UFC 225, which included big wins from Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, Holly Holm and others. Chad and Ben spend a good chunk of this show talking about that event. Also, there was the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, which saw disgraced former NFL player Greg Hardy score a UFC developmental deal after a 57-second knockout win. Oh yeah, the guys also set a very appropriate date for the next installment of the CME book club and announce some exciting upcoming giveaways. It’s truly something you won’t want to miss.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

UFC 225 is right around the corner, so this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast largely concerns itself getting you ready for that event. What does middleweight champion Robert Whittaker have to prove--or gain--fighting Yoel Romero a second time? Is Colby Covington actually getting over on us with his “heel” gimmick? Does Alistair Overeem have legitimate beef for being left off the pay-per-view portion of the card? Oh, yeah--and CM Punk. What … exactly … can … we … expect … from … him? And do we care? Plus, you know Ben just returned from a weekend jaunt to Wyoming, where he took in some bare knuckle boxing. So Chad makes sure we all get to that bottom of that little pleasure cruise. Why? Because the CME Universe deserves it, that’s why

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

After a short break for Memorial Day, the CME is back--and just in time to discuss the retirement of Michael Bisping. Bisping announced his exit from MMA on his own podcast on Monday, nicely teeing-up Ben and Chad to discuss one of the UFC’s most unique careers on Tuesday. In addition to that, they look at Darren Till’s “win” (?) over Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130, which didn’t exactly launch Till into the stratosphere like perhaps matchmakers hoped it might. Oh yeah, and Bellator 200 crowned a new middleweight champion (Gegard Mousasi!) and prompts your dudes to ask: How long we gonna let Michael Page simmer before finding him some competition?

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

Yeah, so Kamaru Usman’s unanimous decision win over Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 wasn’t exactly a crowd-pleaser. Usman largely wore Maia around the cage like a hat, but compared to the two first-round stoppages in the previous fights, it fell flat. Still, some interesting stuff for Ben and Chad to talk about did come out of it. What to make of Usman now as one of the UFC’s seemingly endless string of young, talented up-and-comers who feel like they could be nice puzzle pieces … if only the UFC could harness their potential. In addition to that fight, your dudes look ahead to Friday’s Bellator 200 and Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 130. Which will you want if you’ve only got one night to spare?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Ben and Chad take back everything they said last week about how maybe UFC 224 and Bellator 199 wasn’t going to be all that. As it happened, shit was *flames emoji*. Amanda Nunes crafted her third straight women’s bantamweight title defense with a beatdown of Raquel Pennington in the UFC 224 main event. Fast-forward a couple days, however, and the hottest topic of conversation appears to be Pennington’s corner sending her back out for the fifth round after she told them she was “done” following the fourth. In that event’s co-main event, Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum got themselves into a real slobberknocker. Not to be outdone, Bellator 199 was also full of crazy stoppages, including Ryan Bader's 15-second KO of Mo Lawal in the main event and Aaron Pico getting another first-round finish. All things will be discussed this week. All things.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

UFC 224 comes our way from Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, featuring Amanda Nunes defending her women’s bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington in its main event. Good news, though, Universe. If you’re feeling a little light in the wallet this weekend--or maybe you just don’t want to pay $65 for this card on principle--Bellator 199 is the same night live and free on the Paramount Network. That event features Ryan Bader’s bout against King Mo to close out the opening round of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix. So, which option would Ben and Chad take if they weren't professional MMA journalists? Find out during this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast! Plus, what’s going on with InvictaFC these days? How is that FightPass streaming deal working out?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 305_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT