The Co-Main Event MMA Podcast (general)

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ... 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

It’s always a good week on the Co-Main Event Podcast when Ben and Chad get to talk Fedor Emelianenko news that isn’t patently depressing. Therefore, Emelianenko’s weekend victory over Frank Mir at Bellator 198 is cause for celebration. Except, you know, you guys, let’s not get too crazy. Yes, for 48 seconds there he looked like a fighter you might describe as “Old Fedor” and actually mean it as a compliment. But your dudes get the sneaking feeling this respite from the inevitable might be short-lived. Still, let’s live it up while we can. Also, did Bellator get exactly the heavyweight grand prix outcomes it wanted so far? Finally, in a stunning CME first, Ben and Chad both present ideas for what they might talk about it round three: Ben Askren or the PFL “million dollar” tournaments? Whose ideas reign supreme?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

Just in case there was any confusion about who they were, Kevin Lee and Frankie Edgar took to the cage Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128 to remind us all. Lee got his point across en route to a fifth round doctor’s stoppage over the much-brutalized Edson Barboza. As for the Old Man? Well, he looked very much like the best version of himself while outdistancing Cub Swanson via unanimous decision. Funny thing about those wins, though: They both left your dudes Ben and Chad wondering what exactly comes next for Lee and Edgar. Good thing this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast is here to to try to answer those--and many other--questions. In addition to Lee and Edgar, your guys take a look at the upcoming Bellator 198 card and try to forecast how Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir might go down.

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

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

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje had themselves a gem on Saturday in the main event of UFC on FOX 29. To say we are not surprised, motherfuckers, would be an enormous understatement. As two of the most dependable action fighters in UFC, both Poirier and Gaethje lived up to their gimmicks in this all-out brawl, which ultimately ended as a fourth-round TKO victory for Poirier. This was one of those fights where both guys emerged as arguably more likable than before. Especially for Poirier, this hard-fought victory made Ben and Chad wake up to the notion that “The Diamond” might be a pretty cool dude. In addition to that bout, your guys talk about Carlos Condit’s extended skid and this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 128, featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee.

All that plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Remember last week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, when Ben and Chad felt lucky that Tony Ferguson had been removed from UFC 223 on a Sunday, thereby (they thought) allowing them to dodge the CME News Curse for fight week? LOL. That shit feels like it happened 100 years ago, right? We were all so young then, back before anybody had even thrown a hand truck through the window of a charter bus full of their coworkers. Back before Ragin’ Al slid into a UFC main event like the DMs of a 29-year-old HR rep he met down at the shore. Back before Dana White had called the McGregor bus siege the “most disgusting” thing ever to happen in the UFC and then two days later made peace with it enough to note that a lot worse stuff happens in other sports (which, OK, fair point) and comment “I’ll take a dolly through a window any day.” Mmmmkay. Here, your dudes talk McGregor, Nurmy, Al, Rose, Joanna and a whole bunch more of UFC 223 craziness.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

Episode 300! Good thing your dudes didn’t have big plans about how they would spend this milestone episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, since the MMA world up and went kablammo on Sunday night about 5 p.m. in the OTTZ. So, instead of doing a bunch of navel gazing about how many hours of podcast time they’ve spent sitting across the table from each other, Ben and Chad actually talk MMA. Here, they marvel, near-dumbfounded at Tony Ferguson’s late withdrawal from UFC 223 and his pending lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Four times they’ve tried to book this fight now and four times it has fallen through. Now we get Nurmy vs. Max Holloway, though. That’ll be an awesome fight, but one that has far reaching consequences in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions. Aside from all that mess, the guys study the strawweight championship rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which has been surprisingly drama-free leading up to UFC 223. Knock on wood.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

With the major MMA organizations largely taking the weekend off, the Co-Main Event Podcast is back with an All Questions Considered episode. This week, Ben and Chad let the brave and generous sponsors of their Patreon page have first dibs at submitting questions. That means this episode is NO HOLDS BARRED. Your dudes take questions on pretty much everything under the sun from whether the UFC is missing longtime matchmaker Joe Silva and what are the greatest one-liners in UFC history to all this talk of big time boxers like Anthony Joshua showing up under the UFC banner. Not enough for you? Well, subscribers to the Patreon are in luck. Your dudes plan to drop a Patreon Power Hour later this week where they answer even more questions. You asked for it and you’re gonna get it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

Did Fabricio Werdum merely get caught slipping on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 127? Or does the 40-year-old former UFC champ’s knockout loss to Alexander Volkov forecast the end of Werdum’s time among the heavyweight elite? These and other vexing questions are what occupy Ben and Chad’s time on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. It didn’t necessarily look as though Werdum had lost a step against Volkov, but it also didn’t look like he had more than one idea for each facet of the fight, either. In addition to speculating about whether Father Time is finally catching up with Mirko CroCop’s jiu-jitsu coach, your dudes consider the UFC's decision to book Darren Till at home in Liverpool in May and also discuss the notion that the light heavyweight division still has no idea which way is up.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

Having--somewhat improbably--survived Friday night’s PrideFC Drinking Game Challenge, Ben and Chad return this week to their lives as humble and rapidly aging podcast hosts. The Co-Main Event still has plenty of contemporary work to do, after all, what with this week’s UFC Fight Night 127 coming up from London. In addition to that, there is Mirko CroCop’s surprising journey to Bellator MMA, which raises questions about whether Scott Coker and his merry band of misfit toys need to quickly decide which kind of MMA promotion they want to be. In addition to that, Nick Newell advanced to 14-1 over the weekend and now says he wants his shot in the UFC. Will Dana White reverse his own proclamation that Newell will never fight in the Octagon?

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

We’re down to single digits now in counting the days until the Co-Main Event Podcast PrideFC Drinking Game Special. So if you still haven’t gotten down with the Patreon, the time is now. This week, however, there is still plenty to talk about. Ben and Chad take on the Cris “Cyborg” Justino Show and whether it’s starting to get boring watching her starch some nobody every time out. In addition, they hold a requiem for The Old Man, after Frankie Edgar’s knockout loss to Brian Ortega over the weekend. On the plus side, the UFC put more young talent on display in Las Vegas on Saturday, so your dudes ask with Ortega, Sean O’Malley and Mackenzie Dern, is there reason to hope for a youth movement inside the Octagon?

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

Jeremy Stephens scored a potentially big win over Josh Emmett on Saturday at UFC on Fox 28. How he got there is where things get interesting. The hard-slugging Stephens appeared to commit multiple fouls en route to a second-round KO victory over Emmett. This week the Co-Main Event Podcast asks: What can be done about how MMA enforces its rules? Should we just rip up the current playbook at start all over again? Does anybody even care? Ben and Chad struggle over what to make of Stephens’ win, then spend a round trying to figure out if Conor McGregor is completely done fighting of it he’ll fight as many as two times in the UFC before 2018 is up. Also, what’s going on with his turtleneck? Additionally, we all look ahead to this weekend’s UFC 222 and ask what is becoming the defining question of MMA this year: This shit worth $65?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EST

ALL QUESTIONS CONSIDERED ALERT! This weekend’s MMA action created too many storylines for the Co-Main Event Podcast to handle under its normal format. Luckily, Ben and Chad also got a ton of good emails from you, the listeners. End result? AQC, baby. An entire show of answering your questions on every topic including Heather Hardy, Matt Mitrione, Derrick Lewis, Cowboy Cerrone and whether or not the UFC is an outdated fad that is about to dry up and blow away. Not good enough for you? What if your dudes also spend a bit of time questioning whether Brock Lesnar is a sensitive and attentive lover? Wait, don’t close that window! The show is pretty good this week. Promise.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

UFC 221 featured uncomfortable close talking, pantomimed public urination, an egregious eye poke & a dude chugging beer out of a shoe. In other words, we finally reached perfection. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad just lean back and take it all in. That includes Yoel Romero's knockout win over Luke Rockhold to capture the interim 187.7 pound championship and young guns like Curtis Blaydes, Israel Andesanya and Tai Tuivasa making themselves heard. In addition to that madness, your guys look ahead to both Friday's Bellator 194 and the phoenix that is UFC 222, rising out of the ashes with a fun little fight card for March 3. Oh yeah, and the PrideFC Drinking Game Challenge is scheduled and on the books. You bastards.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin' Stuff.

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

Let’s just say UFC Fight Night 125 did not go off with flying colors Saturday from Belem, Brazil. From the mild controversy of Lyoto Machida’s split decision win over “Ya Boi” Eryk Anders to the slightly more egregious display of Valentina Shevchenko beating up Priscila Cachoeira, this event was one likely best forgotten. You know, just not until you listen to this episode of the CME. Ben and Chad take up all the topics of the moment stemming from UFN 125. Once that’s dispensed with, they look ahead to the main event of UFC 221, such as it is, where Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero fight for the interim middleweight title.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

The biggest MMA news of the week arguably happened Sunday night, at the conclusion of WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. We all suspected Ronda Rousey might wash-up on WWE’s shores sooner or later but, boy, we didn’t expect the handshakes to be so awkward. Of course, Ben and Chad have to talk about Rousey’s conversion into a “full-time” WWE superstar as well as what all this might mean for any potential UFC return. In addition to that, they look at the recently announced superfight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier and speculate about why DC and Cain Velasquez are suddenly being so coy about a potential fight between the two of training partners. There’s also the middleweight division, which doesn’t figure to get any less tumultuous after last weekend’s Jacare Souza vs. Derrick Brunson fight or next weekend’s Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders bout.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Stipe Miocic, you magnificent SOB. All the heavyweight champion did last weekend at UFC 220 was toss a bundle of dynamite on the tracks in front of the Francis Ngannou hype-train. In the process, Miocic retained his 265-pound belt for a record third time, potentially reversed the heavyweight title curse and put the spotlight on a simmering feud between Miocic and the UFC. Not too shabby for one night’s work. So, you know Ben and Chad are going to talk about that. In addition, they address Daniel Cormier doing Daniel Cormier things to Volkan Oezdemir in that fight card’s co-main event. Also, they breakdown Bellator 192, including Rory MacDonald’s welterweight title victory over Douglas Lima and Chael Sonnen advancing to round two of the heavyweight grand prix with a win over Rampage Jackson.

All that, plus, AYFKM, Tips for the Well-Rounded Fight Fan (no, really!) and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

“No Time” to waste on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. And yes, that is both a clever play on words referring to Volkan Oezdemir’s upcoming light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 AND a reference to this being an extra-jam-packed week of MMA action. With UFC 220 and Bellator 192 both scheduled for Saturday night, Ben and Chad hope you guys have that picture-in-picture option on your television sets. So, for this episode of the CME, your dudes do a little mop-up on Fight Night 124, including what’s next for Jeremy Stephens, Doo Ho Choi and Paige VanZant. Then they look ahead to Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title, which was recently demoted to co-main event status to make way for Chael Sonnen vs. Rampage Jackson. Afterward, you better believe they get knee-deep in UFC 220, including Cormier vs. Oezdemir and the heavyweight title scrap pitting Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

It’s never too early to start talking about Bellator MMA’s heavyweight title grand prix, that’s the Co-Main Event Podcast’s official position on the matter. With Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson scheduled to kick of the Tournament of Absolute Victory on January 20, the CME begins considering the implications immediately. That way, next week the show will be free to discuss UFC 220’s two title matches as well as Douglas Lima’s Bellator welterweight title fight against Rory MacDonald. In addition to Chael vs. Ramage, Ben and Chad also talk about whether or not it’s starting to seem like Conor McGregor needs to shit or get off the pot and also whether UFC executive Jeff Novitsky really ought to be going on various internet radio shows saying he believes Jones did not consciously mean to cheat when he popped positive for Turinabol before his most recent scheduled bout against Daniel Cormier.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Look, if we’re being honest here, Chad and Ben spend the opening five minutes of 2018’s first Co-Main Event Podcast talking about microwave ovens and stomach flu. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to put up with a lot less of their shit, you might want to just fast forward through that. If you want to start the new calendar turn off right, however, they swear they get straight into the MMA talk after that. On this show, your dudes talk about Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s first successful defense of her women’s featherweight crown, against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219. Oh, did you also hear the Jackson-Winkeljohn hanger-on went online afterward and called Cyborg a dude? Sigh. So they do talk about that, as well. In addition, there is plenty of discussion about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s beatdown of Edson Barboza and potential showdown with Conor McGregor. Also, the CME looks ahead to 2018 and what might happen in the UFC and Bellator.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EST