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    UFC Vegas 44 Preview Show ft. Randy Costa | Who Needs Main Event Win More, Rob Font or Jose Aldo?

    UFC Vegas 44 Preview Show ft. Randy Costa | Who Needs Main Event Win More, Rob Font or Jose Aldo?

    Rob Font and Jose Aldo will battle it out in the bantamweight headliner of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 44 event. With the division in a jammed up place at the top, who needs a victory more, Font or Aldo?
    That question is discussed, along with the top storylines for the event, which includes the exciting lightweight co-main event between Rafael Fiziev and Brad Riddell, with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and E. Casey Leydon, along with special guest, UFC bantamweight Randy Costa.

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    • 54 min
    BTL | Kevin Lee Released, Triad Combat's Future, UFC Vegas 44, Bellator 272, More | Tourney Match #5

    BTL | Kevin Lee Released, Triad Combat's Future, UFC Vegas 44, Bellator 272, More | Tourney Match #5

    Kevin Lee's release from the UFC seemed to come out of nowhere, but was it a total shock? That topic, along with where Lee may end up will be discussed this week on Between the Links.
    In addition, the panel will discuss this past Saturday's Trilller Triad Combat event — which featured well-known MMA fighters such as Frank Mir, Mike Perry, and Albert Tumenov — and if there's a bright future for the concept, which main event is better between Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo at UFC Vegas 44, or Sergio Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272 for the promotion's bantamweight title, the low-key banger of the weekend, and more.
    Mike Heck moderates the first BTL Championship tourney semifinals matchup between Jed Meshew and Kristen King.

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    We Got Next | Brianna Van Buren, Chris Curtis & Kenny Cross

    We Got Next | Brianna Van Buren, Chris Curtis & Kenny Cross

    Where has Brianna Van Buren been over the last year-plus? She's been getting married and becoming a mother. Van Buren, now known as Brianna Fortino, discusses (3:45) what she learned from her most recent loss to Tecia Torres, how life has changed as a wife and mother, planning to return in the first half of 2022, her reaction to moving up the rankings despite being out of action, and what matchups stick out for her return to the octagon.
    Kenny Cross (27:22) previews his main event bout against Jose Martinez in the main event of XFC YoungGuns 4 on Dec. 10, why he's been out for so long since his win in November 2020, what the long layoff has taught him, changing gyms to work with the likes of Joaquin Buckley and Khaos Williams, what 2022 looks like for him, and being an official free agent after this upcoming bout.
    Finally, Chris Curtis (48:43) talks his short notice sophomore UFC fight against Brendan Allen at UFC Vegas 44 this Saturday, when he found out about the fight, how he feels this is a tougher matchup on paper than the Phil Hawes fight, Sean Strickland's reaction to the booking, when — or if — he'll return to welterweight after this fight, and more.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Rankings Show: The First Annual Airing Of Grievances, Plus Best (And Worst) Takes

    Rankings Show: The First Annual Airing Of Grievances, Plus Best (And Worst) Takes

    The holiday season is finally upon us. Can’t you just feel all that good cheer?
    On the final Rankings Show episode of 2021, co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee take a quick peek behind the curtain of the latest update of MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings to solve the Yair Rodriguez dilemma, discuss the biggest risers and fallers of November, plus much more.
    Then, the duo are joined by four of their fellow rankings panelists — Damon Martin, Jed Meshew, Mike Heck, and E. Casey Leydon — for the rankings committee’s first annual Airing of Grievances. It’s a festivus for the rest of us, if you will. The crew takes their seats around the roundtable and demands answers for the worst calls and most puzzling decisions by their fellow rankers. Why is this name so high on your rankings? Why is this name so low?? How you could possibly leave this fighter out?!? Consider it our own secret Santa gift exchange — only instead of gifts, the panel is handing out some accountability.
    Catch new episodes of the MMA Fighting Rankings Show on the first Wednesday of every month.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Trocação Franca | Gracie Contra O ‘Inimigo Invisível’ (+ Pedro Munhoz)

    Trocação Franca | Gracie Contra O ‘Inimigo Invisível’ (+ Pedro Munhoz)

    A família Gracie criou a base do que hoje chamamos de MMA, mas a filha do fundador do UFC está engajada em uma batalha diferente. Rose Gracie falou ao podcast sobre a luta pra abrir os olhos e mentes dos lutadores de MMA ao risco da encefalopatia traumática crônica, conhecida como demência pugilística, e o que precisa mudar na cultura das lutas. Rose fala do apoio (ou falta dele) do UFC à causa, por que se incomodou tanto ao assistir Belfort x Holyfield, e muito mais. O podcast conversou ainda com Pedro Munhoz, que comentou o duelo com a lenda Dominick Cruz no UFC 269 e analisou José Aldo x Rob Font, entre outros assuntos.
    O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados.
    The Gracie family has created the foundation of what we call MMA, but the daughter of the man that founded the UFC is now focused on a different battle. Rose Gracie discusses her mission to open eyes and minds about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in MMA and what must change in the sport. Rose also talks about the UFC’s support to the cause (or lack thereof), why she felt so bad watching Belfort vs. Holyfield, and more. Then, Pedro Munhoz stops by to break down his UFC 269 clash with Dominick Cruz and the upcoming UFC main event between former opponents Jose Aldo and Rob Font.
    Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Fighter vs. Writer | Anthony Smith On Media Backlash From Other Fighters: ‘I Get Paid a Lot of Money to Just Run My Mouth And Give My Opinion’

    Fighter vs. Writer | Anthony Smith On Media Backlash From Other Fighters: ‘I Get Paid a Lot of Money to Just Run My Mouth And Give My Opinion’

    Former UFC title challenger Anthony Smith joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer as co-host to discuss a number of subjects including his return from an injured knee and the concern that he may end up as the odd man out at light heavyweight now that new champion Glover Teixeira is expected to face Jiri Prochazka and the possibility that Jan Blachowicz may take on Aleksandar Rakic.
    Smith will also give his thoughts on the best light heavyweight in the sport and whether or not Corey Anderson has a legitimate claim to that title considering he holds a dominant win over Teixeira in the UFC.
    Smith also details his own experiences dealing with backlash from other fighters as an analyst when he’s asked to give his opinion on fights or make picks and predictions.
    All this and much more on episode 14 of The Fighter vs. The Writer.
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