The Co-Main Event MMA Podcast (general)

Marvin Vettori defeated Kevin Holland in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday, but it turned out to be the sort o fight that didn't really help either guy's standing in the middleweight division. Plus we talk about last week's efforts from One Championship and Bellator as well as look ahead to Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.

Direct download: Episode_448.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

Patricio "Pitbull" Freire advanced to the final of the Bellator featherweight grand prix Satuday night during that promotion's debut on Showtime, by choking Emanuel Sanchez to damn sleep with a quickness. Now, as he prepares to take on AJ McKee for all the marbles, how good is Pitbull's claim to being the best 145-pounder in the world? Plus, the "Right Guy" Championship fight is now official and the UFC readies for its second broadcast on ABC.

Direct download: Episode_447.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

Francis Ngannou pitched damn near a perfect game on Saturday at UFC 260, stopping Stipe Miocic via second-round KO to claim the heavyweight title. By all rights, Jon Jones should be next, but somehow it feels like the UFC is going to screw us out of that one? So, what happens? A rematch with Derrick Lewis? A trilogy with Miocic? We talk our way into the Francis Ngannou Era on this week's CME.

Direct download: Episode_446_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

The UFC heavyweight title rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou is set to go down this weekend. The featherweight title scrap between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega? Not so much. Plus, Kevin Holland drops a unanimous decision to Derek Brunson and suddenly we DON'T think it's cool that he talks through all his fights? Huh, OK. Seemed like that was one of the reasons he found himself in a UFC main event to begin with, but whatever.

Direct download: Episode_445.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Well, fudge. That's not how we wanted it to go. That's obviously not how Belal Muhammad wanted it to go. Dare we say, that's not how Leon Edwards wanted it to go, either, though his suggestion that maybe we just let it go and book him a title fight anyway was--yeah. no, that's not how this shit works. This week? We discuss the eye poke, which makes it three DQ/NC results during the last two weeks of UFC action.

Direct download: Episode_444.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Israel Adesanya's foray into the light heavyweight division did not go as planned, courtesy the Legendary Polish Power of Jan Blachowicz. Oh, Janny Blackjacks, you never stop surprising us. Plus, Amanda Nunes still ain't nothing to fuck with and ... PETR YAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING???

Direct download: episode_443.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

Knock on wood, people: Five UFC titles are scheduled to be on the line during March, including this weekend's UFC 259 and its triple bill of championship bouts. Can Israel Adesanya end Janny Blackjacks' Cinderella run with the light heavyweight title? Is Petr Yan the guy we thought he was? Is there any way Megan Anderson beats Amanda Nunes? We discuss.

Direct download: Episode_442.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

The current moment in the UFC belongs to the big fellas. With Derrick Lewis' KO of Curtis Blaydes last weekend and the Biggi Boy vs. Ciryl Gane coming up next, the heavyweight division is taking center stage. On top of that, it looks like Stipe vs. Big Fran II is actually gonna happen. So, get hyped, America. Now let's just hope Jon Jones didn't put on all that extra weight for nothing.

Direct download: Episode_441.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

After a first round where it looked like Gilbert Burns was on the verge of capturing the UFC welterweight title, Kamaru Usman put his foot down. The power jab, the low kicks, the third-round TKO victory--all these things served to make Usman look like an ever evolving puzzle for the rest of the 170-pound class. All things being equal, Usman would probably be a much bigger star. Unfortunately, we know that's not how it works in this sport.

Direct download: Episode_440.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Both Alistair Overeem and Frankie Edgar had rough nights at Saturday's UFC. Alexander Volkov busted Overeem's nose en route to a second-round TKO. Corey Sandhagen put Edgar's chin into the stratosphere with a KO-of-the-year-candidate flying knee. So, that was hard to watch. Plus, Ben watched BKFC and we look ahead to UFC 258.

Direct download: Episode_439.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

Alistair Overeem fights Alexander Volkov this Saturday during Super Bowl weekend, but you already knew we weren't going to spend the entire show talking about that. Instead, we take listener queries in another one of our All Questions Considered episodes.

Direct download: Episode_438.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Dustin Poirier walked out to James Brown's "The Big Payback," stopped Conor McGregor in the second round and then declared himself the uncrowned champion. A pretty nifty piece of business from The Diamond all the way around at UFC 257. Now, we ask what should be next for Poirier, McGregor and, oh yeah, Michael Chandler in a suddenly Khabib-free lightweight division.

Direct download: Episode_437.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Max Holloway amazed us all with his performance at Saturday's UFC on ABC card. Never one to rest on its laurels, however, the UFC ramps back up for two events this week. (We see you, Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny!) And as Conor McGregor prepares to return at UFC 257, any effort to figure out what he has left just feels like guesswork.

Direct download: Episode_436.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

The UFC returns to network television this week for the first time since 2018, as Saturday afternoon it presents its debut broadcast on ABC. What to make of this, especially after the fight company's tenure on Big Fox started with a bang and then slowly petered-out over the lifetime of that deal? And what can we surmise from matchmakers using Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar as the first main event in this new series?

Direct download: Episode_435.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

On the first episode of The Proper since mid-December, we've got some catching up to do. So, we're going All Questions Considered this week. What's up with the UFC raising PPV prices? Have we witnessed the fatal flaw in Greg Hardy's MMA evolution? And what's the UFC really doing with its "Performance Center"? Those questions and more ...

Direct download: Episode_434.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Let's be honest, ain't nobody doing any work the week of Christmas. This episode, we present (or, uh, re-represent, as the case may be) our year-end awards. Plus, Sir Nigel Longstock stops by to read the best tweets of 2020. We pop champagne and hand out white elephant gifts. You'll like it.

Direct download: CME_Christmas_Party.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno threw DOWN on Saturday in the main event of UFC 256 and, while it probably wasn't the fight of the year, it was perhaps the greatest majority draw of all time. In the co-main, Charles Oliveira wore Tony Ferguson around like a hat. Don't look now, but on the heels of a crackerjack pay-per-view card last weekend, there's another potentially dope card coming up this week.

Direct download: Episode_432.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

The UFC says its release of perennial title contender/lovable weirdsmobile Yoel Romero is one of about 60 cuts it will make before the New Year to trim its "inflated" roster. Inflated, huh? That's an interesting, hey-this-was-nobody's-fault kind of way to say it. So, that's a bummer. We also talk about Marvin Vettori's recent win over Jack Hermansson and preview UFC 256--a fight card that looks fun enough to make us feel uneasy with six days still to go before fight night.

Direct download: Episode_431.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

Ben watched the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exhibition boxing match on Saturday night and gleefully reports that he got his money's worth ... of entertainment, if not exactly top flight boxing action. Meanwhile, the UFC scrapped Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis at the the last minute while simultaneously shuffling the line-ups for its next two events as well.

Direct download: Episode_430.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

UFC 255 was definitely a thing that happened, as Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko retained the men's and women's flyweight titles, respectively. This week on an All Questions Considered episode of The Proper, we talk the greatness of Figgy Small and Shevy Chenks, as well as A.J. McKee pulling off a heretofore unseen submission in the Bellator GP. Plus, a lot of other odds and ends.

Direct download: Episode_429.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

Paul Felder didn't beat Rafael dos Anjos Saturday night, but it still feels like Felder's choice to step in on short notice for a five-rounder against a former champion was the right thing to do. Plus, the Bellator 145-pound grand prix deserves your attention, while UFC 255 maybe ... well, you make the call.

Direct download: Episode_428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

So, Glover Teixeira pretty much handled Thiago Santos in their main event fight Saturday night. This week, the CME turns its attention to the most vexing questions facing the 205-pound division, including: In a world where Jon Jones is absent, could Teixeira be the best light heavyweight in the UFC?

Direct download: episode_427.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

Anderson Silva lost to Uriah Hall on Saturday via fourth-round TKO. It wasn't great. It also wasn't terrible. But, jeez louise, Dana White sure showed up at the postfight presser in a shitty mood. He says Silva still has one fight left on his UFC deal and White will NOT be offering it to him. So ... uh ... what happens next? Plus, Isreal Adesanya will fight Janny Blackjacks for the light heavyweight strap (wait, what?) and this weekend we finally get to see the Covid Cup ... you know ... unless ... something ... bad ... happens.

Direct download: Episode_426.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

Khabib Nurmagomedov called it quits on Saturday after UFC 254 in what has to be considered one of the most emotional retirement announcements in MMA history. Naturally, we got a lot of mail on the subject. This week's All Questions Considered show talks Khabib's legacy, his performance against Justin Gaethje and what now to do with the vacant lightweight title.

Direct download: Episode_425.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Brian Ortega returned from his first career loss and an extended absence from the cage looking like a new man on Saturday and straight-up put a whipping on Chan Sung Jung. Sup with that??? Plus, we look ahead to UFC 254's man and co-main events. Hype level is high!

Direct download: Episode_424.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Brian Ortega returned from his first career loss and an extended absence from the cage looking like a new man on Saturday and straight-up put a whipping on Chan Sung Jung. Sup with that??? Plus, we look ahead to UFC 254's man and co-main events. Hype level is high!

Direct download: Episode_424.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

If what you want out of your UFC content is a no-strings-attached experience where one semi-anonymous dude might do something unbelievably awesome (and terrible) to another semi-anonymous dude then, brother, Saturday night was your JAM. We discuss that and other stuff on this week's CME Proper.

Direct download: Episode_423.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

Holly "Holmes" Holm and Carlos "Conduit" Condit both went out there and reminded us who the fuck they were on Saturday. But what now for our two old pals? Plus, the Jon Jones-Israel Adesanya beef gets capital "W" Weird and--oh, look!--another fairly low profile UFC event this weekend.

Direct download: Episode_422.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

Here's a taste of Chad's new podcast: Death in the West.

Direct download: DITW_CME.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Israel Adesanya froze Paulo Costa like a statue, battered him with leg kicks from range and then toppled him with strikes to the dome piece in the second. It was, in short, exactly the kind of performance you'd want from a budding UFC superstar. Speaking of stars, how about your dude Janny Blackjacks? How long can we reasonably expected him to hang onto the strap?

Direct download: Episode_421.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Colby Covington pretty much shut down Tyron Woodley en route to a fifth-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Then Covington opened his mouth and spewed awful racist bile all over the place during the postfight. You know, like he does. Plus, Donald Cerrone draws Niko Price and, hey, UFC 253 is this weekend!

Direct download: Episode_420.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

There were a ton of fights this weekend, and the CME will forego its normal three-round format in order to talk about as many of them as possible. We discuss Michelle Waterson's win over Angela Hill, Ed Herman's Dundasso and those terrible low blows in Bellator, among other things.

Direct download: Episode_419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

Alistair Overeem's late-career dream continues, in the form of a fifth-round TKO over Augusto Sakai. All the props in the world to Overeem for remaking himself as a crafty veteran, but how far can he continue to roll at age 40? Plus, Nick Diaz back? Fight Island back?

Direct download: Episode_418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Anthony Smith made a somewhat short turnaround after his high-publicized de-toothing by Glover Teixeira back in May, just to return Saturday night to get outpointed by Aleksandar Rakic. Chances are, Smith's not going to be happy with that. Plus, are we seeing the end of the Brutal Bob Lawler Era? And Chad invents a time machine and sends Ben on a mission with an important message for 2010 Alistair Overeem.

Direct download: Episode_417.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

Frankie Edgar finally made his bantamweight debut on Saturday and ... well ... it looked a lot like what we've seen from him at every other weight, which is to say quite good, but also prone to producing fights that could go either way. Plus, Ryan Bader finds out why you don't tempt the MMA Gods and--what's this???--some actual UFC vs. Bellator beef?

Direct download: Episode_416.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Stipe Miocic will continue being the man after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 concluded that pair's heavyweight title trilogy. As for Cormier? We're not totally sure, though we hope it's something good. Plus, just to add to this event's weirdness, Sean O'Malley's leg went kablooey.

Direct download: Episode_415.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fulfill the trilogy this weekend. Kind of feels like it snuck up on us, no? Plus, we love Derrick Lewis, but is he trying to do too much? And shouldn't some MMA company just give Michael Chandler whatever he wants?

Direct download: Episode_414.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Score one for the grizzled veterans, as Derek Brunson became the first professional fighter to crack the riddle of Edmen Shahbazyan on Saturday night. Plus, chaos ruled at UFC Fight Night 176 and--what's this???--a certified weirdsmobile fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik is on tap.

Direct download: Episode_413.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

Robert Whittaker reasserted himself as one of the UFC's elite middleweights--and reminded us he has no qualms about stomping a motherfucker's knee to shreds. Plus, Shogun and Roger Nog didn't make us sad, while Khamzat Chimaev and Tanner Boser arguably emerged as the Pandemic Era's breakout stars.

Direct download: Episode_412.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Joseph Benavidez likely saw his last, best chance at a UFC title evaporate when he got choked unconscious by new undisputed flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo on Saturday. Plus, what did we miss from Wednesday and -- hoo boy -- the UFC's Yas Island vacay looks to end with a bang.

Direct download: Episode_411.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

The legend of Street Jesus collided with the best welterweight in the world at UFC 251 and ... well ... it was a long night in the Bread Game. Plus, Max Holloway maybe got jobbed (or maybe not!) and Petr Yan beat Jose Aldo into a living death there at the end.

Direct download: Episode_410.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Gilbert Burns is out and Jorge Masvidal (probably, almost certainly) in against Kamaru Usman in the UFC 251 main event. It was a circuitous route to the fight that should've been headlining this pay-per-view all along, but all's well that ends well, right. RIGHT?

Direct download: Episode_409.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker went to battle on Saturday in the main event of UFC on ESPN 12. Did Hooker prove he belongs among the lightweight elite? Did Poirier revive his title aspirations? This week, it's an All Questions Considered episode of the CME.

Direct download: Episode_408.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Curtis Blaydes told us exactly what he was going to do to Alexander Volkov on Saturday night and then he went out and did it. He also warned some of you more punch-and-kick-oriented types that you might not like it. One person who didn't? Dana Frederick White Jr., though in fairness it was likely more Blaydes' comments on fighter pay that set the UFC Prez off. Plus, Emmett vs. Burgos slayed and Poirier vs. Hooker is now on deck.

Direct download: Episode_407.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Cynthia Calvillo established herself as a women's flyweight contender with a win over Jessica Eye on Saturday. Would we say she looked ready for Valentina Shevchenko, however? No, we would not. Next up: Curtis Blaydes fights Alexander Volkov, while Dana White says every UFC card is wonderful and if you're a fight fan, you'll watch them all.

Direct download: Episode_406.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

Amanda Nunes, the female GOAT, continues to be leaps and bounds ahead of any competition the UFC can find for her. What are you gonna do? Meanwhile, Cody Garbs, Aljo and O'Malley make the case against Aldo. Oh, and Conor McGregor also wants more money and is retired again.

Direct download: Episode_405.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Jon Jones says he's vacating the light heavyweight title and going on hiatus during a public spat over pay with the UFC. Then he's suddenly out in the streets working as a social activist. Plus, Gilbert Burns finally arrives and UFC 250 takes its best shot on PPV.

Direct download: Episode_404.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

Apologies from some sound quality issues on this week's show, Co-Mainiacs. Hopefully, you will solider through with us. On this episode, we discuss Conor McGregor continuing to troll the competition, whether Fight Island seems unnecessary now and the UFC scraping together main events like Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns. 

Direct download: Episode_403.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

Alistair Overeem weathered an early storm to defeat Walt Harris by virtue of his wily, veteran guile on Saturday. We discuss that, plus look back at the UFC's weird week in Jacksonville.

Direct download: Episode_402.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

When it finally arrived, UFC 249 weekend served-up a downright unwieldy number of storylines. From Jacare's positive coronavirus test to "The Waiver" to Justin Gaethje's surprise destruction of Tony Ferguson, we discourse.

Direct download: Episode_401.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

It's here (we think). It's happening (maybe). It's finally going down (in a matter of days). UFC 249 fight week is upon us leading up to Saturday's revamped and (twice) rescheduled fight card. Are you ready? Is the world?

Direct download: Episode_400.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

The UFC plans to do three events in Jacksonville, Fla., from May 9-16. Can that be safe? One way or another, we're all going to find out.

Direct download: Episode_399.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

We discuss reports of Dana White's recent conference call with fighters booked on upcoming UFC cards, what an epidemiologist told Ben about how the UFC could get back to business in a safe way and what classic fights have listeners been watching to pass the time?

Direct download: Episode_398.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

With UFC 249 officially postponed after Disney and ESPN bigwigs pulled the plug on Dana White's Grand Plan to Be a Man, we look at what we learned about White, Disney, ESPN, MMA fans, media and managers. Plus, what will the sport look like when it finally comes back?

Direct download: Episode_397.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_395.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_394.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_393.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

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.

Direct download: episode_391.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

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

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

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.

Direct download: Episode_388.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_385.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_384.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Live_Chat_for_122319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_382.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_380.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_379.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_378.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_377.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_376.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_375.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

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?

Direct download: Episode_374.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

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

Direct download: Silence_for_CME.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

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

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_370.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_369.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_367.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_366.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_365.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_364.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_363.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

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!

Direct download: Episode_362.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Episode_361.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

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

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?

Direct download: Episode_359.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT