Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 67 (9/3/13)

New logo 42The first Co-Main Event Podcast of the Anthony Pettis Era went down in style, with custom-made suits and Corn Nuts for everybody. Nah, not really. Since episode 67 was recorded on Labor Day, Ben and Chad did this one in board shorts and trucker hats, with a couple of Olympias coozie’d-up at the ready. Fine, that’s not exactly true either, but it is a verifiable fact that Chad’s daughter screamed and cried throughout the whole show, so if you can hear what sounds like a raccoon trying to free itself from a spring-loaded leg trap in the background, that’s just her. Seriously, no animals were harmed during the recording of this podcast, unless you count reason and good taste as living, breathing things. The guys break down Pettis’ win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164, talk about Frank Mir’s odd first person account of his knockout loss to Josh Barnett and preview Wednesday’s Fight Night 28 card. At least, the fights with people they’ve heard of before.

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

Sounds: This week’s music comes from podcast listener Sean Madigan and his band Naked Women’s Street Fighting League. If you like their stuff, check them out here.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 65 (8/20/13)

New logo 65Consider it yet another significant hurdle cleared by the UFC on Saturday, as the organization’s Fight Night 26 show ferried Fox Sports 1 into the world with the violent, crowd-pleasing stuff of promoters’ dreams. As the fog of war dissipates, the Co-Main Event Podcast swoops in to sort through the particulars. So, Chael Sonnen got a big light heavyweight win just in time to drop back to middleweight, huh? And you say Alistair Overeem is looking more fireable than ever after his knockout loss to Travis Browne, is that it, old sport? And FS1’s ratings seem to be a smashing success? Yes, well, Ben and Chad will be the judge of that, as they break down all these topics and more during the next seventy minutes or so.

Plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Sounds: This week’s soundtrack comes courtesy of podcast listener Dirty Mike Newstead and his rock outfit Withdrawal. Hear more of their stuff here.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 64 (8/13/13)

New logo 64Episode 64 marks another early arrival for the Co-Main Event Podcast, this one recorded and put in the can just as news broke that Jason “Mayhem” Miller had allegedly been arrested for domestic violence. So, that’s about typical as it concerns breaking news constantly occurring just as the podcast is finished. Fortunately, there was more than enough preexisting MMA news to fill this episode as Ben and Chad laid it down on Sunday afternoon. Topics discussed here include the pending debut of Fox Sports 1, the returns of both Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem as well as Ronda Rousey’s recent claims she’ll only fight for another couple of years before transitioning to career No. 2 (or wait, career No. 3? Eh, who’s counting?). In the middle, the guys mix in some talk about last Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 4 card, which included promotional owner Ray Sefo losing to Dave Huckaba, Lew Polley badly missing weight and Tyrone Spong getting his second professional MMA win.

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

SOUNDS: This week’s music comes from listener “Brad” (if that is his real name) and his project Brad Sucks. If you dig it, you can find more of his music on his website and/or Facebook page (or follow him on Twitter).

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 62 (7/30/13)

New logo 42Online voting did not go as planned last week during the quest to find a winner in the Co-Main Event Podcast music contest. Nobody’s fault, really (except maybe the dudes who wrote up the rules for the contest itself) but in the end Ben and Chad had no choice but to declare the thing a draw. Thing is, though, that could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as now the CME has two dope new themes to choose from during the next month or so before going back to the beloved original theme. Anyway, to get the details, you’re going to have to listen to the show. You’ll want to do that anyway, as this week the guys break down the stark contrast between the final two fights on last Saturday’s UFC on Fox broadcast, look ahead to Jose Aldo’s title defense against Chan Sung Jung (that’s the Korean Zombie, you guys) at UFC 163 and wonder when the UFC’s gonna break the news to us that it’s moving its operation to Brazil on a full-time basis.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 61 (7/23/13)

New logo 61Don’t mind telling you, Universe, there are a lot of unknowns on this weekend’s UFC of FOX 8 card, which means the Co-Main Event Podcast had its work cut out for itself during episode 61. Witness Ben and Chad trying to sort out whether the legend of Rory MacDonald is more hype than substance, if Jake Ellenberger can make a run at the 170-pound title before it’s too late and just who the hell is this John Moraga dude everybody keeps saying is fighting for the flyweight title. Your dudes pick over this show like a couple of grizzled lab techs at a crime scene, all the while looking for answers about why Dana White would shout at the hapless people from SI Now, why anybody would think reanimating “bare knuckle boxing” was a good idea and why Joe Riggs would tell those stories about other fighters’ bathing suit areas.

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

SOUNDS: The music you’ll hear between rounds this week comes from listener Dmitri Kalmar and his band Driven Mad. You can find more of their music at

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 60 (7/16/13)

New logo 42Thank God for Anthony Pettis, Brian Stann and Anderson Silva, as those three gentlemen provided a significant lift to episode 60 of the Co-Main Event Podcast during what otherwise may have been a fairly slow news week. First Pettis poured gas on the conspiracy fire as he slid safely into a lightweight title bout against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 after T.J. Grant pulled out with a concussion suffered during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Wait. Concussion during BJJ? The fuck? Grant must’ve been coming off the top rope or something. Anyway, then Stann pulled off potentially the most reasonable and responsible retirement in our sport’s history just a day or two before Silva announced that he [was] back and had agreed to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December. Suffice it to say, all this stuff made Ben’s and Chad’s jobs as your humble co-hosts a walk in the park. Meanwhile, the MMA world breathed a collective sigh of relief as former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia emerged from hiding this week to offer proof of life and to let everybody know he still has cell phone service.

You didn’t think Big Tim would get through this week without making an appearance in AYFKM did you? Yeah no, he does not. All that, plus Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Sounds: This week’s music comes to us from podcast listener Courtney Jensen and his project Autopilot Dojo. If you like what you hear you can find more of his music at

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 59 (7/9/13)

New logo 42Don’t know if you guys heard, but UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (who has long been regarded as pretty good at fighting) lost the title to Chris Weidman this weekend at UFC 162. It was sort of an upset and that makes episode 59 of the Co-Main Event Podcast a pretty big one. Ben and Chad take a fairly indepth look at the fight itself, including the many machinations of public opinion in the wake of Weidman’s second round victory. They also contemplate the future of the 185-pound division and exactly how much of the UFC’s future planning went up in smoke at the moment the challenger landed that left hook to the champion’s jaw. In middleweight news of another kind, the guys also wonder about the future of longtime fan favorite Chris Leben, whose career appeared on thin ice after his own loss to Andrew Craig.

All that, plus the return of Sir Nigel Longstock and MasterTweet Theatre, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Sounds: This week’s music is provided by podcast listener Matthew Kraig and his outfit Minus Music. Y’all can download their EP for free (for free!) at

Direct downloaders can get their damn dirty hands on the show right here.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 58 (7/2/13)

New logo 58With America set to turn 237 years old this week (or 229 years young, for you Treaty of Paris types) the Co-Main Event Podcast celebrated the only way it knows how: By recording the show early so Ben and Chad could spend the rest of the week standing around shirtless at barbecues drinking beer and shouting stuff like “Oh yeah? Let me tell YOU something …,” at people they only sort of know. So, yay America. With UFC 162 coming up on Saturday, it goes without saying that the guys have serious MMA business to attend to as well. This week’s topics include Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva as the most talked about UFC main event in some time, that awesome behind-the-scenes video of War MMA that we all watched and numerous past and present fighters criticizing the UFC’s pay scale.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. It’s nearly Independence Day, which means Sir Nigel Longstock has retreated to Mother England to stew on the shame of it all, but we hope he’ll return next week to shock and disturb us with his Michael Bisping impression.

Sounds: This week’s music comes from podcast listener Jeremy Cole and his band Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun. More of their music can be found at their website and Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Direct downloaders can reach to the heavens right here.


Introducing the Co-Main Event Podcast Music Contest

3106Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, you guys, and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. told us during his famous “Promised Land” speech in Memphis, Tennessee (April, 1968) and while we’re reading between the lines a little bit, we’re pretty sure what he meant was this: If you want the Co-Main Event Podcast to have a dope theme song, you have to take the initiative. That shit ain’t gonna write itself.

And so it is up to you, CME Universe, to write, record and enter the contest we hope will produce a brand new main title theme for the show. Since our intense demographic research reveals that pretty much all of you play in cool bands, are DJs, singer/songwriters and/or amazingly talented solo musicians, we figure this won’t be a problem.

You have about three weeks to get this done. Once all entries are received, your humble co-hosts will review them and select a winner. Or maybe we’ll pick some finalists and let the Universe vote on a winner. That part is up in the air at the moment. For now, all you need to concern yourself with is the creative process, and composing a dynamite song to lead the CME into the warm glow of the future. You want to make an epic seven minute video of yourself rapping on a pirate ship to go with it, that’s your business. All we need are the tunes.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON (in the one true time zone, obviously) ON JULY 16, 2013.

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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 57 (6/25/13)

New logo 57Ben and Chad pull a fast one on the CME Universe this week, calling an audible and opting to do an All Questions Answered installment of the podcast for Episode 57. Turns out it was a pretty slow news week in the MMA world and rather than spend an entire round (or two) talking about Nick Diaz’s fledgling War MMA promotion the guys decided it would be better to hear from you, the listener. You didn’t disappoint, either, you little rascals, serving up a full slate of questions that have the hour, eight minutes flying by in a blink. A bunch of topics are addressed, including Anderson Silva’s fitness as GOAT, Chris Weidman’s chances at UFC 162, PEDs (sorry), a new scoring system for MMA and how the world will remember the sport’s recent spate of retirees.

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

Sounds: This week’s music comes from Somali Pirates, the punk band about to release their second 7-inch on the independent record label run by Sherdog’s Dave Mandel. The music was sent to us by podcast listener/guitarist/vocalist Zack Nelson, and you can find more at their website or at their bandcamp page.

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