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.
Episode 424: You sly dog, Brian Ortega
Brian Ortega returned from his first career loss and an extended absence from the cage looking like a new man on Saturday and straight-up put a whipping on Chan Sung Jung. Sup with that??? Plus, we look ahead to UFC 254's man and co-main events. Hype level is high!
Episode 423: Welcome to immortality, Joaquin Buckley
If what you want out of your UFC content is a no-strings-attached experience where one semi-anonymous dude might do something unbelievably awesome (and terrible) to another semi-anonymous dude then, brother, Saturday night was your JAM. We discuss that and other stuff on this week's CME Proper.
Episode 422: A Couple Old Road Dogs
Holly "Holmes" Holm and Carlos "Conduit" Condit both went out there and reminded us who the f**k they were on Saturday. But what now for our two old pals? Plus, the Jon Jones-Israel Adesanya beef gets capital "W" Weird and--oh, look!--another fairly low profile UFC event this weekend.
Introducing: Death in the West
Here's a taste of Chad's new podcast: Death in the West.
Episode 421: Adesanya made it look easy
Israel Adesanya froze Paulo Costa like a statue, battered him with leg kicks from range and then toppled him with strikes to the dome piece in the second. It was, in short, exactly the kind of performance you'd want from a budding UFC superstar. Speaking of stars, how about your dude Janny Blackjacks? How long can we reasonably expected him to hang onto the strap?
Episode 420: Colby Covington, still reprehensible
Colby Covington pretty much shut down Tyron Woodley en route to a fifth-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Then Covington opened his mouth and spewed awful racist bile all over the place during the postfight. You know, like he does. Plus, Donald Cerrone draws Niko Price and, hey, UFC 253 is this weekend!
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Been listening to Chad and Ben for years. Always a great show!
Fun and funny MMA podcast
70% Virtue Signaling + 30% MMA = Not Good Enough
These guys were great until Chad Dundas began tethering his far left viewpoint to every single (completely unrelated) MMA topic discussed. I’ve loved these guys since their CagePotato days and was a premier Patreon patrons for years until they became persistently political.
Neither seemed to mind they were alienating half their audience and boring all their audience. When platitudes like “using our platform to foment change” and “social responsibility” began creeping into the podcast I knew the end was near. At least Ben Fowlkes pulled back a bit but Chad started picking up his slack.
The last straw for me was when they reviewed the movie The 13th Warrior. Ben loved the fight scenes and general badassery but Debbie Downer Chad, nest tears, described the movie as an allegory for “white privilege” encroaching on a peaceful migratory people similar to the American Indian. I bounced 10 minutes later. Can’t be pals with complete wimps looking for social brownie points.