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Every Monday and Wednesday, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall and Shaheen Al-Shatti bring you up to speed on the world of mixed martial arts, including fight previews, recap shows and quality analysis from our team.

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Every Monday and Wednesday, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall and Shaheen Al-Shatti bring you up to speed on the world of mixed martial arts, including fight previews, recap shows and quality analysis from our team.

    UFC 249 Update: Khabib-Ferguson in Peril, Jon Jones Arrested Again, Thoughts on Tiger King, and more

    UFC 249 Update: Khabib-Ferguson in Peril, Jon Jones Arrested Again, Thoughts on Tiger King, and more

    Shaun and Chuck discuss the apparent demise of yet another Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson fight as the UFC’s Lightweight champion is stuck at home in Dagestan, Russia, unable to return to the United States, or anywhere else in the world, for the matchup at a still-indeterminate venue, the UFC still trying to move ahead with UFC 249 despite losing its main event, Dana White’s jabs at the MMA media and his decision-making during the coronavirus pandemic, and more.
    Then, the guys discuss Jon Jones’s arrest last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico on several charges including driving under the influence and negligent use of a firearm, if Jon will once again be stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight title, whether the police bodycam footage of the arrest should’ve been released or not, what this might mean for guys like Dominick Reyes, Thiago Santos, and Jan Blachowicz, and more.
    And, finally, Shaun and Chuck end the show on a lighter note, breaking down some of their favorite moments from the Netflix documentary sweeping the quarantined nation, Tiger King.
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    • 59 min
    Fight Flashback: UFC 189

    Fight Flashback: UFC 189

    Shaun, Chuck, and Producer Chris look back at one of the greatest events in MMA history, UFC 189, revisiting the final six fights of the night, culminating in two title bouts, the first being an all-time classic between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald for the Welterweight strap in the co-main event and the second being a late-notice clash of styles between the soon-to-be global superstar Conor McGregor and Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes, who stepped in to replace the injured Jose Aldo, for the interim Featherweight belt.
    Plus, the guys discuss a variety of questions in retrospect, including the greatest “what ifs”, what’s aged the best and worst over the years, event MVP, and more. And, as always, they close the show by handing out their Interim Titles of the Week.
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    The Man and the MITH Global Pause Awards

    The Man and the MITH Global Pause Awards

    For the first, and hopefully only time, Shaun, Chuck, and Producer Chris hand out their awards for the best performances and events of 2020, prior to the unfortunate global pause created by the coronavirus outbreak, including: Fight of the GPAs, KO of the GPAs, Submission of the GPAs, Fighter of the GPAs, Event/Night of the GPAs, Newcomer/New Blood of the GPAs, Individual Performance of the GPAs, Best Trash Talk/Exchange of the GPAs, Scrapped Fight of the GPAs, and Brightest Ray of Sunshine of the GPAs.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mailbag! Is Khabib-Tony Most Jinxed Fight Ever, Should USADA Keep Testing, Fighter Companion Picks for the Apocalypse, and much more

    Mailbag! Is Khabib-Tony Most Jinxed Fight Ever, Should USADA Keep Testing, Fighter Companion Picks for the Apocalypse, and much more

    First, Shaun and Chuck discuss the inevitable cancellation of the UFC’s next three events, despite the promotion’s best efforts to relocate this weekend’s UFC London card to Firelake Arena in Oklahoma on just a few days notice, and Dana White’s guarantee that the UFC 249 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will still happen on April 18, likely outside the United States.
    Then, the guys open up the mailbag and answer some great listener questions: has there ever been a more jinxed fight than Khabib vs. Tony? How dumb is it for USADA to keep testing during the coronavirus outbreak? Will the quarantining and social distancing lead to stacked events for the rest of the year once competition begins again? In a post-apocalyptic world, which MMA fighter and MMA media member are you picking to be on your team? In a coronavirus zombie apocalypse, who are the three fighters you’re picking to travel with from New York to Los Angeles? If Michael Chandler does in fact test free agency after his next fight, where would you like to see him fight? Biggest non-MMA sports heartbreak? Will Rory MacDonald retire if he doesn’t win his division in PFL this year?
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    So… It’s Been a Weird Five Days, Huh?

    So… It’s Been a Weird Five Days, Huh?

    First, Shaun, Chuck, and Producer Chris discuss the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak and the new reality we’re all living in.
    Then, the guys get down to business and recap UFC Brasilia, including Charles Oliveira’s seventh straight win, submitting Kevin Lee via guillotine choke, where the win puts “Do Bronx” in the Lightweight title picture, and what the future might hold for Kevin Lee following this most recent setback, and Gilbert Burn’s impressive first round TKO of the ever-classy Demian Maia.
    Plus, the guys talk about the juxtaposition between the UFC and Bellator in terms of how each organization has handled the coronavirus situation, the future of UFC London and other upcoming cards, how much of a factor Khabib-Ferguson is playing in Dana White’s unwillingness to scrap events, and more.
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    • 59 min
    UFC Brasilia and Bellator 241 Previews, Rapid Fire Fight Roundup, Coronavirus Cancellations, Interim Titles of the Week, and more

    UFC Brasilia and Bellator 241 Previews, Rapid Fire Fight Roundup, Coronavirus Cancellations, Interim Titles of the Week, and more

    Shaun and Chuck take a look at UFC Brasilia, likely the best non-pay-per-view UFC card of the year so far, and break down an intriguing matchup between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira in the main event, with a lot at stake for both fighters. Before that, the guys each pick an undercard bout that most stands out to them.
    Then, the guys preview a grappler’s delight Welterweight bout in the co-main event between Demian Maia and Gilbert Burns, two fighters at much different points in their careers, and discuss whether Demian Maia belongs in the UFC Hall of Fame.
    After the break, the guys preview a sneaky-good Bellator 241 card featuring Patricio Pitbull vs. Pedro Carvalho, Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez, Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi, as well as names like Nick Newell, Anatoly Tokov, Matt Mitrione, Leslie Smith, and Baby Slice.
    Plus, the guys discuss possible fight cancellations and/or relocations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. And, to close out the show, the guys say “yeah” or “meh” to a bunch of recently announced fights during the Rapid Fire Fight Roundup, and they hand out their Interim Titles of the Week.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

Conor Hayes ,

Amazing trio of hosts

Great chemistry between Shawn (the MAN), Chuck (the MITH) and Producer Chris (the LEGEND). Fantastic pod for any MMA fan!

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