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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.

The Co-Main Event MMA Podcast Chad Dundas and Ben Fowlkes

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    • 4.8 • 480 Ratings

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 419: All Questions Considered

    Episode 419: All Questions Considered

    There were a ton of fights this weekend, and the CME will forego its normal three-round format in order to talk about as many of them as possible. We discuss Michelle Waterson's win over Angela Hill, Ed Herman's Dundasso and those terrible low blows in Bellator, among other things.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 418: The Reem rolls on

    Episode 418: The Reem rolls on

    Alistair Overeem's late-career dream continues, in the form of a fifth-round TKO over Augusto Sakai. All the props in the world to Overeem for remaking himself as a crafty veteran, but how far can he continue to roll at age 40? Plus, Nick Diaz back? Fight Island back?

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 417: Anthony Smith didn't find what he was looking for

    Episode 417: Anthony Smith didn't find what he was looking for

    Anthony Smith made a somewhat short turnaround after his high-publicized de-toothing by Glover Teixeira back in May, just to return Saturday night to get outpointed by Aleksandar Rakic. Chances are, Smith's not going to be happy with that. Plus, are we seeing the end of the Brutal Bob Lawler Era? And Chad invents a time machine and sends Ben on a mission with an important message for 2010 Alistair Overeem.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 416: Frankie can still Frankie

    Episode 416: Frankie can still Frankie

    Frankie Edgar finally made his bantamweight debut on Saturday and ... well ... it looked a lot like what we've seen from him at every other weight, which is to say quite good, but also prone to producing fights that could go either way. Plus, Ryan Bader finds out why you don't tempt the MMA Gods and--what's this???--some actual UFC vs. Bellator beef?

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 415: Did the Stipe-DC trilogy have a satisfying end?

    Episode 415: Did the Stipe-DC trilogy have a satisfying end?

    Stipe Miocic will continue being the man after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 concluded that pair's heavyweight title trilogy. As for Cormier? We're not totally sure, though we hope it's something good. Plus, just to add to this event's weirdness, Sean O'Malley's leg went kablooey.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    414. What's your hype level for UFC 252?

    414. What's your hype level for UFC 252?

    Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fulfill the trilogy this weekend. Kind of feels like it snuck up on us, no? Plus, we love Derrick Lewis, but is he trying to do too much? And shouldn't some MMA company just give Michael Chandler whatever he wants?

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
480 Ratings

480 Ratings

hdhshsjaah ,

Fantastic

Been listening to Chad and Ben for years. Always a great show!

Bran L K ,

Fun and funny MMA podcast

Highly recommended!

xxDarkhorse06xx ,

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.

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