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An irreverent and unscripted look at the week's mixed martial arts news from longtime MMA journalists 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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An irreverent and unscripted look at the week's mixed martial arts news from longtime MMA journalists Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas. Topics include the latest happenings in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

    Episode 528: Conor McGregor probably took PEDs, Conor McGregor seems to say

    Episode 528: Conor McGregor probably took PEDs, Conor McGregor seems to say

    Well, this is a new one. After months of speculation on exactly what he was up to when the UFC apparently let him opt out of the USADA testing pool while recovering from the horrible leg injury he suffered at UFC 264, Conor McGregor appeared to admit in a flurry of tweets that he took a bunch of PEDs. He also appeared to say "how dare you" to anybody who questioned him about it. Frankly, we're not sure if this is stupid or genius, but it certainly gives us a lot to talk about.
    Plus, Larissa Pacheco forces game four against Kayla Harrison and the UFC is back with a pretty OK looking TV card this Saturday.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 527: Is Vadim Nemkov the world's No. 1 LHW?

    Episode 527: Is Vadim Nemkov the world's No. 1 LHW?

    We have once again reached an odd inflection point where Bellator MMA could lay conceivable claim to having the best fighter in the world in a particular weight class. This time it's light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov, who put on a remarkable performance Friday night against Corey Anderson in the delayed final of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix. Nemkov went and did the thing we're always asking MMA fighters to do: he closed the specific holes in his game necessary to win this fight and walked away with the lopsided unanimous decision win, the giant check and the gold. As ever with Bellator, though, the question is: Will anybody care?
    Plus, Derrick Lewis got the tummy troubles and PFL will offer its first ever pay-per-view event.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 526: UFC 281 was WILD

    Episode 526: UFC 281 was WILD

    This week, we take listener questions on all things UFC 281. Will Israel Adesanya get an immediate rematch against Alex Pereira after dropping the middleweight title in a fight he was probably on his way to winning on the cards? Should we actually be giving two-time UFC champion Carla Esparza more credit, despite this most recent drubbing at the hands of Zhang Weili? Did Michael Chandler earn his Dundasso blackbelt before getting choked out by Cool Dusty P? And what on earth has happened to Dominick Reyes?
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 525: UFC 281 preview bonanza

    Episode 525: UFC 281 preview bonanza

    As has become customary for pay-per-views, two title fights are on the docket Saturday at UFC 281. One is a hotly anticipated middleweight championship match between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira that everybody is stoked for and where nobody seems to know what will happen. The other one? Not QUITE so much intrigue. In the evening's co-main event, Zhang Welli challenges Carla Esparza for the strawweight belt in a bout that most assume marks the end of Esparza's reign as champion. Then again, we didn't think Esparza was going to beat Rose, now did we? So, maybe there's a chance?
    Plus Cool Dusty P and Mikie C. in a banger and ... Amanda Lemos upsets Marina Rodriguez at a Fight Night.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 524: Admit it, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva was a fun fight

    Episode 524: Admit it, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva was a fun fight

    Two things can be true at once: Is Jake Paul just using these aging MMA fighters to make himself a series of huge paydays from relatively easy fights? Yes, obviously. But did Paul and Showtime also celebrate Anderson Silva better both before and after their scrap on Saturday night than the UFC did at the end of Silva's MMA career? Also yes. So, that seems notable. On top of everything else, Silva and Paul went out there and had a pretty fun fight, even if it didn't end the way most inside the bubble would have liked.
    Plus, Calvin Kattar's knee came apart and Jon Jones is suddenly in a big hurry to fight, huh?
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 523: Islam Makhachev is astonishing

    Episode 523: Islam Makhachev is astonishing

    We did not think it was going to go like that. Both figuratively and literally, our money was on Charles Oliveira to once again become lightweight champion at UFC 280. As it happened, Islam Makhachev was absolutely dominant, rolling to a second-round submission victory. Now, it seems the powers that be will set him up with a champ-champ fight against Alexander Volkanovski. That sucks for all the other lightweights, but you can absolutely take all our money for it.
    Plus, who's to blame for TJ Dillashaw showing up to fight a title fight he had absolutely no business fighting? And whether or not you thought Sean O'Malley deserved to win the decision, he kind of put it right in our faces with his performance against Petr Yan.
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    • 1 hr 16 min

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