Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 304 (4/30/18)

comainPod-AIt’s always a good week on the Co-Main Event Podcast when Ben and Chad get to talk Fedor Emelianenko news that isn’t patently depressing. Therefore, Emelianenko’s weekend victory over Frank Mir at Bellator 198 is cause for celebration. Except, you know, you guys, let’s not get too crazy. Yes, for 48 seconds there he looked like a fighter you might describe as “Old Fedor” and actually mean it as a compliment. But your dudes get the sneaking feeling this respite from the inevitable might be short-lived. Still, let’s live it up while we can. Also, did Bellator get exactly the heavyweight GP outcomes it wanted so far? Finally, in a stunning CME first, Ben and Chad both present ideas for what they might talk about it round three: Ben Askren or the PFL “million dollar” tournaments? Whose ideas reign supreme?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 303 (4/23/18)

comainPod-AJust in case there was any confusion about who they were, Kevin Lee and Frankie Edgar took to the cage Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128 to remind us all. Lee got his point across en route to a fifth round doctor’s stoppage over the much-brutalized Edson Barboza. As for the Old Man? Well, he looked very much like the best version of himself while outdistancing Cub Swanson via unanimous decision. Funny thing about those wins, though: They both left your dudes Ben and Chad wondering what exactly comes next for Lee and Edgar. Good thing this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast is here to to try to answer those–and many other–questions. In addition to Lee and Edgar, your guys take a look at the upcoming Bellator 198 card and try to forecast how Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir might go down.

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

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 302 (4/16/18)

comainPod-ADustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje had themselves a gem on Saturday in the main event of UFC on FOX 29. To say we are not surprised, motherfuckers, would be an enormous understatement. As two of the most dependable action fighters in UFC, both Poirier and Gaethje lived up to their gimmicks in this all-out brawl, which ultimately ended as a fourth-round TKO victory for Poirier. This was one of those fights where both guys emerged as arguably more likable than before. Especially for Poirier, this hard-fought victory made Ben and Chad wake up to the notion that “The Diamond” might be a pretty cool dude. In addition to that bout, your guys talk about Carlos Condit’s extended skid and this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 128, featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee.

All that plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 301 (4/9/18)

comainPod-ARemember last week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, when Ben and Chad felt lucky that Tony Ferguson had been removed from UFC 223 on a Sunday, thereby (they thought) allowing them to dodge the CME News Curse for fight week? LOL. That shit feels like it happened 100 years ago, right? We were all so young then, back before anybody had even thrown a hand truck through the window of a charter bus full of their coworkers. Back before Ragin’ Al slid into a UFC main event like the DMs of a 29-year-old HR rep he met down at the shore. Back before Dana White had called the McGregor bus siege the “most disgusting” thing ever to happen in the UFC and then two days later made peace with it enough to note that a lot worse stuff happens in other sports (which, OK, fair point) and comment “I’ll take a dolly through a window any day.” Mmmmkay. Here, your dudes talk McGregor, Nurmy, Al, Rose, Joanna and a whole bunch more of UFC 223 craziness.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 300 (4/2/18)

comainPod-AEpisode 300! Good thing your dudes didn’t have big plans about how they would spend this milestone episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, since the MMA world up and went kablammo on Sunday night about 5 p.m. in the OTTZ. So, instead of doing a bunch of navel gazing about how many hours of podcast time they’ve spent sitting across the table from each other, Ben and Chad actually talk MMA. Here, they marvel, near-dumbfounded at Tony Ferguson’s late withdrawal from UFC 223 and his pending lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Four times they’ve tried to book this fight now and four times it has fallen through. Now we get Nurmy vs. Holloway, though. That’ll be an awesome fight, but one that has far reaching consequences in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions. Aside from all that mess, the guys study the strawweight championship rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which has been surprisingly drama-free leading up to UFC 223. Knock on wood.

All that, plus AYFKM and JSS.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 299 (3/26/18)

comainPod-AWith the major MMA organizations largely taking the weekend off, the Co-Main Event Podcast is back with an All Questions Considered episode. This week, Ben and Chad let the brave and generous sponsors of their Patreon page have first dibs at submitting questions. That means this episode is NO HOLDS BARRED. Your dudes take questions on pretty much everything under the sun from whether the UFC is missing longtime matchmaker Joe Silva and what are the greatest one-liners in UFC history to all this talk of big time boxers like Anthony Joshua showing up under the UFC banner. Not enough for you? Well, subscribers to the Patreon are in luck. Your dudes plan to drop a Patreon Power Hour later this week where they answer even more questions. You asked for it and you’re gonna get it.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 298 (3/19/18)

comainPod-ADid Fabricio Werdum merely get caught slipping on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 127? Or does the 40-year-old former UFC champ’s knockout loss to Alexander Volkov forecast the end of Werdum’s time among the heavyweight elite? These and other vexing questions are what occupy Ben and Chad’s time on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. It didn’t necessarily look as though Werdum had lost a step against Volkov, but it also didn’t look like he had more than one idea for each facet of the fight, either. In addition to speculating about whether Father Time is finally catching up with Mirko CroCop’s jiu-jitsu coach, your dudes consider the UFC’s decision to book Darren Till at home in Liverpool in May and also discuss the notion that the light heavyweight division still has no idea which way is up.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 297 (3/12/18)

comainPod-AHaving–somewhat improbably–survived Friday night’s PrideFC Drinking Game Challenge, Ben and Chad return this week to their lives as humble and rapidly aging podcast hosts. The Co-Main Event still has plenty of contemporary work to do, after all, what with this week’s UFC Fight Night 127 coming up from London. In addition to that, there is Mirko CroCop’s surprising journey to Bellator MMA, which raises questions about whether Scott Coker and his merry band of misfit toys need to quickly decide which kind of MMA promotion they want to be. In addition to that, Nick Newell advanced to 14-1 over the weekend and now says he wants his shot in the UFC. Will Dana White reverse his own proclamation that Newell will never fight in the Octagon?

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

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 296 (3/5/18)

comainPod-AWe’re down to single digits now in counting the days until the Co-Main Event Podcast PrideFC Drinking Game Special. So if you still haven’t gotten down with the Patreon, the time is now. This week, however, there is still plenty to talk about. Ben and Chad take on the Cris “Cyborg” Justino Show and whether it’s starting to get boring watching her starch some nobody every time out. In addition, they hold a requiem for The Old Man, after Frankie Edgar’s knockout loss to Brian Ortega over the weekend. On the plus side, the UFC put more young talent on display in Las Vegas on Saturday, so your dudes ask with Ortega, Sean O’Malley and Mackenzie Dern, is there reason to hope for a youth movement inside the Octagon?

All that, plus AYFKM, Tips for the Well-Rounded Fight Fan and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 295 (2/26/18)

comainPod-AJeremy Stephens scored a potentially big win over Josh Emmett on Saturday at UFC on Fox 28. How he got there is where things get interesting. The hard-slugging Stephens appeared to commit multiple fouls en route to a second-round KO victory over Emmett. This week the Co-Main Event Podcast asks: What can be done about how MMA enforces its rules? Should we just rip up the current playbook at start all over again? Does anybody even care? Ben and Chad struggle over what to make of Stephens’ win, then spend a round trying to figure out if Conor McGregor is completely done fighting of it he’ll fight as many as two times in the UFC before 2018 is up. Also, what’s going on with his turtleneck? Additionally, we all look ahead to this weekend’s UFC 222 and ask what is becoming the defining question of MMA this year: This shit worth $65?

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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