Chad Dundas

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 9 (7/17/12)

Sandwiched as it is between last week’s UFC and Strikeforce events and this weekend’s UFC 149, there is no shortage of topics for the Co-Main’s co-hosts to break down during episode nine. This week, Ben and Chad seek the truth about Chris Weidman’s fitness as Anderson Silva’s next opponent, what Nate Marquardt’s Strikeforce welterweight championship victory means for his career and whether or not the makeshift UFC 149 card is the most underwhelming pay-per-view since … well, since UFC 147. With one week left to submit your entry to the CME’s White Elephant Essay Contest, the boys also talk up some late additions to the prize pack, one of which may be the greatest piece of MMA-related memorabilia of all time. Pics of that coming soon.

Plus, the return of MasterTweet Theatre, Just Sayin’ Stuff and AYFKM.

Direct download for you direct downloaders right here.

Introducing the Co-Main Event Podcast White Elephant Essay Contest (Rules + Guidelines)

Welcome to the maiden voyage of the Co-Main Event Podcast’s White Elephant Essay Contest, an undertaking we believe to be the first of its kind in the wily and wacky world of mixed martial arts. Hell, maybe the first of its kind anywhere. The concept is fairly simple: Below you will find two essay prompts. Pick the one you like best and compose a formal essay of between 500-1,000 words, spellcheck it, make sure it conforms to our submission guidelines and then email it to us just as you would one of the rambling, often impenetrable queries you routinely submit for our weekly Listener Mail segment.

The winner – or winners, as we hope the case will be – will receive fabulous, mostly MMA-related prize packs from the “personal collections” of Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas. We can also almost guarantee that at least one entrant will receive a Baskin & Robins gift card. Don’t you want that person to be you? Of course you do.

The grand prize winner will additionally have the extreme honor of getting their essay published here at CoMainEventPodcast.com. Cool, right?

All entries must be received by midnight (mountain time, naturally) on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. That means you have two full weeks to get this shit done. Only one entry per listener, please.

Below, you will find the prompts as well as more specific instructions for our submission guidelines. Read them. Read. Them. After doing so, if you find you still have questions, email them to us. We’ll do our best to guide you.

For now, go forth and as the 18th Century ploughman poet Robert Burns once said: “Dare to be honest and fear no labor, (you guys).”

The Prompts

Respond to one of the following prompts with a five paragraph essay between 500-1,000 words.

1) The Persuasive Essay (a.k.a Not Just Saying Stuff): Begin your essay with some hardly tenable MMA related claim, then craft a convincing case for it using the formidable powers of your own reasoning and argumentation, as well as some credible outside sources. Bonus points will be awarded based on overall ridiculousness of topic and corresponding convincingness of argument.

2) The Compare and Contrast Essay: Who is the most underappreciated fighter in MMA history and who is the most over-appreciated fighter? Draw upon the formidable powers of your own reasoning and argumentation, as well as some credible outside sources. Bonus points will be awarded for originality, strength of argument and general compare-and-contrast-i-ness.

Formatting Guidelines

1. To make it easy on everyone, paste your essay in the body of an email and submit it that way. As you know, the email address is comaineventpodcast@gmail.com. We won’t be fucking around with attachments, so essays submitted as such won’t be reviewed. Make sure the subject line of your email says “Essay Contest.”

2. First things first, put your name, address and a return email address at the top of your email, so we can get in touch with you when you win.

3. Give your essay a cool title, obviously.

4. Since this is a five-paragraph essay contest, make sure your essay is in five paragraphs, including an introduction boasting a rad thesis statement, three body paragraphs and a conclusion that leaves no room to question your argument.

5. Remember, we said between 500-1,000 words. Don’t go under. Don’t go (much) over.

6. Yes, spelling, grammar and punctuation count.

7. Include a properly formatted bibliography listing a minimum of three sources. Be advised, failure to properly cite and credit sources can constitute the serious academic crime of plagiarism and can result in severe sanctions according to the student conduct code.

8. Is that it? That’s it. If we left anything out, email us your questions.

9. Thanks for your continued support of the Co-Main Event Podcast.

10. Our panel of judges may or may not include the world’s leading theatricalist, Sir Nigel Longstock, so keep that in mind as well.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 8 (7/10/12)

For the first time in its illustrious history the Co-Main Event Podcast goes to the championship rounds this week. Yes, you read that right. No, it’s not just some crazy dream. Ben and Chad really did need five full periods to hash out the results of last weekend’s UFC 148 and to look ahead to this week’s UFC on FuelTV and Strikeforce offerings. Did Anderson Silva cheat? Will Chael Sonnen retire? Have we truly seen the last of Tito Ortiz? Find out all that, plus hear their musings on Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy.

As if that wasn’t enough, the homies also divulge some more information about the CME’s first ever White Elephant Essay Contest, which you will be able to read about in great detail on this website later today. So, yeah, buckle up.

What? Oh, the different logo? Why, that’s the fine work of podcast listener Erik Ebeling, who sent along a number of alternate looks for the CME this week. Episode eight was already so big, we couldn’t help but break one out.

Those of you hungry for the direct download can get your fill right here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 7 (7/3/12)

With UFC 148 looming on Saturday and the CME podcast’s first ever listener contest set to debut next week, Ben and Chad put one hour, 10 minutes in the books for episode seven. Go ahead, complain all you want about the violation of one of their solemn vows, but you know what? Totally worth it for a week this big. During a supersized Ep7 your dudes discuss the world according to Chael Sonnen, whether or not it’s BS that Tito Ortiz is about to be enshrined in the UFC’s BS Hall of Fame and what to make of the idea that professional fighters ought to “go out on their shields” (as well the promoters who subtly imply they like it that way).

Plus, listener mail, tips for the well rounded fight fan and MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download right here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 6 (6/26/12)

In episode six, Ben and Chad discuss the true failings of Clay Guida’s performance against Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4, break down how the recently retired Fedor Emelianenko will be remembered in MMA history (to the extent “MMA history” even exists) and debate the meaning of Saturday night’s UFC 147 main event. Plus, Sir Nigel Longstock and another installment of MasterTweet Theater, which seeks to answer that age old question: Is there a wombat at the Portland zoo?

Direct download right here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 5 (6/19/12)

At least one host of the Co-Main Event Podcast thinks this Friday’s UFC on FX 4 card is like a bowl of cheese balls left on the bar at a Hell’s Kicthen tavern. The other suggests video of a tiger fighting a chimpanzee could outsell UFC 147 on pay-per-view. Which is which? Who said what? Does it really matter anymore? Listen to episode five to try to sort out all that, plus which UFC fighter is like the girl you call late at night when you feel like you need some company.

Also, listener mail, tips for a well-rounded fight fan and another installment of MasterTweet Theatre.

Direct download right here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 4 (6/12/12)

Which pro MMA fighter emailed Ben and Chad a picture of his cat playing Yahtzee this week? You’ll have to listen to episode four of the Co-Main Event Podcast to find out. As if that wasn’t enough, your dudes break down the relative successes and failures of UFC on FX 3, offer up as-yet unverified hypotheses about the company’s never ending injury woes and discuss the politics of the UFC president putting Shogun Rua’s business in the street. Also, listener mail and MasterTweet Theatre!

Direct download here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 3 (6/5/12)

Ben and Chad discuss the revelation of Frank Mir’s testosterone replacement therapy exemption, the chaotic state of the welterweight division and why nobody (even people allegedly getting paid for it) watched TUF 15.

(Ed. Note: Ben’s microphone was having intermittent issues, but it mostly subsides at the start of round one. Sorry for the trouble, peeps.)

Here is the direct download.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 2 (5/29/12)

Looking to avoid a sophomore slump, Ben and Chad examine what UFC 146 means for the careers of Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s Octagon collapse and whether anyone should care about the arrest of Arianny Celeste. Plus, a slew of new features to the podcast such as listener mail, MasterTweet Theatre and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Did your question make it to air? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out, now won’t you?

Interested in a direct download? Right here.