Month: May 2013

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 53 (5/28/13)

New logo 53Episode 53 of the Co-Main Event Podcast is so chock full of heavyweight goodness that it barely slips in under the 265-pound weight limit. With UFC 160 still lingering on all our palates like a fine wine, Ben and Chad talk about the prospect of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III, the fates of Bigfoot Silva and Mark Hunt, the reintroduction of Josh Barnett to the division as well as Roy Nelson’s intentions to fight Stipe Miocic. With time remaining, they also take a good look at the performance of New Lightweight Superstar T.J. Grant, the emergence of Alexander Emelianenko’s beard and the bloodbath that was Jeremy Stephens-Estevan Payan.

Plus, MasterTweet Theatre, Just Sayin’ Stuff and AYFKM.

Sounds: This week’s music comes courtesy of listener Tobias Walldén and his one-man metal band. If you like the tracks, you can hit him up at soundcloud.com/superstarpecanbar.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 52 (5/21/13)

New logo 52Not going to lie to you, episode 52 of the Co-Main Event Podcast contains a lot of talk about testosterone replacement therapy. But you knew that already, right? After Vitor Belfort knocked out Luke Rockhold with an amazing spinning kick on Saturday at UFC on FX 8 and the internets exploded with TRT-induced vitriol, it didn’t take a genius to figure out the dominant topic of the week. Ben and Chad do their duty, strapping up and hurling themselves headlong into the sludge, taking on such questions as: How will the UFC handle Belfort’s supposed No. 1 contender status? Does the Young Dinosaur deserve more/less/equal criticism as other TRT-tastic dudes like Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson? And what can CME fans do to help? When the testosterone talk subsides, they also discuss Cain Velasquez’s upcoming UFC 160 fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva as well as Mark Hunt’s scrap with Junior dos Santos.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and listener mail.

A note on the sounds you will hear: The music between rounds on this week’s CME comes from Stars and Satellites (featuring podcast  listener and famous, long-dead blues musician Robert Johnson). If you want to hear more, check them out at facebook.com/starsandsatellites.

Care to submit your own music to the CME podcast? Email them at comaineventpodcast@gmail.com.

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Our solemn vows …

Every show must have a code. These are the solemn vows of the Co-Main Event Podcast, and they are nonnegotiable:

1. The CME will happen once a week, every week.

To date, the only exceptions to this rule have been granted for the births of children, poorly planned family trips and terrible technological disasters. More exceptions may be allowed in the future, and when they are Ben and Chad have no doubt the CME Universe will mock them terribly for it. They will deserve it.

2. The CME won’t interview fighters.

Or anyone else, for that matter. Your humble co-hosts admit there is some marginal utility in hearing Fighter X explain what he’s going to do to Fighter Y in their upcoming bout, but if that’s the kind of talk you’re looking for there are numerous podcasts in the MMA space that will gladly fulfill your needs. Most of them, actually. Just not this one.

3. This shit only gonna be an hour.

Give or take. You think you want more, but you really don’t. Besides, until the Georges St. Pierre money starts rolling in and motherfuckers are coming by every hour on the hour to pamper their shit out, one hour is about all these guys can muster.

4. The CME won’t be censored.

Ben and Chad understand you come here for unfettered discourse and pledge to never allow said discourse to become, uh, fettered. Many of you also seem to appreciate the swears (some of you to sort of a disturbing degree, but whatever). They’ll keep going with those, too.

5. The CME won’t do fight picks and won’t discuss rankings.

You know, within reason. This is not to say that during the course of their normal discussion about an upcoming fight Ben and/or Chad won’t tell you who they think is going to win. They probably will. What they won’t do, however, is regularly devote entire segments of the show to picking fights. Because, really, who cares? For the same reason, they will also spend as little time as possible on Top 10 rankings. Rankings are completely imaginary, entirely subjective and usually fairly poorly defined. In other words: not worth talking about. This goes double for pound-for-pound lists. To know how the CME feels about P4P lists, read the last couple sentences again, but imagine they are written in all caps.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 51 (5/14/13)

New logo 51So it turns out some a-hole has been impersonating Ben Fowlkes on the internets, huh? The introduction to episode 51 of the Co-Main Event Podcast is highlighted by Ben and Chad discussing the story of his reverse catfishing, which caused quite a stir over at MMAJunkie.com and the UG early this week. Some of the burning questions that emerged from the ordeal: Just who is lame enough to do this? What could their incredibly lousy motives be? And why on earth would anyone who is not already Ben Fowlkes want to be Ben Fowlkes? There are no easy answers.

Once your dudes get around to the actual MMA talk, the upcoming UFC on FX 8 card takes center stage. Specifically, Ben and Chad break down the main event pitting Vitor Belfort against Luke Rockhold as well as the octagon debut of “Jacare” Souza. In the time left over, they squeeze in some talk of the “phantom agent” who allegedly offered Leonard Garcia a contract with Bellator this week and wonder aloud if it might be the same sorry son of a bitch who is also impersonating Ben.

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

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[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/comainevent/Ep_51_Master.mp3]

 

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 50 (5/7/13)

New logo 50All in all, it was kind of an awkward week for the Co-Main Event Podcast to ring in episode No. 50. Caught in the doldrums between major MMA events and without much really juicy news to sink their toothless grins into, Ben and Chad were left to fend largely for themselves. The result? Well, at least they do something they’ve never done before. You gotta give them credit for that … right? … right? Anyway, you’re familiar with those weirdo, two-round “exhibition” bouts the fighters do on “The Ultimate Fighter” that don’t end up counting on their professional records?  This is kind of like that. The guys embark on an expanded installment of listener mail (and, seriously, thank God for you people) before chopping it up on the topics of Eddie Alvarez’s ongoing legal battle against Bellator and the fact that some of the sport’s most improbable superfights have floated back to the front and center of our collective consciousness.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

For entertainment purposes only, direct downloaders can go right here.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/comainevent/Episode_50_master.mp3]

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 49 (4/30/13)

New logo 49Though she does not appear on episode 49 of the Co-Main Event Podcast, the real star of this week’s show may be Ben’s wife, as both he and Chad borrowed her jokes for the broadcast. And really, what can you do in the wake of an event as weird as UFC 159 besides laugh? From Jon Jones’ broken toe, to Chael Sonnen’s near miss at becoming light heavyweight champ, to the gouged eyes and splintered thumbs, the guys break it all down, including where both Jones and Sonnen should go from here and what the powers that be in the UFC must’ve done to the MMA gods to deserve such a screwy show.

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

Direct downloaders should go hard in the MFing paint right here.

 

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 48 (4/23/13)

New logo 48With less than a week to go before UFC 159 and just a few days removed from UFC on Fox 7, episode 48 of the Co-Main Event Podcast is strictly concerned with the big issues: Did Benson Henderson really beat Gilbert Melendez on Saturday night? Really? Did Daniel Cormier really fail to entertain you during his victory over Frank Mir? Really? And are you really gonna shell out the big bucks to watch Jon Jones beat up Chael Sonnen this weekend … Really? It’s a busy week in the world of mixed martial arts, so in addition to these topics Ben and Chad have a lot to get off their chests, including discussing the politics of asking someone to marry you on national television, why Strikeforce fighters seem to be doing such an awesome job in the UFC and how the hell some dude who teaches at a Cesar Gracie-affiliated school got himself assigned to judge Bendo-Melendez.

All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and the long awaited return of Tips for the Well-Rounded Fight Fan (TFTWRFF?).

Direct downloaders can slather up and bake in the sun like chickens right here.

 

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 47 (4/16/13)

New logo 47If we see your eyes brimming with tears as you listen to this week’s episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, we’re just going to assume Ben and Chad said something that affected you on a deeply personal basis, and not that your eyes are watering from listening to the hoarse rasp of Ben’s injured voice. Sadly, the poor kid isn’t quite 100 percent for this taping, telling us he got stuck in a “choke” at “jiu-jitsu” or some other obviously made up story. You’ve got to hand it to him for saddling-up and croaking his way through 66 minutes, though. On the heels of the TUF 17 live finale and in advance of the UFC on FOX 7 this weekend the guys break down the surprising performances we saw from Cat Zingano and Uriah Hall and look forward to Gilbert Melendez finally getting his chance to prove he belongs among the elite lightweights in MMA.

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

Direct downloaders can drop down and get their eagle on right here.