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ESPN's Ariel Helwani talks to the biggest names, addresses the hottest topics and previews/reviews the most important fight cards from across the world of MMA.

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    Does Chito Vera Deserve a Title Shot Next?; Luke Rockhold Joins the Show; Preview of UFC 278 headlined by Kamaru Usman & Leon Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 44:30

     DC & RC recap Marlon "Chito" Vera's big win over Dominick Cruz and discuss if he is next in line for a title shot in a loaded bantamweight division. Then, a preview of UFC 278 where two former foes face off in a rematch, this time for the welterweight crown, plus, Luke Rockhold stops by to preview his big co-main event bout against Paulo Costa. Plus, are the guys down with the new, hottest trend of Arm Boxing? Find out in "Tap in or Tap out?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Go “One Round” With Dominick Cruz & Islam Makhachev; "Tap in or Tap out” on Masvidal vs McGregor or Masvidal vs Burns?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 53:30

    Former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz joins the show ahead of his fight against Marlon “Chito” Vera. Find out why Dominick and DC have some choice words for each other. Plus, the guys go “One Round” with Islam Makhachev, and they discuss something they want the Lightweight contender to immediately stop doing. Then, Street Jesus vs The Notorious or Durinho? Which match will DC & RC “Tap in or Tap Out“ on? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Go One Round With Jamahal Hill & Step Fly Through July

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 46:59

    In this week's episode of DC/RC, the guys look back at Amanda Nunes' dominating win from UFC 277, talk to the one and only Jamahal Hill, and Step Fly with some of the best outfits they saw from the month of July.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Could DC Beat Up Mike Tyson in a Street Fight?; Khamzat Chimaev vs Nate Diaz Matchup Reaction and UFC 277 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 46:42

    Khamzat Chimaev vs Nate Diaz? It's officially happening and DC & RC are giving their take on the controversial matchup. Plus, a preview of what's to come for UFC 277 when two current Champs face-off in a historic rematch. Later, can DC beat up “Iron” Mike Tyson in a street Fight? Find out if they “Tap in or Tap out?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    UFC on ABC Recap, Paddy Pimblett Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 32:28

    Following an eventful UFC on ABC card this weekend, the guys break down the best and most surprising peformances plus look ahead to this weekend's card in London with the Baddy himself, Paddy Pimblett. Plus, another rousing game of Tap in and Tap Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Celebrating One Year of DC & RC with Dustin Poirier and Michelle Waterson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 55:09

    A Louisiana Legend joins the show to mark the one-year milestone of DC & RC. Dustin Poirier and DC play matchmaker with the top three Lightweight matchups they'd like to see next. Plus, they go One Round with “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. Since we're halfway through the year, the guys are giving out UFC Midyear Awards for the Best Male Fighter, Best Female Fighter, Best Finish and the Best Fight of the year so far.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    UFC 276 Recap: Israel Adesanya & Alexander Volkanovski Retain Their Titles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 41:13

    DC & RC recap UFC 276, which saw Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski retain their respective championships. Should Volkanovski move up to lightweight and go for champ-champ status? How will Adesanya fair against his potential next foe, one he has faced before, in Alex Pereira? Plus, DC hands out some grades following an incredible weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Khabib Joins a Special Hall of Fame Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 33:27

    New UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov joins DC and RC for a special episode of the show. Khabib, DC and RC recap a special night at T-Mobile Arena as the two teammates are inducted into the UFC HOF then a complete preview of UFC 276. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Matchmaking Conor McGregor and UFC's Top Stars, Biggest What Ifs in UFC History and a BBQ Battle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 58:14

    DC & RC play matchmaker on some of the biggest names in the sport including Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal and Khamzat Chimaev. The guys recap a fun fight night in Austin and let DC go deep on his BBQ hot takes. Plus coming off another cancellation for Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, the guys list the top "What If Fights" in UFC history. Finally, an awesome game of Tap In/Tap Out involving samurai hair, new helmets and Rob Gronkowski. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Sean O' Malley Joins & UFC 275 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 44:05

    DC & RC recap UFC 275 including a preview of what's next for the light heavyweight division, Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang Weili. The guys then welcome in bantamweight contender, the Suga Show, Sean O'Malley. O'Malley previews his bout with Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276 and what's next in his UFC career. The guys then play a fun game of Tap In/Tap Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    UFC 275 Preview, Dominant Champions and a Music Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 54:00

    DC & RC are on opposite sides of the globe as they recap the heavyweight main event between Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik and preview the loaded card at UFC 275 in Singapore. With Valentina Shevchenko on the card, the guys list their most dominant athletes of all time then play a very spirited game of Tap In/Tap Out which includes a fierce "King of Pop" debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    DC Responds to Khabib & What to do About UFC Judging

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 39:30

    Laura Sanko joins Daniel Cormier to discuss the state of judging in the UFC following the controversial decision in Saturday's main event between Holly Holm and Ketlen Vieira. In addition, DC responds to being told “leave me alone” by his pal Khabib. Plus, debuted their UFC weight-class power rankings this week. DC comments, and lets you know his top five.

    Top Upsets in MMA History and Lightweight Division Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 49:43

    The guys begin the show recapping a big win by Jan Blachowicz and look forward to what's next for the LHW division. Then, DC and RC dive deep into the lightweight division including a new beef between DC and Tony Ferguson. Next, they list their best upsets in MMA history ahead of Holly Holm's return to the octagon. Later, we finish up with another spirited game of Tap In/Tap Out. 

    UFC 274 Recap, DC to the UFC HOF and We're Steppin' Fly

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 61:12

    The guys kick off the show by breaking down the announcement that DC is headed to the UFC Hall of Fame. Then, a massive UFC 274 recap including what's next for the lightweights and the new champ Carla Esparza. Plus, the guys "pivot" to the UFC 276 fight card, and they debut a new segment called Steppin' Fly. As always, the guys play Tap In/Tap Out.

    Justin Gaethje and Kayla Harrison Join the Show Talking UFC 274 and All Things Fighting

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 67:08

    DC and RC get together this week to talk about Chito Vera's big win. Then, they preview a huge event at UFC 274 with headliner Justin Gaethje. Also, Kayla Harrison stops by to talk her 2022 debut, and they of course play another round of Tap in and Tap Out. 

    Teddy Atlas, Michael Chandler and the One and Only Jon Anik Join to Talk All Fights From the Boxing Ring to the UFC Cage

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 59:53

    Some big names come through to chat with DC and RC this week as Teddy Atlas stops by to talk Tyson Fury's big win and the potential bout with Francis Ngannou. In anticipation of the 100th ESPN UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Jon Anik joins us to look back at all the great moments from the first 99. Then, Michael Chandler breaks down his big fight against Tony Ferguson coming up at UFC 274. Finally, of course, no show would be complete without a round of Tap In/Tap Out.

    Aljamain Sterling Joins the Show, RC Addresses Beef With Julianna Pena

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 58:15

    Bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling joins the guys to break down his big win at UFC 273 and how things have gone since winning the belt. Plus, Ryan discusses his "beef" with Julianna Pena and Daniel weighs in on if we'll see Stipe Miocic fight Jon Jones this summer. Finally, DC & RC play a fun game of Tap In/Tap Out involving Jake Paul, Nate Diaz and easter eggs.   

    Henry Cejudo and Gilbert Burns Join the Show, UFC 273 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 63:05

    Former double champ Henry Cejudo joins Daniel and Ryan to discuss re-entering the USADA testing pool and calls out Alexander Volkanovski. Plus, Gilbert Burns hops on to recap his tough loss to Khamzat Chimaev and what lies ahead for the welterweight contender. Then, DC & RC recap Volkanovski and Aljamain Sterling's big wins in Jacksonville and play another great round of Tap In/Tap Out.

    Alex Volkanovski Joins to Preview His Title Fight at UFC 273

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 54:14

    The featherweight champ, Alex Volkanovski, joins DC and RC to discuss his approach to his title fight versus The Korean Zombie at UFC 273. Plus, the guys rank the fights they are most excited for this weekend in Jacksonville including Khamzat Chimaev's bout against Gilbert Burns and the rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. The guys also play another fun game of Tap In/Tap Out.

    Masvidal-Covington Latest Plus UFC London Recap with Molly McCann Stopping By

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 47:46

    DC & RC discuss the continuing feud between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington in Miami. Daniel discusses his time at the NCAA Wrestling Championship. Plus, the guys recap UFC Fight Night in London with Molly McCann joining to talk about her magical night. Then, a game of Tap In or Tap Out with news about Conor McGregor and Kamaru Usman.

    UFC Heavyweight Tom Aspinall and NCAA Wrestler Gable Steveson Join to Preview a Busy Combat Sports Weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 47:10

    DC & RC welcome Tom Aspinall to preview his heavyweight main event fight in London this weekend. Then, the guys welcome NCAA Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson ahead of the NCAA Championships in Detroit. Plus, Daniel and Ryan recap UFC Fight Night: Santos-Ankalaev, preview Paddy the Baddy's octagon return and play another fun game of Tap In/Tap Out.

    Chuck Liddell Joins to Discuss Rivalries, Khabib Entering the UFC Hall of Fame and Covington vs. Masvidal

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 35:53

    Chuck Liddell joins Ryan Clark to recap Colby Covington's win over Jorge Masvidal, how he approached his rivalry fights versus Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture. Plus, he discusses Khabib Nurmagomedov entering the UFC Hall of Fame. Ryan then answers listener questions and participates in Tap In/Tap Out. 

    Rashad Evans Joins to Preview UFC 272

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 36:01

    Rashad Evans joins Ryan Clark for this week's episode to discuss UFC 272. Rashad breaks down what it's like to face a former teammate and what to expect from Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal ahead of their welterweight bout this weekend.

    Islam Makhachev Joins DC & RC to Preview His Fight Night with Bobby Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 53:08

    The guys break down Jamahal Hill's big win last Saturday and preview the Fight Night ahead with surging lightweight Islam Makhachev. Plus, Angela Hill joins the show to talk about her UFC career and DC & RC play another fun game of Tap In or Tap Out.

    Anthony Smith Joins DC & RC to Break Down the Fallout From UFC 271

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 53:39

    DC and RC welcome Anthony Smith to the show this week to discuss Israel Adesanya's narrow victory over Robert Whittaker and what's next for The Last Stylebender in the UFC. The guys then give some grades out to the UFC 271 fighters including Tai Tuivasa after his big knockout win. We wrap it up with another hilarious version of Tap In or Tap Out.

    UFC 271 Preview & Tai Tuivasa Joins The Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 57:12

    The guys preview this weekend's UFC 271, headlined by Israel Adesanya taking on Robert Whittaker in a rematch for the middleweight title. They are also joined by Tai Tuivasa to discuss his big co-main event fight against Derrick Lewis. He'll shed some light on how exactly this fight came together. Plus, DC and RC draft their UFC Pro Bowl rosters.

    Michael Chandler Joins & Ask DCRC

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 52:22

    The guys preview what's next for the lightweight division in 2022 and are joined by contender Michael Chandler to discuss his next UFC bout. Plus, when will Francis Ngannou enter the octagon again? DC & RC also play tap in/tap out. Then, they answer viewer submitted questions in #ASKDCRC.

    UFC 270 Reactions, “Triple C” & “The Almighty”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 57:11

    DC & RC discuss all the fallout from UFC 270 including what's next for Francis Ngannou and if it is inevitable fans will get Figueiredo vs Moreno 4. Plus, Henry Cejudo joins the show fresh from coaching Figueiredo to the title and WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley stops by to talk facing Brock Lesnar this Saturday at Royal Rumble.

    UFC 270 and Covington/Masvidal Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 50:15

    The guys preview all the big fights including Ngannou-Gane, Moreno-Figueiredo 3 and Covington-Masvidal at UFC 272. Plus a recap of Calvin Kattar's big fight night win and a hilarious Tap In or Tap Out. 

    2022 Predictions: What's Next For Volkanovski, Poirier & Nate Diaz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 56:29

    Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark make their predictions for the UFC in 2022. Plus the guys give their takes on what's next for Alex Volkanovski, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. And is Francis Ngannou overlooking Ciryl Gane ahead of their heavyweight title fight at UFC 270? 

    2021 Year in Review Plus Jon Anik Joins

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 65:34

     Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark give out their awards for best fight, finish, fighters, prospect and celebration in the UFC for 2021. Plus UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik joins the guys to discuss another amazing year in combat sports and a recap of another KO win by Derrick Lewis in the final bout of 2021.

    UFC 269 Recap plus Paul-Woodley 2 Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 55:15

    DC & RC recap all of the news and results to come out of UFC 269 and give out their own performance awards for that fight card. The guys also preview this weekend's Fight Night between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus and the boxing rematch between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley.

    Dustin Poirier & Amanda Nunes Join DC & RC Ahead of UFC 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 53:00

    Before UFC 269 this Saturday, #1 lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and two-division champ Amanda Nunes join DC & RC. The guys also recap Jose Aldo's big win and tap in or out on Jake Paul's rematch with Tyron Woodley.

    Introducing "Haters" from Man in the Arena

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 30:02

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you've probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He's changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom's friend.   America's collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fan's mind?    Listen on Apple Podcasts (, Spotify (, or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.

    DC, Chandler and Dariush

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 52:48

    DC is joined by Michael Chandler and Beneil Dariush on this week's show. DC also previews Font-Aldo for the Stuart Scott Fight Like Hell Fight Night and takes fan questions. 

    What's next for Max Holloway & Terence Crawford Joins Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 58:18

    Terence Crawford joins the show this week after the guys recap Max Holloway's big win on Saturday and preview if he'll get a shot at the belt or a shot at Conor McGregor. Then DC & RC pick their Best MMA Boxers of All Time and predict what's next for Khamzat Chimaev, Leon Edwards and The Ultimate Fighter in 2022. 

    Kamaru Usman & Max Holloway Plus UFC 268 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 62:17

    DC welcomes Kamaru Usman to the show as they discuss what's next for the champ and recap UFC 268. Then the number one contender in the featherweight division, Max Holloway joins the guys. DC & RC then give out their UFC 267 and 268 awards plus a tap in-tap out segment on Deron Williams versus Frank Gore in an upcoming boxing match.

    UFC 267 Recap & UFC 268 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 62:42

    DC and RC begin the episode with a recap of Khamzat Chimaev, Petr Yan and Glover Teixeira's wins at UFC 267. Then they preview Usman-Covington 2 this weekend at UFC 268 in New York City. Plus a tap in-tap out segment on Jake Paul's next fight versus Tommy Fury.

    Conor, and Tony, and Nate…Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 30:05

    Conor McGregor is at it again on social media, and this time “The Notorious” is going at it with Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz. The guys discuss what, if anything could have come of the drama. Then, DC&RC “Tap In or Tap Out” on all the big storylines heading into UFC 267 this Saturday.

    DC & RC..AND Khabib

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 33:51

    DC & Ryan welcome the great Khabib Nurmagomomedov for an exclusive interview that you absolutely cannot miss!

    Athletes You Love to Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 31:00

    DC & RC hold a spirited draft of the Athletes They Love to Hate plus a preview of this weekend's middleweight clash between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

    Coaching Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 38:37

    Laura Sanko and Din Thomas share their perspective with DC & RC on the coaching controversy surrounding Aspen Ladd plus the guys discuss Colby Covington's sit-down with Brett Okamoto ahead of UFC 268.

    Top 5 Trilogies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 28:56

    The guys give their Top 5 trilogies in combat sports history plus DC & RC break down their best fights that never happened in the UFC.  

    Edwards vs Masvidal Grudge Match set for UFC 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 37:30

    DC & RC discuss Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards finally getting to settle their 3 piece and a soda drama, plus a recap of Fury-Wilder 3.  

    Top Submission Artists

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 24:20

    The guys rank their top 5 submission artists in MMA history and a quick preview of the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder this weekend.

    Lightweight Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 36:27

    DC & RC preview Dan Hooker taking a fight with Islam Makhachev on short notice at UFC 267 and the title fight being booked between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 plus could Henry Cejudo return the octagon soon?

    Victorious Valentina & A UFC 267 Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 22:20

    The guys discuss whether a trilogy fight should happen between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes plus they react to the news of an interim title fight between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen.

    UFC 266 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 45:04

    DC & RC react to Robbie Lawler's victory over Nick Diaz and what's next for featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski after another successful title defense.

    BMF Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 33:16

    Who wins the draft between DC and RC as they pick their Top 5 MMA BMF's of all time? Plus a complete breakdown of the UFC 266 main card.

    Gratitude for Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 39:11

    DC & RC preview Nick Diaz's return to the octagon in a rematch versus Robbie Lawler and what expectations they have for Stockton's Finest. Plus, why some combat athletes need to thank Conor McGregor and what's next for Anthony Smith after a dominating performance over Ryan Spann.

    Gable Steveson Decides While Jake Paul Has Options

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 28:58

    DC & RC chat about Gable Steveson's decision to join the WWE and what's next for boxers Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva and Jake Paul. And, a quick preview of this weekend's UFC Fight Night between Ryan Spann and Anthony Smith. 

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