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 …
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.
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.
Rose Namajunas was piecing-up Jessica Andrade until the new champ knocked her out cold with a slam. What does that say for the future of both fighters in the 115-pound division? Plus, it was a crazy weekend in MMA and we discuss all of it.
Donald Cerrone ages like a fine wine against Al Iaquinta, the way forward at lightweight seems as straightforward as ever (though is it ever easy?) and Jessica Andrade opens as a slight favorite over champion Rose Namajunas at Saturday’s UFC 237.
Ben and Chad discuss Jack Hermansson crashing the middleweight title picture with his surprising victory over Jacare Souza, the newly gentle-of-spirit Rory MacDonald retaining his Bellator welterweight title after a majority draw with Jon Fitch–maybe not GREAT for the ongoing tournament, you guys–and this weekend’s upcoming UFC card from Ottawa.
With Bellator 220 airing on DAZN and UFC: Jacare vs. Hermansson airing … somewhere, it shapes up as a big weekend for hardcore MMA fans. Also, in no great surprise to anyone–including, it seemed, Aleksei Oleinik–Alistair Overeem got a big win in St. Petersburg.
Ben and Chad discuss UFC 236’s stellar interim title fights, including what should rightfully happen next for Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. In addition to that, they look at a number of Classic Dana Moments from the weekend.
Ben and Chad talk UFC 236’s two interim title fights–Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier and Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya. In addition to that, they talk about Bareknuckle FC successfully setting up its own version of a superfight.
Is Jon Jones just messing with us? Teasing a July matchup with Stipe Miocic only to almost immediately ink this deal to fight Thiago Santos? Well, that’s just mean spirited. Also, Justin Gaethje knows who he is, One FC Championship apparently does not and Conor McGregor is … well, things aren’t great for him right now.