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The Co-Main Event MMA Podcast

English, Sports, 1 season, 634 episodes, 3 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes
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An irreverent and unscripted look at the week's mixed martial arts news from MMAJunkie.com's Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas of ESPN.com. Topics include the latest happenings in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.
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Episode 605: The many ins and outs of UFC 303

Conor McGregor is out. Alex Pereira is in. Michael Chandler is out. Jiri Prochazka is in. Jamahal Hill is out. Anthony Smith is in. Elsewhere, Khamzat Chimaev is out. Ikram Alizkerov (?) is in. Mike Tyson is out (at least for the moment). Mike Perry is in. Seriously, enough you guys. Plus, Anderson and Chael boxed kind of. And Ben is back from Ireland! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 604: So close, so far

Dustin Poirier gave it his all, putting on the sort of gritty and endlessly game performance against Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 that we've come to expect from him during his great career. But it wasn't enough. There was never really a moment in this fight where it seemed like Cool Dusty P was going to win. Poirier had that dog in him, but so did Makhachev. The result? And still. Now, Poirier contemplates retirement while Makhachev waits to see who's next. Plus, Sean Strickland put on another sleepy, split-decision Strickland performance against Paulo Costa. And is there any end to the bullshit the UFC will make us sit through during a PPV? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 603: Last chance for Cool Dusty P

Dustin Poirier is already an all-time great lightweight. He's a shoo-in first-ballot UFC Hall of Famer. He's beloved by fans. He possesses a resume that will stand-up with almost anyone's. But you know what would be really transformative for him? If he became undisputed lightweight champion. This weekend at UFC 302, Poirier gets what is likely his final opportunity to seize that crown when he takes on Islam Makhachev. It definitely won't be easy. Poirier is going off as close to a 6-to-1 underdog at some sportsbooks. But we can't help but wonder ... what if ... Plus, Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa should be an interesting match-up of styles between two well-known, uh, characters. But only one of them needs to win it to keep his hype train rolling. Spoiler: It's Sean Strickland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 602: Boxing is good right now

Hey! It’s the 12th anniversary of the Co-Main Event Podcast! Yaaaay! Didn’t think we’d still be here, did you? DID YOU? Haha, well, screw you haters, we’ll see you in the passion project gotcha videos we get our video staffs to produce making fun of you specifically. Funny to look back where it all began. Most of the fighters we talked about in those early days have faded from view now (or at least have moved on to the bare knuckle boxing portions of their combat sports careers) … with the notable exceptions of a few, including both Jon Jones and Anderson Silva (technically retired, but whatevs), who both just so happen to figure into our discussions THIS VERY WEEK. First though, you gotta take your hat off to boxing, which has a fascinating feud over its undisputed heavyweight title going on right now (and it doesn’t get much better than that). Also, UFC 304 fights got announced and they answer some of our biggest matchmaking questions of the year … while raising new ones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 601: Derrick Lewis things

By now we all know what Derrick Lewis brings to the table. You either like it, or you don't. Lewis is going to come into fight week and be cheeky and affable, claiming to have not really trained and/or not to know his opponent's name. Then he's going to either A) Almost lose his fight before winning it or B) Almost win his fight before losing it. Afterward, he's going to take his pants off. This is pretty much what happened on Saturday against Rodrigo Nascimento, where Lewis ultimately emerged with a third-round TKO win after two-plus round where he flirted with the idea of messing around and losing. He won, whipped off his shorts and fanned the nearly unconscious Nascimento with them before sliding his cup out and tossing it into press row. So, yeah, everything went according to plan ... until an MMA "journalist" asked Dana White to sign Lewis' athletic supporter at the post fight press conference. Ugh. What the hell, you guys. Plus, Jake Paul and Mike Tyson faced off for the first time this week, while over in Saudi Arabia, the heavyweight boxing match that actually matters is scheduled for this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 600: Jose Aldo didn't get the memo at UFC 301

Fitting that as the Co-Main Event Podcast celebrates its 600th episode, it's an old dog making the most headlines from Saturday's UFC 301. If Jose Also was supposed to serve as a stepping stone for Jonathan Martinez down there in Rio over the weekend, Aldo did not get the memo. He showed up looking like the Jose Jr. of old, pretty much putting a whipping on the younger Martinez over three rounds. Vintage Aldo! Plus, Alexandre Pantoja successfully defended his men's flyweight title against Steve Erceg but didn't necessarily come out of it smelling like a rose--and Michel Pereira's crazy ass back flips his way into our hearts once again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 599: UFC 301 preview + BKFC rewind

A few years ago it might have seemed farfetched that one day we'd be sitting here spending the majority of an entire episode of the Proper talking about Bare Knuckle FC and a Jake Paul fight, but that's the reality of where combat sports is at the moment. The big headlines for the weekend were: Mike Perry dismantling Thiago Alves in a minute flat at Knucklemania IV and Paul's fight against Mike Tyson being sanctioned as an actual, real professional boxing match (sort of) by the Texas athletic commission. By comparison, the UFC's Fight Night event got left in the dust. So, there you go, there's our show. Boom. Done. Oh wait, except that UFC 301 is this weekend down there in Rio. So we gotta talk about that, too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 598: UFC to Netflix?

In all the hubbub over UFC 300, most of us missed the juicy detail that Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos was down there sitting cageside on the elbow of Ari Emanuel during the event. You know who didn't miss it? David Spade. The UFC OG celebrity himself posted a pic on his socials blaming "Ted" for blocking his view of the octagon. So, that's interesting. Just a few weeks after Netflix acquires broadcast rights for WWE, there's "Ted" checking out the merchandise at the UFC's biggest event of the year. Maybe Sarandos is just a hardcore. Or ... maybe ... Well, we're certainly not going to pass up the opportunity to speculate wildly. Plus, PFL had a pretty good event on Friday and Ryan Garcia's crazy ass actually won that big boxing match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 597: UFC 300 proved us wrong

Well, don't we all feel stupid now? After weeks of dumping on the UFC 300 card for not living up to our expectations, it finally happened on Saturday and it ... was ... bonkers. You had Max Holloway put on a performance for the ages against Justin Gaethje in a fight that more than showcased the BMF status of both guys. You had Alex Pereira give Herb Dean the ol' "Not now, Herb!" hand gesture and go straight from a low blow to a highlight reel knockout of Jamahal Hill. Plus, Weili Zhang survived a gritty challenge from Yan Xiaonan and Arman Tsarukyan stayed out of Charles Oliveira's many submission attempts long enough to score a split decision win. And all that barely scratches the surface. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 596: UFC 300 is nigh!

Saturday night, the greatest fight card in the history of fight cards comes at us from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Or, at least, that's what the UFC wants us to think about UFC 300. Honestly, the card isn't too bad, with two actual championship fights and one "championship fight." Your main event, the light heavyweight title (unification, sort of?) bout between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill will be a fun punchy-kicky sort of a deal. Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan has been somewhat anticipated. Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway will no doubt be killer, BMF title or no. Plus, you've got the promotional debut of Kayla Harrison and plucky young underdog Bo Nickal trying to continue his Cinderella march through the middleweight division. So, yeah, good job, UFC, which will definitely not pat itself on the back for putting on a decent fight card to commemorate event No. 300 or whatever this actually is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 595: Cheating still works in MMA

Well, Chris Weidman can't very well retire after that one, can he? We had hoped perhaps Saturday's Fight Night bout against Bruno Silva would be the former middleweight champion's last but ... not only did he "win," but the circumstances were so weird that Weidman pretty much has to come back for at least one more. After 12 and a half minutes of foul-filled action, where at times he looked much improved and at times looked like he was about to get spectacularly knocked out, Weidman pulled off the here-to-for unseen double eye-poke during the same one-two combination. Silva (understandably) couldn't continue, the fight was stopped and somehow Weidman got a unanimous decision (?) win out of it. MMA, man. It's fucked up. Plus, Manon Fiorot may well be the No. 1 contender at women's flyweight, just as soon as Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko get done coaching TUF and Nate THE TRAIN Landwehr reminds us that he might be the funnest thing going in the UFC. WHOOP HIS ASS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 594: Did the fighters blink?

The years-long staring contest between the UFC and some of its former fighters is over. The class action antitrust lawsuit between the two parties ended last week with the MMA company agreeing to pay a $335 million settlement to the aggrieved fighters. That's great for the individual fighters, most of whom will now get a chunk of change. Maybe not so great for MMA at large, as the bigger picture structural and competitive changes that might have come along with the lawsuit will likely now not happen. But considering the alternatives, did the fighters do the right thing? Plus, Rose Namajunas returned with a win, though perhaps not exactly the kind of win she needed. Especially not with Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot about to have an apparent No. 1 contender fight this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 593: Conor McGregor, whas really goin' on?

After showing up to the "Road House" premiere looking like he was in a *cough* heightened state of awareness *cough* Conor McGregor once again iterated that he wants to return to the UFC to finish out the final two fights on his contract. So. Conor McGregor wants to fight. The UFC seems to want Conor McGregor to fight. Michael Chandler DAMN SURE wants to fight. What's the hold up? Plus, what's up with Nate Diaz suddenly being all nice and shit? Plus, we still haven't found something that can kill Mark Coleman, and Rose Namajunas returns on a fairly anonymous Fight Night card at the Apex. Because of course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 592: UFC 299 spectacular (for Sean O'Malley)!

If Sean O'Malley needed a statement win to prove he is perhaps the class of the UFC's growing group of young stars, he got one Saturday, essentially pitching a perfect game against Marlon "Chito" Vera at UFC 299. O'Malley kept Chito at the end of his reach, dictating the pace and the terms of engagement and the best thing you could say about Vera by the end is that he's one tough son of a bitch. Plus, how about that Cool Dusty P, eh? Yaaaay. And, oh yeah, Francis Ngannou got terribly knocked out. Booo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 591: UFC 299 is more than O'Malley vs. Chito

Sean O'Malley looks to avenge his funky 2020 injury loss to Chito Vera on Saturday at UFC 299. Kinda weird to think that we already consider O'Malley one of the UFC's most established stars and champions when in actuality he'll be gunning for his first successful title defense this weekend. It seems like a pretty good scrap, but make no mistake, UFC 299 has a lot more going for it than just O'Malley vs. Chito. Dustin Poirier vs. Benoît Saint Denis, the debut of Michael Venom Page, Curtis Blaydes vs. Jailton Almeida and Mateusz Gamrot vs. Rafael dos Anjos just to name a few. If that wasn't enough, Francis Ngannou heads back to Saudi Arabia to see if he can prove his performance against Tyson Fury was no fluke when he takes on Anthony Joshua. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 590: Brian Ortega’s wild week

Brian Ortega injured himself before his co-main event fight against Yair Rodriguez even started on Saturday, appearing to roll his ankle during Bruce Buffer’s fighter introductions. Then Ortega got lit up like a Roman candle by Rodriguez in round one. Got dropped. Got pounded on. Got his whole shit broke, basically. Somehow, though, Ortega rebounded in rounds two and three and ended up actually winning this thing with a gnarly arm triangle choke in the third. Damn! Add to this already delightful stew that Ortega entertained (?) reporters during prefight media festivities by telling an obviously bullshit story about eagles and – hoo boy – pretty weird week for that dude. Plus, judges declared Royval the better Brandon (was he thooooough?) and Bellator fighters dominated PFL fighters in all the fights except the one that mattered most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 589: Topuria triumphs at UFC 298

Everything came up Ilia Topuria on Saturday at UFC 298, as the 27-year-old Spaniard fulfilled his self-avowed destiny with a thunderous second-round knockout of longstanding men’s featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The outcome was bittersweet for longtime fans, signaling perhaps both the end of one great champion’s reign and the emergence of a bold new successor. Hold on, though, are we shoveling dirt onto Volk’s grave a little prematurely? And with no obvious No. 1 contender, what’s the right next move for Topuria? Plus, Bobby Knuckles wins, Merab puts on a show and Mackenzie Dern continues to baffle us. Plus, presidential trivia!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 588: UFC 298 is Old Man Volk vs. whippersnapper Topuria

Alexander Volkanovski fully embraced his old man status headed into Saturday's UFC 298, in a legitimately hilarious internet video that showed off his stellar general acting chops and comedic timing. Still, that acceptance doesn't take away from the harrowing actual statistics about what happens to UFC champions after they turn 35. Add in recent concerns over his drinking habits between fights and our nagging memories of him getting KOed by Islam Makhachev his last time out and we are perhaps as nervous as we've ever been headed into a Volk fight. Plus, there is the matter of the weird confidence exuded by Ilia Topuria, who is either setting himself up for a fast rise or a big fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 587: Renato Moicano is A LOT

Got to admire Renato Moicano’s entrepreneurial spirit. Here’s “Money” Moicano nearly 10 years and 15 fights into his UFC career (he’s 18-5-1 as professional after Saturday’s win over Drew Dober) and it feels like he’s just now spreading his wings to show us the beautiful butterfly he’s become. And, friends, it is weird. After dusting Dober in the co-main event of the weekend’s Fight Night card, ya boi “Money” jumped on the mic and said, among other things, he was going to go home and impregnate his wife to try to keep up with his 62-year-old father (who himself just had a baby), that he wants to join the SWAT team to “kill bad guys,” and that if we don’t respect the law, America would become a “third world country.” So, yeah, it was a lot. Plus, Nassourdine Imavov wore Roman Dolidze around the cage like a hat and next week Joe BODYBAGZ Pyfer tries to become a capital G Guy against Singin' and Dancin' Jack Hermansson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 586: UFC 300 adds Kayla Harrison + Jon Anik apologizes?!?

It was a triple-whammy announcement from Dana White last week, adding Kayla Harrison to UFC 300, giving her a fight with Holly Holm and having it at women's bantamweight. Clearly Harrison's involvement in the UFC's gala milestone pay-per-view is a big deal. But how big? Does she really deserve to be such an overwhelming favorite? And is she really going to make 135 pounds? We have questions. Plus, after saying what we were all thinking on his podcast last week, Jon Anik apologized if he offended anyone by being so dead-on right about what assholes they are. Was the apology really his idea? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 585: UFC 297: Dumb and Dumber

Dricus du Plessis beat Sean Strickland for the middleweight title, Raquel Pennington cashed-in on the women's bantamweight strap on her 18th fight in the UFC and the company announced Frankie Edgar was going in the hall of fame. We really wish that's what people were going to remember about UFC 297, but honestly? We'll probably remember it as an event where people said a bunch of dumb shit and then many of the reactions to that shit were even dumber. And that's sad, man. That's a sad place we've reached in this sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 584: UFC 297 preview!

Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis are set to take it to the cage on Saturday at UFC 297, instead of fighting all over the damn arena like Mankind and HHH in 1997 or whatever. The champion probably still needs to prove to us that his win over Israel Adesanya last Sept. wasn't a fluke. Can a victory here do that? Meanwhile, DDP is out to show he can win a title in a third organization -- and that he can either stop Strickland quickly or withstand the champ's pressure style without gassing out over five rounds. Plus, it's Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva for the vacant women's bantamweight title. Who knew?!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 583: UFC gets back to action for 2024

Friends, the holiday doldrums are over and this weekend the UFC kicks off its sure to be relentless 2024 live event schedule with a rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker. Maybe not the sexiest main event, but the card isn't too bad, all things considered. In addition to that, we take your listener mail questions, which piled up on us a bit during the break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 582: UFC 296 debrief

The last UFC event of 2023 left us with a lot to talk about. Leon Edwards and Alexandre Pantoja both successfully defended their titles. Up-and-comers Shavkat Rakhmonov and Paddy Pimblett got big wins. We saw at least one potential knockout of the year contender. Oh yeah, and Ian Garry, Sean Strickland and DDP all caused spectacles outside the cage. With Noted Fight Fans Kid Rock and Donald Trump sitting cageside, the whole thing was kind of a microcosm of what the UFC is all about right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 581: Can Colby + Royval make it a baker's dozen?

It's been a year of upheaval in the UFC. All told, the company has crowned 11 champions in 2023--with UFC 296's twin-bill of title fights still on deck this Saturday. Can Colby Covington finally breakthrough and become undisputed welterweight champion with a win over Leon Edwards? Can Brandon Royval unseat newly-minted men's flyweight champ Alexandre Pantoja? Oddsmakers say these fights will be close. Will it continue to be a bad year for sitting champions? Plus, big fights for Shavkat Rakhmonov, Paddy Pimblett and Ian (whispers) MACHADO Garry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 580: Long live the king (of violence)!

It's possible there has never been a person better suited to bare knuckle boxing than Mike Perry. Here he was again last weekend against Eddie Alvarez, seeming to wager that he was willing to go out there and accept more punishment than the other guy in pursuit of something called the "King of Violence" belt--and he was right. Perry again emerged victorious after Alvarez's corner stopped the fight after the second round. All hail the king or whatever. Plus, Arman Tsarukyan looked dominant over Beneil Dariush and Bobby Green not so much against Jalin Turner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 579: Questions, Comments, Concerns

On the heels of last week's PFL championships and in advance of this week's UFC Fight Night, we open it up to listener questions. What's at stake between Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan this weekend? Why don't we give Miesha Tate more credit as a pioneer of women's MMA? Is Stipe still relevant? And is PFL fumbling the bag? These topics and more from you, the beloved listeners of the CME. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 578: It was all a dream ...

It was funny and fitting that Bellator 301 crowned two new champions and advanced one fighter to the finals of the company's ongoing grand prix just a couple days before we got final confirmation it had been acquired by the PFL. At least for now, the PFL says it will continue running something called the Bellator International Champions Series but, come on, we know how these things go. This week, we discuss the end(ish?) of Bellator and what kind of player this could now make the PFL on the national MMA scene. Plus, Brendan Allen roughs up Paul Craig and Tom Aspinall calls out some rubbish. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It’s risk free with Nord’s exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 577: You get a KO! And you get a KO! And YOU get a KO!

We crowned two new champions on Saturday at UFC 295–and neither fight took that long. On a night full of KOs at Madison Square Garden, Alex Pereira emerged with the light heavyweight championship (his second in two different divisions) and Tom Aspinall became the new interim heavyweight titlist. So … the question remains … just how mad is Jon Jones about this? Yeah, he tried to be all nice when he congratulated Aspinal via social media, but you just KNOW it’s burning him up inside that these two guys won belts that Jones technically never lost. We discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 576: Jiri P. vs. Alex P. at MSG

We’re sad that Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic is off pretty much indefinitely due to Jones’ torn pec, but UFC 295 still looks pretty OK. It’s admittedly a little top heavy – no need to stack the card when you thought you had JBJ vs. Stipe, eh? – but the revamped main and co-main still look pretty cool. Jiri Prochazka returns from the worst shoulder injury in the history of shoulders to take on former middleweight champ Alex Pereira for the vacant light heavyweight title. Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich duke it out for an interim heavyweight title. Seems like a couple good fights that might clean up the messes in the UFC's heaviest weight classes. Plus, some people were impressed by Jailton Almeida's win over Derrick Lewis and some people weren’t and shit maybe just got really real for the UFC in its antitrust case. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It’s risk free with Nord’s exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 575: Francis Ngannou, god among men

MMA people, what did we just see? Francis Ngannou went over there to Saudi Arabia over the weekend and DID THE DAMN THING against heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Ngannou out-performed even our most generous expectations, knocking Fury down in the third and taking him to a (kinda bullshit?) split decision. It was, without a doubt, one of the greatest underdog performances in the history of professional sports. This week on the Proper, we discuss, among other things: My God, Francis showed out. How to even put this fight in historical perspective? So, what's next? Does Francis become a full-time boxer or does he have some MMA left in him? How bad did the UFC fuck up here? And when will we hear from Noted Boxing Fan Dana White about this fight? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/20231 hour, 11 minutes
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Episode 574: Strange times in Abu Dhabi

UFC 294 was a weird one. Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev both scored big victories over short-notice replacements, but the event also was marred by low blows, fence grabs, illegal knees, some super weird ringside doctoring, a couple people showing up with staph, rumors the UFC had once again banned flags from the Octagon and – of all things – Paolo Costa trying to brawl random fans in the stands. So, yeah, it was bizarre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 573: UFC 294 is some tasty chicken salad

So, just a couple weeks before the UFC is set to head to Abu Dhabi with a fairly marquee card, they lose BOTH their co-main event and main event to some unexpected misadventure. In this case, it was a cut to Charles Oliveira and surgery for Paulo Costa that forced them out of their respective bouts. This type of swerve might spell disaster for any other promoter, but not so for the UFC. When you've got the power and influence of an organization that controls more than 90% of your chosen market, you just reload, brother. The UFC brought in featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski to take Oliveira's place in a lightweight title fight against Islam Makhachev and former welterweight titlist Kamaru Usman to sub in for Costa in a middleweight bout against Khamzat Chimaev. In other words, still pretty awesome. Damn. Must be nice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 572: 'Nothing planned' for Conor McGregor?!?!

UFC President Dana White this week confirmed earlier social media posts from Conor McGregor that the fighter had "sent his stuff" to UFC drug czar Jeff Novitsky, but said that McGregor was not back in the USADA testing pool quite yet. "I literally have nothing planned for Conor McGregor right now,” White said. Could this possibly be true? Has White finally realized that it's impossible to plan anything with the wily Irishman? But, if that's so, why did McGregor apply to get back into the pool at the exact six-month deadline he'd need if he were going to headline UFC 300 in April, 2024? It's a mystery. Plus, Bobby Green KOed Grant Dawson so fast he didn't even know what hand he did it with and ... well, this seems like a VERY Bellator end for Bellator, doesn't it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 571: Is this the end?

Bellator 300 happens this weekend at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. Three titles on the line. Seventeen fights total. Under normal circumstances you could chalk it down as a gala celebration of Scott Coker's alternative American MMA organization making it to the big Three Double Oh. Unfortunately, with rampant rumors that PFL is about to buy it and that Bellator has one, maybe two events left ... well, that casts a pall, doesn't it? Plus, the UFC's unstoppable fight engine roars back to life with Grant Dawson vs. Bobby Green and the California State Athletic Commission continues to actually try to do a good job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 570: Mailbag bonanza!

We got more listener mail than we expected coming out of last weekend’s Fight Night card – Thanks, Bryce! – and with no UFC event scheduled for this weekend we thought, what the hell, let’s answer as many of them as we can. So, we take your queries about the bummer ending of Fiziev vs. Gamrot, Bryce Mitchell’s bible thumping, excitement levels for Jiri vs. Pereira, whether ALL fighters will soon be DWCS fighters and a whole lot more. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It's risk free with Nord's exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 569: Everybody had fun except Valentina Shevchenko

Nobody loves a 10-8 round more than Mike Bell. That Mike Bell is a 10-8in' MFer to be sure. Let him out of your sight for even one second and Mike Bell will score a round 10-8. Valentina Shevchenko found that out the hard way on Saturday at UFC Noche, as Bell's 10-8 scorecard in favor of Alexa Grasso in the pivotal fifth round of their title fight denied Shevchenko the opportunity to regain the women's flyweight championship and maybe sent her to the back of the contender line. The split draw that let Grasso hold onto the title, however, should not overshadow the fact she and Shevchenko had a hell of a fight (again). So, where does Mike Bell's 10-8in' ass leave the 125-pound division? We discuss. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It's risk free with Nord's exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 568: What. The F@#k. Just Happened?

It was no dream. There is no waking up from this one. Sean Strickland really DID show up on Saturday at UFC 293 and take the middleweight title from Israel Adesanya by shocking unanimous decision. This was no lucky punch or freak injury. Nope. Sean Strickland just went out there and did Sean Strickland stuff and Adesanya basically had no answer for it. Un-fucking-believable. Did we (and by "we" I mean I -- Chad) make this happen? Look, we were just trying to bring some Silly Little Guy energy to our bets on last week's Power Hour, but it seems possible we did spark the wrath of the MMA Gods by including Izzy in all of our parlays. Sorry about that. Now we all have a few months of a Strickland title reign to suffer through before somebody inevitably beats him. What will that be like? Who's next ? And what does the UFC do with the suddenly 1-2 Adesanya? We discourse. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It's risk free with Nord's exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 4 seconds
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Doin' the Damn Thing: The Essential Dadliness of Patrick Wyman

Hey, Co-Mainiacs, here's a tasty lfree sample of what's going on behind the paywall over at Patreon.com/comainevent. If you like it, you might consider signing up and joining the team? Remember, all our Patreon content appears ad free! We've wanted to get the big homie Patrick Wyman on the show for a long time. You've all asked for it and we thought we could have a super cool and interesting talk with him, but couldn't get the timing to work out until this week. Once we got Patrick on the ol' Zoom machine, however, it was amazing. We had so much fun, we felt compelled to make this episode of DDT available to everyone. If you like it, well, maybe consider leveling up to the $10 or $20 patronage tier, eh? Then we can all be best friends. Patrick has just launched his new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness to go along with his other successful endeavors like the Tides of History Podcast and his great book The Verge. Ben and I will both be guests on upcoming episodes of the new podcast. So, this week, we talk about the idea of dadliness, how to balance work and kids and everything else, and why we lift all those damn weights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 567: UFC 293 ain't no bobby dazzler

Sounds like Sean Strickland is having fun on his trip to Australia, what with showing up on day one and slugging a random fan in the stomach. He's also writing some fire tweets (and by fire we mean offensive), which, let’s face it, he’d be doing no matter where he was in the world. Will that enjoyment extend to Saturday, when he is scheduled to fight Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title? That part we don’t know, though Strickland is facing long odds and what looks like a terrible match-up of styles for him. This wasn’t the 185-pound championship match we were supposed to have at UFC 293, but its the one we got. Anymore, that sort of feels like it sums up the general state of things in the UFC. Also, Ciryl Gane got a bit of a “comeback” win over Sergey Spivac last weekend, though it’s hard to tell how much that means for him while Jon Jones is still heavyweight champion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 566: Holloway, Zombie both sweet dudes

Max Holloway got the win as expected over Chan Sung Jung on Saturday, but it was still a fairly impressive weekend for the Korean Zombie. Jung was able to find Holloway's chin more than expected prior to his own KO loss, he got a signature Zombie moment surviving a choke in the second round and after the fight pulled off perhaps the classiest and most eloquent MMA retirement we've ever seen. Point being: Max and the Zombie are both sweet dudes. Where they both go from here, only time will tell. Plus, as the UFC rolls into Paris this weekend, will Sergey Spivak look to check that wrestling against Ciryl Gane? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get four free bonus months when you sign up for a two-year plan. It's risk free with Nord's exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 565: Sean O'Malley, world champion

Friends, your new UFC men's bantamweight champion is Sean O'Malley. It's possible that's a pretty big deal. At this point, the UFC certainly seems to have succeeded in its years-long effort at making O'Malley a star. His upset TKO of Aljamain Sterling on Saturday at UFC 292 made him the youngest champion on the UFC's current roster, he received a hero's welcome in Boston and now is poised to perhaps bring an unprecedented amount of attention to the 135-pound division. Only question now is, how long can he stay on top? Plus, Zhang Weili blanked Amanda Lemos and Max Holloway is going to have a fun fight against The Korean Zombie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 564: UFC's O'Malley Experiment gets serious

Since his promotional debut in 2017, the UFC has had Sean O'Malley ticketed for stardom. Saturday at UFC 292, perhaps we'll see if he came make good on that promise. O'Malley is going off as about a 2-to-1 underdog to men's bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, but questions persist about Sterling's health, focus and readiness. Fact is, O'Malley could be a live dog here. Will he prove to be everything the UFC thinks he can be? Plus, Zhang Weili squares off with Amanda Lemos -- wait, who? -- and Vicente Luque is a miracle cured by God. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 563: Jake Paul to MMA. Is it time?

Jake Paul did that thing on Saturday where he outduels an aging but beloved MMA star in the boxing ring. This time it was Nate Diaz coming up short on the scorecards against "The Problem Child." It was fine, if you like that kind of thing, but at this point these Jake Paul boxing weekends are starting to feel formulaic, right down to the brawls outside the arena after the actual fight ends. So ... is Paul's threatened move to MMA to fight Diaz again actually the smartest move he could make right now? Also, Cory Sandhagen tears triceps, still wins. MMA fans: Boooring! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 562: Justin Gaethje, BMF, No. 1 contender

Usually, when Justin Gaethje delivers devastating kicks, they are to the legs. Turns out, he can kick you in the head pretty hard, too. Dustin Poirier found that out the hard way Saturday during the pair's main event fight at UFC 291. Now that Gaethje has knocked out Poirier and claimed the BMF "title," he's also the assumed the No. 1 contender for the actual, real lightweight title, as well. So, it was a pretty good night of work for him. Plus, we talk Alex Pereira's victorious but frustrating light heavyweight debut, Derrick Lewis landing a flying knee and stripping his shorts off (because of course) and the downfall of Tony Ferguson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 561: Doin' it again, brother, at UFC 291

Nobody in the world will argue with Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje re-matching at UFC 291. That's just a good-ass fight. One so good, in fact, that it probably doesn't need the added silliness of being for the "vacant" BMF title. But, you know, gold on the poster and all that. Plus we get to see how Alex Periera will fare at light heavyweight as he moves up to fight Janny Blackjacks. Plus, several "remember me?" fights round out the main card. We talk all that, plus: Tom Aspinall? That boy good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 560: Francis Ngannou rolls a Yahtzee

At this point, you gotta admire Francis Ngannou's track record of doing exactly what the fuck he says he's going to do. He said he was going to wait out his UFC contract. He did that. He said he was going to sign a lucrative MMA deal that would include unprecedented gains for both himself and his opponents. He did that. He said he was going to sign a big-money boxing match against one of the world's best-known pugilists that would probably set him up for life. He. Fucking. Did. That. How can you not be happy for this guy? On this episode, we look forward to Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury, talk about Holly Holm's submission loss to Marya Bueno Silva and anticipate the return of Tom Aspinall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 559: UFC 290 is why we watch

Holy shit! If you happen to be an MMA fan who struggles with the current landscape of the UFC, Saturday's pay-per-view was a goddamn life-affirming breath of fresh air. UFC 290 was probably one of the company's all-time great PPV events. Alexander Volkanovski reaffirmed his greatness. Alexandre Pantoja won the men's flyweight title from Brandon Moreno in a fight-of-the-year caliber split decision. Robbie Lawler walked away in perfect style. DDP set up perhaps the cringiest middleweight title fight of all time against Israel Adesanya. Bo Nickal knocked a MFer out on the feet (!). It was wild, weird and sometimes wonderful. This is why we started watching this stuff in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 558: Are the vibes off for Volk at UFC 290?

There's no real reason to believe Yair Rodriguez defeats Alexander Volkanovski in their men's featherweight title unification bout at UFC 290 this weekend. Volkanovski has been too good, he comes into this fight about a 4-to-1 favorite and the whole idea of making an interim title in this division was kinda bullshit from the beginning. But ... are the vibes a bit off for him leading up to this fight? We're not saying they are. We're merely asking questions. Plus, the rest of the UFC 290 card looks fun as hell. You got Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja doing the damn thing for the men's flyweight title You got Bobby Knuckles and DDP in a probable No. 1 contender fight. You got Robbie Lawler's alleged retirement fight. Oh, and there's this scrappy underdog you may have heard of ... Bo Nickal. He's on there too. Also, is it craaaaazy to consider Sean Strickland a viable title contender now? Probably. But still. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 557: These rich nerds ain't fighting

Mere weeks after Dana White said the UFC "doesn't do" gimmick fights, he's all up in the media talking about trying to book an actual cagefight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. First off, if you needed yet more evidence that White is frequently bullshitting us, well, there you go. Secondly, these rich nerds ain't really gonna fight each other. But wouldn't it be sad if they did? Also, Illia Topuria is super good at fighting. Like, super good. And the PFL puts its finger on the scales in the worst possible way. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 556: What would a Bellator-PFL merger look like?

Bellator staged the top MMA event of the weekend, with Sergio Pettis outdueling Patricio Pitbull in a compelling scrap for the men's bantamweight championship and light heavyweight titlist Vadim Nemkov reaffirming his greatness pitching a shutout against Yoel Romero. With both sides also confirming a Bellator-PFL merger is at least being explored, we'll take a look at what that might mean for combat sports. Plus, Jared Cannonier set a middleweight record for significant strikes in his decision victory over Marvin Vettori. Is that another one of this double-edged sword UFC records? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 555: Oliveira Owns UFC 289

Amanda Nunes pretty much whooped-up on Irene Aldana to retain her women's bantamweight title and then retired in the cage, which was a nice moment. Canadian fighters went undefeated in front of their home countrymen in Vancouver, which obviously was a feel-good story. But you know who really stamped their name on UFC 289 on Saturday? Charles Oliveira, that's who. Oliveira went out there and spoiled Beneil Dariush's big chance at lightweight contendership by dominating on the ground and on the feet en route to a first-round victory -- and he did so while being hailed as a hero by the Canadian fans. This seemed like the kind of performance that could well net him a rematch with Islam Makhachev and also one that confirmed he's a pretty big star for the UFC. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode No. 554: Is UFC 289 the last ride for The Lioness?

Amanda Nunes returns Saturday to defend her women's bantamweight title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289. Should be a solid little scrap, though we're not sure there's any reason to suspect Nunes might lose ... except, well, she is 36 years old, recently left American Top Team to start her own gym and has been openly talking about retirement since her feud with Juliana Pena. So, can Aldana pull the upset here and is there any chance this is the last ride for The Lioness? Plus, Dana White reminds us Jared Gordon is not a doctor and did Kai Kara France get screwed? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 553: So many Conor McGregor headlines

Conor McGregor is "filling out the paperwork" to re-enroll in the USADA testing pool, according to Dana White, which means the biggest star in MMA is back! Almost? Maybe? Remains to seen. Despite the lingering uncertainty, it's clear at least one group of people is VERY glad to have McGregor in their lives again. Those people are the keepers of the MMA news cycle. McGregor hasn't totally done anything yet upon his return to active duty and somehow every other story on the websites is already about him. We talk the McGregor Phenomenon this week. Plus, UFC on ESPN rolls out this weekend and Justin Gaethje says what we're all thinking about the BMF title. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 552: Fighter pay drops to 13% in 2022

Bloody Elbow's John Nash has a new report out on the UFC's finances and, friends, it is mind-blowing. Once again in 2022, the fight company made more than $1 billion in revenue and, largely because it didn't have to pay superstars like Conor McGregor last year, total fighter pay dropped by around $32.8 million (to roughly 13 percent of total revenue). UFC profits were up in every category, while expenses and operating costs were down. So ... wow. Plus, Mackenzie Dern went beast mode on Angela Hill and Dana White says he doesn't understand Francis Ngannou's new deal with PFL. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 17 seconds
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CME Patreon Power Hour: Big guys pointing fingers

Joe Rogan said some fairly innocuous stuff this week about what would happen in a street fight (or a locked-room fight, as the case may be) between Jon Jones and Tyson Fury. Fury did not appreciate Rogan's opinion and aired his displeasure on social media, and THAT essentially kicked off a round robin of internet beef between Jones, Fury and Francis Ngannou. It was, honestly, pretty ridiculous. So, this week we discuss: Why did it make Fury so mad when Rogan was really only repeating an argument MMA guys have been making since the '90s? If no other important boxers will fight him (as he claims) why doesn't Fury get something on the books with Ngannou? And doesn't Jones appreciate the irony of talking shit to Ngannou when Jones himself was embroiled in a contract dispute of his own with the UFC recently? Plus, in Power Rankings, the Conor McGregor reputational whitewash has begun, Alex Pereira vs. Janny Blackjacks (?!?!?!), and there are a lot of interesting personal style choices going on at this BKFC weigh-in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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Doin' the Damn Thing: Kevin Seccia on the WGA writers strike

This week, Friend of the Podcast and Real Life Hollywood TV Writer Kevin Seccia was kind enough to come in off the picket line to talk us through the particulars of the ongoing WGA writers strike. Kevin is a great dude as well as an active patron of the CME. He's also former standup comedian and currently a writer on the animated comedy "The Great North," which airs on Fox. The WGA strikes is something we've all heard about but perhaps few of us know the details of what's really going on. Kevin does a great job bringing us all up to speed with the style and humor befitting a longtime CME listener. Plus, in Kraken Up, well, it's over. Seattle sailed into the dark waters of the off-season this week, after dropping game seven to the Stars. Season wrap-up incoming! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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CME Patreon Live Chat for 5/17/23

Rumor has it, there was some news this week. Just a lil bit. Just a lil bit of news happened over the last couple of days. As you may have heard, the biggest of homies, Francis Ngannou, announced on Tuesday that he is taking his talents to the PFL (and perhaps elsewhere) in a landmark deal that affords him what is almost certainly more money than if he'd stayed in the UFC as well as most of his out-of-the-cage asks, including the ability to go do boxing if he wants. So that's seems good. Not to be outdone, however, the UFC -- totally randomly and definitely NOT related to Ngannou's announcement -- went ahead with a big Tuesday afternoon news dump of their own which included, among other things, BRINGING BACK THE BMF TITLE. Lol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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Epsiode 551: Francis Ngannou has some news

What a tease this guy, Big Fran is. Here he is posting this video to his socials last week promising us that on Tuesday he's going to tells us (what we hope is) his final decision on free agency. We're not sure what he's going to say -- Will it be a boxing announcement? Will it be MMA? -- but that sure won't stop us from wildly and irresponsibly speculating. Plus, Jailton Almeida tapped the Bigi Boy, Matt Brown had a record night and Ian Garry continues to be a problem. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 41 seconds
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CME Patreon Power Hour: Almeida says he'll tap the Bigi Boy. What if he can't?

Jailton Almeida isn't keeping his gameplan too close to the vest when it comes to this weekend's UFC on ABC main event against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The fast-rising heavyweight prospect says he's strong where the Bigi Boy is weak, and plans to take him down and submit him. That's no surprise, considering six of Almeida's last 10 wins have come via sub. On the other hand, Rozenstruik has never been submitted. And you could argue HE is also strong where Almeida is weak. So, what if Almeida can't take him down? Plus, in Power Rankings, GSP says the UFC didn't have his back on drug testing, Dominick Cruz will cut a bitch (because he says the rules force him to), and Nate Diaz finds out Texas might test him for weed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/20231 hour, 26 seconds
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Doin' the Damn Thing: Two UFC fighters have hijacked the kingdom of Morocco

The Economist published an interesting feature story about how UFC veterans Abu and Ottman Azaitar -- who you may remember from that UFC 257 fiasco involving an alleged "bagful of potatoes" -- have parlayed a friendship with the 58-year-old king of Morocco into pretty sweet lives for themselves. To hear the article tell it, King Mohammed VI (who was never that into ruling, anyway) has become completely disinterested in running Morocco and only wants to hang out, travel the world and party with the Azaitar brothers. Abu and Ottman, for their parts, appear to be making the most of the money, power and influence that come along with being the king's besties. They have access to sports cars, private jets, military aircraft (!) and apparently whatever else they want. So, now the people of Morocco are sitting around wondering where the king at and also if the rest of the Moroccan government might do something about it. Plus, in Kraken Up, we await game five in Dallas, with the Kraken and Stars tied 2-2. Here's the link to the economist story: https://www.economist.com/1843/2023/04/14/the-mystery-of-moroccos-missing-king Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202358 minutes, 59 seconds
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CME Patreon Live Chat for 5/10/23

It's pledge month at the Co-Main Event Podcast. As a totally independently produced podcast, we rely on the generosity of listeners like you to keep this thing rolling. Here's a free sample of our weekly Wednesday Live Chat, where we spend an hour (usually a little longer) taking questions from our beloved patrons. If you like what you hear, consider joining us at: https://www.patreon.com/comainevent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 550: UFC 288 doesn't overachieve

You know how some fight cards that look pretty "meh" on paper turn out to be unexpectedly great? Yeah, UFC 288 wasn't really one of those. Headlined by an important but perhaps not best-selling men's bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo, this one didn't really appear to live up to the high standards set by some of the UFC's other PPVs this year. There was nothing wrong with Sterling's unanimous decision win over Cejudo and there was nothing wrong with Belal Muhammad's UD over Gilbert Burns. But this card didn't blow our hair back and these wins probably aren't going to get Sterling and Muhammad the respect they deserve. Speaking of not getting the respect he deserves, Demetrious Johnson looked as good as ever in (yet another kinda nondescript) unanimous decision win over Adriano Moraes in One Championship. Johnson took the trilogy and was Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 549: UFC 288 preview + BKFC's Super Bowl

It's not every weekend that the eyes of the combat sports world fall squarely on BKFC, but with the UFC giving new meaning to the term Just Some Fights and no other MMA to speak of, that was the case on Saturday. A bevy of recognizable names -- Mike Perry, Luke Rockhold, Eddie Alvarez, heck, even Conor McGregor -- essentially made this BKFC's Super Bowl. Both for better and for worse. Plus, with UFC 288 right around the corner, we look at the main event and co-main at that pay-per-view. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 548: Sergei Pavlovich punches his ticket (and Curtis Blaydes)

Welcome to the heavyweight elite, Sergei Pavlovich. Ya boy went out there and starched Curtis Blaydes in just over three minutes on Saturday at a UFC Fight Night event to become the consensus No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. Could a lot go wrong between now and when Pavlovich might conceivably fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic? Sure. Did Blaydes engage in kind of a bizarre strategy in this fight? Yes, he did. But is Pavlovich now arguably the most interesting figure in the 265-pound division outside of JBJ and Stipe? Undoubtedly. Plus, Bellator had a pretty good two-night stop in Hawaii, Nate Diaz fought some jabronis on the streets of New Orleans and Bobby Green had a pretty bad Saturday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 547: Max Holloway ain't nothing to fuck with

You think the UFC will stop sending its top men's featherweight prospects to Max Holloway? Because so far when they do, all they get back is a box of bones. Holloway continued his up-and-comer ass-whipping tour on Saturday, dispatching Arnold Allen via unanimous decision in the pair's UFC Fight Night main event. This fight was 95 percent Holloway stylin' on Allen with his speed, pressure game and counter-punches and five percent Holloway eating Allen's hardest shots and walking right through them like a man out on a Sunday stroll. So, your basic Max Holloway shit, in other words. Plus, Nate Diaz is gonna fight Jake Paul in a boxing match at 185 pounds. What could go wrong? And Jon Jones teased us with retirement, while the UFC lines up a potential No. 1 contender fight between Sergei Pavlovich and Curtis Blaydes. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 546: Izzy gets one back

Once it was over, you could kinda tell Israel Adesanya had been thinking about this one for a while. He had his bow-and-arrow celebration all planned out. He did every dance he knew how to do. He had his postfight interview scripted in his head. It's been a long time coming for Adesanya, but he finally got one back from Alex Pereira on Saturday at UFC 287. Adesanya is once again your UFC middleweight champion, which is great but ... what now? Plus, Jorge Masvidal calls it a career (maybe) in a pretty weird way. And, holy shit, Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen is next weekend. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 545: Reactions to UFC/WWE super-happy-fun merger

There we all were, just minding our own business, tying to enjoy our weekends when suddenly Endeavor just casually drops that, oh yeah, they're going to buy WWE and roll it into a single, publicly traded company with the UFC. Say what now? As you might imagine, this rather mind-blowing news quickly put to rest any notion of us talking about PFL, Bellator or GameBread Boxing 4 on Monday's episode of the Proper. So, here are our initial reactions to Vince McMahon and Dana White becoming co-workers and (we're just guessing here) best friends. Plus, there actually is a lot to say in advance of Saturday's UFC 287, where Israel Adesyana faces what is almost certainly his last chance to defeat Alex Pereira in literally anything. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 544: Sandhagen, Holm reinforce status quo

Cory Sandhagen and Holly Holm (or, Holly Holmes, if you prefer) both looked pretty good at the weekend's UFC Fight Night event. Both veterans dispatched challengers who were looking to break into title contention. Sandhagen took advantage of a slow start by Marlon "Chito" Vera in cruising to an impressive unanimous decision in the men's bantamweight main event. Holm mixed in some wrestling to go with her already formidable striking skills and overwhelmed Yana Santos in the co-main. Theeeeeeen, Holm got on the mic and said some bizarre stuff about how we need to stop "sexualizing children." And somehow, we doubt she meant putting an end to child beauty pageants ...  This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/20231 hour, 27 minutes
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Episode 543: A 'Rocky' moment for Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards went into Saturday's welterweight title fight against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 as both the champion and a bit more than a 2-to-1 underdog. As of Monday morning, he's now one thing, but not the other. Edwards pitched a masterpiece against Usman in their third fight against each other, ultimately retaining the gold via majority decision and proving that the oddsmakers had no clue what they were talking about. Plus, Justin Gaethje ain't done! He rebounded to also score a majority decision win over Rafeal Fiziev in the UFC 286 co-main. Get this, Gaethje salted away the third round using his jab and an uppercut. Guy has skills! This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Get your Exclusive NordVPN deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 542: UFC 286 preview + Merab's dominance

Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman are going to do it again, brother, for the third time on Saturday at UFC 286 in London. The champion is going off as a fairly significant underdog and conventional wisdom says this time around Usman just needs to NOT get kicked right in his head and he probably reclaims the title. Yet Usman has also reportedly been plagued by hand problems and he'll turn 36 years old a couple months after this PPV. Is it possible Edwards can get lightning to strike all over again? UFC 286 also amounts to the third time in about a month the fight company has asked fans to pay $80 to watch some fights. This time, it goes down just a week after Merab Dvalishvili turned in what will surely be one of the year's most dominating performances against Petr Yan for free (relatively speaking) on ESPN+. Will the people dig into their pockets one more time? Oh, and did you guys see Bellator? Or hear about it, at least? Usman Nurmagomedov retired Benson Henderson and Michael Page did something absolutely horrendous to Goiti Yamaguchi's knee. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 541: Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

Goddamn, he made that look easy. During the week leading up to UFC 285, Jon Jones said he expected people to be shocked by how effortlessly he'd beat Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title. Jones said it would be a mismatch and we were all like, well, I don't know if I'd say it's going to be a mis--oh, holy shit. It took Jones all of two minutes, four seconds to choke out Gane and now JBJ is the UFC heavyweight champion, which sounds both outrageous and somehow totally fitting. After it was over, he literally bleated like goat. But IS he the GOAT now? Is he gonna fight Stipe next? How big a shadow does Francis Ngannou's absence cast and do we want to see that superfight even more now? Plus, in the oh, holy shit category, we also present to you: Alexa Grasso. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 540: Jones vs. Gane is upon us (we hope)!

This episode takes a deep dive into a thing we once thought would never actually happen: Jon Jones' move to heavyweight. This Saturday at UFC 285, the greatest light heavyweight of all time finally takes that walk, gunning for the vacant heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane. You know ... maybe. It's Jon Jones fight week, after all, which means anything can happen. It's sort of impossible to forecast how a 35-year-old Jones, more than three years removed from his last appearance in the cage, training with a new team and moving up a weight class will fare in this battle, but we do our best to prognosticate. Can Jones thrive in a division where he may not be able to play the bully? Has Gane shored-up his wrestling defense? Will the specter of Francis Ngannou hang over this thing like a shadow? Oh yeah, and the rest of the UFC 285 card is pretty great too ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 539: Erin Blanchfield is the real deal

Erin Blanchfield jumps up to the No. 2 spot on the UFC's official women's flyweight rankings this week after her drubbing of a short-notice Jessica Andrade Saturday at a UFC Fight Night. Hard to say she doesn't deserve it. Blanchfield looked outstanding en route to a second round submission and now has duly earned her chance to compete with the division's elite. Plus, some gnarly shit happened at BKFC Knucklemaina and, speaking of women's flyweight elite, Tatiana Suarez returns this weekend! This episode is presented in part by NordPVN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 538: A fight for the ages

Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski had themselves perhaps one of the greatest fights on all time on Saturday at UFC 284. For all the hoopla about a superfight and the Nos. 1-2 pound for pound fighters on the planet squaring off, these dudes delivered. Makhachev was a better striker than we anticipated, Volkanovski a better wrestler. And while Islam won the fight, did Alex actually win our hearts? Plus, it wouldn't be MMA without a little controversy. Public opinion seemed to be divided over the judges decision -- Volk 2, 3, & 5, dog? -- and then Dan Hooker had to go and accuse Makhachev of illegally using an IV to re-hydrate after the weigh-ins. So, sigh, that part is exhausting. But now it seems Volkanovski is set for a bout with new interim men's featherweight champ Yair Rodriguez, which will undoubtedly be very cool. This episode is presented in part by NordPVN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 537: Well, that was sad

We thought it was weird from the start that Fedor Emelianenko wanted to have his retirement fight against Ryan Bader. It was. Friends, Fedor looked every single day of his 46 years on this planet on Saturday in the Bellator 290 main event. The greatest MMA heavyweight of all time barely threw a punch en route to a first-round TKO victory for Bader. Yep. Sad. And strange. But at least Bellator seemed to understand the magnitude of the moment. Also, UFC 284 is this weekend, featuring a bonafide superfight main event where Dana White can't remember one his champions names. So that's hilarious. Plus, Conor McGregor is back. He's just gonna ease his way back in (to the USADA testing pool and also to competition) by coaching TUF opposite Michael Chandler. This episode is presented in part by NordPVN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 536: Is MMA ready to let go of Fedor?

We are led to believe that Saturday's Bellator 290 will include the last fight for The Last Emperor. The 46-year-old Fedor Emelianenko will do the damn thing one more time in a rematch against Ryan Bader. Do we really believe this will be it for him? That's hard to say. If we had our druthers would Fedor's swan song be a rematch with Bader? Nah, not really. But this man was once a phenomenon and he might still be the greatest heavyweight of all time. We guess that means he gets to write his own ticket. Plus, yet more layoffs in the MMA media world and Derrick Lewis finally meets up with Sergey Spivak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 535: What will a Jamahal Hill title reign look like?

Jamahal Hill answered all our questions against Glover Teixeira on Saturday night at UFC 283. Could he handle the step-up in competition? Yes. Was he ready to go hard for the full 25 minutes? Indeed. Would he be cowed by having 13,000 Brazilians chanting for his death? Hell no. Hill emerged with the clean sweep unanimous decision over Teixeira and -- sort of out of nowhere -- also the UFC light heavyweight title. So, what will the Jamahal Hill Era look like? We have some guesses. Plus, Brandon Moreno gets the last laugh on Davey Figgs. Or does he? And Jose Aldo is going in the Hall, brother. This episode is presented in part by Nord VPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 534: Francis Ngannou KOs UFC in contract standoff

Well, he did it. Francis Ngannou waited-out his UFC contract while rehabbing from knee surgery during 2022 and now he's a free man. There's never been a better time to be a free agent in combat sports and Ngannou seems like he's in a unique position to capitalize on it. What will he do next? Where will he go? And how much will he make? Meanwhile, Dana White is still sitting in front of microphones telling obvious lies about why fighters increasingly choose to depart the UFC. His claims seem especially hilarious when he's talking about Ngannou, though, right? With the real champ gone, the UFC will now stage Jon Jones' long-awaited heavyweight debut against Ciryl Gane for the vacant title. Hooray? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 533: It's fight week! (and surely there's nothing else to talk or think about ...)

Well, fuck, you guys. We had just hit "export" on the latest episode of the CME when we refreshed Twitter to see the planned UFC main event between Nassourdine Imavov and Kelvin Gastelum is off and now SEAN STRICKLAND is in for an injured Gastelum. That's certainly unfortunate ... but a lot of this week's episode still stands up. It's still fight week and we still feel a weird pressure to stop talking about Dana White slapping his wife in the face at a club in Mexico on New Year's Eve and start talking about fights. Plus, there's still some stuff to unpack about Jake Paul signing with PFL for some MMA fights. Just, you know, do a find-and-replace in your head for "Strickland" every time we say "Gastelum." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 532: The State of MMA in 2023

With video of Dana White slapping his wife in the face in a club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on New Year's Eve now spreading across the internet, we are forced to frame this week's discussion around whether MMA is edging ever closer to a world without the longtime UFC president. Regardless if White skates on this incident the same way he's skated without any real consequences so much in the past, it feels like he's getting closer to the exit, doesn't it? How would that effect the UFC? Maybe not at all, honestly. Plus, where do we see the UFC's product headed in general during 2023, perhaps the last year of its broadcast deal with ESPN? How are our personal fan relationships with this sport holding up? And what is in store for the Bellators, PFLs and One Championships of the world? All that and more on the first CME of 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 531: It was a weird year for stars in the UFC

Conor McGregor didn't fight. Jon Jones didn't fight. Francis Ngannou fought once, in January, and then spent the rest of the year rehabbing from injury with perhaps one foot out the door. Nate Diaz left. Israel Adesanya lost the title. It was a weird year for stars in the UFC. But was it also a preview of times to come? We discuss on the last CME Proper of the 2022. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 530: Paddy Pimblett breaks the internet

Paddy Pimblett somehow messed around and was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Jared Gordon on Saturday at UFC 282, in a co-main event bout almost everybody who watched live thought Gordon won. To say there was some, um, discussion about that afterward would be a bit of an understatement. Basically people lost their shit--and they hadn't even seen the main event yet, where Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev fought to a split draw over the UFC light heavyweight title. So, yeah, judging is on the table this week. Also, what on earth is the UFC gonna do with Pimblett now that he has proven to be a star who is also maybe not that good at fighting? Plus, after the title fight draw, the promotion needed two random-ass light heavyweights to fight on a random-ass night in Brazil for the belt. So it picked Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 529: Wonderman! What is the secret of your power?

Score one for the old dogs at Saturday's UFC on ESPN event. Not only did Stephen "Wonderman" Thompson emerge victorious over an injured Kevin Holland in the main event, but Clay Guida, Rafeal dos Anjos and Angela Hill also got wins. So that'll teach these young whippersnappers a thing or two! Plus, it's UFC 282 fight week and we are sad to report that Robbie Lawler is out and his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio is scrapped. Still a pretty fun card though, all things considered. Also, James Krause, what you doin', baby? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. The CME is also present in part by the Draft Kings Sportsbook. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800- NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH/KS), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI /NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. $150 in Free bets: Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pre-fight moneyline bet. $150 issued as six (6) $25 free bets that expire 7 days (168 hours) after being awarded. Bet must win. Stepped Up: Void in NJ. Valid 1 Profit Boost Token per customer. Token must be used on 3-leg same game parlay bet for UFC 282. Max. $50 bet. Token expires at the start of the main card fight and must be selected before placing bet. Profit boosted 50% on net winnings. Net winnings is the total payout less original bet amount. Profit Boost Tokens have no cash value and are valid only on DraftKings Sportsbook. Ends at the start of the main card fight of UFC 282. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/mmaterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 528: Conor McGregor probably took PEDs, Conor McGregor seems to say

Well, this is a new one. After months of speculation on exactly what he was up to when the UFC apparently let him opt out of the USADA testing pool while recovering from the horrible leg injury he suffered at UFC 264, Conor McGregor appeared to admit in a flurry of tweets that he took a bunch of PEDs. He also appeared to say "how dare you" to anybody who questioned him about it. Frankly, we're not sure if this is stupid or genius, but it certainly gives us a lot to talk about. Plus, Larissa Pacheco forces game four against Kayla Harrison and the UFC is back with a pretty OK looking TV card this Saturday. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 527: Is Vadim Nemkov the world's No. 1 LHW?

We have once again reached an odd inflection point where Bellator MMA could lay conceivable claim to having the best fighter in the world in a particular weight class. This time it's light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov, who put on a remarkable performance Friday night against Corey Anderson in the delayed final of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix. Nemkov went and did the thing we're always asking MMA fighters to do: he closed the specific holes in his game necessary to win this fight and walked away with the lopsided unanimous decision win, the giant check and the gold. As ever with Bellator, though, the question is: Will anybody care? Plus, Derrick Lewis got the tummy troubles and PFL will offer its first ever pay-per-view event. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 526: UFC 281 was WILD

This week, we take listener questions on all things UFC 281. Will Israel Adesanya get an immediate rematch against Alex Pereira after dropping the middleweight title in a fight he was probably on his way to winning on the cards? Should we actually be giving two-time UFC champion Carla Esparza more credit, despite this most recent drubbing at the hands of Zhang Weili? Did Michael Chandler earn his Dundasso blackbelt before getting choked out by Cool Dusty P? And what on earth has happened to Dominick Reyes? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 525: UFC 281 preview bonanza

As has become customary for pay-per-views, two title fights are on the docket Saturday at UFC 281. One is a hotly anticipated middleweight championship match between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira that everybody is stoked for and where nobody seems to know what will happen. The other one? Not QUITE so much intrigue. In the evening's co-main event, Zhang Welli challenges Carla Esparza for the strawweight belt in a bout that most assume marks the end of Esparza's reign as champion. Then again, we didn't think Esparza was going to beat Rose, now did we? So, maybe there's a chance? Plus Cool Dusty P and Mikie C. in a banger and ... Amanda Lemos upsets Marina Rodriguez at a Fight Night. This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800- NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH/KS), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pre-fight moneyline bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Stepped Up: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends at the start of the main card fight of UFC 281. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/mmaterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 524: Admit it, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva was a fun fight

Two things can be true at once: Is Jake Paul just using these aging MMA fighters to make himself a series of huge paydays from relatively easy fights? Yes, obviously. But did Paul and Showtime also celebrate Anderson Silva better both before and after their scrap on Saturday night than the UFC did at the end of Silva's MMA career? Also yes. So, that seems notable. On top of everything else, Silva and Paul went out there and had a pretty fun fight, even if it didn't end the way most inside the bubble would have liked. Plus, Calvin Kattar's knee came apart and Jon Jones is suddenly in a big hurry to fight, huh? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 523: Islam Makhachev is astonishing

We did not think it was going to go like that. Both figuratively and literally, our money was on Charles Oliveira to once again become lightweight champion at UFC 280. As it happened, Islam Makhachev was absolutely dominant, rolling to a second-round submission victory. Now, it seems the powers that be will set him up with a champ-champ fight against Alexander Volkanovski. That sucks for all the other lightweights, but you can absolutely take all our money for it. Plus, who's to blame for TJ Dillashaw showing up to fight a title fight he had absolutely no business fighting? And whether or not you thought Sean O'Malley deserved to win the decision, he kind of put it right in our faces with his performance against Petr Yan. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month as well as their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 522: Some of us are a little TOO pumped for UFC 280

Let's face it, Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev seems like a heck of a fight for the "vacant" UFC lightweight title. Factor in that this event goes down in the middle of a Saturday afternoon (can't argue with mid-day fights!) and the UFC has efficiently increased our hunger by feeding us a steady diet of garbage Fight Nights in recent weeks and we are pumped. Are we actually a little bit TOO pumped? This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800- NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Eligibility restrictions apply. Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Profit Boost: Opt-in req. 1 profit boost token issued per customer. Min. 3-leg same game parlay bet. Max bet $50. Profit boosted 100% on addt’l winnings. Ends at the start of the main card fight of UFC 280. See terms at draftkings.com/mmaterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 521: These Conor McGregor steroid rumors aren't going away

It's been a few weeks now since news originally broke that Conor McGregor apparently hadn't been drug tested by USADA since the third quarter of 2021. Yet ... still nothing. It doesn't appear those reports served as a wake-up call that perhaps the UFC's anti-PEDs partner should put some agents on a dingy and have them motor out to McGregor's yacht with a sample cup. And in the absence of more robust testing, well, these rumors aren't going away. Cue Justin Gaethje, who speculated this week that the Irish fella has been "off doing steroids" during his time away. So, uh, can somebody please drug test this man? Plus, speaking of our old buds from the days before robust drug testing, Alistair Overeem is still out here nabbing wins in kickboxing. Oh, and there's another garbage-ass UFC Fight Night this week. Are they doing this on purpose to get us excited for UFC 280? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 520: It was Zuck all along.

So, Dana White lied right to our faces and it turned out the reason no fans or media could attend Saturday's UFC Fight Night event WAS because Mark Zuckerberg wanted to be there, after all. And even if Dana White tries to claim later that he didn't lie due to some semantic bullshit, we all know the truth now. Zuck just had to be there to watch Mackenzie Dern ... who unfortunately lost a majority decision to Yan Xiaonan and then felt the need to apologize if she "made anybody sad" with her performance. So, fuck, was that some super disheartening late-stage capitalism stuff? Yes, it was. Also, though, Bellator turned in a pretty fun event that included Brandon Gibson desperately trying to get Aaron Pico's arm to snap back into its socket between rounds, so at least there was some good stuff to be had. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/20221 hour, 21 minutes
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Episode 519: 'The Dark Lord' might do OK in BKFC

Ben Rothwell is set to make his first post-UFC appearance this weekend, taking on -- say it with us now -- Bobo "The Bible Belt Brawler" O'Bannon in BKFC. You know what, call us crazy, but considering his size, skills and experience, we kinda think Rothwell might do OK in BKFC. Plus, Melvin Manhoef calls it a career (but not before getting pounded into the Black Lands by Yoel Romero) and this weekend's UFC Fight Night event seems like ... well ... straight trash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 518: That was disgusting

If we remember UFC Fight Night 210 at all, it'll likely be as a damn bloodbath. Cory Sandhagen got a much-needed win in a men's bantamweight contender bout against Song Yadong, after springing open an early cut that had multiple ringside officials nearly peering into Yadong's brain. There was also a grusome cut in Gregory Rodrigues' comeback win over Chidi Njokuani in the co-main and in his win over Bill Algeo, Andre Fili said his ear so filled up with Algeo's blood that it "felt like I jumped into a swimming pool." So, uh, yeah, nasty. In addition, we reflect on the UFC/WEC career of Jose Aldo and look ahead to Friday night's Bellator event in Dublin. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus moth and their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 517: Nate Diaz, the MMA Gods smile upon thee

Well, that was fuckin' crazy, eh Mainiacs? Here we thought Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson were both headed for demoralizing losses in odd match-ups against heavily favored opponents and then -- Boom! -- Khamzat Chimaev screws the whole shit up. Instead of seeing Diaz ragdolled by Chimaev, Nate lucks into a far more advantageous bout against Tony Fegurson ... which Diaz WINS and now exits the UFC into free agency with, like, ALL THE MOMENTUM. And Chimaev? Well, ordinarily, a guy who missed weight by 7.5-pounds -- thereby causing the UFC to have to rebook an entire PPV card -- would be in deep shit, but this guy seems like he's going to skate without suffering a single consequence after his own favorable match-up against Kevin Holland. So, we have a lot of thoughts about all of that. This week's episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus moth and their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. We are also proudly presented by Draft Kings. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1- 800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customer offer void in NH/OR/ONT-CA. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Ends 9/19/22 @ 8pm. Early Win: 1 Early Win Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Token expires at start of eligible game. Min moneyline bet $1. Wagering limits apply. Wagers placed on both sides of moneyline will void bet. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See terms at sportsbook dot draftkings dot com slash football terms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/20221 hour, 12 minutes
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Episode 516: Will UFC 279 set a record for sadness?

It's pledge month over at the CME Patreon. If you haven't yet signed up to join the team, we'd love it if you'd consider lending us your support at: https://www.patreon.com/comainevent This week, we set about getting primed for Saturday's UFC 279 fight card. Or, rather, we set about trying to guard ourselves against heartbreak, as Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev AND Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang BOTH go down on this card. Dude. Who's idea was THAT? Also, we reflect on Ciryl Gane's third-round TKO over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Paris last weekend, which won Ben a lot of money, perhaps scuttled Chad's heavyweight prophecy and put Gane in line to receive ... well ... something. This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1- 800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customer offer void in NH/OR/ONT-CA. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Ends 9/19/22 @ 8pm. Early Win: 1 Early Win Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Token expires at start of eligible game. Min moneyline bet $1. Wagering limits apply. Wagers placed on both sides of moneyline will void bet. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See terms at sportsbook dot draftkings dot com slash football terms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 8 seconds
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FREE Power Hour: Is the UFC's debut in France a big deal?

The UFC touches down for the first time in Paris, France this Saturday, with Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa set to do the damn thing in an allegedly important heavyweight contender bout. Is it still a big deal when the UFC is able to break into new territory, as it will do this weekend? And if so, a big deal for whom, exactly? Plus, in Power Rankings, everybody keeps talking like Big Fran will be back in the UFC, Conor McGregor maybe posts a video of himself receiving oral sex on his yacht and, man, do you ever wonder what MMA would be like today if Greg Jackson hadn't KILLED THE ENTIRE SPORT 10 years ago this week? Join here: https://www.patreon.com/comainevent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 515: Can the One Championship-Prime Video partnership be a gamechanger?

One Championship took advantage of a UFC-free weekend and made its debut on Amazon Prime Video over the weekend. You know what? It was pretty good. Can recommend. Would do again. Plus, One maybe kinda lucked out getting a resurgent Demetrious Johnson as its flyweight champion at this event. Now, the biggest question is, can One and Prime make a splash in the American MMA market? And how much of that comes down to whether Prime really wants to invest in live sports? Plus, we look ahead to UFC Paris. This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings Sportsbook. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1- 800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customer offer void in NH/OR/ONT-CA. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Ends 9/19/22 @ 8pm. Early Win: 1 Early Win Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Token expires at start of eligible game. Min moneyline bet $1. Wagering limits apply. Wagers placed on both sides of moneyline will void bet. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See terms at sportsbook dot draftkings dot com slash football terms. This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. CME listeners can grab their EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 514: We didn't see that coming and neither did Kamaru Usman

In what has to be the most shocking ending to a UFC pay-per-view card in recent memory, Leon Edwards kicked Kamaru Usman right in his damn face with less than a minute remaining in the fifth round of a fight Usman was about to win on the cards. Thus, UFC 278 and Usman's title reign both came to a close. We're almost certainly running this one back, so gird your loins for a third fight between these two dudes. In other news, Luke Rockhold somehow made it through a three-round war with Paulo Costa even though he looked hella sleepy, capping it by rubbing his head-blood all over Costa's face. And if we told you Merab Dvalishvili was going to go 0-16 on takedown attempts and still win a decision over Jose Aldo, would you have believed us? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. CME listeners can grab their EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 513: Leon Edwards has waited years for this. Can he cash in?

On Saturday in Salt Lake City (man it still feels weird to type that), Leon Edwards' long, strange journey to a UFC welterweight title shot finally comes to a head. Edwards will fight champion Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 278, where Edwards is going off as close to a 3-to-1 underdog. It's been such a long slog, with so many broken promises and missed opportunities, how will Edwards react when he's out there for real? Plus, Dom Cruz looked OK right up to the point Marlon Vera kicked him in his damn face. And Rory MacDonald walks away. This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. CME listeners can grab their EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 512: Mike Tyson is mad online. Should he be?

So, Mike Tyson is big mad at Hulu for producing a mini-series about the boxer's life without any of his input. He's happy with Dana White, however, who Tyson says turned down a lot of money to advertise the new show on the UFC. We ask: Is Tyson right to be peeved? Is this a new business niche for Hulu, since they allegedly did the same shit to Pam Anderson earlier this year? Is that shady or nah? Plus, in MMA, Jamahal Hill out-brawled Thiago Santos and Geoff Neal out-dueled Vicente Luque at Saturday's UFC Fight Event, each winning fighter now planting his flag as a prospect we should probably be giving our full attention. A couple of new TUF champions were also crowned. Oh, and it turns out Dominick Cruz is gonna fight Chito Vera next weekend? Knock us over with a feather. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 511: Amanda Nunes was the GOAT. Amanda Nunes is still the GOAT.

More than merely making some physical adjustments in the wake of her title loss to Juliana Pena at UFC 269, it seemed like Amanda Nunes just flat vowed to show the world she was still the women's MMA GOAT on Saturday at UFC 277. And, yeah, mission accomplished. Nunes battered Pena from pillar to post for 25 minutes in their main event fight, duly recapturing the 135-pound title and reminding us all that we probably don't appreciate her greatness as much as we should. So, sorry if we ever doubted you, Amanda. Also, Brandon Moreno continued to be a badass men's flyweight and a true delight as a human being. Plus, we circle back to touch a bit on the stuff we missed from UFC London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 510: UFC 277 preview bonanza!

There are two primary questions we hope to have answered by the UFC 277 main event. Firstly, did Juliana Pena merely catch lighting in a bottle when she took the women's bantamweight title off Amanda Nunes during their first meeting at UFC 269? Secondly, is Nunes still about that life? If the answer to one or both of these queries is yes, then we figure we've got a good chance of seeing Nunes recapture the title on Saturday in Dallas. If not? Things could get dicey. And in the co-main, while Davey Figs eyes two-division supremacy, the UFC is just gonna go ahead and establish an interim belt at men's flyweight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 509: Brian Ortega's arm popped (when it wasn't supposed to)

Yeah, so Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez were just getting down to what was shaping up as a pretty fun main event on Saturday's UFC on ABC card when Ortega's shoulder popped out of joint while he was trying to escape an arm bar. So, that was a very specific sort of bummer that might only happen in MMA. Now, you gotta try to explain to your non-MMA buddies what a shame it was that this guy's arm popped ... at a time when we didn't think it was going to pop. Also, Dana White doesn't seem like he wants to talk about Nate Diaz anymore and UFC London is actually kind of a stacked card! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 508: Rafael Fiziev was so impressive in so many ways

Where to start with this guy Rafael Fiziev? The technique? The power? The composure? How about the takedown defense? Poor Rafael dos Anjos spent 15 minutes trying everything he could think of to get Fiziev down and almost none of it worked. Then, in the fourth round, RDA has a little success, actually lands a couple takedowns and you start to wonder if things are gonna go Dos Anjos' way. Answer: NOPE. Fiziev storms out in the fifth and KOs him in 18 seconds. DAMN. Add ya boi Fiziev to the already crowded list of lightweights knocking on the door of title contention. Plus, Israel Adesanya isn't just gonna sit here and accept your criticisms. And T-City, El Pantera and ABC? Yes, please. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 507: Few rave reviews for Izzy after UFC 276

On one hand, you gotta hand it to Israel Adesanya for beating Jared Cannonier in the UFC 276 main event without really seeming to try that hard. On the other hand, man, it really didn't seem like he was trying that hard, did it? I guess when the Undertaker-inspired entrance gets better reviews than the fight, maybe that's not a great sign. At this point, it's pretty obvious there is a wide gulf between Izzy as advertised and the Izzy who actually shows up. If that's the problem, though, maybe kickboxing nemesis Alex Pereira has arrived as a middleweight contender at exactly the right time? Plus, Alexander Volkanovski kinda wore Max Holloway around like a hat. And TWO MMA retirements in one night? Many of us, it would seem, are getting too old for this shit. This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! URL: https://nordvpn.com/comain Code: comain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 506: Is UFC 276 a killer card with a ho-hum main event?

It's international fight week and UFC 276 looks pretty stacked. Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway are gonna go out there and try to make their series one for the ages. Robbie Lawler's gonna be there. Cowboy Cerrone's gonna be there. Sean O'Malley. Uriah Hall. If you recognize any of these names it should be because they're some of the usual suspects the UFC generally calls when it wants to pull off a blockbuster pay per view. This main event pitting Israel Adesanya against Jared Cannonier, though? It doesn't feel overly critical to say hopes don't seem particularly high for that one, right? This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings. Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app NOW, use promo code COMAINEVENT, bet FIVE DOLLARS on any UFC 276 fighter to win, and get ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS IN FREE BETS no matter what. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1- 800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800- NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1- 888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/ /NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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CME Patreon Live Chat for 6/22/22 [FREE]

Since we missed The Proper on Monday due to some family vacationing, we decided to offer up this episode of the Live Chat for free via the CME feed. Hope you all enjoy this hour of unfettered discourse and #WildOnWednesday action featuring the questions, comment and concerns of the beloved patrons of the CME. On tap this week, among other things: fallout from Saturday's UFC on ESPN event, Tony Kelley's remarkably inauspicious UFC run, Joe Lauzon's trick knee scuttling his fight against Donald Cerrone again and that awkward situation between Phil Hawes, Deron Winn and Daniel Cormier. This episode is sponsored in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get one free bonus month and their exclusive 30-day money back guarantee. URL: https://nordvpn.com/comain Code: comain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 505: Jiri & Glover wrote a damn epic poem out there

You want twists? You want turns? You want a fight where both guys get to look strong AND vulnerable en route to one of best light heavyweight title matches of all time? Well, we give you Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 275. That was a crackerjack, is what that was. Plus, Taila Santos would have won if she hadn't lost against Valentina Shevchenko -- and maybe she would have won if she didn't literally break her face in the third round? Also, pour one out for Joanna Former Champion. This episode is sponsored in part by Nord VPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! URL: https://nordvpn.com/comain Code: comain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 504: UFC 275 is old dog vs. young weirdsmobile

Challenger Jiri Prochazka is going off as nearly a two-to-one favorite over light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira in the main event of Saturday's UFC 275. That should give you something to chew on, as this bout (just Prochazka's third in the UFC) pits the younger man's unorthodox, oddball style against the older fella's meat-and-potatoes approach. Who wins? It's gonna be interesting to find out. Plus, these Valentina Shevchenko fights keep sneaking up on us, largely because we all think we already know how they're gonna end. At some point though. somebody's going to shock the world. I mean ... right? This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings. Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app NOW, use promo code COMAINEVENT, throw down FIVE DOLLARS on UFC 275, and get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS IN FREE BETS INSTANTLY. That’s code COMAINEVENT this Saturday at DraftKings Sportsbook — THE Official Sports Betting Partner of UFC. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888- 532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 503: Jorge Masvidal keeps confessing to crimes he says he did not commit

Every time somebody asks Jorge Masvidal about his alleged encounter with Colby Covington outside the Papi Steak in Miami, it seems like Masvidal answers with a paragraph-long confession to the crime, only to end his statement with a pronouncement of his innocence. So ... is he trying to say he didn't do it? Or is he just saying no jury would convict him? Elsewhere, the UFC has finally confirmed some fights for this weekend's Fight Night card headlined by Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik. And Rickson Gracie is standing by his claim of being 450-0 is combat sports, while also admitting that he's totally ballparking it. This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + Free Threat Protection + 1 additional month for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 502: Enough already with the judging 'controversies'

We can't do it anymore, you guys. It's too much. Seems like every damn weekend our social media timelines are clogged with people arguing about some MMA judges' decision. Did they score it right? Did they score the ROUNDS right? What about the criteria? How about open scoring? ENOUGH. We're done. Or, at least, we could stand do to it a lot less frequently. This week, new rule: one judging controversy a month. After that, you gotta shut up about it for the next 30 days. Plus, did Holly Holm look a step slower at 40 years old? Did Eagle FC learn the hard way of the pitfalls of promoting fights between old-ass weirdsmobiles? Isn't it GREAT to see Anderson Silva clown fools in the boxing ring? This episode is brought to you in part by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + Free Threat Protection + 1 additional month for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 501: Live tweeting our thoughts to Dustin Poirier

What happens when you sit down to record the CME Proper and right away notice that Dustin Poirier has responded to one of your tweets? Why, you live-tweet him right back as you do the show, of course. That's what happens to us this week, as Poirier mulls the idea of fighting Colby Covington at 170. Elsewhere, we wonder how much credit -- a little? or a lot? -- is due Jan Blachowicz for defeating Aleksandar Rakic via TKO injury this weekend, when Blachowicz's own leg kicks may well have contributed to said injury. Then there's poor Logan Storely, who won the Bellator interim welterweight title over MVP in a fight so bad even Scotty Cokes had to comment on it. Oh, and Holly Holm (aka Holly Holmes) is back?!?! Well, OK! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 500: The ups & downs & good & bad of UFC 274

We had ourselves a good, old fashioned emotional roller coaster during UFC 274, didn't we, Mainiacs? First you had Charles Oliveira missing weight (bad!) and being stripped of the title (real bad!), only to rebound to choke the life out of Justin Gaethje (very good!) in the first round of their main event bout. Now, Oliveira will be "no. 1 contender" headed into whatever is next at 155 (pretty weird!) Then, you had Rose Namajunas dropping the title to Carla Esparza (bad!) after pursuing a head-scratching stratgey (very bad!) en route to an unexpectedly terrible fight (very, very bad!). And lo, Tony Ferguson, who had already mostly been written off by fight fans (bad!), looked as good as he had in years in the early going against Michael Chandler (so ... good?!?) only to get kicked in his damn face (bad!) and knocked utterly unconscious in the second round (very bad!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 12 seconds
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[FREE] CME Patreon Power Hour: Chucky Olives, what have you done?

Just as we sat down to record this episode of the Power Hour, news flashed across the wire that Charles Oliveira had missed weight, been stripped of the UFC lightweight title and will now fight Justin Gaethje in a five-rounder where Oliveira can't win back the title. So we thought: Well ... fuck. This changes everything. We scrapped plans for what we were going to talk about during this week's Power Hour and put our focus on Oliveira, what this means for him and how he moves forward for this sure-to-be tough fight against Gaethje. Plus, in Power Rankings, Tony Ferguson goes off, Cowboy Cerrone sheds a tear and Dana White locks himself in a hotel room for a few days. This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings Sportsbook. ust download the DraftKings Sportsbook app NOW and use the promo code COMAINEVENT. Throw down FIVE DOLLARS on any UFC 274 fighter to win, and get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS IN FREE BETS if they do. That’s code COMAINEVENT this Saturday at DraftKings Sportsbook — THE Official Sports Betting Partner of the UFC. Minimum age and eligibility restrictions apply. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888- 532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 499: Who's 'scared-cited' for UFC 274???

Dueling title fights are on tap for Saturday's UFC 274. In the lightweight championship scrap, both Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje will no doubt choose violence -- it's just a matter of exactly how and what kind. Plus, Carla Esparza has a chance to shatter the record for longest stints between UFC title reigns if she can beat Rose Namajunas for strawweight gold. Kinda hard to imagine that happening though, right? Also, are we more excited or scared for Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson? Scared-cited? This episode is brought to you in part by Draft Kings Sportsbook. Just download the DraftKings Sportsbook app NOW and use the promo code COMAINEVENT. Throw down FIVE DOLLARS on any UFC 274 fighter to win, and get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS IN FREE BETS if they do. That’s code COMAINEVENT this Saturday at DraftKings Sportsbook — THE Official Sports Betting Partner of the UFC. Minimum age and eligibility restrictions apply. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800- GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888- 532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 498: Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou seem serious about this shit

It turned out to be a wild weekend in combat sports and, perhaps wildest of all, the guy who ultimately pulled off the biggest coup didn't even fight. Francis Ngannou crashed the party in the ring after Tyson Fury's win over Dillian Whyte and the two heavyweights proceeded to talk about a potential match-up between them in way that made it sound like they are both actually serious about it. So, uh, maybe you done fucked this one up, huh, UFC? Elsewhere, Jessica Andrade reminded us who the fuck she is, Clay Collard and Jeremy Stephens had a banger and there was--gasp!--controversy in Bellator. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 497: Let's get Jon Jones-Stipe Miocic on the books!

With heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou recovering from surgery and assumedly still on the outs with UFC brass, the company is teasing a potential 265-pound bout between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. Possibly for an interim heavyweight title. Possibly this summer. Ummmm, yes, please. We'd like that very much. Plus, AJ McKee found out the hard way that it's really tough it win all the fights. And Belal Muhammad extended his unbeaten streak to eight fights. But was his performance enough to get us to "remember the name"? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 496: Khamzat Chimaev proves his case at UFC 273

We said we wanted to see Khamzat Chimaev tested and, brother, he sure was during a three-round epic with Gilbert Burns. You know what? He mostly passed. There are a couple things -- specifically, his willingness to say, 'fuck it' and just brawl -- that still worry us about Chimaev, but it's clear now he is mostly deserving of the hype. Question is: What's next? Also, how you gonna boo Aljamain Sterling after that, man? And if you wanted to be reminded why Alexander Volkanovski is regarded as the best men's featherweight in the world, well, he just went and showed you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 495: UFC 273 preview bonanza!

UFC 273 might be a teensy bit of a lower-profile affair that the last few UFC pay-per-views, but the top three fights are still gonna be a lot of fun. Oddsmakers don't think these bouts will be all that competitive, but this week we take a deep dive into Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung, Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan and Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev. Who will prevail? What will we learn? Which one of these things could be surprisingly even? You have questions, we have answers. This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/comain to get up a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + Free Threat Protection + 1 additional month for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 494: Curtis Blaydes has a lot going for him at heavyweight

Curtis Blaydes is big, athletic and -- as he proved on Saturday night -- has a well-rounded skillset. On top of that, he's only 31 years old. In the aging and shallow heavyweight division, all those things add up to make him a perennial title contender if not, at some point, a champion. Chris Daukaus? Weeeeeellll, maybe not so much. In other news, Demetrious Johnson and Sexyama nab wins in One Championship and new (troubling) shit has come to light about Chael Sonnen's alleged drunken Las Vegas assaults. This episode is brought to you by Fulton & Roark. Right now at FultonandRoark.com, CME listeners can save 15% on their first purchase with the coupon code "IFYOUNASTY." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 493: Violence abounds at UFC London

It had been a couple years since the UFC was able to make the trek across the pond and perhaps that break allowed everybody's aggression to become duly PENT. Because once the ref said "fight"? Hoo boy, some people got busy. You had Tom Aspinall kicking down the door of contendership. You had Paddy the Baddy notching another win and being adorable (as long as you don't find out about his social media presence!). You had Molly McMann throwing spinning shit, chugging Howler Head and stealing peoples' replica belts out of the crowd. And then Paul Craig. Well, what can you even say about Paul Craig? This week's episode is brought to you by Fulton & Roark. CME listeners can save 15% on their first purchase with the coupon code "IFYOUNASTY." Check out the website at fultonandroark.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 492: Diego overachieves, Ankalaev underwhelms

We thought Magomed Ankalaev vs. Thiago Santos would be a banger, but instead it turned out to be a tepid 25-minute affair where two aggressive, powerful light heavyweights canceled each other out. So, that was a letdown. But in Eagle FC, Diego Sanchez looked slightly better than expected in a loss to Kevin Lee. So, that was a treat. Plus, now that Bellator really is in the Adam Borics business, maybe that doesn't seem so bad? This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 491: UFC 272 wrap-up + Are Conor, Dustin, Colby, Jorge + Nate kinda their own division at this point?

In the immediate wake of his lopsided and predictable unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal on Saturday at UFC 272, Colby Covington got right to work building his NEXT big grudge match. This one (he hopes), against Dustin Poirier. Yeah, if we were Poirier's managers we're giving that one a hard pass. At this point however, doesn't it kinda seem guys like Poirier, Nate Diaz, Masvidal, Covington and Conor McGregor are in their own little division? Oh, and at some point, shouldn't SOMEBODY have saved Renato Moicano from himself? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 490: Ever feel like Jorge Masvidal & Colby Covington don't like each other?

Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington are set to settle their longstanding personal grudge on Saturday at UFC 272 and, frankly, the end can't come soon enough. At 37, and winless since 2019, this seems like a must-win for Masvidal, but he's going off as a fairly significant underdog. What to think? Also, Islam Makhachev deserves a title shot, which is very different from actually getting one at lightweight. Plus, Gegard Mousasi is one of the best middleweights in the world. This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 489: When bad things happen to weird people

Well, Johnny Walker got posterized by Jamahal Hill on Saturday in the UFC. It was his fourth loss in five fights and it was an ugly one. Not does it establish Hill as perhaps the hot new contender at 205-pounds but it raises some questions about what Walker ought to do next. In addition to that, we discuss the highlights from BareknuckleFC and Bellator 274 as well as looking ahead to next weekend's fight between Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green. This week's episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 488: Israel Adesanya was just too good

Robert Whittaker made some big improvement between his two bouts against Israel Adesanya, making Saturday night's UFC 271 main event a very competitive affair. In the end, however, it was just too much Adesanya. And still. But now who's next at 185-pounds? Jared Cannonier? Sean Strickland? And what of Whittaker? In the co-main, Tai Tuivasa continued his unstoppable march to the UFC heavyweight title (or so we are all desperate to believe). This episode of the CME is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 487: Can an Israel Adesanya-Bobby Knux rematch be any different?

It would be an understatement to say things didn't go Robert Whittaker's way at UFC 243, the first time he fought Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title. But that was 2019, in The Before Times, and it feels like a lot has happened since. Given a second opportunity to take on the champ this weekend at UFC 271, can Bobby Knuckles make things more competitive? Plus, Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa in a potential No. 1 contender fight? And Sean Strickland, man. What can we do with this guy? This week's CME is brought to you by NordVPN. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to nordvpn.com/comain or use the code comain to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 1 additional month for free + a bonus gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 486: Is Sean Strickland's psycho gimmick working at all?

This week Sean Strickland took us all on a virtual tour of his apartment, where he keeps his guns on the kitchen counter and you have to reach into the toilet bowl to make it flush. Strickland's going to fight Jack Hermansson in a UFC main event on Saturday and, while it does feel like he's getting more attention than he otherwise might, we ask: At what cost, bro? Plus, Bellator and Eagle FC had their events. Let's discourse! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 485: Francis Ngannou wins it all

Well, he did it. Big Francis Ngannou went out there and gutted-out a unanimous decision win over Ciryl Gane on Saturday at UFC 270. Maybe it wasn't the fight we all expected, but the world must now come to him. He says he'll sit out the rest of this year and either let the UFC entice him with a better offer or he'll split for boxing. This week, we talk about all his options. Plus, are Davey Figgs and Brandon Moreno going to do it again, again, AGAIN, brother? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 484: Is this Francis Ngannou's last UFC fight?

Francis Ngannou's contractual status with the UFC has dominated the storylines leading up to Saturday's "title unification" bout against Cyril Gane. But what happens when these two guys actually get in the cage together? How will the fight go? What's the best case scenario for Ngannou? What's the worst? We discuss. Plus, Brandon Moreno and Davey Figgs out here about to do it again-again brother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 18 seconds
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CME Power Hour: Who would want to firebomb Conor McGregor's pub?

It's another FREE Power Hour for all the little Co-Mainiacs this week. On this episode, it's all power rankings all the time this week, as we head into Saturday's Fight Night event featuring Giga Chikadze vs. Calvin Kattar. Among our topics: We'd make a list of suspects who might want to throw a Molotov cocktail at Conor McGregor's pub, but this show is only an hour long. You know who has weird ideas about Greg Hardy's MMA career? Greg Hardy! And who's gonna pay $75 to watch Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masivdal? Plus, an exciting new development in $20 We Never Want to See Again. No spoilers, but shit. Just. Got. Real. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 483: Can Giga Chikadze steal that spot?

Giga Chikadze's Fight Night main event against Calvin Kattar coming up on Saturday may well have gotten more interesting this week, when Max Holloway pulled out of a featherweight title shot at UFC 272. Right now, Chan Sung Jung and Henry Cejudo are both pursuing that open slot against Alexander Volkanovski, but you know how this sport is. Who's to say Giga can't steal that spot with an impressive performance? Plus, we look at the recent bonanza of heavyweight fight bookings and discuss Sean O'Malley saying most fighters don't make any money for the UFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 26 seconds
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CME Power Hour: How UFC gonna raise PPV prices AGAIN?!?

For the third year in a row, the UFC wishes fans a Happy New Year by raising prices on its PPV events by $5. That's a 25% increase in just a few years. On this episode of the Power Hour, we ask: Will the ballooning sticker price ever hit a breaking point for fans? So far, it has not. On the bright side, at least we can be assured fighters will get a cut of this newly increased revenue. Haha. Psych. They absolutely will not. Plus, in Power Rankings, Max Holloway bows out already, Artem Lobov makes us sad and they're actually doing it: Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 482: Dana White keeps taking these Ls from Jake Paul

If Dana White had actually read "The Art of War" he might understand that it is a bad idea for him to continually engage Jake Paul on the battlefield where Paul is strongest. Unfortunately, the longtime UFC president just comes out of every skirmish in this feud looking more and more out of touch. Plus, we wonder: Is the UFC really gonna let Francis Ngannou go? Also, fun with futures! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 1 second
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Doin' the Damn Thing: Year-end wrap-up of books, movies & TV

Due to some family obligations, we're not going to be able to record that new episode of the Proper we promised. Instead, please accept this free episode of Doin' the Damn Thing. For the final pod of the year, your dudes talk about our favorite TV shows, movies and books of 2021. Also, an abbreviated Kraken Up, with the NHL shut down amid a holiday COVID outbreak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/20211 hour, 56 seconds
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Episode 481: Jake Paul, Derrick Lewis & UFC fighters' letters to Santa

Derrick Lewis became the UFC's all-time knockouts leader with his win over Chris Daukaus on Saturday night, for whatever that's worth. On the other side of the country, Jake Paul walloped Tyron Woodley in their hastily arranged boxing rematch. We discuss those fights, and welcome Sir Nigel Longstock to read UFC fighters' letters to Santa Claus during the CME office holiday party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 480: UFC 269 was crazy! Let's discuss

CME listeners had a lot to say in the wake of UFC 269. You filled up our inbox, so we had no choice this week but to take listener mail throughout the episode, while we discuss Charles Oliveira's submission win over Dustin Poirier and Juliana Pena's shocking upset of Amanda Nunes. Plus, not for nothing, but doesn't it seem like you could make some fun fights with these results? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 479: UFC 269 preview + Jose Aldo reclaiming his legacy

The UFC offers up the final PPV of 2021 this Saturday, with two title fights on the main card of UFC 269. Charles Oliveira defends his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier and Amanda Nunes puts the women's bantamweight title on the line against Juliana Pena. Should be a banger. Plus, look at 35-year-old Jose Aldo out here slowly but surely reminding us he's one of the greatest ever to do it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 478: Can't wait for the new shapes to drop

The Trillers revolutionized modern hand-to-hand combat with the Triad or whatever over the weekend, and the results were a real mixed bag for the former UFC fighters on the card. Not to worry, however, since we all return to the world of Serious MMA this weekend. Bellator has a super compelling men's bantamweight title fight on Friday, pitting Sergio "YOUNG SERGE!" Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi. On Saturday, the UFC matches-up its own set of perhaps surprising surging bantamweights in Jose Aldo and Rob Font. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds
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Death in the West: DB Cooper 50th Anniversary Episode

Hey Co-Mainiacs, just a reminder that Chad's other podcast, "Death in the West," returns for a second season in January. This week, DITW dropped a special teaser episode for the upcoming season that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the legendary DB Cooper hijacking in the Pacific Northwest. Give it a listen! If you like it, you can subscribe here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/death-in-the-west/id1482417987 Or here: https://open.spotify.com/show/7caKS5hAPIkGUSJnfUylg0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 477: Holloway-Rodriguez was art. Hang it in the Louvre!

Max Holloway showed out, but perhaps needed to dip deeper into the ol' bag of tricks than we anticipated to defeat Yair Rodriguez in ANOTHER FOTY candidate UFC main event. And did it surprise anyone that while all this happened, Conor McGregor was EXTREMELY ONLINE? No, it did not. Over in Bellator, meanwhile, Cris Cyborg housed a 40-to-1 underdog and had some words with Kayla Harrison. So that made for a nice moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 476: Are there even words to describe Gaethje-Chandler?

Somehow Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler exceeded even our loft expectations. That was just bananas, and now they better damn well let Gaethje fight the winner of Chucky Olives vs. Dusty P. Plus, we are sure Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili should've been scored 3-2. Just ... you know ... we're not sure for who. And finally, after besting Colby Covington, does Kamaru Usman need some big, momentous challenge to be considered the GOAT? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 475: All hail the great and powerful Glover

You know what, in this sport, we'll take the feel-good stories where we can get them. Glover Teixeira winning his first UFC title at 42 while being universally liked and and unyielding positive is a feeling we want to hold onto. Perhaps the only downer here was the Janny Blackjacks (also seemingly a good dude) had to lose. Plus, Petr Yan starts off scary and only gets scarier, big wins for Khamzat Chimaev and Islam Makhachev and we look ahead to dueling title fights at UFC 268. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 474: Getting nervous for Costa, excited for Fedor & pumped for UFC 267

Marvin Vettori was surprisingly businesslike all week, considering all the nonsense Paulo Costa was pulling, and that approach extended to the fight. Vettori notably wouldn't share his wine with Costa after the bout was over, though, which seems kinda unfortunate. Plus, can you really believe we're out here strategizing another fight for Fedor? And what's on tap for UFC 267? For one thing, that shit is free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 473: Your Qs on Conor McGregor, UFC: Ladd vs. Dumont, Bellator GP & More

It's amazing how naturally the phrase, "Conor McGregor punched a DJ," rolls off the tongue at this point. Yeah, that just feels right. That feels like something McGregor would do. This week, on an All Questions Considered episode of the CME, we take your questions on Connie Mac's latest run-in with the law, Aspen Ladd's stinker against Norma Dumont (and the weird coaching that went along with it), as well as Scott Coker's take that the Belaltor GP winner will be the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 58 seconds
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Introducing: Doin' The Damn Thing

The maiden voyage of Doin’ The Damn Thing is frankly jam-packed with CME goodness. We spend the first part of the show discussing the first couple episodes of Ken Burns’ new PBS doc on Muhammad Ali and some of the ways it either changed or reinforced our views of one of the most iconic figures in all of sports. We also talk to our friend Dan Brooks about the death of Norm Macdonald, as Dan and Norm had become acquainted during the final years of Macdonald’s life. Plus, the debut of KRAKEN UP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 472: Fury & Wilder had a classic

Boxing owned the weekend, no doubt about that. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder crafted a classic in their trilogy fight, capturing the attention of the sports world in a way it feels like MMA can never quite muster. Plus, does Mackenzie Dern need to decide what kind of fighter she wants to be? And what will you watch this weekend? The UFC? Bellator? Or both? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 471: These are not the Weirdsmobiles we came to see

Well, shit, what can you do? Seemed like Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker kind of forgot to fight during the UFC's main event on Saturday night. That happens sometimes, but it certainly wasn't what we wanted to see from these two strange purveyors of violence. Over in Bellator, Michael Page defeated Douglas Lima via the sort of split decision that didn't tell us much about how good MVP actually is. And the CME debuts the brand new feature: "HOW HYPED?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 470: UFC 266 reaction + Jon Jones gets arrested, like, IMMEDIATELY

UFC 266 was a hell of a fight card, basically from start to finish. While there weren't any surprises in the evening's "big three" bouts, Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega put on an absolute crackerjack in the main event and the prelims were just flat wild. Oh yeah, and Jon Jones made his fist official appearance at a UFC function in months and got himself arrested, like, RIGHT AWAY. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 469: UFC 266 preview + Anthony Smith in DGAF mode

Anthony Smith had some words for Ryan Spann in the cage Saturday night, after Smith scored a first-round submission victory. "Lionheart" admits he let some of Spann's pre-fight trash talk get to him but now says he no longer gives a fuck. Plus, UFC 266 is right around the corner and Yoel Romero finally made his Bellator debut and maybe didn't know how long his fight was supposed to be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 468: That time Anderson Silva clowned you so hard, people said it was fixed

It took Anderson Silva a little under one minute, 30 seconds to leave Tito Ortiz in the black lands during their boxing match Saturday at the Trillers. Silva styled on Ortiz so badly, some people thought Tito took a dive. That's gotta hurt. Plus, we look ahead to this weekend's #JSF UFC event and Yoel Romero's impending Bellator debut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 467: What will become of you, Darren Till?

Derek Brunson went out this weekend and reminded us all that he is a very good fighter who thus far in his UFC career as only lost to the elite in the middleweight division. So, that was good for him. Bad, though, for Darren Till, who now drops to 1-4 in his last five and needs to find some answers quick if he hopes to have much future as a high-level UFC fighter. Plus, hey there, Florida, how you doin'? Say, the Trillers want to know if you might let them put on this fight this weekend? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 466: Oh right, this is a Tyron Woodley fight

It turns out, Tyron Woodley boxes a lot like he fights in MMA, which is to say watching him was one of the more frustrating experiences in all of combat sports. So, yeah, Jake Paul improved to 4-0 or whatever. Also, is it finally, actually GigaTime in the octagon? And, holy shit, UFC 268 is stacked ... for now (card subject to change). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 465: Jared Cannonier is 'broke.' That's a bad look.

Jared Cannonier edged Kelvin Gastelum in a competitive and entertaining UFC main event on Saturday night, then immediately hopped on the mic and announced that he's "broke." Is that a good look for the UFC? That's a bad look, right? Plus, does Kayla Harrison actually have this whole shit figured out? And ... uh-oh ... Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, it's Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 464: All Questions Considered!

On an All Questions Considered episode of the show, we take a grab bag of queries from you, the Co-Mainiacs, including: Will Conor ever be champion again? Which UFC titles will change hands before the end of the year? Was it wise for Bellator to move to Showtime? Is the PFL commentary team the best in the business? Should our guy Dak wear a bolo tie to a wedding? And is Jon Jones actually on double-secret steroid suspension? (Spoiler: No. No he's not.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 463: 'Good Kid,' mad city

Ciryl Gane pretty much ruined the entire city of Houston's weekend with his third-round TKO of Derrick Lewis at UFC 265. Does the "Good Kid's" forthcoming title unification bout with Francis Ngannou now present a storyline so good "fucking Vince couldn't have wrote it better"? Plus, we put some hespect on Jose Aldo's name and talk the politics of booking a fight for Fedor Emelianenko in Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 462: Can AJ McKee become a star if he stays in Bellator?

AJ McKee pretty much annihilated the competition during the Bellator featherweight grand prix, including Saturday's championship finale, where he stopped Patricio Pitbull in just a minute, 57 seconds to win the title. Ratings for that event weren't stellar, however, and McKee has now essentially cleaned out the 145-pound division by virtue of winning the tourney. It brings up the question: Is Bellator capable of making McKee the star he deserves to be? Plus: we look ahead to UFC 265. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 461: Exactly how 'back' is TJ Dillashaw?

TJ Dillashaw surprised a lot of people--including your humble co-hosts--Saturday night by emerging with a split-decision victory over Cory Sandhagen in Dillashaw's return after a two-year JPD suspension. Did Tilly Dills actually deserve to get the nod? Ehhhh ... maybe not, but he still put on a hell of a performance. During this week's show, we discuss how far the former champ can go now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 460: Miesha Tate is immediately a player again

Miesha Tate perhaps benefited from some friendly matchmaking Saturday night as she returned to the cage for this first time since 2016, but she still made it look pretty easy against a retiring Marion Reneau, en route to a third-round TKO. The win immediately makes Tate a player at 135-pounds again. Will the same player-status ultimately be bestowed on that dude Islam Makhachev? He certainly looks the part, but will have to fight somebody first. Plus, what does Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw have left to give? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 459: THIS IS NOT OVER! (but it should be)

Conor McGregor broke his whole leg shit on Saturday night against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The good news is, Poirier will probably now get to fight for the title while McGregor convalesces. The bad news? Yeah, depending on a bunch of factors, we're probably gonna have to sit through Poirier vs. McGregor 4 when he comes back. Also, Tai Tuivasa stole the flippin' show at this biggest PPV of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 458: Does anybody know what Conor McGregor has left?

This weekend at UFC 264, Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for just the fifth time since 2016 to complete a trilogy with Dustin Poirier. At this point, we've got so little recent intel on McGregor as a fighter, do even hardcore fans know what to expect? Also, so the UFC went and pissed off new heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou by setting up a interim title fight between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis, huh? Sure, that sounds like a great idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 457: Anderson Silva deserves this moment

Kind of funny that we all, as MMA fans, are going to look down our noses at these boxing vs. MMA crossover fights until we win one, and then suddenly we're out here in the street lighting couches on fire and ordering bottle service in the VIP. All jokes aside, however, Anderson Silva's win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. provided a nice moment "The Spider" absolutely deserves. Plus: Chan Sung Jung back and a heavyweight doubleheader on tap Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 456: No babies are safe!

Honestly, Brandon Moreno kinda stole the show at UFC 263, what with winning the men's flyweight title in overwhelming fashion while simultaneously seeming like the nicest damn person in the world. In this episode, we react to The Assassin Baby's win, the reality of Leon Edwards winning 24 minutes of a fight and Nate Diaz winning one minute and Israel Adesanya blanking Mad Marvin Vettori in the evening's main event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 455: Don't mess around and lose this one, Izzy

Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight title Saturday at UFC 263 against Marvin Vettori, in a championship fight that feels like it's happening just because. Does that make this a sneaky trap fight for Adesanya, who has already defeated Vettori once? Also, can Davey Figgs and the Assassin Baby have another slobberknocker? And are Nate Diaz fans gonna come out of this one, like, suuuuper bummed? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 454: Your questions on Cyborg, Font, Fabia & More

Cris Cyborg battered Leslie Smith for nearly the full 25-minutes to retain the Bellator women's featherweight title on Friday night and the following evening Rob Font did something close to the same against Cody Garbrandt in the main event of a UFC Fight Night. We talk about those bouts and then take your questions on this week's episode of the CME. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 453: King Chuck takes the throne

Charles Oliveira is the lion of lions. He weathered the early storm against Michael Chandler, won the vacant UFC lightweight title via second round TKO and then smeared blood on Dana White. Not a bad night at the office. Plus, what's next for the elite in the 155-pound division and will Tony Ferguson still be part of it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 452: Bellator won the weekend. Does it matter?

There's no doubt that Bellator's Friday night event on Showtime was the best MMA card of the weekend. With MVP's whole-shit-broke KO win, Rumble Johnson having a fun one with Jose Augusto and Young Serg upsetting Juan Archuleta for the bantamweight crown, we packed a whole lot of living into this event. But with the UFC now firmly entrenched on ESPN and cranking out content every weekend--cough, Rodriguez vs. Waterson, cough--how much does it matter when Bellator steals the show on a single night? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 451: Jiri Prochazka is an absolute wildman

Just two fights into his UFC run, it sure looks like Jiri Prochazka is closing in on a light heayvweight title shot. And hey, if we're being honest, anything that keeps this suddenly Jon Jones-less division fresh is probably a good thing. Also, Thursday and Friday nights are STACKED with non-UFC action and Saturday night is ... well ... what's the opposite of stacked? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 450: We all went on an emotional journey at UFC 261

From seeing Chris Weidman's leg shatter against Uriah Hall's leg to a trio of stoppages--at least a couple of them fairly shocking--in the event's three title fights, there were a lot of mood swings during UFC 261. An emotional toll was exacted, you might say. If nothing else, this won't be one we forget for some time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 449: UFC 261 & Triller's weird alternate universe

Given the assembly-line nature of the UFC content these days, you can't blame MMA fans, boxing hardcores and casuals alike for being interested in Triller, which is (if nothing else) EXTREMELY different. So, when that dude Ebenezer Paul knocks out Ben Askren in under two minutes, it's going to be kind of a big deal. We discuss that and look ahead to UFC 261. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 448: A bad deal for everybody

Marvin Vettori defeated Kevin Holland in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday, but it turned out to be the sort o fight that didn't really help either guy's standing in the middleweight division. Plus we talk about last week's efforts from One Championship and Bellator as well as look ahead to Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 447: It's Patricio Pitbull the world's best featherweight?

Patricio "Pitbull" Freire advanced to the final of the Bellator featherweight grand prix Satuday night during that promotion's debut on Showtime, by choking Emanuel Sanchez to damn sleep with a quickness. Now, as he prepares to take on AJ McKee for all the marbles, how good is Pitbull's claim to being the best 145-pounder in the world? Plus, the "Right Guy" Championship fight is now official and the UFC readies for its second broadcast on ABC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 446: Francis Ngannou does everything right

Francis Ngannou pitched damn near a perfect game on Saturday at UFC 260, stopping Stipe Miocic via second-round KO to claim the heavyweight title. By all rights, Jon Jones should be next, but somehow it feels like the UFC is going to screw us out of that one? So, what happens? A rematch with Derrick Lewis? A trilogy with Miocic? We talk our way into the Francis Ngannou Era on this week's CME. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 445: I'll follow you home, bitch

The UFC heavyweight title rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou is set to go down this weekend. The featherweight title scrap between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega? Not so much. Plus, Kevin Holland drops a unanimous decision to Derek Brunson and suddenly we DON'T think it's cool that he talks through all his fights? Huh, OK. Seemed like that was one of the reasons he found himself in a UFC main event to begin with, but whatever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 444: Sometimes it be like that

Well, fudge. That's not how we wanted it to go. That's obviously not how Belal Muhammad wanted it to go. Dare we say, that's not how Leon Edwards wanted it to go, either, though his suggestion that maybe we just let it go and book him a title fight anyway was--yeah. no, that's not how this shit works. This week? We discuss the eye poke, which makes it three DQ/NC results during the last two weeks of UFC action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 443: Speak your truth, Jan Blachowicz

Israel Adesanya's foray into the light heavyweight division did not go as planned, courtesy the Legendary Polish Power of Jan Blachowicz. Oh, Janny Blackjacks, you never stop surprising us. Plus, Amanda Nunes still ain't nothing to fuck with and ... PETR YAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 442: Can Adesanya defeat The Legendary Polish Power?

Knock on wood, people: Five UFC titles are scheduled to be on the line during March, including this weekend's UFC 259 and its triple bill of championship bouts. Can Israel Adesanya end Janny Blackjacks' Cinderella run with the light heavyweight title? Is Petr Yan the guy we thought he was? Is there any way Megan Anderson beats Amanda Nunes? We discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 441: Heavyweight Bacchannal!

The current moment in the UFC belongs to the big fellas. With Derrick Lewis' KO of Curtis Blaydes last weekend and the Biggi Boy vs. Ciryl Gane coming up next, the heavyweight division is taking center stage. On top of that, it looks like Stipe vs. Big Fran II is actually gonna happen. So, get hyped, America. Now let's just hope Jon Jones didn't put on all that extra weight for nothing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 440: Real Champ Shit from Kamaru Usman

After a first round where it looked like Gilbert Burns was on the verge of capturing the UFC welterweight title, Kamaru Usman put his foot down. The power jab, the low kicks, the third-round TKO victory--all these things served to make Usman look like an ever evolving puzzle for the rest of the 170-pound class. All things being equal, Usman would probably be a much bigger star. Unfortunately, we know that's not how it works in this sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 439: A tough one for the old guys

Both Alistair Overeem and Frankie Edgar had rough nights at Saturday's UFC. Alexander Volkov busted Overeem's nose en route to a second-round TKO. Corey Sandhagen put Edgar's chin into the stratosphere with a KO-of-the-year-candidate flying knee. So, that was hard to watch. Plus, Ben watched BKFC and we look ahead to UFC 258. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 438: All Questions Considered

Alistair Overeem fights Alexander Volkov this Saturday during Super Bowl weekend, but you already knew we weren't going to spend the entire show talking about that. Instead, we take listener queries in another one of our All Questions Considered episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 437: Put some respect on Dustin Poirier's name

Dustin Poirier walked out to James Brown's "The Big Payback," stopped Conor McGregor in the second round and then declared himself the uncrowned champion. A pretty nifty piece of business from The Diamond all the way around at UFC 257. Now, we ask what should be next for Poirier, McGregor and, oh yeah, Michael Chandler in a suddenly Khabib-free lightweight division. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 436: Does McGregor fight week still have that magic?

Max Holloway amazed us all with his performance at Saturday's UFC on ABC card. Never one to rest on its laurels, however, the UFC ramps back up for two events this week. (We see you, Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny!) And as Conor McGregor prepares to return at UFC 257, any effort to figure out what he has left just feels like guesswork. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 435: What to expect from UFC on ABC

The UFC returns to network television this week for the first time since 2018, as Saturday afternoon it presents its debut broadcast on ABC. What to make of this, especially after the fight company's tenure on Big Fox started with a bang and then slowly petered-out over the lifetime of that deal? And what can we surmise from matchmakers using Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar as the first main event in this new series? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 434: All Questions Considered

On the first episode of The Proper since mid-December, we've got some catching up to do. So, we're going All Questions Considered this week. What's up with the UFC raising PPV prices? Have we witnessed the fatal flaw in Greg Hardy's MMA evolution? And what's the UFC really doing with its "Performance Center"? Those questions and more ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 433: CME Office Christmas Party

Let's be honest, ain't nobody doing any work the week of Christmas. This episode, we present (or, uh, re-represent, as the case may be) our year-end awards. Plus, Sir Nigel Longstock stops by to read the best tweets of 2020. We pop champagne and hand out white elephant gifts. You'll like it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202058 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 432: The greatest majority draw of all time!

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno threw DOWN on Saturday in the main event of UFC 256 and, while it probably wasn't the fight of the year, it was perhaps the greatest majority draw of all time. In the co-main, Charles Oliveira wore Tony Ferguson around like a hat. Don't look now, but on the heels of a crackerjack pay-per-view card last weekend, there's another potentially dope card coming up this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 431: Say it ain't Yo-el!

The UFC says its release of perennial title contender/lovable weirdsmobile Yoel Romero is one of about 60 cuts it will make before the New Year to trim its "inflated" roster. Inflated, huh? That's an interesting, hey-this-was-nobody's-fault kind of way to say it. So, that's a bummer. We also talk about Marvin Vettori's recent win over Jack Hermansson and preview UFC 256--a fight card that looks fun enough to make us feel uneasy with six days still to go before fight night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 430: Tyson-Jones delivers, UFC plays musical chairs

Ben watched the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exhibition boxing match on Saturday night and gleefully reports that he got his money's worth ... of entertainment, if not exactly top flight boxing action. Meanwhile, the UFC scrapped Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis at the the last minute while simultaneously shuffling the line-ups for its next two events as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 429: Figgy Smalls, Shevy Chenks & the 'McKee Lock' on AQC

UFC 255 was definitely a thing that happened, as Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko retained the men's and women's flyweight titles, respectively. This week on an All Questions Considered episode of The Proper, we talk the greatness of Figgy Small and Shevy Chenks, as well as A.J. McKee pulling off a heretofore unseen submission in the Bellator GP. Plus, a lot of other odds and ends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 428: Did Felder's gamble pay off?

Paul Felder didn't beat Rafael dos Anjos Saturday night, but it still feels like Felder's choice to step in on short notice for a five-rounder against a former champion was the right thing to do. Plus, the Bellator 145-pound grand prix deserves your attention, while UFC 255 maybe ... well, you make the call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/20201 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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Episode 427: Five Questions About the Light Heavyweight Division

So, Glover Teixeira pretty much handled Thiago Santos in their main event fight Saturday night. This week, the CME turns its attention to the most vexing questions facing the 205-pound division, including: In a world where Jon Jones is absent, could Teixeira be the best light heavyweight in the UFC? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 426: Can the UFC just end Anderson Silva's career?

Anderson Silva lost to Uriah Hall on Saturday via fourth-round TKO. It wasn't great. It also wasn't terrible. But, jeez louise, Dana White sure showed up at the postfight presser in a shitty mood. He says Silva still has one fight left on his UFC deal and White will NOT be offering it to him. So, what happens next? Plus, Isreal Adesanya will fight Janny Blackjacks for the light heavyweight strap (wait, what?) and this weekend we finally get to see the Covid Cup. You know unless something bad happens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 425: Do svidaniya, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov called it quits on Saturday after UFC 254 in what has to be considered one of the most emotional retirement announcements in MMA history. Naturally, we got a lot of mail on the subject. This week's All Questions Considered show talks Khabib's legacy, his performance against Justin Gaethje and what now to do with the vacant lightweight title. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 424: You sly dog, Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega returned from his first career loss and an extended absence from the cage looking like a new man on Saturday and straight-up put a whipping on Chan Sung Jung. Sup with that??? Plus, we look ahead to UFC 254's man and co-main events. Hype level is high! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 423: Welcome to immortality, Joaquin Buckley

If what you want out of your UFC content is a no-strings-attached experience where one semi-anonymous dude might do something unbelievably awesome (and terrible) to another semi-anonymous dude then, brother, Saturday night was your JAM. We discuss that and other stuff on this week's CME Proper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 422: A Couple Old Road Dogs

Holly "Holmes" Holm and Carlos "Conduit" Condit both went out there and reminded us who the fuck they were on Saturday. But what now for our two old pals? Plus, the Jon Jones-Israel Adesanya beef gets capital "W" Weird and--oh, look!--another fairly low profile UFC event this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Introducing: Death in the West

Here's a taste of Chad's new podcast: Death in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202042 minutes, 22 seconds
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/20201 hour, 20 minutes
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 10 seconds
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 417: Anthony Smith didn't find what he was looking for

Anthony Smith made a somewhat short turnaround after his high-publicized de-toothing by Glover Teixeira back in May, just to return Saturday night to get outpointed by Aleksandar Rakic. Chances are, Smith's not going to be happy with that. Plus, are we seeing the end of the Brutal Bob Lawler Era? And Chad invents a time machine and sends Ben on a mission with an important message for 2010 Alistair Overeem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 416: Frankie can still Frankie

Frankie Edgar finally made his bantamweight debut on Saturday and ... well ... it looked a lot like what we've seen from him at every other weight, which is to say quite good, but also prone to producing fights that could go either way. Plus, Ryan Bader finds out why you don't tempt the MMA Gods and--what's this???--some actual UFC vs. Bellator beef? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 35 seconds
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 20 seconds
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 5 seconds
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 15 seconds
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 21 seconds
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 409: You're crazy for this one, Jorge Masvidal

Gilbert Burns is out and Jorge Masvidal (probably, almost certainly) in against Kamaru Usman in the UFC 251 main event. It was a circuitous route to the fight that should've been headlining this pay-per-view all along, but all's well that ends well, right. RIGHT? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 408: Why isn't Dustin Poirier a bigger star?

Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker went to battle on Saturday in the main event of UFC on ESPN 12. Did Hooker prove he belongs among the lightweight elite? Did Poirier revive his title aspirations? This week, it's an All Questions Considered episode of the CME. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 407: Curtis Blaydes just got interesting

Curtis Blaydes told us exactly what he was going to do to Alexander Volkov on Saturday night and then he went out and did it. He also warned some of you more punch-and-kick-oriented types that you might not like it. One person who didn't? Dana Frederick White Jr., though in fairness it was likely more Blaydes' comments on fighter pay that set the UFC Prez off. Plus, Emmett vs. Burgos slayed and Poirier vs. Hooker is now on deck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 406: Every UFC event is a perfect, beautiful snowflake

Cynthia Calvillo established herself as a women's flyweight contender with a win over Jessica Eye on Saturday. Would we say she looked ready for Valentina Shevchenko, however? No, we would not. Next up: Curtis Blaydes fights Alexander Volkov, while Dana White says every UFC card is wonderful and if you're a fight fan, you'll watch them all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 405: Amanda Nunes Puts On a Tour de Force

Amanda Nunes, the female GOAT, continues to be leaps and bounds ahead of any competition the UFC can find for her. What are you gonna do? Meanwhile, Cody Garbs, Aljo and O'Malley make the case against Aldo. Oh, and Conor McGregor also wants more money and is retired again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 404: Jon Jones is having a weird time

Jon Jones says he's vacating the light heavyweight title and going on hiatus during a public spat over pay with the UFC. Then he's suddenly out in the streets working as a social activist. Plus, Gilbert Burns finally arrives and UFC 250 takes its best shot on PPV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 403: Are fights like Woodley vs. Burns the new normal?

Apologies from some sound quality issues on this week's show, Co-Mainiacs. Hopefully, you will solider through with us. On this episode, we discuss Conor McGregor continuing to troll the competition, whether Fight Island seems unnecessary now and the UFC scraping together main events like Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 402: On Alistair Overeem, lovable elder statesman

Alistair Overeem weathered an early storm to defeat Walt Harris by virtue of his wily, veteran guile on Saturday. We discuss that, plus look back at the UFC's weird week in Jacksonville. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 401: A command performance

When it finally arrived, UFC 249 weekend served-up a downright unwieldy number of storylines. From Jacare's positive coronavirus test to "The Waiver" to Justin Gaethje's surprise destruction of Tony Ferguson, we discourse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 400: It's UFC 249 ... fight week?

It's here (we think). It's happening (maybe). It's finally going down (in a matter of days). UFC 249 fight week is upon us leading up to Saturday's revamped and (twice) rescheduled fight card. Are you ready? Is the world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 399: Will UFC 249 be safe? We're going to find out.

The UFC plans to do three events in Jacksonville, Fla., from May 9-16. Can that be safe? One way or another, we're all going to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 398: What will it take to do UFC 249 safely?

We discuss reports of Dana White's recent conference call with fighters booked on upcoming UFC cards, what an epidemiologist told Ben about how the UFC could get back to business in a safe way and what classic fights have listeners been watching to pass the time? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 397: Everybody showed their ass for UFC 249

With UFC 249 officially postponed after Disney and ESPN bigwigs pulled the plug on Dana White's Grand Plan to Be a Man, we look at what we learned about White, Disney, ESPN, MMA fans, media and managers. Plus, what will the sport look like when it finally comes back? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 396: Where is 'somewhere on EARTH' exactly?

We're told UFC 249 is a go. We're told the main event will be Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. We're told it will be for an interim title. We're told the venue you will be ... wait for it ... "somewhere on EARTH." So, yeah. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/20201 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Episode 395: Khabib out, UFC 249 still on & JBJ still JBJin'?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is "stuck at home" in Dagestan, which makes him a lot like the rest of us, when you think about it. So, he's probably out, but the UFC insists 249 is still on. Plus, Jon Jones in trouble again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/20201 hour, 26 seconds
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Episode 394: UFC 1!

Well, here's something completely different. This week, from self-isolation and without much MMA happening worldwide, we went back and rewatched UFC 1. It was weird. Then we talked about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 393: Greetings from self-isolation

Both our families are self isolating this week, which causes a number of challenges for the CME podcast. Still, here we discuss Charles Oliveira's win over Kevin Lee at UFC Brasilia, the UFC's weird declaration it will carry on in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and what will ultimately befall UFC London? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 392: An absolute classic

Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk tore the house down in their women's strawweight title fight at UFC 248. Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero? Weeeeeell, that's a different story. This week, we discuss those two fights and look ahead to a weekend full of MMA action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 391: How dare you, sir?

Deiveson Figueiredo smashed UFC Norfolk's main event title fight when he missed weight last week. Then he damn near smashed the whole flyweight division by defeating Joseph Benavidez via second-round TKO. What's do be done? Also, we look ahead to UFC 248's two title fights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 390: Ben ate the peanut butter cups for Fury-Wilder

What are Dan Hooker's prospects among the lightweight elite after defeating Paul Felder at UFC Auckland? Can Joseph Benavidez finally make good on his flyweight potential? Are we really doing Cejudo vs. Aldo? And did Ben consume too many edibles before the weekend's big boxing match? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 389: Diego Sanchez, what in the world?

Jan Blachowicz crashes the light heavyweight title picture with his three-minute KO of Corey Anderson, Diego Sanchez mystifies us with an unusual performance against Michel Pereira and, up next week, Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 388: An emotional journey

How about that UFC 247, eh people? Specifically, how about that thriller main event between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes? On this episode of the CME, we discuss that fight, the judging controversy that has emerged after it and why Valentina Shevchenko is just too damn good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 387: Jonathan Dwight Jones enters the cage

Jonny Bones returns for the fourth time in roughly 13 months on Saturday to take on Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. If he wins, is this the last time we see Jones at light heavyweight? Can Reyes pull off the impossible? Is there anything else of interest on this card? These and other questions await. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 386: Curtis Blaydes advances to 13-and-Ngannou

Curtis Blaydes looked good en route to second round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos Saturday at UFC: Raleigh. Yet, is there a huge, Francis Ngannou-shaped roadblock between him and the title? Also, Cris Cyborg pulls off the MMA grand slam and Joe Rogan beefs with ... Stephen A. Smith??? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 385: Were fans satisfied with UFC 246?

Conor McGregor blew through Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in the UFC 246 main event, which seemed like exactly what matchmakers and promoters wanted. But with such a top-heavy main card and a $70 price tag, were consumers satisfied with the outcome? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202055 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 384: What are you looking for from Conor McGregor at UFC 246?

Conor McGregor returns to the cage for the first time since 2018, for a bout against Donald Cerrone at Saturday's UFC 246. What do we expect from Conor and from Cowboy? And what else is worth watching on this card? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 383: Fair use!

We're back with an All Questions Considered episode of the podcast, as we wrap-up the action from Bellator 237 and look ahead to what 2020 might bring in MMA. Also, Tyron Woodley got mad at Leon Edwards so he threatened NOT to fight him??? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/30/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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CME Holiday Live Chat for 12/23/19

With Christmas just a couple days away, we went ahead and moved our normal Patreon Live Chat from Wednesday to Monday and opened it up to all listeners. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope the rest of you can make it next time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/20191 hour, 2 seconds
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Episode 382: It was kind of a weird weekend

All three UFC 245 title fights nearly went the distance, pushing the pay-per-view run time up around four hours. Here we talk about how it all went for Usman, Covington, Volko, Holloway, Nunes and GDR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 381: That feels emotionally manipulative

You wanna talk about painful? How about Jairzinho Rozenstruik destroying Alistair Overeem's lip in the final seconds of a heavyweight main event Overeem was on the verge of winning at UFC on ESPN 7? Also, how about Stefan Struve getting punted in the junk twice by Ben Rothwell and THEN losing via TKO? We talk about that, then look ahead to UFC 245. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 380: It is more or less officially on

Conor McGregor returns from his lengthy, uh, sabbatical to fight Donald The Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246 in January and, among other things, the CME wants to know: Why now? Why the Cowboy? Why welterweight? And what about these sexual assault investigations? Plus, we discuss the fifth time being the charm for Khabib vs. Tony and this weekend's UFC on ESPN 7. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/2/20191 hour, 21 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 379: What's Going On With Your Face?

The dreaded Patreon Power Rankings take over the CME proper for the first time ever! Plus ... uh ... what's going on with Ben's face? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 378: We're a roving goddamn spectacle

Zabit Magomedsharipov edged Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC: Moscow on Saturday night, but not without a bit of intrigue. Magomedsharipov seemed to be fading down the stretch of their three-round main event, while Kattar appeared to just be coming on. So, what if it had been five rounds? We discuss that, Volkov vs. Hardy and Jacare Souza's impending move to 205. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 377: We Ate the Wings

Well, we spent part of UFC 244 at Buffalo Wild Wings eating the special one-night-only BMF wings. It didn't go that great for us. We talk about that, plus Jorge Masvidal being crowned the BMF king, Nate Diaz getting stopped on cuts and Darren Till getting an important, if not exactly thrilling, win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/4/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 376: The BMF title fight is ON

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 375: All. Questions. Considered.

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 374: Just Astonishing

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/8/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 17 seconds
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CME Special Report: Catching up with Ben in Australia

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/201935 minutes, 28 seconds
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CME Movie Club: Silence of the Lambs

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 373: It does a disservice to everyone

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 372: Don't stake your night on getting hit by Justin Gaethje

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 371: He's Really, Really Goddamn Good at This

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/9/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 370: It's About to Go Down

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 369: Sup with your mouthpiece, man?

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 368: It's Like Nate Diaz Never Left

In the wake of Stipe Miocic reclaiming the title from Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, we talk about what's next for the heavyweight division. We also marvel at the return of Nate Diaz and discuss Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero getting weird. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 367: Is There a Nose in There Somewhere?

We discuss Mike Perry's terrible broken nose (and his reaction) after his fight with Vicente Luque, the return of Nate Diaz and what Daniel Cormier is going to have to do to beat Stipe Miocic a second time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 366: Just Downright Onerous is What it Is

We talk about Colby Covington’s suffocating victory over Robbie Lawler and how important Covington’s odious schtick has been to getting him where he is today. Plus, Cris Cyborg’s “production team” undercuts our goodwill for her and the UFC heads to Uruguay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 365: He's 100 Percent That Dude

We talk about Max Holloway's impressive decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, where Cris Cyborg might land next and try not to get our hopes up for possible schadenfreude from Covington vs. Lawler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 364: For Some People, Winning Is Not Enough

We talk about Leon Edwards' unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos from UFC on ESPN 4 and what it's going to take "Rocky" to break through in the minds of MMA fans. Plus, UFC 240 goes down Saturday in Edmonton and -- sigh -- Jon Jones is in trouble again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/22/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 363: Let's Talk About Practical Next Steps

Sometimes it seems like Germaine de Randamie is forever shrouded in controversy. Even her 16-second TKO win over Aspen Ladd Saturday at UFC Fight Night 155 likely won't be good enough to make her a No. 1 contender, owing to outcry over an early stoppage. In addition to that, we talk about Urijah Faber's surprise win over Ricky Simon and look ahead to UFC on ESPN 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 362: This May Go Down as the PPV of the Year

We discuss all things UFC 239, including: Jon Jones' lack of urgency against an injured Thiago Santos, Amanda Nunes pulling a Holly Holm on Holly Holm, Jorge Masvidal becoming a "breakout" star after 16 years and 47 fights and much, much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/20191 hour, 21 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 361: Don't Turn Your Back on Francis Ngannou!

After Francis Ngannou dusted Junior dos Santos in 71 seconds at UFC on ESPN 3, is he a little bit of takedown defense away from being a transformative figure in the heavyweight division? Plus, we look at UFC 239's dueling title fights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 360: Is Ngannou vs. JDS the Most Anticipated Fight of Summer?

We look at Chan Sung Jung's big win over Renato Moicano, investigate the buyers' remorse of the people who tuned in to see Artem Lobov vs. Paul Malignaggi at BKFC 6 and look forward to the heavyweight banger at UFC on ESPN 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/24/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 359: The Bad Guy Goes Out ... Again

We discuss Rory MacDonald advancing to the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix, Chael Sonnen calling it a career all over again and Fedor Emelianenko announcing his "farewell tour." Wait, is that a thing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 358: Henry Cejudo is Every Damn Thing He Said He Was

A full slate of UFC 238 recap, including Cejudo's shocking come-from-behind men's bantamweight title win and Donald Cerrone losing a fight by blowing his nose. Plus, Bellator 222 is a snapshot of everything Scott Coker loves, for better and worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 357: Some Significant News

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 ...  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 356: Does UFC Want Stand-and-Bang Only?

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 355: A Meat Grinder of a Fight

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 354: Would Andrade Have Lost If She Hadn't Won?

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 353: Keep Talking, Sweet Talker

Donald Cerrone ages like a fine wine against Al Iaquinta, the way forward at lightweight seems as straight forward as ever (though is it ever easy?) and Jessica Andrade opens as a slight favorite over champion Rose Namajunas at Saturday's UFC 237. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 352: A Fight Between Weirdsmobiles

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 351: A Big Weekend for the S.E. Wildmen

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 350: Ebbs and Flows Out This MFer

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 349: Goddamnit, I Hate Myself

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. CME Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/comainevent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 348: Congratulations, You're Having a Thiago Santos

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 347: This is Just Primed for Violence

Stephen Thompson was winning right up until he lost. Anthony Pettis was losing right up until he won. Big Pretty talked big but fought ugly. Plus, Gaethje vs. Barboza seems destined to be a certain kind of fight on ESPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 346: Three Piece and a Soda

Jorge Masvidal serves Darren Till AND Leon Edwards some tasty vittles at UFC Fight Night 147. Plus, Anthony Pettis moves up to welterweight ... and, wait, UFC pay-per-views are available exclusively where now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 345: Yeah, That Was Gross

Junior dos Santos defeats Derrick Lewis after Lewis allegedly shows up at UFC Fight Night 146 with a serious knee injury. Then, dos Santos says anybody but Brock Lesnar should fight next for the heavyweight title. So, let's just say there is a lot of talk about--and that doesn't even include next week's Fight Night 147. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 344: Y'all Fighting at the Buffet? Bruh.

With Jon Jones saying he's just now getting comfortable feeling like a UFC fighter (lol, wut?!?), we discuss the outlook for the rest of Bones' 2019 in the wake of his victory over Anthony Smith. Plus, a welterweight title fight that was a nightmare for one guy and a dream for the other. Oh, and say one thing for Ben Askren's UFC debut: It was not boring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 343: Middle. Finger. Emoji.

We talk about what the heck is happening at lightweight, where Dustin Poirier went from tweeting a middle finger emoji to landing in a 155-pound interim title fight. Also, a look ahead to UFC 235, the ACTUAL welterweight and light heavyweight titles are on the line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 342: Now THIS is the Heavyweight Division We Know and Love

Did Francis Ngannou knock Cain Velasquez out with the shortest uppercut ever seen by man? Did Velasquez's knee spontaneously self-destruct? Is Mirko CroCop back? Have Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov made amends? On this AQC episode of the CME, the heavyweight division is back to its old tricks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/18/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 341: Finally, We Speak of Bowels

WHAT happened to Robert Whittaker just before UFC 234? And how did Kelvin Gastelum play it? And did how we feel about Adesanya vs. Silva have mostly to do with our own fears? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Introducing: Road Agents!

A free sample of Ben and Chad's new podcast "Road Agents" which will be available to top-tier patrons at the CME's Patreon page. Like what you hear? Go sign up: https://patreon.com/comainevent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 340: Hella Stoppages

Jose Aldo and Marlon Moraes each got big wins at UFC Fight Night 144. Plus, your dudes to UFC 234's Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum and Anderson Silva vs. Isreal Adesanya. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 339: You're Looking at Me Askance Right Now

Ryan Bader becomes the Bellator champ champ with his quick and easy victory over Fedor Emelianenko in the heavyweight grand prix final. Did Scotty Cokes and Co. just hit a towering home run? Plus, what to look for at UFC on ESPN+ 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/28/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 338: I’m Out Here Swinging Snakes Around, Man!

Ben and Chad break down the action from UFC on ESPN+1, as instructed by the huge amounts of listener mail they received. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 337: I Feel Like I'm Taking Crazy Pills

The UFC's broadcast deal with ESPN is upon us, so Ben and Chad break down Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw, talk about how a streaming-only product will affect fans and then nod to Nate Diaz jumping into the Conor-Khabib feud. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 336: From Outhouse to Penthouse

After holiday break, Ben and Chad are back like Francis Ngannou after knocking out Curtis Blaydes. On this episode: UFC 232 wrap-up plus UFC 235 goes from the outhouse to the penthouse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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CME Christmas Spectacular [re-release]

ICYMI, the CME put out a Christmas Spectacular last year about this time. Here it is again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/25/201829 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 335: Time to go whole hog on sword fighting

Chad and Ben discuss the divergent directions of Frank Mir and Lyoto Machida, then look ahead to UFC 232's dueling title fights.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/17/20181 hour, 18 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 334: Got Them WMDs

Ben and Chad breakdown the two title fights from UFC 231 and ask what happens next at men's featherweight and women's flyweight. Plus, with the UFC's deal with Fox about to end, what did we learn? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 333: Poison most foul

Recapping the hot heavyweight action from Adelaide, Australia over the weekend (and Shogun!), plus Ben and Chad look ahead to the two awesome title fights on tap Saturday at UFC 231. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 32 seconds
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CME Book Club: The Sisters Brothers

Ben and Chad discuss one of their favorite books, Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, with some help from the CME listening audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 332: Still Reeling from Chuck-Tito 3

The outcome of Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz 3 leaves everybody out of sorts and wondering, among other things, if Golden Boy is one-and-done in MMA. Also, just how "back" is Francis Ngannou? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/26/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 331: Stop Doing Stuff with Your Eyes

Are we ready to accept Santiago Ponzinibbio as welterweight No. 1 contender? Also, Bellator throws it back to the early 2000s with a tape delay from Israel and Francis Ngannou prepares to fight Curtis Blaydes. In the middle of the night. From China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/19/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 330: 25 Damn Years

The UFC celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Fight Night event in Denver. Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung have a crackerjack. Mike Perry and Donald Cerrone settle their rivalry ... for now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 329: What's Your Problem, Floyd Mayweather?

Stunning news this week, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces he'll be doing ... something ... at Rizin 14 on New Years Eve. Plus, UFC 230 wrap-up and a Fight Night 139 preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/5/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 328: So We're Doing TRADES Now?

Derrick Lewis will cash in on his balls being hot against Daniel Cormier at UFC 230, Anthony Smith seems like a good little light heavyweight contender and, wait, you can make *trades* in MMA? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/29/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 327: Bellator GP Action + DC vs. Beast

Ben and Chad try not to jinx the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Plus, new fights for DC, The Black Beast, Jonny Bones, Lusty Gusty, Shev-champ-o and Joanna Former Champion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/15/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 326: Some People Don't Play

CANNONBALL!!! After Khabib Nurmagomedov goes into the crowd to brawl with Dillon Danis, Ben and Chad question whether anything really goes when you're "selling the fight." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/8/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 325: The Big Banana

Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is almost upon us! Plus, your dudes break down much of the action from Bellator 206. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/1/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 324: Jon Jones + Conor McGregor = A Good Week

Jon Jones back. Conor McGregor back. Plus, why is Bellator trying to hide Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald from us? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/24/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 323: All. Questions. Considered.

All listener mail all the time on this AQC episode. Ben and Chad talk results from UFC: Moscow and answers questions on all things under the MMA sun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 322: Woodley whips Till + Did Nicco Montano get screwed?

On tap this week: UFC 228's main event turned out to be a showcase fight for Tyron Woodley, Nicco Montano loses her title without even fighting and wild times afoot at strawweight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 321: UFC 228 primer + Conor-Khabib for 2 million buys?

Are we hyped for Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till? Is Valentina Shevchenko the uncrowned champ? And is Dana White right to expect two million buys for UFC 229? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 23 seconds
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CME Book Club: Fletch

Special guest Sarah Aswell joins the CME to discuss Fletch and how much author Gregory MacDonald may or may not have been fucking with us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/201856 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 320: Gaethje kills, plus growing pains for Bareknuckle FC

Justin Ray Gaethje KOed James Vick in 1:27 on Saturday, Bareknuckle FC starts to reveal its flaws and Buffer vs. Diaz is the hottest feud of the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/27/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 319: Would the UFC really rebuff GSP's superfight offer? Really?

Dana White says he won't let Georges St-Pierre fight the Conor-Khabib winner (*knowing wink*), Justin Gaethje and James Vick prepare to do terrible things and James Gallagher gets kicked. Right. In. The. Face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 318: A livestream grab bag

For the first time ever, Ben and Chad open the livestream up to everyone and take questions from the audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/13/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 317: All hail The Messenger, Tilly Dills (and stills), plus Conor vs. Nurmy is ON

UFC 227 provided twists and turns--Henry Cejudo and Tilly Dills reigned--and Conor McGregor is set to return against the dude he through that hand truck at, so ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/6/20181 hour, 21 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 316 (7/30/18): Conor Back, Plus a Bunch of Rematches!

Conor back! Plus, UFC on Fox 30 looked great on paper and the fights themselves turned out to be banging on Saturday night in Calgary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/30/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 315 (7/23/18): Shogun falls, while Alvarez & Poirier do it again, brother

After nearly seven painstaking hours of UFC: Hamburg on Sunday, Anthony Smith made short work of Shogun Rua in their main event light heavyweight fight. Merciful, perhaps, if you were one of the superfans who sat through the whole thing, but not so for Rua himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/23/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 314 (7/16/18)

Junior dos Santos out-dueled Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 133 on Saturday, though the unanimous decision win wasn’t exactly the home run needed to declare the former champion well and truly “back.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 313 (7/9/18)

On this episode, Ben and Chad discuss the catharsis of seeing Daniel Cormier win the heavyweight title, even if it meant toppling somewhat likeable dude Stipe Miocic. They also talk about the reemergence of Brock Lesnar, who strode back into MMA with his suit pants tucked into his cowboy boots, his potty mouth blazing and his bro-shove skills as wicked hot as ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 49 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 312 (7/3/18)

The Big Daddy is finally here--it’s UFC 226 fight week. Your dudes are pretty hyped for what may well turn out to be the biggest fight card of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 311 (6/25/18)

Donald Cerrone dropped to 1-4 in his last five after a hotly contested unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC: Singapore. So, why do Ben and Chad feel like he’s embodying the “Cowboy” mystique more than ever? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/25/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 310 (6/18/18)

UFC 225 included big wins from Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, Holly Holm and others. Chad and Ben spend a good chunk of this show talking about that event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 2 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 309 (6/4/18)

What does middleweight champion Robert Whittaker have to prove--or gain--fighting Yoel Romero a second time? Is Colby Covington actually getting over on us with his “heel” gimmick? Does Alistair Overeem have legitimate beef for being left off the pay-per-view portion of the card? Oh, yeah--and CM Punk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 2 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 308 (5/29/18)

Micheal Bisping announced his exit from MMA on his own podcast on Monday, nicely teeing-up Ben and Chad to discuss one of the UFC’s most unique careers on Tuesday. In addition to that, they look at Darren Till’s “win” (?) over Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130, which didn’t exactly launch Till into the stratosphere like perhaps matchmakers hoped it might. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 8 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 307 (5/21/18)

Yeah, so Kamaru Usman’s unanimous decision win over Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 wasn’t exactly a crowd-pleaser. Still, some interesting stuff for Ben and Chad to talk about did come out of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 306 (5/14/18)

Ben and Chad take back everything they said last week about how maybe UFC 224 and Bellator 199 wasn’t going to be all that. As it happened, shit was *flames emoji*. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 40 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 305 (5/7/18)

UFC 224 comes our way from Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, featuring Amanda Nunes defending her women’s bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington in its main event. Good news, though, Universe. If you’re feeling a little light in the wallet this weekend--or maybe you just don’t want to pay $65 for this card on principle--Bellator 199 is the same night live and free on the Paramount Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 44 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 304 (4/30/18)

It’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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 303 (4/23/18)

Just 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 302 (4/16/18)

Dustin 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 301 (4/9/18)

Here, your dudes talk McGregor, Nurmy, Al, Rose, Joanna and a whole bunch more of UFC 223 craziness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 26 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 300 (4/2/18)

Episode 300! Ben and Chad marvel, near-dumbfounded at Tony Ferguson’s late withdrawal from UFC 223 and his pending lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 42 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 299 (3/26/18)

With 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 54 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 298 (3/19/18)

Did 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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 297 (3/12/18)

The Co-Main Event still has plenty of work to do, 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 296 (3/5/18)

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/20181 hour, 18 minutes, 15 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 295 (2/26/18)

Jeremy 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. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 22 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 294 (2/20/18)

ALL QUESTIONS CONSIDERED ALERT! An entire show of answering your questions on every topic including Heather Hardy, Matt Mitrione, Derrick Lewis, Cowboy Cerrone and whether or not the UFC is an outdated fad that is about to dry up and blow away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 293 (2/12/18)

UFC 221 featured uncomfortable close talking, pantomimed public urination, an egregious eye poke & a dude chugging beer out of a shoe. In other words, we finally reached perfection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 59 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 292 (2/5/18)

Let’s just say UFC Fight Night 125 did not go off with flying colors Saturday from Belem, Brazil. From the mild controversy of Lyoto Machida’s split decision win over “Ya Boi” Eryk Anders to the slightly more egregious display of Valentina Shevchenko beating up Priscila Cachoeira, this event was one likely best forgotten. You know, just not until you listen to this episode of the CME. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 55 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 291 (1/29/18)

The biggest MMA news of the week arguably happened Sunday night, at the conclusion of WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. We all suspected Ronda Rousey might wash-up on WWE’s shores sooner or later but, boy, we didn’t expect the handshakes to be so awkward. Of course, Ben and Chad have to talk about Rousey’s conversion into a “full-time” WWE superstar as well as what all this might mean for any potential UFC return. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 52 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 290 (1/22/18)

Stipe Miocic tossed a bundle of dynamite on the tracks in front of the Francis Ngannou hype-train. Daniel Cormier did Daniel Cormier things to Volkan Oezdemir. Rory MacDonald won the Bellator welterweight title from Douglas Lima. Chael Sonnen advanced to round two of the heavyweight grand prix with a win over Rampage Jackson. Nuff said. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 16 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 289 (1/16/18)

Ben and Chad do a little mop-up on UFC Fight Night 124 then look ahead to Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title before turning their attention to UFC 220's Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir for the light heavyweight title and the heavyweight title scrap pitting Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20181 hour, 15 minutes, 13 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 288 (1/8/18)

With Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson scheduled to kick of the Tournament of Absolute Victory on January 20, the CME begins considering the implications immediately. In addition to Chael vs. Ramage, Ben and Chad also talk about whether or not it’s starting to seem like Conor McGregor needs to shit or get off the pot and also whether UFC executive Jeff Novitsky really ought to be going on various internet radio shows saying he believes Jones did not consciously mean to cheat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 7 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 287 (1/3/18)

On this show, your dudes talk about Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s first successful defense of her women’s featherweight crown, against Holly Holm, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s beatdown of Edson Barboza and look ahead to 2018 and what might happen in the UFC and Bellator. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 12 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast 2017 Christmas Spectacular

Follow one sport's most powerful man as he explores his own past, present and future, hoping to discover the true reason for the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/25/201730 minutes, 56 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 286 (12/18/17)

Rafael dos Anjos’ dominant win over Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 26 was yet another reminder to the Co-Main Event Podcast (or, at least, one half of it) to stop sleeping on dos Anjos. That actually tees Ben and Chad up nicely for this week’s show, wherein they discuss both dos Anjos’ win as well as the current awesome status of the welterweight “wilderness” (Ben’s word) and ask whether 170 pounds is the best thing MMA has going right now--even if Woodley doesn’t seem to notice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 56 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 285 (12/11/17)

Brian Ortega snatched Cub Swanson’s neck (twice) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123, perhaps along with it snatching future No. 1 contender status in the men’s featherweight division. This week, Ben and Chad search every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in T-City to break down how it happened. Oh, and did you hear Georges St-Pierre won’t defend the middleweight title after all? Sad but true. Don’t worry though, because Dana White is totally NOT MAD about it. Also, UFC on FOX 26 is this weekend, featuring Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos. So suffice to say there is a lot to talk about. All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 12 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 284 (12/4/17)

The Co-Main Event Podcast talks Max Holloway’s impressive third-round stoppage over Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 218, Francis Ngannou’s knockout of Alistair Overeem and Conor McGregor's continued troubles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 13 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 283 (11/27/17)

As feared, things turned even sadder this week for Michael Bisping. This week, your dudes talk about Bisping’s demise and then look ahead to such endeavors as Alvarez vs. Gaethje, Ngannou vs. Overeem and Holloway vs. Aldo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 282 (11/20/17)

Show of hands if a couple weeks ago you predicted that a boomerang toss would take up a good portion of Co-Main Event Podcast episode 282? Yeah, Ben and Chad did not see that coming either. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 281 (11/13/17)

Seriously, how worried should we be about Conor McGregor? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/20171 hour, 20 minutes, 13 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 280 (11/6/17)

From Georges St-Pierre’s shocking comeback victory over Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight title to T.J. Dillashaw and Rose Namajunas both dethroning champions most people expected to be dominant, this episode has it all. Was this the single greatest night in UFC history? Did GSP salt away GOAT status? And what of next weekend’s Fight Night 120, featuring Dustin Porier vs. Anthony Pettis and Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez. Buckle up, kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/20171 hour, 30 minutes, 48 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 279 (10/30/17

Batten down the hatches, CME Universe, it’s UFC 217 fight week. With just a week or so left before Michael Bisping actually defends his UFC middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre, Ben and Chad take a comprehensive look at what should end up being one of the biggest UFC events of late 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/20171 hour, 16 minutes
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 278 (10/23/17)

Darren Till made the most of his first real spotlight moment in the Octagon on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, blowing through Donald Cerrone via first round TKO. Now it seems as though Till might be looking at a future matchup with Mike Perry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 277 (10/16/17)

Gdansk, Gdansk, Gdansk is where the UFC journeys this weekend for Fight 118. The main event of that event features Donald Cerrone against Darren Till, which is kind of a strange marquee matchup until you consider that Till might well have his eye on being the new Donald Cerrone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/20171 hour, 7 minutes, 43 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 276 (10/9/17)

No big deal, you guys. Demetrious Johnson is just going to toss Ray Borg up in the air like a small child and then armbar him as he plummets to earth (which is something we absolutely do NOT recommend doing to a child). If you are one of these people who insists on continuing to try to cast aspersions on the UFC men’s flyweight champ--well--you starting to feel sheepish yet? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 275 (10/2/17)

UFC 216 comes our way this weekend from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad look at Demetrious Johnson finally getting his chance to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses. They also talk about Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee squaring off for an interim lightweight title and perhaps the opportunity to be a future opponent for Conor McGregor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 9 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 274 (9/25/17)

A pretty low-quality UFC event and a pretty high-quality Bellator event paced the weekend in MMA and you know that kind of role reversal is enough to get the creative juices flowing for the CME. On this episode, Ben and Chad talk about Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha having a crackerjack women’s strawweight contender fight at UFC Fight Night 117. They also puzzle over the debut of Gokhan Saki and wonder if it’s good enough to be a fun fighter without being a terribly good one. They also take a broad look at what Bellator did, including a second fight for Aaron Pico, a highlight reel knockout for Paul Daley and a very Benson Henderson fight to cap things off. All that, plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and MasterTweet Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 273 (9/18/17)

Luke Rockhold returns from more than a year away, takes some time to shake off the rust and ultimately emerges from UFC Fight Night 116 with a second-round win via strikes over Dave Branch. Pretty much just what the doctor ordered for Rockhold, who got some decent work in, faced some adversity and then nonetheless re-established himself as one of the very best middleweights in the UFC. Interesting thing is going to see what happens now, what with Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre still on tap near the end of the year. Depending on who wins that bad boy, the 185-pound division might still have some time to kill before anybody gets a chance to take on the champion. In addition to Rockhold, Mike Perry had himself a night on Saturday, and then went ahead and called out Robbie Lawler. As if that what wasn’t enough hot Octagonal action for you, UFC Fight Night 117 comes at you this week, featuring Ovince St. Preux vs. Yushin Okami as its main event. Ben and Chad talk about all this stuff and more on this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast. Plus, AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 49 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 272 (9/11/17)

UFC 215 fallout, plus Rockhold vs. Branch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 29 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 271 (9/5/17)

Stefan Struve, Alexander Volkov, Demetrious Johnson and Amanda Nunes are all discussed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 270 (8/28/17)

Mayweather-McGregor wrap up, plus Jon Jones breaks our hearts all over again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 269 (8/21/17)

Mayweather-McGregor is finally upon us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/20171 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 268 (8/14/17)

Mayweather-McGregor, UFC 217's new main event and whether UFC fighters should still be considered independent contractors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 267 (8/8/17)

UFC Fight Night 114, plus Conor McGregor's budding feud with Paulie Malignaggi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 1 second
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 266 (7/31/17)

Ben and Chad talk UFC 214. Bones Jones. DC. Brock Lesnar? Yep, Brock F'n Lesnar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/20171 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 265 (7/24/17)

Results from UFC on Fox 25 and a look ahead to a stacked UFC 214 card. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 264 (7/18/17)

Can you hear us, Co-Main Event Universe? Look, we realize you may be confused since A) This episode of the CME is dropping a day later than normal and B) Your ears may still be ringing from last week’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor press “world tour” but here--in all its glory--is episode 264 of our little podcast. In it, your guys Ben and Chad spend a while talking about the silliness of the May-Mac Press Excursion and whether the sometimes ugly rhetoric will help or hurt pay-per-view sales. They also talk about a big win over the weekend for Santiago Ponzinibbio (of all people) at UFC Fight Night 113 and then turn their attention to next weekend’s UFC on Fox 25. At that event, Chris Weidman faces Kelvin Gastelum in a main event that shapes up as a must-win, lest Weidman complete a fall from grace that can only be described as “Johny-esque.” All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 38 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 263 (7/11/17)

Well, Universe, Robert Whittaker and Justin Gaethje both had pretty damn good weekends, huh? Amanda Nunes? Maybe not quite so hot. On this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad look at Whittaker’s big win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 to become UFC interim middleweight champion. They also talk a fair amount about Gaethje having his Octagon debut in a fight-of-the-year caliber victory over Michael Johnson the night before at the TUF 5,476 Finale. Then there’s Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, who had to bow out of a scheduled title defense against Valentina Shevchenko due to on-going sinus troubles. So that was bad and maybe casts her future with the company into doubt. Oh, and speaking of lacking futures with the company: Gegard Mousasi. Where did that dude go? Oh, there he is! In Bellator! All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 262 (7/3/17)

It’s International Fight Week, CME Universe, and you know what that means: The UFC will produce back-to-back events this weekend--both of them from the same building in Las Vegas, which makes you wonder about the “international” part, but whatevs. Why spend time hashing out the details when there is so much honest to goodness MMA action to discourse? On this episode of the CME, Ben and Chad talk about the expectations for former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje, debuting in the main event of the TUF: Redemption finale on Friday opposite Michael Johnson. After that, they look ahead to Saturday’s UFC 213 and inspect the co-main events (get it?), where Yoel Romero takes on Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight strap and Amanda Nunes defends her women’s bantamweight title in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko. All that plus AYFKM, Just Sayin’ Stuff and MasterTweet Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 261 (6/26/17)

On paper, maybe it looked like kind of a ho-hum weekend in the world of mixed martial arts, but in practice--boy, howdy--it brought the weird. In other words, Bellator: NYC and UFC Fight Night 112 are both right in the Co-Main Event Podcast’s wheelhouse as far as discussion purposes are concerned. On this episode, Ben and Chad do their best to break down near everything that happened at the Bellator PPV, including but not limited to: Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva both looking old in their own ways, Matt “Mattrione” Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko almost pulling off the rare double knockout, Michael Chandler being awesome even as his foot forcibly separated from the rest of his body, and Zach Freeman’s awesome email skills. Oh, and Heather Hardy, who seems nice. As far as the UFC event is concerned? There is slightly less to talk about, though the weirdness surrounding Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee would be fine on its own in the wake of a normal weekend. Buckle up, internet, it’s gonna be a ride. All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 260 Part 2 (6/19/17)

Whoa there, partner! This is part 2 of episode 260 of the CME. If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, you'll want to double-back and do that. If you have, proceed. If you haven't, no need to be embarrassed. It's an easy mistake to make. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/201751 minutes, 41 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 260 Part 1 (6/19/17)

After another week where the Co-Main Event Podcast was off again, your dudes are back in full effect this week with a super-sized episode of the CME. On this show, Ben and Chad are in a mad scramble to touch on all the stuff they missed while taking a week off. Turns out, there was a lot of shit going on. For one thing, the long-discussed boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor actually got confirmed. So, that was kind of a big deal. On top of that, two UFC events are in the books, with Mark Hunt defeating Derrick Lewis and Holly Holm taking out Bethe Correia, respectively. Then, there is this weekend's Bellator PPV card to try to get our arms around AND a Sunday UFC event to discuss. Oh, and on top of that the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association finally went public too, and both your dudes are on the interim board of directors. As a result this episode of the CME will be broken into two parts for your listening enjoyment. Don't forget to download both parts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/201749 minutes, 40 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 259 (6/5/17)

The world has a new "undisputed" UFC featherweight champion, as Jerome Max "Blessed" Holloway rolled up to UFC 212, took the best Jose Aldo had to offer over the course of two rounds and then laid out Jose Aldo via third round TKO. In addition to that, Mighty Mouse Johnson waited until Monday to blast his UFC bosses for what he called "bullying" tactics around booking his next fight. Ben and Chad talk about all that and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 53 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 258 (5/29/17)

After a week off to collect themselves--and in Ben's case go on vacation with his family--the Co-Main Event Podcast is back with a vengeance. It doesn't hurt that there are oodles of high-level MMA happenings to discuss, either. That's right, we said oodles. This week, Ben and Chad take a look at Alexander Gustafson's 21-minute beatdown of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which may have rekindles Gustafsson's title hopes after a few rough years. They also talk about Germaine de Randamie's declaration that she won't be defending her women's featherweight title against Cris "Cyborg" Justino and what that means both for the future of GDR and the division at large (spoiler: nothing good!). Lastly, they discourse on the upcoming main event of UFC 212, where Jose Aldo and Max Holloway look to unify the men's featherweight title and finally move that weight class away from Conor McGregor. All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin' Stuff.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 257 (5/15/17)

UFC 211 was a barnburner, Universe, and this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast has your wall-to-wall coverage. Stipe Miocic’s first-round TKO over Junior dos Santos to put a second successful defense of the heavyweight title in the bank? Check. Joanna Jedrzejczyk foiling the brute strength of Jessica Andrade by breaking a bunch of her own already insane UFC striking records? Yuuuuup. Demian Maia eking out a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal and reportedly sewing up that long-sought-after welterweight title shot by turning himself into a human backpack for 15 minutes? Got that too. All of that, plus AYFKM and JSS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 40 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 256 (5/8/17)

Not gonna lie to you, Universe, parts of this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast don’t sound great. This week’s recording session was beset by technical difficulties, mostly with Ben’s microphone. Fact is, the ol’ Behringer C-1 may be on its way out. Can’t blame it, really, what with Fowlkes sitting there breathing on it for 256 episodes. In any case, you’ll run into some terrible hiss, which gets gradually worse toward the end of the first half of the show. Good news is, it gets a little better from there. If you can force your ears to stand it, you’ll hear Ben and Chad discuss this weekend’s UFC 211 main event, pitting Stipe Miocic in a rematch with Junior dos Santos, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's title defense against Jessica Andrade and Yair Rodriguez taking a massive leap up in competition to fight Frankie Edgar. You know what? We’ll go ahead and get this audio situation figured out before next week. How’s that? All that, plus AYFKM and JSS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20171 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 255 (5/1/17)

Another relatively slow week in mixed martial arts means another #aintshitgoinon episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. This week, Ben and Chad fill an hour, 15 minutes with almost nothing but your listener mail questions. Well, your listener mail questions and one episode of MasterTweet Theatre featuring the inimitable Sir Nigel Longstock. So buckle in for that. Per usual, you guys bring the heat with your questions, slanging fire queries about Justin Gaethje’s move to the UFC, whether Yoel Romero should use this lull in the middleweight division to challenge Daniel Cormier and whether it’s OK to like to watch bad people fight and more! Oh, yeah, and did we mention MasterTweet Theatre? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 254 (4/24/17)

Artem Lobov didn’t beat Cub Swanson on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 108 main event. In fact, at no point in their five-round fight did it even look like Lobov was about to win. Still, dude did better than a lot of people--including Ben and Chad--thought he might do. Does that mean Lobov will be back in an Octagon main event again? Ehhhh … I guess that’s why they record the podcast. In addition to Swanson vs. Lobov, your guys talk about Ragin’ Al Iaquinta knocking out Diego Sanchez and then shouting out his own real estate business. They also discuss where Sanchez goes from here which, yeah, that is as depressing as it sounds. Oh, but did you hear the World Series of Fighting is rebranding itself as the Professional Fighters League? So, that’s more accurate if nothing else. All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20171 hour, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
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Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 253 (4/17/17)

Just in case you needed a reminder how comparatively shitty you are at whatever it is you do for a living, Demetrious Johnson fought last weekend. Johnson, the UFC’s inimitable flyweight champion, painted what might end up being considered his career masterpiece in a defeat of Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24. It’s kind of humbling to watch the dude do it, really. Johnson is so far ahead of his competition, it’s as if he’s been sent here from the future to teach the world a new brand of fighting. If that’s the plan, though, it still needs some work, seeing as how the world somehow still doesn’t really like to watch Johnson fight. In any case, Ben and Chad talk about all things Mighty Mouse. They also discuss Robert Whittaker’s reluctance to embrace the “Bobby Knuckles” nickname and Rose Namajunas teeing up another title shot. All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices