The Co-Main Event Podcast

The MMA world will get a chance to catch its breath this weekend, or maybe come down from the weird herky-jerky meth high that was watching Glover Teixeira choke Ovince St. Preux unconscious on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 73. This coming weekend will be the first Saturday in some time without a UFC event, so now is your chance to take your kid to the zoo, maybe sit down and have dinner with your people, like a real damn family.  Unfortunately, since we know you guys, we know you’ll spend it watching old King of Cage events on Fight Pass. Ben and Chad will be here for you, though, because Ben and Chad will always be here to discuss things like Teixeira’s prospects, Ronda Rousey’s suddenly Robust-ish contender crowd and the latest effort to unionize UFC fighters.

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

Direct download: 166_master.mp3
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Rondamania is running wild as Ben and Chad sit down to record episode No. 165 of the venerable old Co-Main Event Podcast. It’s no wonder that the UFC’s dominant women’s bantamweight champion dominates much of the conversation this week, just as Ronda Jean Rousey dominated the shit out of Bethe Correia last Saturday at UFC 190. Your dudes break down the actual fight and the terrifying possibility that the competitive gap between Rousey and her peers is actually widening, then attempt to deal with her budding superstardom and whether the UFC can keep the Ronda Train rolling if she continues to pick the bones of one of its shallowest divisions. Also, you didn’t think crazy-ass SOB Rousimar Palhares was going to escape notice, did you? Oh, because the CME has some shit to say about that dude, too.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff.

Direct download: 165_master.mp3
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This week’s CME podcast finds Ben and Chad sorting through the rubble of TJ Dillashaw’s destruction of Renan Barao--read: Reen-an Barrio--at Saturday night’s UFC on Fox event. As you may recall, that rubble sits atop the rubble left behind by Dillashaw’s first victory over Barao from last year. Somehow, however, this rubble feels heavier. Weightier. Like Barao is buried deeper. Once that grim task is complete, they look ahead to the rubble which will surely be left behind by Ronda Rousey’s coming destruction of Bethe Correia at this weekend’s UFC 190. In the middle there, they talk about Dana White’s recent tirades and question whether we’re starting to see the rubble pile up around the longtime UFC president.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 164_master.mp3
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Like Frank Mir’s standing as a top UFC heavyweight, the Co-Main Event Podcast is back! Back in your lives after a short seven-day respite, yet without having accomplished anything nearly as impressive as Mir’s knockout of Todd Duffee from last Wednesday. Ben and Chad can only sit back and marvel at Mir’s sudden rebound, and also note it's very much in keeping with the sudden rebounds of the rest of the elder statesmen of the UFC heavyweight division. In addition to that, they talk about Michael Bisping’s victory over Thales Leites from Glasgow, Scotland over the weekend and look ahead to TJ Dillashaw’s bantamweight title defense against Renan Barao. As always, there’s a lot to discuss.

All that, plus AYFKM an Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 163_master.mp3
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The Co-Main Event Podcast is back in the building, ready to sweep up after all these damn Irishmen practically wrecked the place. It’s going to be a big job. On this episode, Ben and Chad find themselves with just too much to squeeze into an hour long show, but they do their best. They talk about Conor McGregor’s interim featherweight title victory over a short-notice Chad Mendes at UFC 189 and now McGregor’s impending title unification bout with Jose Aldo. Somehow, the UFC is gonna squeeze a season of The Ultimate Fighter into The Notorious One’s schedule, too. Heck, though, it’s starting to seem like if anybody can do it, it’s him. In addition, the CME looks at the epic welterweight title clash between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald, wherein both dudes got their whole shit broke. Also, Stephen “Wonderman” Thompson kicked Jake Ellenberger in the face on a completely different UFC event probably about four people watched to its conclusion. Ben and Chad discourse on that as well.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and--wait for it--MasterTweet Theatre.

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Direct download: 162_master.mp3
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It has been a real white-knuckle thrillride, this lead up to UFC 189, but as Ben and Chad sit down to record this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast they are secure in the knowledge it is almost over. From Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise, to Jose Aldo’s injury and Chad Mendes stepping in, the guys do their best to grapple with it all. Oh, hey, did you know there is also another title fight on the UFC 189 card? Yeah, Robbie Lawler is going to fight Rory MacDonald for the welterweight strap in a bout that has featured exactly zero injury replacements (knock on wood). In addition to talking about that, the guys circle back around to last week’s Reebok product launch for its new UFC apparel line to double check and make sure it really was as bad as we all thought at the time. Yep, it was. 

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 161_master.mp3
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Just so much news this week that is right in the Co-Main Event Podcast’s wheelhouse, you guys. Seriously, sometimes it seems like the MMA Gods are scripting this shit just so Ben and Chad can poke fun of it on their unscripted weekly podcast. From Jose Aldo’s broken, not broken ribs to Yoel Romero maybe, possibly warning people not to go with “Gay Jesus,” this week was a doozy. But the MMA world’s depressing unbelievable weirdness is your gain. On this episode, your dudes talk up all that stuff, plus wonder about the future of the 37-year-old Lyoto Machida, who dropped to 1-3 in his last four at the hands of Romero last Saturday.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 160_master.mp3
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Call episode 159 of the Co-Main Event Podcast the first of the Kimbo Slice Era of mixed martial arts. Errr, wait, the second Kimbo Slice Era of mixed martial arts? Whatever. The Sliceman knocked Ken Shamrock into the black land on Friday at Bellator 138, setting promotional cable television ratings records and making us all kind of feel bad about ourselves for watching. In the aftermath of The Greatest Fight of All Time, many people have cried “fix!” because, well, they were looking for ways to seem like bigger suckers than just watching the thing in the first place. In other news, your girl Joanna JÄ™drzejczyk laid a straight up Eastern European beatdown on Jessica Pe-NAY on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 69. Ben and Chad talk about that, and then look ahead to Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero at next weekend’s Fight Night 70. Cuz this shit just never stops, you know?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: master_159.mp3
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The Co-Main Event Podcast bows down before new UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum this week. Werdum defeated Cain Velasquez as something approaching a 5-to-1 underdog on Saturday at UFC 188 and at this stage Ben and Chad can only marvel at how it all seemed like too much for Velasquez--the altitude, the layoff, Werdum’s all-around skills. In addition to that, your guys discuss Eddie Alvarez’s amazing comeback performance against Gilbert Melendez in the evening’s lightweight co-main. And that’s about it. Oh, wait. What’s that you say? Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice are also fighting this coming Friday? You didn’t think the CME was going to record a whole episode and NOT spend a round talking about that … did you? … like some suckers? Nah, you guys know better than that.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: 158_master.mp3
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In order to record this week’s episode of the CME, Ben interrupts a madcap schedule of dancing to indie rock bands and Chad pauses his white-knuckle wait for the birth of his son. Really, they have no choice. What, you thought they were going to ignore Old Man Dan Henderson’s big win over Tim Boetsch last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 68? You thought they might not catch the UFC announcing the very sort of drug testing program the CME has been asking for for years? You thought Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title unification bout against Fabricio Werdum this weekend at UFC 188 might fly under their radar? Fat chance. The guys serve of an hour’s worth of sizzling hot MMA news and commentary just for you. 

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Direct download: Master_157.mp3
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