The Co-Main Event Podcast

The Co-Main Event Podcast

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An irreverent, unscripted discussion of the the week's top mixed martial arts news by MMAJunkie.com's Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report.com lead MMA writer Chad Dundas.

Episodes

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 272 (9/11/17)  

Demetrious Johnson didn’t get his chance to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses after all. Not when Ray Borg got pulled from their scheduled UFC 215 main event just prior to the weigh-in, owing to a “viral infection.” So instead, company brass turned the marquee attraction of this fight card over to the women’s bantamweight title bout pitting Amanda Nunes against Valentina Shevchenko and it … well, it was a thing that totally happened. It wasn’t terrible by any stretch. It also wasn’t great. Some people seemed to like it. The absence of DJ vs. Borg didn’t keep the men’s flyweight division from being interesting, however, after Henry Cejudo showed up to do his best Conor McGregor impression on Wilson Reis’ face. In addition to all this hot action, your dudes Ben and Chad look ahead to next week’s fight card, headlined by Luke Rockhold’s return against Dave Branch.

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

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 271 (9/5/17)  

Back to business, Co-Mainiacs! After the months-long fever dream that was Mayweather vs. McGregor this week finds Ben and Chad thrust back into sober (and somewhat sobering) MMA action. For Episode 271 of our beloved CME, your dudes look at some storylines leftover from UFC Fight Night 11, including the emergence of Zabit Magomedsharipov as well as the suddenly divergent careers of Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. In addition to that, they look ahead to this weekend’s UFC 215 card, where two under-the-radar championships will be on the line. Demetrious Johnson looks to make history, vying to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses as he puts his flyweight title on the line against Ray Borg. Also, Amanda Nunes calls a do-over in her women’s bantamweight scrap against Valentina Shevchenko.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 270 (8/28/17)  

Welp, here it is, CME Universe, the last episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast where you have to listen to Chad and Ben spend any significant time talking about Mayweather-McGregor. And really, is that so wrong? Heck, the damn fight turned out to be more fun than anyone expected, with Conor McGregor outperforming everyone’s expectations and Floyd Mayweather letting him do it for as long as he felt like it (but not a second longer). So this week your dudes talk about McGregor’s surprising performance as well as what’s next for the UFC lightweight champion. A UFC lightweight championship defense perhaps? LOL. Don’t make them laugh. Oh, also, your dudes hold heartbreaking discussion on Jon Jones’ lastest positive drug test and spend some cursory time contemplating this weekend’s UFC Fight Night.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 269 (8/21/17)  

Well, Co-Mainiacs, here we are. The moment is upon us. History unfolds before our very eyes. On this week’s Co-Main Event Podcast, Ben and Chad take a last, pre-fight look at the boxing match pitting Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor. How did we get here? How will it go? What’s next for the UFC lightweight champion and the fight company’s biggest draw? All of this stuff gets discussed. Don’t worry though, MMA purists, some of mixed-rules fighting’s biggest weekly headlines see the light of day as well. Junior dos Santos flagged by USADA? Masvidal vs. Wonder Man? Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez? All this stuff is on the schedule.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Saying Stuff.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 268 (8/14/17)  

Perhaps you thought it was an ain’t shit going on kind of week, eh Universe? If that’s what you did anticipate, Ben and Chad don’t blame you. With the UFC clearing the lane for Aug. 26’s Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match the waters are relatively quiet in the MMA world. Still, there was #enoughshitgoinon that your dudes managed to fill three rounds with it for this episode of the Co-Main Event Podcast. For starters they try to break down all the relevant storylines suddenly cropping up with just 12 days to go before Mayweather-McGregor. In addition to that, they talk about Ben’s latest story on MMA Junkie, about whether UFC fighters should still be considered independent contractors. On top of that, Georges St-Pierre’s middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping is now official for UFC 217, so you better believe that also gets some consideration.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 267 (8/8/17)  

Did you enjoy UFC Fight Night 114, CME Universe? Your dudes Ben and Chad hope you did because that’s all the live MMA action inside the Octagon that you’re going to get between now and Sept. 2. Fortunately, you’ll be able to fill you empty weeks listening to dudes TALK about fighting, at least. On this episode, for example, the guys turn their attention to big wins for Sergio Pettis and Alexa Grasso on the UFN 114 card. In addition to that they discuss the budding feud between Conor McGregor and boxer-turned-sparring-partner Paulie Maglignaggi. The Magic Man! They also take a long moment to consider August and whether it’s a good or bad thing that the month will give fans a break in the UFC’s hard-charging live event schedule.

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

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 266 (7/31/17)  

After Saturday night’s UFC 214, the Co-Main Event Podcast is spent. Following the drama and the comedy, the triumph and the heartbreak, the entire MMA community should probably be cooling its heels somewhere on beach right now, toes in the sand, bottle of Coors Lite balanced precariously on our knees. But that’s not how we roll, is it? Nope, Ben and Chad are strapped in and ready to debrief this week, taking on all aspects of the UFC 214 main event. Firstly, there was Jon Jones, who rose to a new level of greatness when confronted by his fiercest rival and, now once again light heavyweight champion, has solidified the notion he’s the greatest ever to do the damn thing. Secondly, there was Daniel Cormier, whose title reign ended in heartbreak but whose character and contributions to the sport should also sew-up his hall of famer status. Thirdly, there was Brock Lesnar. Wait, what? That’s right, Jonny Bones may next take on the Mayor of Suplex City. Because we can’t go one single weekend without things getting weird.

All that, plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

Co-Main Event Podcast Episode 265 (7/24/17)  

The Co-Main Event Podcast returns this week with a gargantuan show to handle an MMA news cycle that doth overfloweth with insane action. Ben and Chad convene to discuss Chris Weidman’s potentially career-saving victory over Kelvin Gastelum at last weekend’s UFC on Fox 25. They also look ahead to the ultra-stacked UFC 214 on Saturday night, where light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will finally rematch with former champ Jon Jones. And yes, it still feels weird to say it in that order. In addition to that, your dudes look at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title fight against Demian Maia, Cris Cyborg finally getting her shot to wear UFC gold vs. Tonya Evinger and whether or not we should all be real quiet and let the MMA gods slumber until Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone finally get in the cage.

All that plus AYFKM and Just Sayin’ Stuff.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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?

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.

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