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Episode 421: Adesanya made it look easy

Israel Adesanya froze Paulo Costa like a statue, battered him with leg kicks from range and then toppled him with strikes to the dome piece in the second. It was, in short, exactly the kind of performance you’d want from a budding UFC superstar. Speaking of stars, how about your dude Janny Blackjacks? How long can we reasonably expected him to hang onto the strap?

Episode 420: Colby Covington, still reprehensible

Colby Covington pretty much shut down Tyron Woodley en route to a fifth-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Then Covington opened his mouth and spewed awful racist bile all over the place during the postfight. You know, like he does. Plus, Donald Cerrone draws Niko Price and, hey, UFC 253 is this weekend!

Episode 419: All Questions Considered

There were a ton of fights this weekend, and the CME will forego its normal three-round format in order to talk about as many of them as possible. We discuss Michelle Waterson’s win over Angela Hill, Ed Herman’s Dundasso and those terrible low blows in Bellator, among other things.

Episode 418: The Reem rolls on

Alistair Overeem’s late-career dream continues, in the form of a fifth-round TKO over Augusto Sakai. All the props in the world to Overeem for remaking himself as a crafty veteran, but how far can he continue to roll at age 40? Plus, Nick Diaz back? Fight Island back?

Episode 415: Did the Stipe-DC trilogy have a satisfying end?

Stipe Miocic will continue being the man after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 concluded that pair’s heavyweight title trilogy. As for Cormier? We’re not totally sure, though we hope it’s something good. Plus, just to add to this event’s weirdness, Sean O’Malley’s leg went kablooey.

Episode 414: What’s your hype level for UFC 252?

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fulfill the trilogy this weekend. Kind of feels like it snuck up on us, no? Plus, we love Derrick Lewis, but is he trying to do too much? And shouldn’t some MMA company just give Michael Chandler whatever he wants?

Episode 413: Not so fast, Edmen Shahbazyan

Score one for the grizzled veterans, as Derek Brunson became the first professional fighter to crack the riddle of Edmen Shahbazyan on Saturday night. Plus, chaos ruled at UFC Fight Night 176 and–what’s this???–a certified weirdsmobile fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik is on tap.

Episode 412: That’s a wrap on #FightIsland

Robert Whittaker reasserted himself as one of the UFC’s elite middleweights–and reminded us he has no qualms about stomping a motherfucker’s knee to shreds. Plus, Shogun and Roger Nog didn’t make us sad, while Khamzat Chimaev and Tanner Boser arguably emerged as the Pandemic Era’s breakout stars.

Episode 411: More heartbreak for Joe B.

Joseph Benavidez likely saw his last, best chance at a UFC title evaporate when he got choked unconscious by new undisputed flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo on Saturday. Plus, what did we miss from Wednesday and — hoo boy — the UFC’s Yas Island vacay looks to end with a bang.

Episode 410: The cold, hard reality of Kamaru Usman

The legend of Street Jesus collided with the best welterweight in the world at UFC 251 and … well … it was a long night in the Bread Game. Plus, Max Holloway maybe got jobbed (or maybe not!) and Petr Yan beat Jose Aldo into a living death there at the end.