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An irreverent and unscripted look at the week's mixed martial arts news from The Athletic's Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas. Topics include the latest happenings in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

Chad Dundas and Ben Fowlkes


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    Episode 506: Is UFC 276 a killer card with a ho-hum main event?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 74:56

    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

    CME Patreon Live Chat for 6/22/22 [FREE]

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 75:21

    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

    Episode 505: Jiri & Glover wrote a damn epic poem out there

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 75:24

    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

    Episode 504: UFC 275 is old dog vs. young weirdsmobile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 74:11

    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

    Episode 503: Jorge Masvidal keeps confessing to crimes he says he did not commit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 77:19

    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

    Episode 502: Enough already with the judging 'controversies'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 84:41

    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

    Episode 501: Live tweeting our thoughts to Dustin Poirier

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 80:26

    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

    Episode 500: The ups & downs & good & bad of UFC 274

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 80:12

    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

    [FREE] CME Patreon Power Hour: Chucky Olives, what have you done?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 70:29

    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

    Episode 499: Who's 'scared-cited' for UFC 274???

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 76:49

    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

    Episode 498: Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou seem serious about this shit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 79:05

    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

    Episode 497: Let's get Jon Jones-Stipe Miocic on the books!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 82:44

    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

    Episode 496: Khamzat Chimaev proves his case at UFC 273

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 81:15

    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

    Episode 495: UFC 273 preview bonanza!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 72:34

    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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 494: Curtis Blaydes has a lot going for him at heavyweight

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 77:33

    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

    Episode 493: Violence abounds at UFC London

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 78:10

    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

    Episode 492: Diego overachieves, Ankalaev underwhelms

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 73:43

    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

    Episode 491: UFC 272 wrap-up + Are Conor, Dustin, Colby, Jorge + Nate kinda their own division at this point?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 78:59

    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

    Episode 490: Ever feel like Jorge Masvidal & Colby Covington don't like each other?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 79:48

    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

    Episode 489: When bad things happen to weird people

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 74:45

    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

    Episode 488: Israel Adesanya was just too good

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 80:59

    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

    Episode 487: Can an Israel Adesanya-Bobby Knux rematch be any different?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 88:40

    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 sponsored by Nord VPN. Get big savings on a 2-year plan plus one additional month at https://nordvpn.com/comain. Use the code: comain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 486: Is Sean Strickland's psycho gimmick working at all?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 77:01

    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

    Episode 485: Francis Ngannou wins it all

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 76:18

    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

    Episode 484: Is this Francis Ngannou's last UFC fight?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 84:18

    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

    CME Power Hour: Who would want to firebomb Conor McGregor's pub?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 70:57

    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

    Episode 483: Can Giga Chikadze steal that spot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 80:26

    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.

    CME Power Hour: How UFC gonna raise PPV prices AGAIN?!?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 63:52

    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.

    Episode 482: Dana White keeps taking these Ls from Jake Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 82:01

    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!

    Doin' the Damn Thing: Year-end wrap-up of books, movies & TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 56:27

    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.

    Episode 481: Jake Paul, Derrick Lewis & UFC fighters' letters to Santa

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 69:32

    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.

    Episode 480: UFC 269 was crazy! Let's discuss

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 72:38

    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?

    Episode 479: UFC 269 preview + Jose Aldo reclaiming his legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 76:03

    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.

    Episode 478: Can't wait for the new shapes to drop

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 65:48

    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.

    Death in the West: DB Cooper 50th Anniversary Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 29:47

    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

    Episode 477: Holloway-Rodriguez was art. Hang it in the Louvre!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 76:06

    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.

    Episode 476: Are there even words to describe Gaethje-Chandler?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 79:06

    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?

    Episode 475: All hail the great and powerful Glover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 76:46

    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.

    Episode 474: Getting nervous for Costa, excited for Fedor & pumped for UFC 267

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 69:44

    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!

    Episode 473: Your Qs on Conor McGregor, UFC: Ladd vs. Dumont, Bellator GP & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 71:29

    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.

    Introducing: Doin' The Damn Thing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 88:05

    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. You won't want to miss it.

    Episode 472: Fury & Wilder had a classic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 71:47

    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?

    Episode 471: These are not the Weirdsmobiles we came to see

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 80:23

    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?"

    Episode 470: UFC 266 reaction + Jon Jones gets arrested, like, IMMEDIATELY

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 77:25

    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.

    Episode 469: UFC 266 preview + Anthony Smith in DGAF mode

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 79:16

    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.

    Episode 468: That time Anderson Silva clowned you so hard, people said it was fixed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 69:08

    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.

    Episode 467: What will become of you, Darren Till?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 66:46

    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? Let us know! Kthanxbye!

    Episode 466: Oh right, this is a Tyron Woodley fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 67:30

    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).

    Episode 465: Jared Cannonier is 'broke.' That's a bad look.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 76:40

    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.

    Episode 464: All Questions Considered!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 68:55

    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.)

    Episode 463: 'Good Kid,' mad city

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 72:41

    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.

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