The Co-Main Event Podcast

So this week the Co-Main Event Podcast put five rounds in the books in just shy of one hour, four minutes. Kind of makes you wonder why Ben and Chad can’t typically complete three rounds in under 1:15, huh? In any case, episode 24 sees your dudes take on the big issues, like whether or not there will be an actual “series” in the World Series of Fighting, the measure of Gina Carano’s true fighting spirit and if it’s possible to mobilize the CME voting bloc in order to win Ben the coveted “Best MMA Journalist” prize at this year’s World MMA Awards. Plus, Chad details the plot of a speculative novel he’d like to write about Tank Abbott while Ben opens up about his wish to chronicle the life of Wanderlei Silva.

Did we mention the championship rounds? Oh yeah, this one is going five, brother. You know, just so there is no confusion in the future.

Direct download: Episode_24_Master.mp3
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Two things were conclusively proven while recording this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. One, Chad can’t remember past episodes of the CME for shit. Two, don’t even try to talk to Ben about PEDs if you want to get the show done in an hour. Aside from revealing those little peccadilloes, during episode 23 the guys talk about Jon Jones entering into yet another “fun fight” against Chael Sonnen, break down a fairly drug-centric week of MMA news and wonder aloud how the sport will remember Matt Hughes now that he’s all but announced his retirement.

All that, plus MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Oh, and be sure you listen to the full hour and 10 minutes, since Ben gets worried at one point that you’ll get confused and shut off the podcast when it’s only the end of round two.

Direct download: Episode_23_Master.mp3
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Big news, people: This was probably the best single week for listener mail in Co-Main Event Podcast history, so Ben and Chad respond with a slightly expanded LM segment and by sprinkling some of your comments throughout the rest of the show. Somehow, you guys are forcing them to take your input seriously. The nerve of you people. In more traditional podcast news, your dudes also discuss Anderson Silva making mock of Stephan Bonnar in the UFC 153 main event, the chance (or lack thereof) we ever see Silva mix it up with Jon Jones and how the hell anyone can ever trust Strikeforce again. Oh, and the expression “guaranteed puss” gets used at some point. So that’s another first.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. We’re just sayin, you’ll be sorry if you miss it.

Direct download: Episode_22_master.mp3
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Well, Ben and Chad were on pace to wrap up episode 21 of the Co-Main Event Podcast in near record time this week. Then, they started talking about Ben’s trip to Kansas City to take in the third installment of Invicta Fighting Championships and suddenly, 17-minutes later, it was time to start Just Sayin’ Stuff. Those, as they say, are the breaks. While Fowlkes was in KC, Dundas was in Minneapolis for UFC on FX 5 and you’ll find a full report from each locale in this episode. The guys talk about Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Hallman each getting bounced from their scheduled fights at the 11th hour and try to glean some meaning from Bigfoot Silva’s upset win over Travis Browne.

Plus, MasterTweet Theatre, tips for a well-rounded fight fan and (again) Just Sayin’ Stuff. Oh, you’ll also find out the resolution to last week’s cliffhanger of whether Chad tuned in to Invicta. (Hint: He totally did.)  

Direct download: Episode_21_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

The Co-Main Event Podcast reaches another milestone this week, as episode No. 20 drops like Bob Sapp after a CroCop left hand. By which we mean, it gets hit, takes a second to think things over and then curls up on the mat in tears. With one heavyweight main event in the books (Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic) and one on deck for this weekend (Travis Browne vs. Bigfoot Silva) Ben and Chad take a gander at the state of the 265-pound division at large, discuss the prospects of last Saturday’s big winners and attempt to parse out the future of the UFC’s international expansion plans. Not to mention, a good deal of talk about both Gunnars Nelson as well as the first ever cliffhanger ending in the history of the CME.

All that, plus a supersized installment of listener mail, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Here comes the boom, you guys.    

Direct download: Episode_20_Master.mp3
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Well, if this isn’t the longest CME Podcast yet, it’s got to be damned close. Ben and Chad kill 72-plus minutes discussing this week’s plethora of MMA-related news. Among the personalities your dudes put under their co-microscope this time around are Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Demetrious Johnson, those weirdoes who booed the flyweight title fight, Showtime executives, Kevin James, Josh Koscheck and “Ghetto Man” Joe Charles. In response to pitched public outcry – mostly, we assume, from members of the Longstock family -- Sir Nigel returns to MC the most competitive round of MasterTweet Theatre ever.

Plus, listener mail, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. So, you know, can see how things got out of hand.  

Direct download: Episode_19_Master.mp3
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So here it is in all its glory. Episode 18 of the Co-Main Event Podcast may hit the airwaves 24 hours (or so) later than usual because Ben had to go party in California all weekend, but here it is nonetheless. On this week’s installment, your co-hosts puzzle over Anderson Silva’s UFC 153 main event fight against Stephan Bonnar, break down the a couple of the forgotten fights coming our way this weekend at UFC 152 and discuss the politics behind the UFC buying Jon Jones a Bentley. Among other things, Ben and Chad talk about what it means to be a dairy commodities trader and how only 947,000 people could tune in to a show – any show, really – that at least in theory airs on nationwide TV.

All that plus Just Sayin’ Stuff and AYFKM. Hey, better late than never, right? 

Direct download: Episode18_master.mp3
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Ben and Chad feel pretty confident that the Co-Main Event is the first podcast in history to name check Scott Coker, Paul McCartney and Marcus Aurelius in a single episode. Not to brag, but that gives you at least some idea as to the breadth of topics taken on during week 17. Thanks in large part to Chad’s daughter making a very timely first appearance on planet earth last week, the dudes were able to crank this episode out as scheduled and the results are scintillating. Amid a discussion of whether Brock Lesnar belongs in the UFC (or any) hall of fame, if a win for Vitor Belfort would be the best thing to happen to UFC 152 and if anything can save “The Ultimate Fighter” at this point, everybody learned some valuable lessons.

Well, except Sir Nigel Longstock, but theatricalists are known for their mulishness. 

Listen to it. You might enjoy it.

Direct download: Episode_17_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

The Co-Main Event Podcast had to strike while the iron was hot this week, and by that terrible cliché we mean “hot” as in before Chad’s wife up and started giving birth. As a result, episode 16 comes to you a day early, bringing with it an hour and 10 minutes of talk about the odds and ends of MMA news that broke during a week that should’ve culminated in UFC 151. In that event's stead, Ben and Chad break down the “controversy” surrounding Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski fighting to a no contest at OneFC, Georges St. Pierre announcing his comeback from a knee injury and Frankie Edgar finally decamping for the featherweight division.

Along the way, your dudes discuss their ideal MMA broadcast teams, hem and haw about the legacy of Chuck Liddell and try to remember Lorenz Larkin’s name. It comes to them. Eventually. If you stick around long enough you might even get to hear about where everybody lost his virginity. God, we wish we were kidding about that last part.

Direct download: Episode_16_Master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

We know what you’re thinking: If only you could find a couple dudes willing to spend another hour of everyone’s lives talking about a UFC 151 card that will never happen, right? Good news, wishful thinker, this week the Co-Main Event Podcast devotes damn near an entire episode to – English nerd buzzword alert! – deconstructing this very topic. Along the way Ben and Chad analyze Jon Jones’ inexplicable decision to refuse a short notice bout with Chael P. Sonnen, expound on why Bones still isn’t to blame for the cancelation of the entire fight card and wonder aloud how/why in the wake of this madness matchmakers could just keep hitting the middleweight piñata until Vitor Belfort dropped out like so much candy.

Plus, the return of Sir Nigel Longstock and Master Tweet Theatre as well as Just Sayin’ Stuff. Not going to lie, episode 15 is a blockbuster.   

Direct download: Episode_15_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT