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.
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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.